Weekend Art Shows: Madoff, Clinton, Queer Batman


From the Scope Art Fair, photo (cc) artcomments.

There were some art shows in town this weekend, most notably the Armory Show at Hudson Piers 92 and 94. Vulture said that political art was “missing, by and large, from the booths,” though seen a certain way Yan Pei-Ming’s Bernie Madoff portrait might qualify: the Times talks to some show-goers who think “they should charge a buck a dart to toss at that thing” and that Madoff should be “crucified”; Yan says he meant it as “a kind of symbol of the economic crisis.” The Times reports no buyers for the portrait, though someone paid $20,000 for Claire Fontaine’s neon sign that reads “Capitalism Kills.”

ARTINFO found a “chin up” attitude at the Pulse Contemporary at Pier 40, where Allison Schulnik quickly sold 12 paintings, including Big Wooly Monkey Head, though Dash Snow’s “polaroid of a hipster snorting a line off cock” had no early takers.

The Scope Art Fair at Lincoln Center got a Voice Choice and seemed a fun date, where artist Jon Burgerman “explained, while wearing a pasta strainer on his head tied down with pink-neon thread (wires), that he would like to interact with people” and someone apparently exhibited the pictured work of Clinton doing his cigar trick (we wonder if the Big Dog himself, who was in town for the shows, made it to this one).

And the Bridge Art Fair had at least one exhibit we’re sorry to have missed: “Queer Batman,” which as you’ll see at the link is pretty much exactly what you’d expect (“like something a school boy would sketch in his notebook if he was ballsy enough”).


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