Art Attack: Murakami, assume vivid astro focus and Gelitin

There were many, many art shows that opened this week. The climax was yesterday's assume vivid astro focus show at John Connelly Presents (pictured). It's not too often that you're asked to take off your shoes before entering the gallery. But that's what happened, and once you've walked past a friendly drag queen who handed you a 3-D glass-mask with a half of her face on it, it was well... I won't spoil the fun for you.

So the word on the street is that the market is still strong (surprised?)!! Apparently, the buying frenzy is so potent that gallerists need more artists and more work to sell, and supposedly at the Takashi Murakami opening at Gagosian Tuesday night, prices kept morphing on the small flower plates (see below) as the demand continued to escalate. I don't know what's crazier -- New York City real estate market or the art market!

But never mind all this waxing on capitalism... beginning this Monday, art renegades from Austria Gelitin (pictured right, below) will be subway-ing to Coney Island with shovels in hand to dig a hole as part of Creative Time's anniversary extravaganza. We give you the message from the horse's mouth:

the dig cunt

called by the quest to hole, gelitin will set out to dig on coney island beach.

mornings we will take the train to coney island equipped with hands, shovels and a mind settled like grains of sand. we will dig for seven hours and in the evening close the hole and return back to manhattan.

the next day we will take the train again to coney island and dig a hole and then close it again.

the next day we will take the train again to coney island and dig a hole and then close it again.

the next day we will take the train again to coney island and dig a hole and then close it again.

the next day we will take the train again to coney island and dig a hole and then close it again.

the next day we will take the train again to coney island and dig a hole and then close it again.

the next day we will take the train again to coney island and dig a hole and then close it again.

everybody is welcome even the ones who are not welcome.

every hand is a helping hand. every spade is a helping spade. every shovel is a helping shovel.

7th of May till 13th of May. noon till evening.

somewhere on coney island beach. look for a hole.

Here's the week in art in pictures:


Murakami discs


Tim Hawkinson at PaceWildenstein


Mr. at Lehmann Maupin
; Mr. (in hot pink pants) being interviewed


Miss Aimee Phillips at Mr. show with her pup Thurston; Terrence Koh performance flyer

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