Kicked Out of 1993

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Robinson and Paul H-O in the offices of Art in America

“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” opens at the New Museum on Feb. 13 and runs through May 26.

I remember 1973 well enough. I had graduated college the year before and moved downtown into a Tribeca loft ($220 a month) and, along with two pals, had started my own art magazine, using after hours the facilities of my day job, which was doing paste-up for The Jewish Week. I earned $6 an hour and had more money than I knew what to do with.

I remember 1983, because that was the time of the East Village, when I lived on Ludlow Street (rent $150), was art editor of the East Village Eye, and showed, at Metro Pictures gallery in Soho, paintings of people kissing.

And I remember 2003, though I don’t really have to, since by then Artnet Magazine was up and running; pretty much everything I had going on is archived online. Read More

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Away From the Block: Auction Houses Are Conducting More of Their Sales Privately

Sotheby's 'Keith Haring: Shine On' selling exhibition at its S|2 gallery. (Courtesy S|2)

The news last week that Christie’s International will close Haunch of Venison, the gallery it bought in 2007, electrified the art world. Christie’s and Sotheby’s are the twin behemoths of the global auction business, and Christie’s acquisition of Haunch six years ago was a galumphing step onto the turf of dealers. The war of the auctioneers and the dealers over their slice of the secondary or resale market had been underway for two decades, but the Haunch move was a move into the primary market, which handles working artists and new art. Read More

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Status Anxiety: Kenny Schachter Dives into Facebook’s Art-World Trenches


In the age of hunched-over iPhone overachievers, Facebook has birthed a hybrid form of participatory art chat, a free-for-all dialogue sometimes charged with a level of meanness that would do an HBO series proud. These heated conversations have an added layer of social intrigue in the art world: just as often as they are anonymous, your Facebook friends are real-world acquaintances, ones you might run into at an art fair or on your gallery rounds. I’m as guilty as anyone for the tone of the art conversations on Facebook, what with my catty proclamations (more on that in a bit) but probably we all bear some responsibility. Read More

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The Scene at Art Miami

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Tony Oursler, Oculus, 2011, at Galerie Forsblom

Art Miami returned this year for its 23rd edition with about 125 exhibitors, ranging from the Christie’s–owned Haunch of Venison to Soho’s Eli Klein Fine Art, the Chinese contemporary art gallery that featured prominently on this year’s Bravo television show Gallery Girls. Read More


Alleging Harassment, Flight Attendant Sues Onetime Sotheby’s Owner Alfred Taubman

Taubman. (Doug Kanter/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicole Rock, a former flight attendant on the private plane of Alfred Taubman, the billionaire shopping-mall developer who once owned Sotheby’s, has filed a $29 million suit against her old boss, alleging he sexually harassed her on numerous occasions, according to the New York Post. Taubman, who served about nine months in prison after being found guilty of participating in a price-fixing scheme in 2001, has denied harassing her. Read More


‘Come Closer': Stellar New Museum Show Examines Bowery History

"Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989," 2012-13. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner.

The most prominent item in “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989,” on view at the New Museum now through Dec. 30, is the door to Keith Haring’s loft at 325 Broome Street. The front of the door is painted bright red, except for one dull patch where painters have preserved a trademark Radiant Baby. The back boasts tags from Haring as well as his graffiti-writing houseguests: Futura 2000, Fab Five Freddy, Kenny Scharf and LA2. Read More

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A Trip to Beijing With Zaha Hadid

Hadid and the press. (Courtesy Kenny Schachter)

Kenny Schachter is a London-based art dealer, curator and writer.  His writing has appeared in books on architect Zaha Hadid, and artists Vito Acconci and Paul Thek. He is also a contributor to the British edition of GQ and Swiss money manager Marc Faber’s Gloom Boom & Doom Report.

I landed in Beijing last week—on my first visit to China, for the opening of Soho Galaxy, a new office complex by Zaha Hadid—and hit the ground running. Within minutes I met up with a young TV executive I’d gotten to know four years ago, at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics. (It was over eight hours long, so there was plenty of time to make acquaintances, again thanks to Zaha, who designed the sublime swimming pavilion.) The agenda for the day was lunch, followed by artist and museum visits and a tour of Beijing’s artist and gallery district, 798. Read More