Wednesday, June 21, 2006


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What a view of the Hudson river and the docks! This location was one of the reasons why I went to ny: to attend the Saturday@Phillips auction. This auction is geared towards young collectors and was a great free thing to do in ny. All one had to do was register and could receive their bidding paddle! I would say the average selling price was between $1000 and $5000. Most of the pieces being auctioned off were prints/photographs, modern furniture and some jewelry. It was incredibly exciting to be in a real, live art auction...and at times I really wanted to wave my ping-pong sized paddle with giant number but of coarse reality set in and I had to be a motionless spectator!
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Go here to view the lots...I really recommend attending a saturday auction if you are in ny during that time.
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This Richard Prince was a beauty! I love that it incorporates the three things prince is known for: cowboys, motorcycle ladies and jokes. The joke on this one reads: "I went to see a psychiatrist. He said, "Tell me everything." I did and now he's doing my act." This piece estimated $5,000-7,000 and sold for $10,200! Man...I love a good joke...almost as much as paint on a canvas!
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I had my eyes on this Terry Richardson photo that had a low estimate but ended up going for $840, which still was pretty reasonable but a little out of my league!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

no detroit artists have anything to say about all of these new york art posts? no discussions of the work? no throughtful critiques? not a single thought?

apparently all we can do is bitch about locals.

detroit is sweet.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's kind of hard to get a feel for the pieces because the images are so small. the only one where I can really tell what's going on is the photo...which I would have my eye on also. I can't really get into photography but every once in a while a photo interests me as did this one. Maybe it's the humor in it, or I like capes or something.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, science has show us that if you take a large cage and fill it with rats (providing ample food and water) within a number of weeks they will begin turning on each other and resorting to cannibalism.
These rats will never look through the wire mesh of the cage and say “hey, let’s go over to that cage over there and bite those rats instead”.
No, the rats will only look quietly at the other cages while gnawing on the bones of their former cage mates.
Science is wonderful.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the end you are left with three really fat rats. On the upside, I hear rat meat is delicious.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these discussions are always stupid. nothing about art, always against detroit.
i enjoyed the images. some i recognized some i didn't. i don't write to an art mag after i've looked at their images. i just take it all in and enjoy, as here.

the caped piece reminded me of marcopoulos's work. there, a comment. so what. i come here to look at the art. not to be a wise guy.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the rodents will coexist peacefully in the cage but if a rat from another cage is placed in their midst they will rip it apart. I saw this in my high school biology lab and it wasn't pretty.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you guys ever feel that artists have an inferiority complex, in terms of their position in society and in relation to the art community for which the overcompensate with a truck load of ego?

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complex?! geeze i hope not. Why does everyone pick on me....stop yelling.
Stop it. ....

I cant take this. I'm just going back down to my parent's basement and watch Will and Grace.

In reality, there is nothing like a good artsy slap fight. It usually breaks down into a mess of sobbing and group hugs.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Richardson photographed Leevon

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you people, with the exception of Christine and 333, make me sick. Totally negative. If someone looks at the work and has a critical comment, they are razzed. If there is no comment at all, they are razzed.

I have gone back to this series of images many times for enjoyment, but have not felt the need to pipe up with comments just to hear [or see] myself speak.

I appreciate totally all of the work that Ann is doing in posting the photos from her travels. Many bravos to her.

The rest of you who love the rat metaphors, this is what you see in your own mirrors. Dont assume that I am in the cage with you.

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for that. this blog isn't even worth posting on anymore because it's one of the most counterproductive blogs. Detroit is just oozing with negativity. no wonder people are leaving. I can't wait to leave myself. This is the crap that makes me not very proud to call myself a "detroit artist". What positivity is there with that label? The art is sub-par, the criticism is counterproductive, the overall vibe is just a lions pit where everyone is clawing at each other to reach the top rather than helping each other out and reaching it together.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a lot of the negativity is sarcasm. Besides, the art community in Metro-Detroit, and any community around here in general, is very small and therefore suffers from the "village" mentality...with gossiping neighbors..etc. Besides, I think the scenario around here consists of a phobia of setting our standards too low, while simultaneously trying earnestly to make the community inclusive and active. All in due time.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm really tired of certain people using ann's blog as a whipping post. down with detroit, or down with detroit art. boo hoo.

there's critique and there's whining. i'm sick of the whiners. they never talk about art in any real way, just throw out rhetoric.

if you have an opinion about anything, lay it out in some coherent way.

the sad thing is -- there might only be one or two anonymous's spewing bad vibes and hijacking ann's efforts.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you names stop complaining and focus on what is important to you in the thread.

That is the key to surviving in detroit. You get shit from every direction but there is some jewel experience / history here that keeps some of us around working and maybe helping to improve the environment.

Try teaching a class of 25 children every day, that may give you spoiled art-farts more perspective on sorting out opinions.

12:08 PM  

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