» 10 things New York Magazine Learned at Chelsea Openings
1. Artwork has shrunk. Lots of artists are doing work they — or their dealers — hope collectors will pick up, cash-and-carry, like candy bars at the supermarket checkout line. Kehinde Wiley, Raoul de Keyser, Kara Walker, and many others showed more-portable art.
2. Sex still sells. Or draws eyeballs, at least. While most viewers gave two seconds to everything before moving on, Moscow painter Dasha Shishkin’s vivid golden sex scenes at Zach Feuer won long gazes and much discussion.
3. Art loves Hollywood. And vice versa. Dennis Hopper’s exhibition at Shafrazi blended both crowds. Matt Dillon and Sean Penn posed in front of Hopper’s photographs of Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, and the twentieth-century art-world elite. Video monitors poking out of the wall at angles screened Hopper movies. (Larry Gagosian even dropped by the after-party at Indochine.) “I like the show, and there are already pieces I think are very special — the Paul Newman photograph, and the Andy Warhol holding the lily,” Salman Rushdie told us. Nonetheless, he’s probably not buying. “I collect contemporary Indian art,” he said.
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September 16, 2009, 11:07am