I said on another forum that Retnas recent Hallelujah show looked like it had been produced with the MOCA show in mind. Get some press on the back of Deitch's endorsement and see the work sell and it did. Im not sure that show was a conclusive representation of his work. I think the calligraphy work he does on the murals with el Mac is sublime, the installation at Prism gallery looked incredible and some of his older works on canvas have more texturing and layering similar to Parla. I would also hang a number of his mono prints from Rivera and Rivera.
allegedly redicovered, redated and retitled old paintings at multiples of the original prices... In an interview Jose said he is doing a show with them in Milan next month.
"JP: My next upcoming exhibition is titled: Walls, Diaries, and Paintings. The opening is on March 3rd at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea – NYC, and will feature all new works. A new book accompanies the exhibition with the same title published by Hatje Cantz. Standard Culture is hosting a book signing on the 18th floor of the Standard Hotel in New York, which is open to the public on March 5th. This show runs through April 16th. Then in Europe during April, I am doing a solo show in Milan presented by Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Andy Valmorvida, with the support of Giorgio Armani."
As far as Retna goes, Valmorbida priced the work dramatically high and sold it all to high rolling fashionista friends, just as was done with Hambleton, but at least it was less covert and didn't involve hiding histories of old works.
Where will Retna go with prices for his next show? Can he bring them back down to reality as it is unlikely they will be sustainable at the high levels for the recent show. Almost all of his older fanbase have been alienated by the price hike. If the prices do come down, the buyers, and friends / associates of Valmorbida will likely be extremely pissed that they payed over the odds.... tricky situation. i hope these people get bored and move on to another financial game. i certainly hope the same doesn't happen with Parla.