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David was one of the first Williamsburg hands that I met when I started making the rounds. With Realform Space, he turned a tiny store-window into a cultural show case right in the center of the cities hippest district, and shown more support for young women artists than anyone I can think of. Some of his “discoveries” are going on to art world stardom. His window space is closing on Bedford but should reopen on Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint this fall.I think of him as the art world’s “Huggy-Bear”.
There's been a lot of talk on this blog about gender discrimination. Here's a case where it helps if you are a female artist. I'm not implying any bad behavior on David 's part. Just that his desperation can be a little creepy and you might not like the "bear" hugs.
David has a great eye, and is proud to be the godson of Virgina Dwan and all of that, and I do wish the best for him, but the skirt chasing is rather distracting.
Very nice guy, very supportive, always a pleasure to see and he knows art.
I'm just a man under all the intelligence. Maybe people could try to respect that as well.
I was brought up in the art world and there was always a lot of affection, and not the air kiss kind either. If someone feels uncomfortable, just shake my hand and I'll get the message. There is no instant telepathy. Cheers all!
Candice Breitz asked to be removed from his spam list, and David replied "Your art is excellent but your attitude sucks, I wish you a terrible career, sadness, and and pretty much any calamity that can happen, you won't hear from me again, don't worry."Candice forwarded this email out to a lot of people. How's that for affection?
We don't know what wording was used when Candice Breitz asked to be removed from the list. The fact that it's referred to as a "spam list" in this story speaks volumes. People seem to forget that there's a human working on a labor of love behind the many, many art related emails we all receive. They're not sent by spybots selling Canadian viagra and mortgage debt consolidation. Why don't people just hit 'delete' or set it up to move automatically to the trash?I understand David's frustration and I have to admit I laughed pretty hard when I read his response.Candice Breitz asked to be removed from his spam list, and David replied "Your art is excellent but your attitude sucks, I wish you a terrible career, sadness, and and pretty much any calamity that can happen, you won't hear from me again, don't worry."Candice forwarded this email out to a lot of people. How's that for affection?
Is this all I get? Skirt chaser? I've curated dozens of exhibitions, have lectured and taught, written essay and reviews, have nurtured young artists and encouraged older artists who may have thought they were past their prime. Yes, I have and still do curate mostly women artists, but there's never been a sexual agenda, I curate based on artistic ability alone, I put people whose work I like in as many different exhibitions as possible. I would like to mend my fences in the art world, to apologize to anyone I ever made feel uncomfortable. These days I am working on less things, writing more, getting married soon. I am focusing on what is essential to future happiness. Lets all do the same?
You are a green circle David!
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