De-Diary

Editor in Chief, Despina Stokou, has been in charge of Bpigs since it first launched in 2010. Here she discusses her experiences, observations, and attitudes on being an artist, the art market, and life in general.

  • by Despina Stokou, 28 May 2015
    I wanted to post my response to this article as well. For what is worth. https://www.artnews.com/toc/women-in-the-art-world/ Art does not have gender. You could maybe, if so inclined, try to differentiate between nuances of female and male energy, but really… why should you. The discussion we are having...
  • paramount ranch, art los angeles, art weekend
    by Despina Stokou, 13 Feb 2015
    This artist from Greece people tell me copies my stuff finally caught up with me in an afterparty of Art LA. “YOU HAVE TO BEEEEE BETTER… “ he informs me drunkenly. He pauses and leans even closer - Is he trying to kiss me or throw up on me??- “AT PAINTING” he stammers conclusively....
  • by Despina Stokou, 11 Dec 2014
    It is a special day every year, the day I hear Rudolph the red nose reindeer for the first time. I was always impressed by this Christmas song, which is NOT about how six mammals fly around the world carrying a carriage full of presents and quite a heavy old man in winter gear, but about the fact that one of them (...
  • art basel miley cyrus performance
    by Despina Stokou, 9 Dec 2014
    “You have to be careful!!! “ she grabs my hand and hisses in my ear “he is a very dangerous guy…” I have to look away and hide a laugh at this, she seems so earnest in warning me, woman to woman, how Stefan Simchowitz can take off my art panties with just a glance, make me loose my...
  •  David Ostrowski F (A thing is a thing in a whole which it's not), 2013
    by Despina Stokou, 23 Apr 2014
    So we are through Armory, Frieze NY and Basel Hong Kong in one week, and at least one Biennal, more mature, more self assured and some of us even more prosperous. This is the second part of the how to fuck things up, a series of realistic, idealistic, and maybe a bit illegal schemes to subvert and slowly overturn...
  • by Despina Stokou, 5 Mar 2014
    It is around this time of the year (Armory time!) where you pack your suitcase full of giddy anticipation to start on the roller coaster art fair ride through the Basels, the Friezes, and the Biennals that will eventually strand you on the South Beach in December, smeared lipstick, heels in hand, sporting a full blown...
  • by Despina Stokou, 2 Dec 2013
    You will miss the big Tomatina taking place in August in Spain and in Februar in Miami, but while you are shifting your weight from one stiletto to the other watching the booth or talking to some random suit, you can fantasize about walking on a mash of cool, red, disintegrating tomatoes. You will feel so...
  • by Despina Stokou, 25 Nov 2013
    Nicholas Byrne, Anthea Hamilton, Jack McConville, Rallou Panagiotou, Despina Stokou @remap4 I used to think of openings like birthday parties. You prepare something special and your friends, their friends and their friends friends come to celebrate you and your accomplishments and share alcohol, which should ideally...
  • by Despina Stokou, 29 Aug 2013
    So what has been going on? Berlin Art Week is getting ready for its second edition. It got bigger, better and if possible... Berlin_er! The 10 main institution partners, abc and Preview art fairs are now joined by ten temporary partners, chosen by the judicious qualities of Monica Bonvicini, Claudia Wahjudi (Zitty),...
  • by Despina Stokou, 19 Jun 2013
    Maybe it was the alcohol, the lack of sleep, the constant flying or the fact that I kept bumping into Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in Venice. While landing in Zurich last week I heard cows (the sound of cows: muuuuh). Twenty hours later it happened again. Overhearing an art dealer talking to an eager collector...
  • by Despina Stokou, 15 May 2013
    Does his name mean “Big”? Like Maximum? No wonder he is so famous… I don’t know. And lives in New York… Hm… The maximum Curator. The Ultimum Curator. The Curator Ultimatum… I don’t know... Ultimilianno? I DON'T KNOW Despina! But you are Spanian!...
  • by Despina Stokou, 29 Apr 2013
    Unlike "director’s cut", this new series, which might or might not become a thing in Bpigs, will try to present readers with a shortened version of events: a dense mix of popular oppinion, marked usually with “I heard” and personal ones marked, logically, with “I think”. There...
  • by Despina Stokou, 20 Mar 2013
    The Art Language series will sporadically discuss "rules" of the Public Relation language, as observed in the field. As with almost everything else in bpigs: use at your own risk! Art is a risky business. Anybody could be Somebody any minute (and Nobody the next),  you do not want to risk displeasing a...
  • by Despina Stokou, 28 Dec 2012
    As the last days and nights (mostly nights) of 2012 rapidly slip through our sticky-sweet fingers, and since the world has not ended; a retrospection of shorts might be in order. What happened in the last 12 months, where have we been and where are we headed? Inane as it is, the need to look back and evaluate every...
  • by Despina Stokou, 10 Dec 2012
    I AM IN MIAMI, BITCH! *one of the T-shirt Slogans Despite it’s stretching on to three districts North, South Beach and what was very misleadingly called Designer District , where I went expecting petites boutiques and was confronted with warehouses and more graffiti than I was prepared for, with horribly tacky...
  • by Despina Stokou, 20 Nov 2012
      IDIOMS AND PECULIARITIES OF CONTEMPORARY EMAIL COMMUNICATION In the second year (and a half) of its existence, Pigs, then Bigs, and now Bpigs, has admittedly stepped on another toe or two. Your responses, scold, and enthusiasm have been a constant companion, helping us retrace our steps, or just move on. As...
  • by Despina Stokou, 14 Nov 2012
    ON ART AND MORTALITY It is immature and childish and I should probably stop doing it; especially now I actually work with them. In fact, if you are one of my gallerists, please feel unaffected by following statements, or better –stop reading alltogether. We talk, we drink, we laugh, but then it just...
  • by Despina Stokou, 17 Oct 2012
    rocket Jesus or the best poster I have seen since a long time "Concordia Concordia" Thomas Hirschhorn@Gladstone Gallery through Oct 20th, pic courtesy of the gallery see more “I want to do something Big.“  I nurse a mild contempt for press releases, people who write them (and take...

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