THE NEW YORK OBSERVER

July 27-August 3, 1992
pg. 23

Paint Wars! It's a Long, Hot Summer of '92 in SoHo

By Deborah Gimelson

..."Some say the antics at the Lipton gallery could have been fueled by the influence of 303 Gallery's, Lisa Spellman's boyfriend, performance artist Erik Oppenheim. Mr. Oppenheim was involved in a bit of controversy last month at Postmasters Gallery. The gallery was hosting a group show, curated by Kenny Schachter, including a sculpture by John Lekay that was supposed to feature a small participatory role by Mr. Oppenheim. While the exhibit was still being installed, Mr. Lekay came in with Mr. Oppenheim and a couch, and informed the owner, Magda Sawon, that his piece was now going to consist of Erik Oppenheim sitting on the couch trying to sell the artist's sculpture. Ms. Sawon balked, as the show had been curated from the outside, and said Mr. Lekay's entry in the show would remain as they had originally agreed. The irate Mr. Lekay and Mr. Oppenheim began calling Ms. Sawon names.

Ms. Sawon called the police and then barred both artists from the gallery when the show opened on June 6. On the night of the opening, though, the two artists arrived at the gallery and sat outside, pass-ing out literature that described the confrontation and accused Ms. Sawon, among other things, of being an art censor."


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