The Vice columnist “Glen Coco” just penned a piece “Ok, Do It: Teach Me How to ‘Get’ Art,” in which the self-professed art-know-nothing enlists the help of one Alex, a student at the Courtauld Institute of Art to help him “get” art. This follow-up to two earlier pieces, “I Don’t “Get” Art,” and “I Still Don’t Get Art,” makes a blatantly insincere effort, à la Morley Safer in his recent 60 Minutes segment, to understand art.
At 8:20 p.m. last night, artist Maurizio Cattelan was standing in line for a rum drink by the make-shift bar at Anna Kustera Gallery in Chelsea to which his own tiny storefront gallery, Family Business, is annexed. There was a pile of magazines next to him with bright blue covers, as it was the Vice magazine issue release party for the Holy Trinity Issue and Mr. Cattelan had designed the front cover, which features a picture of three objects—a stapler, a red plunger and a dildo, the last of which was covered with a black sticker that had the word “dildo” printed on it. We made to say hello to the skinny Italian artist as he left the bar, but the artist, who was wearing a dark sport jacket, black skinny jeans and modish white leather sneakers, was intercepted by a tall blonde woman. Around him in the small bright space, was a group exhibition mostly of photographic work. The crowd was dressed casually and seemed barely out of college.
Breaking news today in our ongoing coverage of the new Bravo reality show Gallery Girls, which in recent weeks has descended its camera crews upon our fair city’s galleries and gallery-boutiques.