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Overheard in the Art World

by The Editors on December 26, 2012

Thomas Sully (1783-1872), "Gossip" (nd) (via

Thomas Sully (1783-1872), “Gossip” (nd) (via b-womeninamericanhistory19.blogspot.com)

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 Wednesday, in this case), we post things “Overheard in the Art World.” #OHAW Honestly, art world, don’t take yourself so seriously.

This week, while the art world may have hopped off the flight from Miami with her eyeliner running like she just stumbled out of the Shore Club, but that didn’t stop her from pounding more champagne and living off passed cupcakes by Melissa as she made her rounds on the Holiday Party circuit.

Girl #1: “How was Miami?”
Miami Goer: “It was good, ya know, saw no art and increased my tolerance for champagne.”
—overheard at an art gallery staff meeting

Person #1: “I can never pronounce most of these artists’ names.”
Person #2: “Google them.”
—overheard at the New Museum gift shop

“I need a detox and a new life.”
—overheard at a private collector’s Holiday Party on the Upper East Side

“If I have to go to another Holiday Party on the Upper East Side I’m going to stop celebrating Christmas.”
—overheard at a private collector’s Holiday Party on the Upper East Side

Guy on cell phone: “I’ll sell you the painting.” Pause. “Can you store it for me?”
—overheard near 56 Bogart in Bushwick, Brooklyn

“Why is this event free?”
—overheard at Fernando Romero’s (FREE) book launch at the Guggenheim

Older lady #1: “Now who builds an art gallery in the middle of the ghetto??”
Older lady #2: “White people.”
—Myrtle and Tompkins Ave. in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood*

“I didn’t know all of Picasso’s paintings were black and white.”
—overheard at FREE’s book launch at the Guggenheim, where Picasso: Black and White is currently on display

“Is this one of those art parties where no one makes art?”
—overheard on N6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“I would definitely let Frank Sciame father my children.”
—overheard at Sciame Holiday party at the Morgan Library

“Do they sell digital books here?”
—overheard at Spoonbill & Sugartown bookstore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“I can’t remember the last time I was at an art opening.”
—overheard at Boyd Level Holiday Party

“This is like the Paula Cooper screening without the line and with free booze.”
—overheard at MoMA’s pop rally with Christian Marclay’s “The Clock”

“The Clock in Venice was so much better.”
—overheard at MoMA’s pop rally with Christian Marclay’s “The Clock”

“Are you brushing your teeth??”
—overheard in Art in General elevator en route to Flux Factory Benefit

“The artist said she wants us to boo her speech.”
—overheard at Flux Factory Benefit during Martha Rosler’s performance

“Did you like the way it tasted?”
—overheard at Flux Factory Benefit in reference to the “Vagina” (aka Judy Chicago) dogs at AFC’s Wienerfest

“What?! They were like a self portrait?”
—overheard at Flux Factory Benefit in reference to the “Vagina” (aka Judy Chicago) dogs at AFC’s Wienerfest

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