What did you think of this year's show?
This year had many more toned down rich people at the event than last year. I think one of the favorite things to note is what kind of crazy haute culture will be shown by people. The most notable I think was a possible Russian mafia figure with shiny Pretty Woman black plastic coat on, which was pretty entertaining. There was also a guy wearing red faux fur and platform heels with crazy spikes and a 5-oclock shadow. Of course, only on the VIP night will you find the really exotic people. I think the event if you're not buying anything is likely much more enjoyable on say Saturday or Sunday after the art mob has already seen the show.
What were some of the most notable pieces?
I think that is one of the constants in the art world and this show was no different. You had all kinds of repetition of past successes: hyper-realism with no idea behind it, pop art replays and reimagined art. One example would be Vemeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was redone as a photo of an Asian lady priced at $5000 I think. It's well done, but is a remake worth $5000? I don't know as it really doesn't tell me anything of today's world.
I think the most successful was GATS art. He had at least 80% of his artwork: skateboards and painted driftwood sold already. I would have put in an offer, but having $0 income almost really limits your spend.
What were some of the best paintings?
There is an artist that does these paintings of book reports by a 8-10 year old kid and then given an F by the teacher. It really captures the adult version of an 8 year old report with the annoying adjustments by the teacher trying to reel in the creative imagination of a child. They were great last year and another hit this year.
If I did have a $10,000 spot though I would also show my Architectural Abstraction style. Below you have the work that I initially thought was going to be limited in color, but ended up adding many colors. All these works are based on strict geometric relations of 30/60/90 degrees. I think its like geometry at war with itself and highly violent. This work was finished close the accidental atomic sensor set off in Hawaii that freaked out the civilian population for no reason due to clumsy technician between shifts or maybe a deliberate take by Trump to show how serious he is to North Korea. Who knows?