Spent Saturday and Sunday at the NY Art Book Fair at Phillips auction house in Chelsea. I drooled my way around, booth by booth, checking out an amazing amount of art books, magazines, zines and prints. It reminded me of going to comic book conventions in the city when I was a kid..totally overwhelming to the point where you just freeze up. I did manage to track down pieces by two of my favorite artists, Raymond Pettibon and Richard Prince. New Pettibon zine, THE MAJOR ARTERIES, and a 6 page photo zine called 3RD PLACE, by Prince (6 pages never hurt so much, but it was the cheapest Richard Prince item available.) Awesome event.
Carrie really hooked me up for my 40th BDay, and went the luxury route, with COMME DES GARCONS socks and the insane HINOKI cologne from MONOCLE magazine and COMME DES GARCONS. I mean this stuff smells incredible, and covers up my infinite coffee aroma. The inspiration for the fragrance comes from a chilly spring morning soak in a boxy hinoki tub outdoors in Kyoto, while smelling the mosses and trees and the wood of the tub. What more can I say? Bananas. Also a signed John Waters book to complete my collection of his books. Picked up the Manson book on street, and the Richard Prince zine came with THE JOURNAL magazine as an insert. Great BDay dinner with some friends and that's that.
A couple of books picked up on vacation.
Richard Prince-Hippie Drawings (must have)
Eric Wilkins-Sex on Wheels (needs no explanation)
Roxanne Lowit-People (French edition of models and others partay-ing)
Christopher Makos-Andy ( Andy in a various state of drag..always score Warhol material when available... however weird.)
When I heard that Jeff Koons was going to be showing his major works at Versailles, I knew our Paris trip would have to correspond with this event, and we made it happen. Seeing his stuff in that environment was totally sick, as I suspected it would be, and I used all my photographic experience (none) to capture the magic for you.
The Pompidou has the second largest collection of modern art in the world (behind MOMA), and the museum itself is a work of architectural genius. Also a great bookstore, and amazing view. Getting to see art up close and personal is one of my favorite things in the world, and this museum delivers. Enjoy this Basquiat, Twombly, and Duchamp. Or not.
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