Luke Murphy‘s Certainty Shelter at Canada. Installation view.
I’m not a collector, but I didn’t mind taking advantage of last Saturday’s extended gallery hours for ArtLog’s Lower East Side Collect 2009. Geared towards art newbies, ArtLog promises to liquor audiences up (a complaint amongst many dealers) and pre-select galleries worthy of a visit. The atmosphere is relaxed and the dealers aren’t behind their desks, which tends to be less intimidating to those wanting to ask questions.
Not that every gallery had such luck. One anonymous dealer tells us a so-called “Princeton Scuzzbag” took it upon himself to school his girlfriend on the art. “It’s all done in photoshop,” he told her gravely, (and incorrectly). Visibly impressed with this new found knowledge, she replied, “Do you think this is post-modern?” The comment prompted a make-out session. No one I spoke to reported sales.