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WTF, Vanity Fair?

How the fuck did both Larry Gagosian and Damien Hirst make the top 40 in Vanity Fair’s New Establishment rankings. While I’m excited to see two artists represented, did they have to pick the dealer client combo? Particularly at #31 and #38? It just seems like a bit much. Throw in Bacon-buyer Roman Abramovich at #8, and you have the entire Bacon supply chain.

Of course, Vanity Fair was not cool enough to show some love to the ultimate Baconian, Nelson Diaz. That’s a damned shame, because you can look at his work and see where Bacon was headed.


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Julio Aguilera in Saatchi Gallery Art Magazine

Learn about New York artist Julio Aguilera’s latest project, a sculpture of Prometheus, in the Saatchi art gallery’s online magazine. The bronze sculpture, modeled on the God of Fire cigar label, will be featured at a charity auction to be held at the Grand Havana Room on October 15th. This could prove to be the cigar event of the year.

Learn more about Julio Aguilera’s “God of Fire” >>

Nelson Diaz in Saatchi Magazine

My first article for Saatchi magazine has finally been published!!! Check it out >>

I am pretty fucking psyched to be writing for such a prestigious publication. The Saatchi Gallery has cranked out some big name artists, including the reclusive nutjob Damien Hirst (who, like Nelson, operates in the tradition of Francis Bacon).

The story is quite interesting. It covers Diaz’s frustration with the current state of the art market and his show of protest. In order to make the aesthetic attainable to those who are not incredibly wealthy, Diaz has been selling paintings on eBay for starting prices of $1. The results have varied, with the first piece, Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #1 reaching $745, though several have only barely cleared the $100 mark.

The final piece, Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #10 is currently on the block, and the auction closes tomorrow. Place a last-minute bid >>

Keep an eye on Saatchi magazine for more coverage of the art market from me. Pretty soon, I hope to see my piece on Julio Aguilera’s “Prometheus” sculpture project.

Auction #6 is down, Nelson Diaz keeps going

Art revolutionary Nelson Diaz has just completed his sixth $1 auction on eBay. The latest installment of Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 sold for an appropriate $203.50. I know who bought it, and I’m happy that it wound up with a collector who will enjoy the work of art.

This sale, essentially, met Nelson’s two most important criteria. The painting had to sell for less than $300. And, it had to sell to someone who would enjoy the piece rather than view/treat it as a commodity. This buyer addresses both.

This week, Diaz is stepping up the pace a bit. He has put three paintings up on eBay, all with the starting bid of $1. After this week, there will only be one chance left to purchase a Nelson Diaz original from this series. I’m not pitching, just stating fact.

Here are the latest from Nelson, with links to help you participate in this new movement. For a change, art is defining history rather than merely recording it!

Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #7

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Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #8

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Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #9

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Introducing Ben Krell

After having sat on my ass for too long, I’m happy to announce that I have finally written my first article on Benjamin Krell. The piece, “Fusing Light and Motion on Canvas: Interview with New York Artist Ben Krell,” introduces the work of this artist to OhmyNews.com’s readers and explains his approach to the canvas.

Ben is an interesting guy, and I love his work. So, I’m happy to add him to the group of artists I cover. We have had some decent opportunities at major magazines, but unfortunately they didn’t materialize. We did, though, get live rejections from some serious magazines.

Get used to seeing Ben Krell’s work on my blog. It’s going to continue. After all, the Migrant Blogger loves art, and this is art that I’m excited to cover. Now, my portfolio of artists is up to three, with Krell joining Julio Aguilera and Nelson Diaz. Someday, I’ll have to get the three of them together at once for an ad hoc show. Maybe I’ll have these painters do performance art, just to fuck them up a bit.