Not all the partying was in Miami last week, as high-end fashionista Olivier Zahm opened a show of erotic snaps at Half Gallery on Forsyth Street. After a hard night of partying, Le Zahm showed up to install one hour before his opening. Fortunately, gallery co-owner Bill Powers had done a nice job of overlaying framed black-and-white Zahm shots of erotic water sports over Zahm wallpaper of the same photographs in the style of the recent Dennis Hopper retrospective at Shafrazi.
Half Gallery partner and bestselling novelist Jim Frey told an amusing story about Tiger Woods. It seems that, a couple of years back, uber-collector Alberto Mugrabi declared to Jim that, "I am going to turn Tiger Woods into a collector!" Mugrabi flew to Woods’ Florida compound with a suitcase full of Basquiat paintings. He unveiled them in Tiger’s living room and Woods loved what he saw. Then he asked the prices. . . seven figures, of course. Tiger turned red and politely invited Mugrabi to leave. Ah, Tiger, better millions spent on Basquiats than bimbos, for only the former appreciate.
Zahm is also the editor of Purple Fashion, a high-end art quarterly. The current number includes Bill Powers’ timely interview with Shirin Neshat, whose allies in the Persian Green Movement are currently being hunted down on Facebook by the Iranian government, according to the New York Times, and a very bizarre triple interview between Zahm, comely artist Nate Lowman and curator Clarissa Dalrymple, in which Clarissa reminisces about coming to New York in 1969 and travelling across country pretending to be one of the Manson girls. Somehow, I did not find this memory as hilarious as Dalrymple does.
There is also a strange photograph of Sean Lennon and model Miranda Kerr mimicking the famous shot of a naked John Lennon curled up and kissing a blissful Yoko Ono, by Annie Leibovitz. The Half Gallery pictures are priced at an affordable $250 each. In any case, last week, I didn’t need Miami, just the Lower East Side. Story of my life.
Olivier Zahm, Dec. 1, 2009-Jan. 2, 2010, at the Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth Street, New York, N.Y. 10002
CHARLIE FINCH is co-author of Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula (Smart Art Press).