NFT Envy Reportedly Led To Hamptons Dust, Nicolas Party Drops His Own Work, And More Juicy Art World Gossip

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During my tenure here at Fresh paint– and it’s been exactly a year now, dear readers – I have found it to be of the utmost importance to maintain a good balance between the intellectual and the intellectual. Nowhere else are these two poles more tense than in the Hampton. Having spent the last weekend there, I couldn’t feel more confident in that statement. The glaring displays of wealth in the East produce extremes of both garish and tasteful.

Let’s start with the fun stuff.

The directory Advantage of the watermill has always been a wacky affair. It’s the only gala I’ve been to where I have to sign a waiver to get in, and after you, it’s kind of Kafka-esque dream/nightmare of some of the most extravagant performances you’ve seen. It’s also usually littered with real A-listers: Isabelle Rossellini, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr..

This year was a little… different.

Although the performance art was as captivating as in years past, probably the most interesting sight was the withdrawal of the conservative / socialite / would-be biter Stacy Engman premises through security.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see it myself, which is surprising because she came to the event wearing one of the most flashy outfits of the evening: her signature tiara, a pink feathered dress, dazzling glasses and a tailored belt that said “Art Royalty.” (Now I hope you guess where this story falls on the garish metric of good taste.)

“Art Royalty” has some relevance here beyond a weird self-given honorary title; it is also the name of Engman on OpenSea. Which is relevant, because apparently during her withdrawal from the party (which she denied when contacted by PageSix) she was attacked by someone from the outside who was so envious of her crypto- wallet that it drove her to violence.

“Someone said she was targeting me since I’m a billionaire and my NFTs are worth so much,” she said. page 6. “I really hope I never see her again.”

A Watermill Center The rep said he couldn’t comment on the incident because he was unaware. Engman did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

But there is at least some reason to doubt the attacker’s alleged motive, as a quick look at the Art Royalty crypto wallet reveals that none of his NFTs have seen a single sell, ever.

For example, a piece from his portfolio, ART ROYALTY MASTERS – STACY ENGMAN + VAN GOGH, was at one point listed for sale at $8 million. It never sold. Oddly enough, Engman also has a collection of unsold NFTs called AvaSTARs, not to be confused with another, slightly more legitimate collection called Avastars.

No legal records that I can find have been filed since the alleged attack, and his assailant has not been identified. An assistant to Engman wrote to Wet Paint that it was not a participant who attacked her, but someone waiting outside.

They added: “Preference is to keep the focus on the occasion of celebrating Stacy’s great achievement with her. masterpieces and Spotlight on Magnificent NFT Gems that she made her debut on BMW NFT Art Car at Hamptons Polo and its exciting showcase at NFTnyc from her AvaSTARS and portable. So congratulations on these accomplishments!

One of Laurie Anderson’s paintings in progress at the Elaine De Kooning home in East Hampton.

Anyway, on the high forehead.

Of all the great shows in the East (Maki Na Kamurathe dynamic webs of Michel Werner Gallery; a formidable collective exhibition of textile works by artists such as Mike Kelley and FAwith Ringgold; a handful of local artists who exhibit at Eric Fischl and April Gornikspace, the Church) is the world premiere of Laurie Andersonthe paintings.

If the Hamptons art scene were on safari, glancing at one of these might be like spotting a white Bengal tiger. The artist is best known for her art of sound and virtual reality, which has earned her an extensive critically acclaimed retrospective at the Hirschhorn Museum this year entitled “Le temps”.

But no paintings by the artist “O Superman” were in this exhibition, and the nearest someone came to see one of these works (unless you are a Schnabel) is in the East Hampton Starfrom last week’s cover, in which she smiled in front of a large canvas.

I love sharing my wealth of access with my loyal Wet Paint readers, and my visit to the ever-beautiful Elaine De Kooning House in East Hampton allowed me a brief afternoon to peek into the studio that Anderson has been working in as part of their residency program for several weeks.

