From The Mixed Up Files Of Ms. Nikke Finke

Mike Ovitz can fight his own battles--although he's been nothing but genial to me, I don't doubt he can be a pretty scrappy guy. But Nikki Finke's LA Weekly article on Hollywood-style dealmaking supposedly poisoning the art world is such a raw-yet-feeble Ovitz takedown attempt, I can't see why it even exists.

kcostner.jpegAnd that's even before you notice that the story's so old, a veritable reportorial time capsule. The most recent anecdotes are from the early 1990's. Julian Schnabel--get this!--has a movie about Basquiat. Up-and-coming dealer Mary Boone has revitalized SoHo's gallery scene. One interviewee, Leo Castelli, actually died in 1999. Rather than even update the story or provide any la plus ca change context, it reads like Finke handed in an old floppy disk she found while cleaning out a storage unit in the Valley, and her editors published whatever killed story or chapter of an abandoned book happened to be on it. What's next? Finke's incisive report whether Waterworld's production turmoil will threaten Kevin Costner's status as Hollywood's sexiest leading man?

Lest you think the cluelessness is confined to alt-freebies on the West Coast, Artforum linked to Finke's story with a headline and a blurb so inaccurate ["For Hollywood Moguls, Collecting Is Increasingly De Rigueur"] it's obvious they didn't even read the piece.

Blame Ovitz: When Art Started Imitating Hollywood [laweekly via artforum]

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