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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres



"It’s time we had a talk about Damien Hirst. I know, I know. Mr. Hirst, who was born in 1965 and came to prominence in the London art scene of the late 1980s as the first among equal of the Young British Artists, has for so long been ascending to the kind of fame perversely reserved for artists of maximum visibility and a minimum of formal skills that the mere mention of his name may prompt a fatigued groan even among the most detached museum-goer. That guy? Again? So what’d he do now? Mr. Hirst has been such a big player in art during the last decade and a half—everything from its calculated affronts and controversies to its biennial boom to the explosion in cost-and-scale: in short, the very market mechanism itself. If you are one of those people who don’t particularly like contemporary art or disagreed with the Met’s decision to display Mr. Hirst’s dead shark for three years, you probably think Mr. Hirst has a lot to answer for. This thought was occasioned by Hirst’s current show at the uptown Gagosian Gallery, which runs until March 6. 'End of an Era,' its called. And the title feels just about right." (Observer)



"Howard (Stern) came back from break and said that Sarah Silverman was there. He asked if she was on the Sybian yet. Robin said she was waiting out in the green room and not on the Sybian .. Howard asked if she's following the late night TV show wars. She said she loves it all. Sarah said that Conan has done well by NBC and they really screwed him. She said that they moved Conan out to L.A. and they only gave him six months and then took the show away. Sarah said that's really shitty of them to do that. Howard said that Jay the scumbag stabbed him in the back too. Howard asked if she'll do Jay's show. Sarah said she probably won't but she doesn't know for sure. She said that she blames NBC more than Jay. Sarah said that doing Jay's show is really easy to do. She said that Letterman is squeamish and dark but at least he's authentic. She said that Dave is the best and you just want to please him. Howard said that Jay Leno is a monster. He said he's like the Wolfman." (Marksfriggin)



"Super Bowl weekend, but the big event in politics is the first national Tea Party Convention in Nashville. As with all pre-game press, there’s plenty of hype that offers more heat than light. There have been last minute injuries and substitutions—wingnut Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out from her long promised speaking role, while Sarah Palin has stuck with her $100,000 speaking fee and been rewarded with prime-time speech coverage from cable outlets during the Saturday night banquet. There is plenty of second guessing and insider scandals—the convention’s for-profit status has rubbed many grassroots activists the wrong way. They see themselves as defenders of the American Revolution, and this twist has some asking whether John Hancock would have rented out Independence Hall and tried to make money off the concessions. But the big game, the 'Thrilla in Vanilla,' goes on. If you’re keeping score at home on cable news or via The Daily Beast, here are the top five key Tea Party players to keep an eye out for." (TheDailyBeast)



"Last night at Cipriani 42nd, the International Women’s Health Coalition honored Ted Turner and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at their 2010 Gala. The men were honored for the 'contributions they made towards making a just and healthy life a reality for women and girls worldwide.' Archbishop Tutu was not in attendance. The IWHC is well known within the confines of its interests, and its influence is worldwide ... Last night’s guests included Martha Stewart, Christy Turlington, Marnie Pillsbury, Veronique and Bob Pittman, Ann and Thomas Unterberg, Elaine and James Wolfensohn, Francine LeFrak, Alexandra Penney and Dennis Ashbaugh, Diana Taylor (who chaired the evening), Shelly Lazarus (President and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather), Michael Oppenheimer, Timothy and Wren Wirth, Paul Fribourg." (NYSocialDiary)

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