PRINT November 2002


A monthly diary by David Rimanelli

September 12

“FERUS” AT GAGOSIAN, a tribute to the Los Angeles gallery, epicenter of ’60s West Coast vanguardism. A queue at the door. “Stefania, can we just go in?” At times like this, one really appreciates knowing gallery personnel, even if one feels sucked into a cheesy time warp, as if pathetically cozying up to the doormen at Studio 54 or Area.

Masterpieces, masterpieces. Frank Stella’s D., 1963, apparently the only painting from the “portrait” series—the “D.” in question here being Emile de Antonio—that retains its original purple, the metallic paint of the others having faded to a silvery mauve. Ealan Wingate, Gagosian’s director, explains that D. kept its luster because it’s been in storage for the past thirty-odd years. Irving Blum (a Ferus principal from 1960-67) on Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962: “the best $1,000 I’ve ever spent!” (In 1996, Blum donated the set to

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