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Gallery Girls misrepresents New York’s Art World

New York, 16 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Gallery Girls, the new “reality” show from the TV network Bravo that launched on Monday 13 August gives viewers a poor representation of the New York’s art world. The show documents the lives of seven women in their twenties as they try to establish themselves in the New York art scene. Characters Chantal and Claudia have managed to open a commercial space. However, the rest – Kerri, Liz, Amy, and Maggie – are all interns, while Angela creates “art” photography by posing nude with flowers covering her private parts. The first misrepresentation in this show is that Chantal and Claudia’s “commercial space” is not a gallery space at all but rather a clothing store with ’80s-style paintings on the wall. The second false representation of the gallery world is the lack of qualifications and educational background of the interns. For instance, the intelligence level of Kerri is reflected in her statement “I want to work with boutique hotels, but I don’t have the art background”, as reported by Newsweek Magazine. Not only that, but the majority of the action in the show centers around Liz (daughter of a major collector) and Maggie, and takes place in a gallery called Eli Klein Fine Art on West Broadway in Soho, which hasn’t been the center of the art scene for over ten years. Unfortunately, the unique and fascinating aspects of the high-end art market fail to appear in this less-than-accurate portrayal of the New York gallery world. This clearly staged reality show ends up delivering the public another banal and false impression of the real...

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The Invisible man at Eli Klein

New York, 30 April 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). New York’s Eli Klein Fine Art gallery is to present the exhibition “Lost in Art” from 20 March to 11 May 2012. It will be the fourth time that Liu Bolin, internationally known as the “invisible man”, has exhibited his work at Eli Klein Fine Art. The exhibition will feature his Hiding in the City and Hiding in New York series. With the central theme of being “hidden in the city”, these photographs present the artist, painted from head to foot, camouflaged in urban settings such as in a supermarket, or in front of a spray painted wall. Liu Bolin, a graduate of the Shanghai School of Arts (1995), and a holder of a master in fine art from the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing (2001) became world-famous for his artistic reaction to the destruction of Suo Jian Cun, the artists’ quarter in Beijing, by the Chinese government. In his photos, the “Invisible Man” aims to hide himself in the decor like a chameleon. Through his work, Bolin seeks to draw attention to the artistic repression exercised by the communist Chinese government, and to demonstrate the role of the artist in contemporary China. Often at loggerheads with the government of his country, Bolin has become known the world over for his critique of both Capitalism and...

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