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Wayne Coe at work on his sand painting of Kehinde Wiley outside Deitch Projects in SoHo, Sept. 3, 2009
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by Charlie Finch

One of the highlights of last week's openings at Deitch Projects was the sight of the brilliant artist Wayne Coe doing a charcoal sand-drawing of Kehinde Wiley on the sidewalk outside Wiley's show. I asked Deitch if he represented Coe, to which Jeffrey, resplendent in a lemon suit, frostily replied, "No." "It's too bad," I answered, "Wayne's work is better than what you've got on show," which is saying a lot, but then Wayne, born in Richard Nixon's hometown of Whittier, Ca., and a veteran contract artist in Hollywood, is very talented.