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Archive for January 2008

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Things getting underway at the dinner for the opening of Jasper Johns’ drawing show at my gallery.

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January 31, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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Protected: The cult of oatmeal grows and other stuff…

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January 30, 2008 at 11:26 am

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Thought for the day…

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January 29, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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The brick age….

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Just found out via bigdanimal‘s blog that I am just two years younger than Lego, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this month. How can this be? I always think of Lego as emerging from the mists of time. Athena leapt out of Jove’s forehead and then pulled her sister Lego out after her. It’s like finding out that salt was invented just before you were born.

I wonder how bentwright is celebrating…

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January 28, 2008 at 12:14 pm

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January 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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Connection…

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Got to spend some time face to face with art_thirst. He got the preview of the show (just two more things to do! I know, I know I should be doing them). And we spend a bit of time checking things out in Chelsea. Be fore I met up with him I was thinking that I would treat myself to a piece of pie and so I went over to the Little Pie Company on West 14th, only to find that it and the Bodum store and a couple of others have shuttered their doors. Does this mean that we are now seeing the newest wave of gentrification in the meat packing district, where the only retailers who can survive are the ultra luxury ones or the huge corporate ones? I went into the new Apple store there and it was packed, like mobbed. And it creeped me out. How many more people need ipods?

Getting to spend quality time with someone as thoughtful and open as Onajide’ did a lot to put me back on an even keel.

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January 26, 2008 at 11:36 pm

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Installing….

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Spent the afternoon hanging the show. I think most people are going to be pretty surprised. As usual the crew at MM was incredibly helpful. I like being the low maintenance artist in the bunch: on 22nd street they’re de-installin ghte Charles Ray show and they have to close off the street and bring in a special crane to get one of the pieces out of the gallery. this time around it’s wire and wall brads for me. So it’s nice to get it done quickly and with a minimum of fuss.

But I can’t be utterly without drama: getting things hung has made me realize that there’s one thing I wanted to finish that I wasn’t thinking would be in the show, so now it’s a bit of a scramble to see if I can get it done.

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January 25, 2008 at 11:07 pm

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