PRINT March 2001



THIS BOOK IS A ONE- OR TWO-GULP READ, and there are in fact a couple of blow jobs in it, though its best sex scenes, including the opening sequence, are lesbian. It's about the New York art world of the '90s—about seizing opportunities by the throat in other words. The author, described in the jacket copy as a dealer and curator on both sides of the Atlantic, is also the son of Rodrigo Moynihan, the British painter, so it is doubly safe to say that he comes naturally, as well as preparedly, to the subject at hand.

Moynihan fils demonstrates the gimlet eye, funnel ear, and situational flair of an able satirist. Like many a British comic, he's funny on accents: Young Irish nurses, a middle-aged Spanish-speaking housekeeper, and a Pakistani cabbie spring into action as if on a music-hall stage. He's also good on artspeak: “Blutin's new work. . . employs surgical tools to dissect the skin

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.