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Overheard in the Art World

by The Editors on July 20, 2012

Did you hear? — Giovanni Lanfranco, “Hagar in the Wilderness” (first half of 17th C.), oil on canvas, 138 x 159 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris (via wiki)

We’re in Soho on Tuesdays, the Lower East Side on Wednesdays, Chelsea on Thursdays. We go to openings, art fairs, auctions, performances, lectures, galas, member events, after-parties. (Oh the afterparties!) WE are the New York Art World, though we do travel, so we’re really everywhere.

Every Friday (or so), we post things “Overheard in the Art World.” #OHAW Honestly, art world, don’t take yourself so seriously.

This week, the art world had its panties in a wad when Ed Ruscha left MOCA and we all braced ourselves for another Dietch controversy. Meanwhile, the New Museum steered clear of scandal, opening a great group show that gained Roberta’s approval and Public Art Fund dipped into the Whitney Biennial, unveiling Tuazon’s sculptures at an opening that didn’t have oysters.

“Does Dietch have any relevant board members left?”
— overheard at art dealer’s private party

“I’ve always thought Dietch was having an affair with James Franco.”
— overheard at art dealer’s private party

“Every city needs a party museum, but this has gone too far.”
— overheard in at an art event in LA and submitted by @hydeordie about what she assumed is LA MOCA

“Alan Turing was hot!”
— overheard at New Museum opening of Ghost in the Machine

“Where’s my date?”
— overheard at New Museum opening of Ghost in the Machine (his date was looking at Alan Turing portraits)

“I think we might go look at the art now.”
— overheard by the bar at Public Art Fund opening of Oscar Tuazon’s People

“It’s a real tree, right?”
— overheard at Public Art Fund opening of Oscar Tuazon’s People

“They should really serve oysters at these opening things.”
— overheard at Public Art Fund opening of Oscar Tuazon’s People

“What’s the difference between the Hirst dots and Kusama’s?”
— overheard at the Whitney Museum’s Kusama retrospective

“He was important before the recession.”
— overheard at a 57th Street gallery

“I’m gonna walk outta here and not even know I was here.”
— overheard by the bar (sort of) at Recess gallery opening of Laura Vitale: White Sands

“His artwork is tackier than the new Old Navy ad on East Houston Street.”
— overheard at Recess gallery opening of Laura Vitale: White Sands (whose artwork we wonder!)

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  • http://twitter.com/KateRhoades Kate Rhoades

    Alan Turing was hot.

  • http://twitter.com/BeefcakeFactory Matthew Lawrence

    It’s true, Alan Turing was a looker.

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