My latest piece is up at the L Magazine. The teaser below:
As I write this, sounds of construction pervade Chelsea, an otherwise vacated district preparing for the madness brought on by September's annual rush of gallery openings. There's the usual sense of excitement and anticipation — nobody knows the winners from the stinkers yet, but now's the time to start making a few educated guesses. And so, this week's column includes a few of my best bets.
Artist and self-professed jack-of-all-trades Robert Longo curates Monsters, an exhibition at Rental Gallery on the Lower East Side. The theme — 'My employees over the years have been talented too, let's give them a show' — is not unknown in the art world, though a show like this, with lesser known artists, is typically launched in the slower seasons. Additionally, these kinds of exhibitions often include the staff of generous gallery owners and auction houses, which tends to signify a certain level of education rather than quality of work. Who knows how good Robert Longo's employees' art will be, but given his reputation for compelling realist drawings made with a team of assistants, it will at least be proficient.
To read the full piece click here.