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SEPTEMBER 2009

ARTNET GOSSIP by Rosetta Stone

Listen, this month artnet Auctions has its biggest print sale ever. Both of the top lots in the Prints Masterworks Auction are by Andy Warhol, and both come with a touch of sadness, since their subjects have just passed away. But art lives! Warhol’s portrait of Michael Jackson from 1984, when the troubled singer was at his most beautiful, is estimated at $125,000-$150,000, while Warhol’s stately image of youthful Edward Kennedy, the champion of liberal causes in the U.S. Senate, carries a presale estimate of $12,000-$15,000.

Other highlights of the sale, which features 200 lots by 60 artists, include a sexy blue nude by Tom Wesselmann (est. $2,500-$4,500), an eroticized De Kooning by Richard Prince (est. $9,000-$12,000) and a Damien Hirst "Silver Spot" screenprint (est. $6,000-$8,000). For further details, check out www.artnet.com/Masterworks.

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Have you seen anything good? This is the question of the hour, and I, Rosetta Stone, am here to give you the answer. As I always say, I can’t predict the future, but I know it when it finally arrives.

Start uptown at the New York branch of Hauser & Wirth, which debuts with a recreation of Allan Kaprow’s Yard, an environment of five mounds of cast-off automobile tires that was originally crafted in the very same space back in 1961, when it was Martha Jackson Gallery. Bought by a collector in the early days, the original concept is now available to a museum buyer. Price: $750,000.

Next ahead for Luhring Augustine in Chelsea, where Janine Antoni (b. 1964) presents miniature copper gargoyles that allow a woman to pee standing up. And why not? Antoni’s self-portrait using the thing, standing on a Chrysler Building balcony (with a Chrysler gargoyle in the background), is $40,000 in an edition of ten (and includes the sculpture). In the back room is a giant color photo of the artist wearing a full-on dollhouse, a trope familiar from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s post-modernist feminism with a vengeance.

Across the street at Zach Feuer Gallery is an even more outlandish view of the body, courtesy of Moscow-born Dasha Shishkin (b. 1977), whose wildly inventive works feature nightmarish figures done in richly lapidary style, like Ebola in Technicolor. Most of the best big ones are already sold, at $20,000 and up -- though etchings are available for $1,500.

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PaceWildenstein is presenting James Turrell’s 14 "Large Holograms" of paper-thin triangles, squares, spheres in ghostly primary colors, the largest he’s ever made, ca. 62 x 40 in., and the last ones, too. The price? A dollar eighty-five, in art-dealer slang. Turrell is still flying small planes over the Grand Canyon. His Roden Crater opens in 2012, at the same time as his Guggenheim Museum retrospective, organized by Carmen Giménez.

Elsewhere in Chelsea, at the Gagosian Gallery show of German auction-room star Anselm Reyle (b. 1970), his first New York solo, are bales of hay painted silver. "No photographs," says the guard.... At Stellan Holm Gallery, brushy Mark Tobey-style abstractions by author William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), priced between $7,500 and $120,000.... At Bortolami, Tom Burr has several clothes racks with earphones hung on them, like you’re supposed to put them on and listen. "Don't touch," said the alarmed gallery watcher. Aack, I didn’t like this show.

Photo dealer Bryce Wolkowitz was in his spanking new gallery on Saturday as it opened on the ground level of a just-finished silver-faced new skyscraper that leans over the High Line. "I'm excited," he said. He’s premiering with "Textual Landscapes," a show of videos, including a wall of "Lighting Books" by Korean artist Airan Kang, classics like The Fountainhead and Catcher in the Rye made to glow in the dark. They’re unique, and priced at $4,000-$4,500.

Large scribbly abstractions in bright colors by Joanne Greenbaum at d’Amelio Terras are “nicely abrasive,” says critic Roberta Smith…Lots of collector interest in new works on paper by Valerie Giles at Danese, jazz-inspired graphite arabesques filled in with subtle color, some (made using glue) resembling cloisonné, at prices of $1,500 and up…At Newman Popiashvili, a Zen garden done Op style with eye-popping black-and-white patterns by Brooklyn artist Raúl deNieves (b. 1983).

In "The Female Gaze" at Cheim & Read, a soaring self-portrait, complete with designer bag, by celeb artist Anh Duong sold in the $60,000-$80,000 range...At Bowman Bloom on East Seventh Street on the Lower East Side, stitched and painted pictures of birds or guns by Mary Rubin Schepisi -- wife of film director Fred -- are moving fast at $800 each. Tom Stoppard owns some.

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Did you know that artnet has a company soccer team? Yes, it’s true, and it’s a trophy-winning team, too. artnet is the current champion of New York Coed Soccer’s Friday League, Division 3. And as champion, artnet’s team was promoted to a higher division, where the season has just begun. Go team!


Andy Warhol: Michael Jackson, 1984
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Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, 1984 on artnet Auctions

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William Pope: L's reinvention of Allan Kaprow's Yard, 1961
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William Pope.L’s reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s Yard, 1961 at Hauser & Wirth
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Janine Antoni, Conduit, 2009 at Luhring Augustine

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Airan Kang, 109 Lighting Books, 2009 at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

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artnet's Soccer Team celebrating their victory.

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