art market

  • 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, 14 Aug 2015
    I have been waiting my whole life for someone to say something, or me to think of something, which will make everything else after that crystal clear. The one thruth. The secret. It has not happened yet. These are the advices, that have nevertheless stayed with me over the years. They might not be Oscar speech...
  • by Despina Stokou, 12 Aug 2015
    I did not need to wait until the moment my UBER driver informed me I have a "bad passenger score," to realize everything in this contemporary version of reality is about RATINGS and where these place us in comparison to others. Anybody who has lived in New York knows that life is not about becoming a better...
  • 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....
  • 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, 27 Nov 2013
    While no professional relationship is easy, rosy or all good ( and why should they) the artist-gallerist relationship can be particularly strained. Mostly because the contracts are written on dollar bills with champagne ink and it is very hard to decipher who is the boss, who owes who and how much exactly. A 50-50% of...
  • by Despina Stokou, 26 Jun 2013
    A few success story-lines I run after him screaming.“I am not a cop! I am not a cop! It took me a while to convince him to come in the gallery. A few weeks later I got him in a group show. People loved it!…First Time he ever sold art… He is covering his face. No, he uses an alias. He does not want...
  • by Despina Stokou, 5 Feb 2013
    As with press releases, horoscopes and quite a few event newsletters that have popped out the last years, self-improvement guides are practically useless. Unlike press releases, I flip through “success manuals” religiously, but whether on purpose or by accident they never NEVER deliver the information they...

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