Chelsea’s Summer Wars

“The summer group show wars are raging in [New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.] Over the last few years they have become something of an annual rite. Starting in late June and continuing through August, the solo shows drop off and the group shows — four or more artists — proliferate. The densely packed yet oddly discrete parallel universes in which galleries exist for most of the year lose some of their definition… It is open season for cool hunting and power gathering. Hipness prevails over blue-chipness.”