"Lesbian German Artist" Stefanie Gutheil
With over 300 art galleries in Chelsea, more than any other place on earth, it helps to have someone do the hard work of choosing what to see and what to avoid. When I recently came across a listing for a "gay" gallery tour (promising erotic offerings), my curiosity (and laziness) took the better of me. If you don't know much about contemporary art (like much of Chelsea's native population one would assume), the tour is a great introduction. Surprisingly enough, several Blog readers decided to join me on the tour. Their accompaniment (to the very end each and every one!) was greatly appreciated.
Unfortunately, I found much of the tour a tad too pedantic for my taste, but then again a "gay" gallery tour isn't really designed to accommodate a handful of MFA grads. Like any good former anthropology student, I took the opportunity to study what exactly a "gay" understanding of contemporary art might entail. Much of the discussion on the tour was designed to peak our inner gay status-ometers (how much each particular object priced out, which galleries were the most renown internationally, which artists were the most "famous", etc, etc), but hey, every queen needs a crown right?
Below are a few highlights from the tour, courtesy of "Friend of Colby" and fellow blogger Penis Ennui, who thought well-enough ahead to bring his camera.
South Korean artist Do Ho Suh, by far the best on the tour
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Nick Cave, another Colby favorite
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