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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.


Learn more about Nelson Diaz >>

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Damien Hirst Insult: Thanks, Vanity Fair

Wikipedia

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Vanity Fair ranks artist/asshole Damien Hirst 30th in The New Establishment 2008. That part blows. But, I was happy to see that the mag called him “today’s greatest inheritor of the mantle of Andy Warhol [emphasis added].” Andy Warhol sucked. Damien Hirst’s bullshit animals are a joke, so the connection makes sense.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like some of Hirst’s work. The statue outside the Lever House on Park Ave (since replaced) was fantastic, and his installation in the Lever House gallery, recalling Francis Bacon’s 1946, was nothing short of genius. But, Hirst doesn’t do enough of this any more.

And, he promotes himself via MySpace. How low rent is that?

ArtObserved

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I’m just happy Vanity Fair compared him to Warhol and NOT Francis Bacon. Hirst no longer seems to carry Bacon’s torch. That honor belongs to Nelson Diaz.

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.