Mark and Gavin’s greasy spoon
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 05 May 2012
Move over Gordon Ramsay, a star chef was born at Frieze New York at the VIP opening, when the actor Mark Ruffalo could be found serving piping hot pork links on the stand of his doppelgänger, the dealer Gavin Brown (B18). “We’re cooking sausages and talking about hydrofracking [a form of oil extraction considered ecologically harmful]. It destroys clean water,” Ruffalo explained, while slicing French bread and handing out sandwiches filled with garlicky meat and mustard, wrapped in brown paper printouts of Dick Cheney’s 2001 energy bill. The celebrity eco-warrior was not enough for one collector, however, who peeked around the stand asking, “Where’s Rirkrit? I came for Rirkrit,” referring to the artist Tiravanija, who is responsible for the socially engaged installation. “Yeah, I did too,” sympathised Ruffalo.
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