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Monday, August 18, 2008

Jars, Darling, Jars.

posted by on August 18 at 13:36 PM

This weekend, I finished reading Richard Polsky’s 2003 book I Bought Andy Warhol, which is ostensibly about the second-tier art dealer’s quest to purchase a great Warhol painting on a budget of $100,000—but which is actually just an excuse for Polsky to tell all the stories he knows about fellow art dealers behaving badly. Because Polsky himself is a few shades darker than schmuck—something like Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm, if that show weren’t a comedy—the book is a little bit of an uncomfortable read, and feels a little bit like a waste of time. There are good bits, but overall, I don’t recommend it.

But the view Polsky provides of the crassness of the upper-end art market is amusing, and put me in the mood to watch a little Ab Fab (“those frozen blood heads filled with blood”).


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"I've got ARMS, sweetie!"

Posted by michael strangeways | August 18, 2008 2:09 PM
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Jen,

The scene where he's at the Warhol Foundation and they bring out the little self-portrait painting for him to consider was amazingly well-written, IMHO. I don't know his personality so did not read it with that view...for a piker like me, I thought it was a good read.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 18, 2008 2:13 PM
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Posted by Slog Hating Internet Troll | August 18, 2008 2:33 PM
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One of my fav AbFabs ever. "This is a sort of... this is a... corpse in an open oaken oblong coffin." "Yeah, but is it art, sweetie?" Totes brill.

Posted by rb | August 18, 2008 7:07 PM

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