If The Social Network, the Facebook flick, taught America one lesson, it was that a successful web site shall not crash. Given Art in America's weekend test-run of the VIP Art Fair, the world's first online art fair, let's call this one a beta. From the outset, functionality was sporadic. By midday Saturday an advisory note on the homepage read:
Due to the overwhelming number of visitors from around the world who have logged on to VIP Art Fair since its launch at 8am EST this morning, the Fair is currently experiencing slower than normal response rates. Please bear with us as we work to remedy this situation. Thank you.
At one point, the site completely shut down.
"I'm not a kid anymore, and it's kind of funny to have someone in their fifties running around spray-painting walls-but it's fun, I like to do it," says Kenny Scharf. He's not the only one. After putting up a mural on the Goldman Properties wall at Houston and Bowery—the site of Keith Haring's famous 1982 mural and subsequent treatments by Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos, Shepard Fairey, and Barry McGee—it was bombed (twice) by graffiti writers. Although going over someone's work is more or less the law of the street, especially at this spot (see: Fairy, Shepard), the controversy ratcheted up a notch this month when Tony Goldman installed security cameras at the site. "Spraypaint has this connotation of graffiti and graffiti has this connotation of gangs," says Scharf. "It scares some people."
However critics might seek to define Roberto Cuoghi—from "living sculpture" to anecdotal poet—the Italian mixed media artist's work almost exclusively explores the permeable boundaries of the self. This exploration, according to the Modena-born Cuoghi, started in Milan in the mid-1980s:
Mixed Media, 212 x 66 inches, Courtesy the artist.
Artist Kirstine Roepstorff was born and trained in Denmark, but lives and works in Berli