Saturday 11th March 2006 For those of you who missed it, the West
Side Highway and Pier 90 not only played host to the Armory Show on
Saturday - there were also scientists! Alongside a scientific study
about the art world (in Chelsea) the Brainstormers set up camp as a
human Etho-Rhythm machine. Their question was "how good are you?", and
the request from fair-goers was simply to fill out their questionnaire
about various aspects of the NY art scene. The tone was absurd, but the
point was clear enough. Each participant handed in their survey form
and received a "Brainstormers Report" and a hand-drawn pie chart. The
"Brainstormers Report" laid out their recent findings for all to see,
with a recreation of the Chelsea Gallery Guide - color-coded to show
the galleries with most and least gender equality in their ranks. The
pie-chart documented Jerry Saltz's recent article stating that only 17%
of the solo shows in Chelsea in the Fall of 2005 were by women artists!!
Oh, and since we're partly talking about the Armory here. What do
you make of these two paintings? The one on the left was in Kerlin
Gallery's booth, and the right hand painting was at the Frith Street
Callum Innes has made a name for himself making very elegant and
simple 'process paintings', but I needed to take these photos of his
work at these two galleries to see that there is indeed quite a
difference in color. Though there was plenty of interesting work at the
Armory this year, as usual the 'repeats' were laughably conspicuous....
I can't say I'd have put money on Jonathan Lasker and Alex Katz being
'the ones' this time round!