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, 15 Jul 2020
    I think this is an excellent moment to start over in the art scene: Educate collectors, gallerists, art lovers, even artists. Any reform in the art world and one is now sorely needed, should start in the ways we talk and write about Art. Starting from what seems like the gotcha question: Is Art essential to society?...
  • by bpigs team, 28 May 2020
    Art is always lonely. It is lonely in its conception because you need to quiet the voices in your head. It is lonely in its process because you left it too long, and now you have to finish the damn show. It is lonely in its social context because it is ( ideally) always new, always awkward, always kind of an outlier....
  • pic by @ClemensWilhelm in Berlin Neukölln.
    by bpigs team, 14 Apr 2020
    pic by Clemens Wilhelm in Berlin Neukölln I miss FOMO. I miss opting out. I miss lipstick. Not on me, on you. I miss Aperols and Margaritas and impromptu picnics on the grass and babies running around and touching stuff. Dirty Fingernails. Licking chocolate off the floor. Not me, the kids. I miss talking...
  • Rachel Mc Adams for the cover of VOGUE (..ish- it didnt actually end up on the cover)
    by bpigs team, 5 Mar 2019
    LADIES. What are we fighting for here? Best of Gender? Because you are not gonna grow a dick however many sisters you throw under the bus... In the summer of 2016 an androgynous version of Hillary Bonham Clinton was poised to become the first female president in the US in what turned out to be a Before and After...
  • by Despina Stokou, 29 Oct 2018
    It has been a long time since my last post, SO many more eggshels these days... Us And Them The day before my recent opening in New York, I received an email from a collector I know and like in Los Angeles reacting to the press release. I don't wish to publicize a private conversation, but I do think it is...
  • 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 PR 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! PR is a risky business. Anybody could be Somebody any minute (and Nobody the next),  you do not want to risk displeasing a...

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