A farce of an art award show, jabbing fun at what was once a farce of an art award show put on by sculptor Rob Pruitt and the Guggenheim, which has since in the past few years been co-opted and transmogrified into a "legitimate" art awards show of sorts (If such a thing exists).
To clear up any confusion or disambiguation, Rob Pruitt is the artist who brought you this CHROME LUMP OF SHIT and had nothing to do with this event ART FAG CITY's The Art Fag City Rob Pruitt Art Awards and Auction * Not affiliated with Rob Pruitt.
That was until he donated this PLASTIC LUMP OF SHIT to the auction.
Melted bags of ice, by Rob Pruitt.
With a dolphin furry, lots of free booze, good beats, metallic fruit, and a few weird surprises this was to be a very strange night indeed.
From above looking down at the main mingling area you can also see the artwork that would be later auctioned off projected onto the far wall..
From down below looking up.
Art writer Benjamin Sutton and Daniel Stedman , President of The L Magazine.
Artists Ann Hirsch, Angela Washko and Man Bartledt.
Artist and MC of the night artist William Powhida.
AFC's own Paddy Johnson done up in gold.
Hyperallergic's husband-and-husband team Veken Gueyikian & Hrag Vartanian.
Hrag, Paddy and Veken.
Male models making drinks.
Free bouncy rides on the dolphin's lap. . . no thanks.
Artists and celebrity iPad DJ's Andrew Andrew.
Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw were in charge of meat and veg.
Performance artist Paul Outlaw.
Paul cuts silver plated animal parts. . .
. . .and tops with cocktail umbrellas.
Jennifer Catron dressed gold. . .dressed the fruit and veggies. . . in gold.
I know how many carbs are in a carrot, but how many are in a karat?
Tastes like shiny.
I've heard of golden apples, but golden grapes?
Strawberrys taste better coated in precious metals.
One of their performers climbed a ladder to mime as though she was cutting golden oversized fruit dangling from the ceiling.
Some of the servers were part of the performance wearing Victorian style garb and donning Mozart and Rocky Horror Picture Show Riff Raff wigs. It didn't make much sense really.
After much schmoozing, drinking, eating, digesting metal, listening to music, and perusing the art that was up for auction, celebrity art auctioneer C.K. Swett stepped up to the podium to auction off the various works and experiences, to raise money for AFC.
This one was by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, it didn't sell.
William Powhida's Doppleganger, aka, an actor he pays to play him at social functions, as well as heckle him, get drunk, rowdy, etc. To me he looked a lot more like a doppleganger for SNL's Jason Sudeikis than Powhida, but that's just because I have eyes.
After bidding hundreds on a bottle of the same booze the bartenders were serving for free, he then poured it into the spectator's glasses.
ANIMAL New York art blogger Marina Galperina.
Who ever said art bloggers can't be sexy.
Art World video art sensation Hennessy Youngman.
In the middle is artist Bryn McConnell.
Artist Yeni Mao and Christina Vassallo, Flux Factory Executive Director, whom I met at her last Holiday Gala.
Performance artist Nate Hill.
AFC Editor in Chief Will Brand (on left) with Nate Hill.
Performance artist Jennifer Catron & Gallerist Allegra LaVoila.
Allegra and Paul Outlaw.
Allegra with C.K. Swett.
Paddy Johnson on the mic announcing while AFC's Stacey Calcagni getting ready to find the winner in the crowd.
Artlog cofounder Manish Vora and attorney Michael Gruenglas.
Hennessy Youngman chats with Postmasters Gallery co-owner Tamas Banovich.
Guggenheim public relations associate Samantha Weiss.
Hyperallergic's Kyle Chayka, a blonde, and Guggenheim's Jiajia Fei & Samantha Weiss.
Two of the Occupy Wall Street artists.
Art Market Monitor writer Elena Soboleva.
Elena Soboleva & Jason Andrew.
Veken Gueyikian & painter / curator Julie Torres.
It was at this moment my camera decided to lock up, I had to pull out the shit brick back-up camera, the next series of shots are crap, good camera comes back before too long though.
William Powhida introduced a special guest to give away the "BEST JERRY" award for the art writer who most embodies Jerry Saltz.
The guest presenter was the White Rhino himself Jerry Saltz.
Hrag Vartanian won for best Jerry, and Jerry handed him his award, he handed his award and acceptance speech over to the Occupy Wallstreet Artists.
The Occupy Wallstreeter, Hrag, and Jason Andrew.
Sean Capone wins the award for best procrastinator.
Jason Andrew talking with Tommy Lucas and art writer Corinna Kirsch.
Julie Torres, Benjamin Sutton, and Stephen Truax.
When Norte Maar curator Jason Andrew learned that he lost the STRONGEST AWARD, to the astonishment of the crowd he proceded to climb up the grated wall, over the ledge, and back down again hand over hand using only his arms and finger tips.
Jack Early presents the last award, a secret award for Best Under Recognized Show, to Rona Yefman at Derek Eller Gallery.
If trophy handler Hethre Contant looks angry, it's because someone (fake Powhida) dented the microphone (didn't notice till I pointed it out did you?). She was happier when she recieved the award for best cleavage.
Ok, so I just made that last award up, but Hethre laughed when I proposed its existance. . . sad microphone.
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