▼ Report: Brooklyn Terrorist Phantoms
Linda Yablonsky writes, Friday morning found me in a gallery showing giant black inflatables that could have come from Planet Debbie. On my mind, was the palpable violence felt in any New York Gallery. The newspapers tell us a terrorist group in Brooklyn is likely targeting the bright white spaces of Chelsea, but the group seems a phantom and the NYPD has no definite evidence of their existence. Japan authorities no longer suspect the phantom group of executing the attack on Jeff Koons in February.
We lost our decade’s most important artist, Jeff Koons, to a violent gesture. Everyone is afraid it was only the beginning. Standing in the lobby of my hotel, the day Jeff was slaughtered on Tokyo streets, I had the sense we are seeing the end of civility.
Friday night found me serene at Vezzoli’s long awaited opening, trying to sip piece of mind from the champagne, artwork and dear friends. Videos played in a closet cut into the tableaux, and guests crowded into the doorway, either puzzled or entranced. It was hard to tell. “The people of the future will decide if I am a good artist,” Vezzoli said, looking to his studio manager, Luca Corbetta. “Maybe we should phone them. Taste is not dictated by violent gestures,” Corbetta said.