2017: The Year in Review

The Year in Lists, Tweets, Facts, Hot Takes, Jeff Koons x Louis Vuitton, and Canapés



Top 5 Irate Tweets About the Jeff Koons x Louis Vuitton Bags
5. “Jeff Koons and Louis Vuitton collaborating is my worst nightmare.” —@sarahnrogers
4. “This Louis Vuitton/Jeff Koons collaboration is the stuff of nightmares. Manet must be turning in this grave.” —@plainjaaane
3. “I don’t understand how Louis Vuitton partners with Jeff Koons to rip off Monet to make money. Dis. Fucking. Like.” —@fireyfemme
2. “The Jeff Koons/Louis Vuitton ‘masters collection’ is one of the grossest, most wrongheaded lux campaigns I’ve seen for a long time.” —@phillipdyte
1. “every night, I ride past a madison avenue louis vuitton store with some christmas themed koons gazing ball installation inside and wonder why jeff doesn’t FA-LA-LA-LA-LALL down a well.” —@visitordesign

The One Artist Jared Kushner Mentions on His Instagram Feed, Which Is Still Up
Alex Israel

Price realized by the Chen Rong classical scroll sold at Christie’s New York in March, estimated at $1.2 million to $1.8 million
$48,967,500 (!)

A List of ‘Young Artists to Watch’ Lists
1. 30 YOUNG ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2018 (Cultured Magazine)
2. 15 Young Artists To Watch Now (Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop)
3. The 6 Rising Artists You Must Know In 2018 (W Magazine)
4. 25 Artists to Watch in 2017 (Red Bull)
5. Forbes 30 Under 30: Art & Style (Forbes)

Artists  Spotted at the Original Dean & DeLuca Flagship in SoHo
5. Jeanette Hayes
4. John Armleder
3. Gabriel Orozco (Actually he was at the Apple store, but count it!)
2. Eddie Martinez & Sam Moyer
1. Darren Bader (multiple times)

The Best Punk Dive Bar in Kassel, Germany, Enjoyed During Documenta 14
Mutter Bar

The Golden Lion For Best Canapé of the Year

Runners Up:
5. The white asparagus at the Romantik Hotel Spielweg, in the Münstertal Valley of Germany, during Artbinder’s annual Art Basel dinner
4. The chargrilled lobster tail at Hauser & Wirth’s dinner in honor of Mark Bradford at the 1 Hotel South Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach
3. The vitello tonnato at the opening dinner for “TV 70: Francesco Vezzoli guarda la Rai” at the Fondazione Prada in Milan
2. Daniel Humm’s veggie burger at the Surface x EMP Experience in Miami Beach

And the winner of the 2017 Golden Lion For Best Canapé is…
1. The sesame-and-ginger crusted cream cheese tartlet topped with wasabi and coffee bean, served during a celebration of the 57th Venice Biennale’s American pavilion, at the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, on the Grand Canal.



The Best Pictures of Airplane Windows LACMA Director Michael Govan Posted on Instagram

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The only two airplanes (maybe) leaving JFK this nice morning…

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Maybe this time… ☀️🌴 LA

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Not looking especially good for departure…

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(Note that, while these appear to be commercial flights, Govan famously found the future site of Dia:Beacon while piloting a plane over the Hudson Valley in New York.)

Most Perfect Pairing of Exhibition and Opening Party Performer
The Red Hot Chili Peppers playing at the opening of Damien Hirst’s “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable.

Headlines Produced by the following Google Alert: “Schnabel”
4. “Schnabel’s 41 leads Lady Bulldogs to thrilling win” (The Weatherford Star-Telegram)
3. “He’s got a type! Vito Schnabel frolics with ex Heidi Klum’s bikini-clad pal… Ukrainian model Alina Baikova” (The Daily Mail)
2. “Career day by Schnabel not enough for Marauders against Peacocks” (The University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota)
1. “IST VITO SCHNABEL EIN DROGENBARON?” (Klatsch & Tratsch – Society Podcast)

Things Thomas Campbell Posted on Instagram Following His Resignation as Director of the Met
—Costume Institute Director Andrew Bolton not wearing socks
Complaints about the Venice Biennale where he was “slogging through the eighty or so art installations in the Arsenal, many of which seemed closer to sociology exercises than art”
—That big Damien Hirst show—he’s a fan
—Dan Weiss taking over his job
—His last day

Member of the Trump Administration Who Made an Appearance at an Art Fair
United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at the opening of TEFAF New York Fall 2017

The Five Best Twitter Conversations Between the Artists Borna Sammak and Jamian Juliano-Villani

Peter Nagy’s 5 Best Comments on the @davidbowiesmoking Instagram
3. @davidbowiesmoking: “David Bowie Smoking in a food coma”
—@Peternagy1959 “He never ate food”
2. @Peternagy1959: “Amazing he had time to sing with all that smoking going on.”
1. @davidbowiesmoking: “David Bowie smoking and surprised to see us.”
—@peternagy1959: “And in a bad suit. Must be the Swiss years.”

New Darren Bader Works the Art Critic From Infowars Should Review
—chess: relatives (2017), which made its debut this year on the High Line, wherein people act as chess pieces on a giant chess board
—”Forest/Trees,” a solo show at Greenspon Gallery where Bader installed small speakers across four walls, each playing a song that somehow related to a concept-word he had written on the wall, the different sounds blending together to a hard whirring noise, indecipherable
Proposal for a Fragrance (2017), presented at the Sadie Coles HQ booth at Frieze London, wherein the buyer must combine at least 37 perfumes in order to make a new scent
—And an even zanier work in the Sadie Coles HQ booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, sand (study) (2017) that is best explained by the wall text, seen below

Most Politically Engaged Gallery Ad

And a Few Things to Look Forward to in 2018
The Jasper Johns show at the Broad, the New Museum Triennial, Dahn Vo at the Guggenheim, Manifesta 12 in Palermo, a Bruce Nauman retrospective at the Schaulager that later travels to MoMA . . . and the 2018 midterm elections.

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