The Art Handling Olympics
Calling all art handlers: The Art Handling Olympics wants you! Register your team of four on their website and go head to head with New York City’s best, Sunday March 21st. The first competition of its kind, The Art Handling Olympics (AHO) celebrates the art world’s unsung heroes. These are the people who figure out how to fit over-sized sculptures into undersized elevators, find the straight lines in crooked paintings on slanted walls and eat the double park ticket so clients don’t have to! This March, we will crown the champions of the trade.
Competition founder Shane Caffrey says he’s pleased with AHO’s response thus far and enjoys the team names handlers have come up with. “My favorite is ‘Well Hung,'” he told me through a bit of laughter. Knowing there’s a “Special Delivery” portion to the competition makes me think that the group will need to bring a little more to the table than a chortle-worthy pun for the win. Nobody’s dick is going to drive a truck.
I’m told the competition is still selecting judges, so I took the liberty of offering up a few suggestions. In no particular order those are: Mary Boone (dealer), Jeffrey Deitch (dealer), Jerry Saltz (critic, former trucker), Andrea Rosen (dealer), Brian Alfred (artist), Sue Schaffner (artist), Cynthia Yardley (artist + Atelier 4’s art fair and expo co-ordinator), and Lauren Cornell, (Executive Director of Rhizome and Adjunct Curator for the New Museum).
*The Art handling Olympics is an event founded by Shane Caffrey, and brought to you by Ted Riederer, Nick Brooks, Hiro Sato, and Jay Ivcevich. Together they are the Olympic Committee.