This week, Philip Gefter takes us through the Jewish Museum’s retrospective of Man Ray, casting off the Surrealist photographer’s myth (and his phony name). Jerry Saltz weighs in on the controversy surrounding the New Museum’s decision to let Jeff Koons curate a show based on the contemporary art collection of Dakis Joannou, who is a trustee of the museum. Saltz reasons that collectors have better work than museum, anyway, because of late good art has been too expensive for collective acquisition. So that’s it: Surrealists aren’t safe; institutions aren’t safe; even auction houses are safe. After posting promising results based on the hefty sale of a Warhol, Sotheby’s New York headquarters were taped up by artist Sam Bassett, who has previously installed his zig-zagging motifs in the Chelsea Hotel.
What do we have left? The domains of private collections, of course. Eli Broad has announced he will double the size of the museum he’s building for his collection in Los Angeles. It’s a good week for Los Angeleno art, in fact, as a Francesco Vezzoli-Lady Gaga pairing made headlines and record-breaking earnings at the benefit for LA Moca, as reported by Anthony Haden-Guest.
LEFT: JEFF KOONS AT THE BENEFIT FOR LA MOCA. PHOTO BY PATRICK MCMULLAN.