Films about artisits are great devices for making art more accessible. They give a wonderful window into an artist's process. They often show more concretely than other media what an artistic career entails as well as enable a view of the structures and institutions of the art world.
Over the past few years, the tenacious Ms. Sancken has managed to amplify her voice in the testosterone driven art world -- not only through her ground breaking curatorial projects but also through her whimsical and poignant writings for a number of art magazines and blogs.
Let the drum-rolls begin -- Simon dePury, the market-savvy chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company, was at hand to christen the new Park Avenue location for the inaugural preview of the Part 1-Contemporary Art Evening Sale.
Designers were encouraged to create bold, confident dresses in black, each being a unique creation by some of the most respected names in the industry -- Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino, to name a few.
The pacing of sales and the careful arrangement of lots is a carefully learned skill (call it a science?) to which some portion of the ever-escalating prices of artwork at auction must be attributed, but its effectiveness has limits.