And another.

“The last time she painted on such a large canvas was probably around 2012,” the art dealer said. Chris Byrnethe founder of the Dallas Art Fair who takes care of the house, told me. “lou [Reed]The health of was failing and they went to Julian Schnabel.

During this period of intense emotional restraint, Schnabel stretched out a canvas for her to paint. Byrne told me she hadn’t painted since. So here is your rare chance to see some of his most elusive works.


A reproduction of Nicolas Party Portrait,2018 hanging at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for several years, you know the art market superstar Nicholas Party has been in high demand since Hauser & Wirth made him one of the youngest names on his roster. Apparently, the artist isn’t fazed by the demand for original works, to the point that he’s basically making his own forgeries.

Hanging in a high-end clothing workshop Dover street market in Los Angeles right now is a recreation of Party’s Portrait (2018). One might stop and think this is an unauthorized print or a fake, but in fact it is a faked print issued by the artist’s own studio.

According to a spokesperson for Kaufman Repetto, Dover Street Market LA reproduced Portrait (2018), under discussion with/approval of Nicolas Party’s studio.”

The reproduction crops the original piece, which has been brought to Art Basel in Switzerland in 2018 with Kaufmann Repetto. Why would the Party allow this, you might wonder? Well, the reproduction is only for decorative purposes in the jewelry section of the store. The party chose the piece and authorized its recreation in favor of a friend who is a vice-president of Dover Street Market. Unfortunately, the part is not for sale. But it’s obviously good to have friends in high places.


…Lucien Black-smith ran a $228.56 bar tab (including over $100 on matcha martinis) at downtown sushi restaurant Timewas called the instagramthen paid over the phone and left a 25% tip… artsy sent an e-mail to the gallery owners detailing a new ban on off-platform communications between collectors and gallery owners that left more than a few disgruntled dealers—”ppeople are super pissed,” a tipster told Wet Paint… A new documentary titled Claydream on the father of clay, Will be Vintoncoming out this weekend… Speaking of the Hamptons, Sheri Pasquarella was appointed CEO of the Sag Harbor Church Finneasmusician and bestie from Alex IsraelHaa new song called “Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa”, which contains the really vexing lyrics: “she could be mona-lisaif mona-lisa had a prettier face” 🤔 … Hari Nave was tapped to play candy darlingone of Andy Warhol‘s muses, in an upcoming biopic…


*** Stefania Bortolami play beer pong with Anton Kern the day she got her US citizenship (congratulations, Stefania!) *** Lena Dunham and his godfather, jerry saltin conversation about his new film, pointed stick ***King of slacker rock Stephen Malkmus stopped by Steve Keennew painting exhibition at Los Angeles *** Winter Street Gallery hosted an enviable dinner party to celebrate their summer show at Martha’s Vineyardwith Moulins Moran, Olivier Babinand of them notable Wet Paint in the Wild students in attendance*** Derek Fordjour got down to work this weekend Cooper Hewitt Museum ***


It seems like artists cooking dinner for their own art openings are a trend lately, so last week I asked you to name your favorite artist-chefs.

Pali Kashme, owner of the gallery Europesuggested Alex Eagletonand Marinaro owner Lauren Marinaro written in: “Tracy Thomasson is an amazing chef! Her salads are incredibly creative and complex and she is constantly trying new things. At a recent desert island-themed dinner party, she provided the pavlova dessert, which was designed to look like Wilson of Castaway and tasted delicious.

Khoi Nguyenmeanwhile, nominated Rirkrit Tiravanijaof which I can confirm that the paella was delicious. Paola Oxoa of Mother Gallery verified name Matthew Barneyand Catherine Overgaard suggested Franklin Parrasch. To find out who really is the best, why don’t you invite your dear Wet Paint scribe to dinner? I will bring the wine.

My next question: What is the status of the 2022 coffee table art book? Email your response to [email protected]

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