Ryan McGinness’s Untitled (2008), acrylic on wood panel, estimated at $12,000-$14,000.
McGinness tells ArtInfo that he’s “not particularly interested by the smoke-and-mirrors game which is the auction process,” but he is, however, “interested in revealing tricks and transparency.” Hosting a live auction with your friends where all reserves are set below $14K, quite the leap from the clinical atmosphere of Christie’s or Sotheby’s, will do that. Auctioneer Sara Freidlander aptly predicts, “I think there will be a warm and fuzzy feeling Friday night, however it goes. Well, as close to warm and fuzzy as the art world gets.” At least we’re all self-aware here.
Side note of note: Tunick’s offering in the Ryan McGinness Studios Auction is a print of a shoot in Montauk that we reported on in June. Word on the streets is that prints aren’t being distributed to participants until Sunday November 22, so this is technically the first peek at a lot of bare behinds on a rugged beach.
“I have been disappointed in the sellers who have broken promises to me. The secondary market is populated by schmucks.”
The bidding goes down tonight at McGinness’s studio in downtown Manhattan. Viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. and live auction promptly at 9 p.m. Peep the full catalog here.