Using a classical, layered technique adapted to his adept pencil work, Venti builds layers of color and form in one portion of the work, then covers that in an archival, museum-acceptable spray coating.
He said, "Do you know the artist ? He's actually deceased. He was young." As soon as I saw the name on the wall, Ján Mančuška , I had this sudden and sad recollection. I had neglected to tell Mančuška that his work really made an impression on me several years back when we were in a show together.
Like conservatives who write pleasant histories that ignore segregation and child labor, Deitch-bashers speak of the good old days at MOCA that were more insider and downright icky than most anything old Mitt Romney could be hiding.
Jim Kempner, founder of the eponymous gallery in New York's gallery district, sees the contemporary art world as a hilarious place -- one he plumbs for material for his mockumentary film series The Madness of Art.