Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Coming home from a gallery scouring youtube, vimeo etc etc for the latest video installation i've witnessed so i can add it to my favourites has been a common occurence over the last couple of years. In retrospect, my advice would have to be for you to just stand in front of it for an hour or so then hopefully it'll burn itself into your memory. In the case of Steinkamp its even possible her work could float around your vitreous humour on some kind of overtly synthetic lilo for the summer.
Jennifer Steinkamp's 'Daisy Bell' (not featured in the video) is currently running at Lehmann Maupin in NYC. Yet another reason to head to America.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Some hours ago at Sotheby's auction house, he grossed 127 million (US) dollars with the sale of 56 works. At a time of extreme economic pressure, with the credit crunch hitting harder than a jab from Zab Judah, it's amazing he even sold anything, let alone for such a staggering amount of coin. His 'Golden Calf' went for 10.3 million pounds, proving itself to be quite the literal cash cow, although at least 18 works struck above the million pound mark. A pretty amazing turn of events for the 43 year old, who is as much a master of filling galleries and art columns as he is his bank account, single handedly lifting the net worth of Sotheby's stock by 1.1 percent.
As Andy Warhol once alluded to, business simply is the best art, because nothing can be more impressive/inspiring/amazing than than belittling over 95% of the worlds populations life savings in 90 minutes, whilst "off playing snooker somewhere in Camden". Goal well achieved Mr Hirst. I hope the masses of gold trickling into your most industrious smelters may gild the hoofs of many dead animals in the future.