Left: Collector Dakis Joannou. Right: A view of the performance for Blood of Two. (Except where noted, all photos: Linda Yablonsky) (Images via: ArtForum)
Will someone explain to me why Linda Yablonsky has to write over 2000 words of long-and-boring at ArtForum’s Scene and Herd? This weekend Greek megacollector Dakis Joannou made virtually every art news site by hosting a four-day art event in Athens attended by virtually every A-list dealer, curator, and artist. Even with Yablonsky’s comprehensive coverage, I have yet to figure out what was so interesting about it.
Barbara Gladstone looks like she’s had a fair amount of botox, Joannou appears to have arm snot coming out his nose, and Matthew Barney now has grey hair. We can all thank ArtForum’s comprehensive photo uploads for those observations, though we have comparatively little documentation of the supposed purpose of the event: the art.
But as Yablonsky wisely asks: what was the bigger draw, the collector or the art? The quotes of choice indicate Joannou. This is followed up by event exposition so tedious it gives Matthew Barney films a run for their money. To save readers a bit of time, here’s a summary of the early morning Barney-Peyton collaborative performance:
Viewers watched a 750-pound bronze display case and small dead shark pulled from the water by 10 Greek laborers resembling pallbearers. They pulled the vitrine on and off a boat, over some stairs, onto a cart, and into a slaughterhouse displaying some Barney and Peyton drawings. Then they drained the water out of the vitrine and everyone looked at the drawings.