The sweat of fine art.

March 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

I just read a fantastic article in the New York Times about the first ever Art Handling Olympics. It’s always interesting to learn about the inner workings of the extremely opaque commercial world of fine art. This event glorified the work of “underpaid, uninsured, overworked and sweaty” art handlers, who transport and install all that amazing art so that it can actually look the way it does. From the article:

A qualifying round in which teams were required to tape together an art box and wheel one of their members around a city block inside of it, and to stop midway to wolf down Chinese pork dumplings and throw back shots of whiskey, weeded the teams down to four…. Points were subtracted for inelegant taping, dripping sweat on the art, and, once, for failing to “waste time properly” when a team that finished early didn’t leave to smoke a cigarette or get a beer. Justine Birbil, director of the Michael Werner Gallery and one of the event’s three judges, awarded extra points to the members of one team because she thought they “looked good from behind.”

March 28’s daily design idea is celebrate the people who bring art and design ideas to life, not just the people who conceive them.


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