Notable Armory Browsers/Buyers Round-Up

03.08.10 Marina Galperina

The Armory sold some expensive ass art this year, which is a good sign for the market. Among the deep-pocketed browsers I did not have the pleasure of running into was that naughty, naughty boy Michael Stipe and more.

Also reportedly seen: former Walt Disney Co. President Michael Ovitz, the recently embarrassingly Koons-ed Dakis Joannou, Russian gas oligarch Leonid Mikhelson, Iceland patriot Bjork, Coen Bro fave/Canadian typecast Frances McDormand, and the usual rich pseudo-cultured celeb parade, this time feautring Kyra Sedgwick, Sofia Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.

Considering the crazy costs of art fair participation, transport and all, a sale or lack thereof can make or break a gallery. And if “stuff to swank up my house” can be considered a buying motivation, than it makes sense why Cheim & Read sold 28 of 30 Louise Bourgeois pretty flower watercolors at $65K and up, but that unappetizing taxidermy wonder stack with band bench from Johannesburg priced at $300K remains without a living room to adorn.

Gossipy bitching aside, walking through a crowded barn adorned with art stuffs is pretty damn fun. Expect/dread more sporadic fair reviews (and pics a plenty for the vicarious enjoyment of my fellow hermits – Holla!). |Bloomberg, The Daily Beast|