Gavin Brown on Art and Fashion

Gallerist Gavin Brown talked to about his love-hate relationship with the fashion business. After reading this particularly harsh passage I could go for some glam snacks. See you at Open Season day 2?

What do fashion people get wrong about the art crowd? And vice versa?

The fashion crowd doesn’t get anything right about art. The two tribes speak two entirely different languages. You are either on one side or the other. This is a particularly interesting week to think about the difference: the punk Met Ball and Frieze Art Fair. Both sides using the other to dress themselves up as something they are not, and destroying something essential about themselves in the process. The punk Met Ball was particularly hideous. The final enslavement of one of the most powerful postwar social movements. Reduced to Sarah Jessica Parker’s fauxhawk. A sad and accurate diagram of the state of our culture. A crowd of shiny morons turning reality inside out so it matches the echo chamber of their worldview. Would Sid have been invited? What would he have thought? Is this what Mark Perry meant by “This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band”? The English art schools of the sixties and seventies—the cradle of this creative movement—must be writhing in their supply-side straightjackets. It only emphasizes to me that fashion—whatever that is—sees art (and artists) as an idiot-savant gimp, and they keep them on a leash, begging for glam snacks. And fashion follows along behind art, picking up its golden shit.

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The Color of the Universe

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When I was two days from finishing the first draft of this book, a friend called from New York in great excitement. “There’s a text message on CNN. They say someone’s found the color of the universe,” he said. And what color is it? “I’m not sure, I missed it.” He left the TV news running as we talked, and then suddenly he said: “here is is again.” I grabbed my pen and wrote down that scientists at John Hopkins University had discovered the color of all the light in the universe. And that is was pale turquoise. I had no idea what it meant, but it suggested that my journey was not over. And that there was a whole world – no, a whole universe – of color stories still to find. 

– Victory Finlay, from the epilogue of Color; A Natural History of the Palette – an essential reading for any painter.

Alice Könitz: 500 Words

“The idea that it is a museum and not a project space or a gallery matters to me. A “museum” has a certain gravity to it. It has a very slow time frame; it’s kind of a sedentary thing.”

-Alice Könitz for

More about the project and a video here.

I feel inspired to create my own yard museum.

7 Qualities of Successful People

They are humble. Their success doesn’t consume them.
They are on time. On time for work, on time for meetings, on time for the train. They hate wasting their own time, and as a byproduct, anyone else’s.
They always appreciate what they have. And as a result, they usually get more.
They are universally respectful—to their friends, their boss, or to the person that makes their sandwich for lunch.
They don’t let work consume them.
They make sacrifices for the benefit of others.
They are patient.
They put in the extra effort when it’s needed, without any strings attached.
They resolve issues or conflicts directly.
They respectfully push back. It’s easy to push back. To do so with respect takes skill.
They trust their colleagues.

-Greg Hoy

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Why We Love Beautiful Things

We think of great design as art, not science, a mysterious gift from the gods, not something that results just from diligent and informed study. But if every designer understood more about the mathematics of attraction, the mechanics of affection, all design — from houses to cellphones to offices and cars — could both look good and be good for you.
-Lance Hosey

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