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.
This new approach involved basing the 25 paintings displayed on a screenplay by the artist, which he hopes to turn into a novel with the help of a ghostwriter (and publish under a pseudonym). Eventually, Prince hopes, the book will be a vehicle for promoting the movie.
For now, though, he has to settle for the brutal reality of having sold each painting for $150,000, pretty much within 24 hours of the show’s opening. Tough life for a starving artist …
I’m slogging through Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him. It’s something of a Devil Wears Prada for the New York art scene. This normally wouldn’t be my first choice, but I’m reading it as research for a story I’m working on. For what it is, not bad.
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.