Author: Emma --- Date: 5/4/96 --- Copyright: ThingReviews NYC

The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair 1996
The Gramercy Park Hotel, NYC
May 3-6


Barneys Warehouse Sale

I heard there was a kind of sale thing going on at the Gramercy--like Barney's warehouse sale but for art. So I went over.

Well, it cost 5 bucks to get in. Pretty pathetic. I looked around at three floors of stuff and I don't know, the only thing I kind of liked is this video of someone reading Harper's Bazaar by a pool--was it April or May?

But, I 'm a little confused by the 'Fair,' sale, because is this supposed to be, like, excerpts from the best of the collections, or just what hasn't been bought up yet? I mean its all really really vapid--I can't understand why its not selling.

I was assured that my admission fee of $5.00 would be credited towards any purchase made at the 'fair,' as they call it. (where's the rides?)

Barney's warehouse sale has got things better organized, for sure. Two basic catagories like shoes and not shoes. At both places, though, it's all last season, but maybe there is something there, right?

Desite recent ups and downs, though, at least Barney's has Japanese investors bailing it out, and I could tell you why--it's a way more enjoyable shopping experience, and the sales people are way nicer

good thing they don't schedule these two sales at the same time because the Grammercy would be out of business.


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annie nomis --

yes, weave a web of words to appear apparently innocuous when read by those insufferable art fools who suck and scourage their impotent thoughts and amazingly enough blow bullets of shit at those too lame to trust their own senses...

joseph nechvatal --

Allan Kaprow in his book The Blurring of Art and Life says;"sophistication in the Arts today is so that it is not hard to assert as matters of fact that;the LM mooncraft is patently superior to all contemporary sculptural efforts;that the random trancelike movements of shoppers in a supermarket are richer than anything done in modern dance;that lint under beds and the debris of industrial dumps are more engaging than the recent rash of exhibitions of scattered waste matter;that the broadcast verbal exchange between Houstons Manned Spacecraft centre and the Apollo11 Astronauts was better than contemporary poetry".Think about the neighbourhood in which you live and the 'installations' that exist within it.These may include scaffolding,people walking down the pavement,traffic noise,a person searching for change in their pocket,a box sitting against a wall,short wave frequencies etc.All these sorts of things are potentially more interesting as 'performance pieces' or installations' than those of the gallery or concert hall because of their infinite complexity,associations and drama.

Giovanni --

After 660 and Beverly Hills and 7 or more stores of design I can assure you that there has to be somewhere for all the unsold clothes to go it may have been better for the Gramercy to host the warehouse sale since it was much more about the fashion of the art world than any "polemiKs" where the warehouse sale is about the art of buying "pieces" at bargain basement prices et al is the inversion procter hact es ... supply and demand its all about shell corp. and protecting youself from your investors!

Paul Judelson --

A little harsh, perhaps. I did like Lewandowsky's attack plant at Lombard-Freid. Did you see it? Paul

paul --

A little harsh, perhaps. I did like Lewandowsky's attack plant at Lombard-Freid. Did you see it? Paul

David Platzker --

Well, that's just it - it's all about retail sales, what a jacket go to Barney's...want something to go on your wall try the Gramercy. Pretty straight forward, no mystery about it. Let's face it most of art is about filling space. Most clothing is about keeping your body parts covered and / or warm. In either situation one can pick something that fits a status position, something that's frivilious, something that's serious, or something that's praticle. Only sometimes what you put on the walls has a larger social meaning and / or will go up in value. Clothing almost never goes up in value and more often ends up in the trash can after a couple of years of use.

B. --

I can't say I entirely disagree, the Gramercy was pretty lame this year. Still, it always comes at a welcome time, something to look forward to, etc. Of course it will ultimately disappoint. I always buy more at sample sales than art fairs. Who doesn't?

David Platzker --

But I should have said that most art, too, should end up in the trash rather than on walls.

Keiko --

I recently bought a painting from my friend. It was my first purchase of art ever. It cost me precious $100 that could have bought 10 meals from Sammy's Noodle Shop. Buying a work of art is not like buying clothes, not for me, not yet, anyway. It will not keep me physically warm, fed, or clean. When you're loaded with bills to pay, it takes an enormous leap of faith to buy an artwork, not in its potential to appreciate in value, but in your own obsession to maintain itself at least for $100 worth in my case. Let's face it, things are pretty bad for everyone, not only artists. It would be pretty unrealistic to expect non-artists to buy art when I'm pretty sure most artists don't buy other artists' work(I'd be curious to find out if there's any statistics). At Gramercy, as in many galleries in SoHo theses days, the atmosphere was not the most shopper-friendly. No galleries took advantage of the space as a model room("this could be your bedroom"). Maybe we can all learn a thing or two from Martha Stewart and Smith & Hawken.

Wolfgang Staehle --

Emma! I am really disappointed that you decided to retouch your Barney's sales slip. It was much better when the total showed $1,300! Way more glamerous! Why so timid? Wolfgang