Monday, August 26, 2013

Domingo Zapata

Domingo Zapata’s Best-Known Work May Be Himself - "During Art Basel Miami Beach in December, for example, Mr. Zapata held a party at the SLS Hotel. He invited more than 2,000 guests, including Lance Bass (’N Sync) and Jill Zarin (“The Real Housewives of New York City”), and sold his fiberglass tiger sculptures to the former football player Jeremy Shockey and other art-struck buyers for upward of $100,000 each. A media release sent out on his behalf proclaimed it “the biggest and hottest party of Art Basel2012.” Yet, for all his P.R. efforts, Mr. Zapata has not exactly been embraced by the serious New York art world.“I don’t know who he is,” said Zach Feuer, the Chelsea gallery owner known for cultivating young artists, when asked about Mr. Zapata’s work. That reaction was echoed by other gallerists along the Chelsea art corridor. . . ."

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