Do you hang out at New York art critic Jerry Saltz’ Facebook page? You don’t? Lo-o-oser!.. We kid. Actually, the New York art critic thusly provokes an endless stream of art-related discourse and quips. It’s funny how his comment about being willing to trade sex for a Gerhard Richter (or a good copy of one) has been blown out of proportion by high-profile blogs. News, you guys!

Aside from the reality show, how does one achieve mainstream penetration? (Correction: High profile blog attention.) By accident. Keyword? “Sex.”

The post:

can make me a Richter that looks EXACTLY like an abstract Richter – more or less indistinguishable from the real thing. (You can sign your own name on the back of the damn thing; I just love these and want one.)…Offer: $1000.00 plus materials. I’d like a biggish one.

Then, the raised stakes:

1. We agree that you will make me a Richter. 2. We agree on size and cost. 3. You make it. 4. A curator from a MAJOR NY Museum inspects it. 5. IF he/she cannot distinguish it (more or less) from real thing, then I
A. I pay you the amount of money we agreed on previously.
B. You get a bj or female equivalent.

Commence over-analyzing about wherther or not he is for real, for really real. Jerry Saltz himself responds: “Well, this is & isn’t surprising…” Our take? Yeah, it’s just a saucily decorated Facebook post, but he should go for it — art:sex trade isn’t new and he could gain much as a cultural figure by experiencing sex work empirically (don’t judge!), assuming it’s his first time. Also, it’s justified. That Richter stuff is so gorgeous.

Oh, also, it was a fucking Facebook post.

And here’s some art by Jennifer Dalton based on Jerry Saltz’s Facebook posts and the frequency of reoccurring topics, from political rants to art thoughts to vagina-related discourse.