Gallery Girls Episode 7: “It Feels So Good to Be a Gangster”

by Ben Macaulay on September 27, 2012 · 2 comments Gallery Girls

This week, a record two gallery girls worked. It was predictably glossed over by Bravo’s producers. Kerri has spent Art Basel scoping potential purchases for Sharon Hurowitz’s clients and helping Tony Abrams run art events. Amy, no longer under Sharon’s wing, has spent her time setting up a pop-up gallery for End of Century along the city’s Art Walk.

Kerri gets a few seconds of airtime while working at an event at Boulan for run-of-the-mill pop artist Mr. Brainwash. The camera pans over a few objects with dripping paint and images of Marilyn Monroe before defaulting to Angela and Claudia using the event to hunt for men.

Found one!

Amy, last seen giving the End of Century girls their pick of venues for a pop-up gallery, gets slightly more camera time than Kerri because her efforts make better fodder for Chantal’s burning ingratitude. Amy oversees the transformation of Cafeina’s outdoor space, having a tent set up, fixing the lighting, bringing in a projector, setting up merchandise tables, having walls built for Angela’s photographs and paying the venue’s fee. She’s even let the End of Century girls use her pool while she does the work. When she calls the other girls to let them know that the venue is ready, Chantal continues to moan about not wanting to work, before squawking that “someone needs to check [Amy] into a loony bin.”

Angela is the first to drag herself to the venue, bearing the same tired photographs from her first show two episodes back. Using her iPhone as a level, she makes sure the pictures are crooked, their white frames looking even more horrendous against the white wall than they were at the first show. Donning her circle-frame glasses, Angela waits eagerly for the Great Pumpkin to appear and buy her work. Her security blanket is a less-than-confident line about being inspired by “moroseness and cinema.” To her credit, her previous artist’s statement described her work as “teetering on the precipice of moroseness,” so at least we know that the work has made up its mind on moroseness.

Chantal and Claudia arrive later, laying out some jewelry on a merchandise table and falling into their signature art slouch. They complain about the lack of visitors, then Amy’s efforts to attract visitors, then the footwear on the visitors. (Flip-flops in Miami, who knew?) Jane Holzer swings by with the only positive attitude left on Gallery Girls, purchasing jewelry and walking Angela through presenting her photographs. Having learned nothing, the End of Century girls head off to party.

The rest of the episode narrates Liz’s club drama. Having spotted the three Brooklyn girls wandering like ghosts through the Rubell Family Collection, she invites them to a night at Mokai, a nightclub owned by one of her friends. All seven gallery girls attend, and it’s revealed that Liz’s hostility towards Chantal and Claudia stems from the lack of earnestness in their ‘Hi’s. “She’s actually interesting,” says Liz about Chantal, after a hearty discussion about shoes.

“$300? That’s not bad for a bottle of vodka.” —Maggie, provoking the above reaction

After the Brooklyn girls leave, Maggie’s boyfriend Ryan forgets to tip their waitress and one of his friends is ejected from the club for moderate rambunctiousness. This behavior reflects poorly on Liz and causes her insufferable self-righteousness to flare up. Liz, having had substance abuse issues herself, has earned the authority to talk down to her peers, calling them “commoner creature[s]” and telling them to control their alcohol. Maggie’s attempts to apologize for the club incident are met with bizarre accusations of Ryan dating Maggie to get alcohol. Defeated, Maggie twirls her hair.

Next time on Gallery Girls: Amy loses her home, Claudia loses her gallery and Eli Klein Fine Art loses Maggie.


Carolina A. Miranda August 14, 2012 at 12:57 am

omg, wannabe pseudo gallerinas that are really OC housewives in disguise? how is it that i’m missing this piece of quality programming?

Matt August 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

This sentence in paragraph three: “Brooklynite Angela claims Carrie Bradshaw as her inspiration, despite her hostility toward the cast members who at all resemble Bradshaw and toward the Upper East Side in general.”

It makes me feel dyslexic.

ohcomeoooooon August 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Really really need my neighbor to get her cable turned back on so I can start watching this.

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