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Overheard in the Art World

Unknown Artist, “The Appointment Overheard And Prevented” (c.1785) (via bonzasheila.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 so), we post things in “Overheard in the Art World.” #OHAW Honestly, art world, don’t take yourself so seriously.

Fresh from Fourth of July holidays, this week the New York art world opened some great summer shows. Despite the strain of the season’s heat, artists are finding new dealers, girlfriend have a firm and rapid response to their untrained art-viewing boyfriends and NO ONE is getting dumped.

“I have a new dealer. It’s fine but I don’t know what kind of lunatic she is yet.”
— overheard at Morgan Lehman opening of Contemporary Watercolors

Boyfriend: “I Wanta touch it”
Girlfriend: “Don’t touch it.”
— overheard at Morgan Lehman opening of Contemporary Watercolors

“Worst frame job ever, but great work.”
— overheard at Morgan Lehman opening of Contemporary Watercolors

“You can’t dump someone you haven’t had penetration with yet.”
— overheard at open mic jazz performance at Tea Lounge

“She just looks like she has a touch of Down syndrome”
— overheard at open mic jazz performance at Tea Lounge

“I would really like to photograph you naked.”
— overheard at Yancey Richardson Gallery opening of tete-a-tete

“How many museums does this place have? I’ve never even heard of the Frick Museum.”
— overheard in Midtown Manhattan, near the Fifth Avenue Apple Store

Gallery goer 1: “Are you a friend of the artist?”
Gallery goer 2: “What, you only talk to ‘friends of the artist’?”
— overheard at Charles Bank Gallery opening of Inglorious Materials

“Look what broke at Pride (holds up broken iPhone) … and of course it happened in the gayest way.”
— overheard at SFAA opening of Aesthetics/Anesthetics

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