Cathedral of Shit’s invite to the opening of Studio Voltaire’s Mayfair shop venture seemed to have been mysteriously lost in the post, but luckily, we managed to wangle our way in regardless. So packed was the opening that we didn’t see much other than the booze counter and anything hung over 1.5m high. We couldn’t afford anything on our minimum wage but considered shoplifting a Steven Claydon brick… it was just too heavy.
The party, distinctly harder to get into than the shop but no match for the CoS crack party team (in through a toilet window, a fiver to a doorman, and “create a diversion, Steve!”), was in full swing by the time we got there, with East London journalist and DJ ‘face’ Charlie Porter manning the Ivy’s tape decks. We are sure that at one point we heard DJ Assault’s “There’s Some Hoes in this House”.
In attendance – Rob Tufnell (at one point face down on the floor), a very drunk Darren Flook, the Napoleones, ACE’s Julie Lomax (no doubt taking advantage of the free booze while she can), Matthew Slotover, Emily King, Fiona Banner, Alice Rawsthorn, Sarah McCrory, Mark Rappolt, Oliver Basciano, that actor off the telly that everyone likes, Rupert Sanderson of the shoes, Stuart Shave, Jeremy Deller, and Jennifer Higgie making shapes on the dancefloor, some fashion designer who looked familiar, and that’s all we can remember.
It seemed a remarkably well stocked party for a fundraiser, though we did see Julia Royse of champers sponsorship there. We tried to get a CoS champagne deal but apparently we’ve no ‘discernible merit’. How rude.
Posts Tagged ‘Darren Flook’
Posted by cathedralofshit on February 9, 2010
Rumours surrounding problems at this years new Darren Flook and Elizabeth Dee conception ‘Independent’ range from tales of lack of money, and in-house disagreements. However, this may be scurrilous rumour-mongering from galleries still participating at the Armory. Is NY’s premier art fair losing its mojo?
According to many art dealers, yes… upscale galleries such as Blum and Poe, Tanya Bonakdar, Metro Pictures, Friedrich Petzel, and David Zwirner, all staples from the time when Colin De Land was steering the ship, have all migrated to ADAA, and the Armory hasn’t gotten any cheaper. Even established galleries chose to take part in the 2008 Dark Fair rather than participate in the depressing buildings that make up Piers 92 and 94.
In the words of one participating dealer – “who wants to go to a trade fair in a recession? Depressing. Spend less money, show art in a space that was actually designed for that, and feel good about the fact that you’re doing something new”.
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Posted by cathedralofshit on January 11, 2010
Just as power cuts and cold snaps result in an explosion in the birth rate nine months later so, it seems, so do downturns in the art market. Staying in and drinking cocoa rather than going out and indulging works wonders for the sperm-count.
Congratulations to Darren Flook and Christabel Stewart, Ryan Gander and Rebecca May Marston, Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal, David Kordansky, Matthew Darbyshire, Emily Pethick and Nils Norman, Catherine Wood (number two on the way), Jimi Lee and (!)Stuart Comer who have either spawned recently or are about to.
Stuart Comer’s baby mother is said to be the heir to a banana billionaire’s billions.
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