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Quote of Note | Adam Gopnik

“My own theory about why Picasso agreed to do it [create a sculpture for Chicago's Richard J. Daley Plaza in 1965] after many stops and starts, and despite being a totally unreliable and temperamental character, as all interesting artists are, is–and it’s buried in the Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill correspondence–is that somebody told him that Miró was doing something even bigger in a related space in Chicago. And Picasso really was the Michael Jordan of modern art, not just In the sense of being incredibly accomplished but in the sense of being utterly driven by competitive fire and an unrealized sense of grievance at every turn, that somebody else would outdo him or do better than him. And I suspect that played a significant role in getting him to do it.”

-Writer Adam Gopnik on the Chicago Picasso (pictured), in a recent talk at the Art Institute of Chicago, where “Picasso and Chicago“–the first large-scale Picasso exhibition organized by the museum in almost 30 years–is on view through May 12.
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Art and the Celebs Who Eat It Up

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Frankly, it’s exhausting looking at all the art at Art Basel; it’s more fun to look for art-buying celebs. At the convention center within a few hours, we saw Dennis Hopper perusing Gavin Brown‘s footwear sculptures with Tony Shafrazi (who certainly solicited a few cringes from Picasso dealers). Steve Martin smiling at a Josef Albers painting, completely undetected. And Lucy Liu strolled by, asking a male companion, “So then what happens?” If only we knew.

After all that celeb stalking you might as well buy something and get back to the beach, right? So why not buy a piece of art you can snack on while sipping a $14 flute from the Champagne cart? Our pick is Paul McCarthy‘s Chocolate Santa, available at Art Basel, Paul McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory online or at the Maccarone Gallery in NY through December 24. Please, m’am do not smell the art.

We were also interested in what this booth had to offer but alas they didn’t have anything actually for sale:

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James Victore Hangs Ten (Times Four)

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If our saltwater-swollen brain serves us correctly, it was about a year ago that we spent a day surfing with James Victore. He swore us to secrecy that day about his plans for combining his two greatest loves to create surfboard art. Now, we’re free to spread the word about the “American Badass” collection, hand-painted by Victore and shaped by Mike Becker.

The shortboards are inspired by Picasso and say (translated): “Danger, what curves! And me with no brakes!” and “and cold beer.” Longboarders get one of Victore’s signature skull illustrations. For more information, you know where to go. Rockaway Beach. Ask for James.