Gao Brothers Miss Mao (Trying to Poise Herself on Lenin’s Head) 2009
This is up at the corner of La Brea and 4th if you want to do a drive by at the soon to be Ace Museum*
*not exactly 10/10/10.
Remember how I was going on about how Doug Chrismas was making a killing off of Pacific Standard Time? Above proves my point, a screen shot of an article in LA Weekly* talking about the use of plastics in art, which is a majority of the artists being featured in the shows across the city.
Looks like Ace Gallery owner Doug Chrismas decided to flip the Banksy he took in L.A this week. I check(ed) the link today and now the auction has been taken down, no doubt Pest Control sent Doug a letter.
I’m not too savvy on how e-bay works, or if this was really Chrismas or anything of actual consequence regarding this sale, but if it was, is it just me or does $5,100 seem like a super deal?
Nope, he’s not painting over the dtLA Banksy, he’s applying some type of protective clear coat. This comes after the Banksy on 4th and La Brea was cut out of the wall and stolen.
Update: Here’s a video of the La Brea Banksy being taken away. I guess the owner of the building did this?
Another interesting update from LAist about the La Brea piece:
The video’s source claims they asked the workers what they were doing, and they responded that “they were hired to remove it, and that it would go into a ‘big collection of art.’” A look at Google Maps’ Street View of the building shows a banner with the phone number of Ace Gallery as a contact, which now puts the legitimacy of the piece and the sale in question. JetSet asserts “the artist never confirmed the work was his, and the piece is now considered counterfeit,” adding that it “makes sense for the artist to distance himself from the work now. Banksy never confirmed it was his to begin with, so Ace Gallery and every other greedy art-star fucker can piss off.” via slippy
According to the article above, Douglas Chrismas owns, rents, or is associated somehow with 400 La Brea where he had the alleged Banksy was removed this week. Now here’s a question, if he wants to start a museum (and I’m assuming it would be in this building) wouldn’t you want the Banksy on the building? I guess not when you can sell it for cash…And then the ethical dealer/museum issues come up.
UPDATE: In response to Alan’s response to the above, I just wanted to clarify that I don’t think the ethical issue is Douglas Chrismas taking the piece down, if it’s his building he can do what he likes, it’s the fact that he is trying to open a museum and probably in that building and he missed an amazing opportunity to have a Banksy in his permanent collection. Instead, he cut and ran (literally) at the first opportunity to sell a piece. That’s dealer thinking, not head of museum thinking. Therein lies the ethical dilemma.
Today in the mail, I received a little save the date card from Ace Gallery. The cover read 10 month, 10 day, 10 year, the inside “ACE MUSEUM”…Unless I misunderstood something, I am taking this to mean that on October 10th of this year, Douglas Chrismas of Ace Gallery will be opening a museum…
I wrote something, it’s important, and timely, and I ask a lot of questions. I don’t know what else you could want from me. Check the full post out here.