Everyone in this overheated New York City is talking about "Swell: Art 1950-2010," the smoothly shaped show of "surfer art" now occupying Metro Pictures, Nyehaus and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, June 30-Aug. 6, 2010. Sure, the exhibition is a hometown celebration of our very own beach bums, artists-who-surf like Bill Komoski, Robert Longo and Fred Tomaselli. But mostly, it’s all about Venice, Ca.
As for Valentine, his glowing fiberglass Double Yellow Disk - Red Edge (1966) holds down the back gallery at Metro Pictures. The price: $250,000. It’s surrounded by real surfboards -- examples painted by Barry McGee and Richard Pettibone are $50,000 -- which have their own cadre of collectors, including Zwirner himself and artist Julian Schnabel.
ROSETTA STONE is a New York writer.