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THE PRICE OF BUYING WEYANTS
Remember a few weeks ago, when I compared myself to a buzzing fly Larry Gagosianthe ear ? Well Team Gago better call David Cronenberg if they want to clip my wings; I was on my worst behavior at Anna Weyantthe first solo show of Gagosian last night. Buzz buzz, baby.
To 980 madisonthe air was thick with the intoxicating aroma of gossip that follows the canadian a painter seemingly everywhere she goes (and gossip was the only intoxicating substance served at the opening – no need for champagne socialites when there are, ahem “at least five billionaires” in the room, according to one source). A deep breath in the evening, and my head was spinning with information about who has access to what works, who is auctioning their paintings next week, who is sleeping with whom, and, sadly, a slew of misogynistic comments about the fact that she deserves this platform. (She’s young, but may I remind you all that Tyler Mitchell, another artist who made his first release at Gagosian this fall, is also 27? And she might be dating Larry, but hey, who’s to say that both partners in a relationship can’t be extremely talented? Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourgsomebody?)
Between the jostling, no question arose more often than: how many? Indeed, no one seemed exactly what the primary prices of the seven paintings and ten drawings in the exhibition were. Before the opening, it was said that none other than Larry himself knew the answer to the question, which was repeatedly raised among a crowd that included Dasha Zhukova, Marc Jacobs, Tali Lennox, Emma Sternand of course, the three muses of the evening, Sophie Cohen, Eileen Kellyand Serena Williamsposing in front of their portraits.
Fresh paint love a good mystery. Of course, we all know where Weyant’s secondary market prices after her $1.6 million record was set at Sotheby’s in May. Privately I know Weyant’s painting Hobo (2020) was being shopped for $950,000 earlier this year. (The coin is consigned to Phillips next week for their evening sale of 20th century and contemporary art with an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000which I imagine will be torpedoed pretty quickly.)
As for the primary, during the evening two sources close to the gallery disclosed similar price ranges for the paintings on display, one presumably with a discount, the other without. And these were… either $300,000 to $600,000Where $350,000 to $600,000 for paintings, and $20,000 to $40,000 for the drawings. A gallery representative declined to comment on my hard-gathered information (wink).
Compared to the $$$ estimates for his works which are going up at auction this month in all houses, the primary prices seem like a steal (however, who am I to recognize a theft? I was stupid enough to not hang one $450 work on paper by Weyant at a fair Hampton few years ago). To Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale, His Piece Loose screw (2020) is expected to sell between $300,000 to $500,000and Girl crying at a party (2021) is up for grabs at Sotheby’s for $250,000 to $350,000. It’s a pretty safe guess that those estimates will be tripled by the time the hammers fall, so anyone in good enough grace for a mainline access is probably thanking their lucky stars.
WAGE TRANSPARENCY IN THE ART WORLD? CLEARLY DEPRESSING
This Tuesday, a new law in New York City came into force by decreeing that all job offers must publicly state the corresponding salary, which is positioned as a major step towards correcting patterns of gender and racial wage disparity. The law is currently in effect in the city, and similar legislation has been adopted for New York State, with implementation pending a John Hancock of the governor Kathy Hochul.
I have to laugh when I think of some arts professionals hearing this news. Our world is famous annoying, odd and even morally wrong when it comes to transparency with money. Once the law came into effect, I was quite shocked that the website of NYFA (the New York Foundation for the Artswhich posts relevant job advertisements) was still up and running – I could plausibly have believed that someone would have paid to plant it.
But no, there were numbers galore. The first one assignment to catch my eye is for a gallery assistant job at Vito Schnabel Gallery, which lists a salary range of $45,000 to $50,000 (Not bad for an entry-level position. Still, the average rent in New York is over $2,000). But it’s a bit sad to see that a SEO for a position at Lonti Ebersthe artistic organization of Lover pays a similar annual rate of $55,000 for an “experienced” role as design and communications coordinator.
Although there are outliers – a gallery manager at 303 Gallery could earn up to $85,000, or 85,000% more than a spring intern would win at the Rubin Museum of Art—most jobs listed writing that their the rates are in the general framework of between $50,000 and $60,000. At the upper end of this spectrum is a position to Robert Rauschenberg Foundation as a researcher in their catalog raisonné team for $55,000 to $65,000 a year, which, just for comparison, is about 0.03% of what one of his paintings sold for at Frieze London this year (there is also no mention of health benefits in the posting). The unionized Metropolitan Museum of Art pay their security guards just above minimum wage at $16.50/hour as a starting rate, which is pretty meager considering how many rogue kids I imagine trying to Extract-from-the-mixed-files-of-Mme-Basil-E-Frankweiler the place on a daily basis.
From a more optimistic point of view, I was delighted to see that Day pay their guides a whopping $110 per hour, and even pays $25 per hour for them to do the research and corresponding readings required by the highly cerebral position. Even better, it is stated that they encourage artists to apply for the role on a part-time basis, which would be a great deal to support studio practice I think.
Yet, I haven’t seen a single job posting in my searches that exceeds six figures. So, to put it in industry terms, most of these positions aren’t even consignable at daytime auctions. Better try FinTech if you ever want to collect. (BRB, I’m going to ask for a raise and encourage you all to do the same!)
Kanye WestThe wax doll of was removed from At Madame Tussaud’s in London… The Bronx Museum provides a $26 million renovation scheduled for completion in 2025… Jeremy O. Harris was proposed to to Crystal Bridges Art Museum between one Kehinde Wiley piece and one Amy Sherald painting (congratulations, Jérémie!)… According to her perfectly imperfect writing, Anna Delvey Houses “Marguerite Wibaux sculpture installation on my stove with Catalan mara and Graham Fortgang prints in the backdrop” at her East Village apartment, where she remains under house arrest, ordering takeout from Lucian***Al Freeman Jr.open to 56 Henry came complete with Popeye’s chicken cookies and Campari draft sodas…james fuentes picked up the performance of the choreographer Geoffrey Holder‘s estate, starting with a show hosted by Hilton Als… “Trish the dish” of Nathan Fielder‘s “The Rehearsal” is an employee of IFDA this week, by distributing brochures, according to my colleague Sarah Cascon…
Klaus Biesenbach and Michael Stipe sharing a soda after Klaus taught Michael how to ride an electric scooter through the streets of Paris (I think Frank O’Hara has a poem about it?) *** The New York Academy of Fine ArtsAnnual “Take Home A Nude” was this week and honored Tracey Eminand Warhol historian Bob Colacelloactor Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Eileen Guggenheim, Gary Indiana, Shelly Fremontand Zoe Buckman*** Speaking of Fremont family, Casey threw a dinner in soho this week for Leatherologyand well-heeled art world luminaries such as Hiba Chahbaz, Hannah Traore, Sheree Hovsepianand Christine Messineo all came to sip champagne *** Legend without wave Lydie’s lunch read to River next to Annie Hamilton and artist Matt Star***michelle obama apparently had an art-filled week last week, going through the Workshop Museum in Harlemannual gala and do some exploring in Chelsea, stopping at Jack Shainman and Nicola Vassel Galleryflanked by security *** My most horrible hangover of all Halloween weekend came from Max Levaibirthday party at lens flare in Chinatown, and I wonder if Lucas Zwirner, Annabelle Dexter Jones, Alex Shulanand Dean Kissickamong others, felt the same ***
WET PAINT QUESTIONNAIRE
Last week I asked who in the art world throws the best Halloween parties, and although my answer has to be Olivier Clegg and Michael Nevin‘s cat party last year, which I wish they would recreate for this year. However, it also seems that Ivy Getty can take the cake for the best Halloween party this time, because its party at Chapel Bar last night attracted the whole show.
My next question: What’s your best guess as to where Marc Spiegler could land post-Art Basel? Email your response to [email protected]
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