Jeff Koons is going to the Moon, according to the NYTimes. Which knowing Koons, is not that surprising. He’s doing more things that are fascinating as well. Read that Times piece for all the details.
I love this work by George Shaw. They make me think of Christopher Pratt in some ways. Worth a look. Also worth a look are the Visual Diaries of Pep Carro. Fascinating.
Here’s two good pieces on Sophie Taeuber-Arp. One is from the perspective of a reviewer and one from the perspective of a viewer. In both cases, they are raising the question of why did the curators not bring forth the African and other influences that infuse her work? I was unaware of that, and I think anyone who loves the work of ST-A would benefit from knowing that.
Here’s a good piece on “The Brilliantly Nightmarish Art & Troubled Life” of Painter Francis Bacon. I put quotes around that because I felt that was over the top. But yes.
This, on Alex Katz is good. I find it hard to believe anyone thinks he is anything other than great, but there are such people. And such people inspire him in an interesting way.
A good critique on curators who would put blinders on gallery visitors witnessing the later work of Philip Guston.
You may not know this artist, but I love his work: Pavement Picasso…on the trail of London’s chewing gum artist.
On the lost work of gay artists of the AIDS era. Sad but worthwhile.
Flaming heck! Damien Hirst is setting his art on fire. A public service, no doubt.
Finally, the Rosalind Hobley Flower Cyanotypes are gorgeous (see below). See Collosal for more.
So Antony Gormley is in the news for his “phallic” statue which students are worried about. This is not the first time he’s made statues associated with sex, as this piece shows: Sex on the beach? This could be made into a story about artist freedom and prudishness, but I think the easier case could be made for communities being forced to deal with ridiculous sculptures of oversexed middle aged artists. It’s like the artist is an exhibitionist and what he flashes his stuff, tries to make it about you being a prude. Anyway, stuff like this makes me grumpy. Stick the goddamn stuff in a garden or something. Sculptures like Gormley and Serra who subject the public to their difficult work are jerks.
That’s Sex. Moving on to Death, Damien Hirst recently got into trouble for a work that consisted of killing flies. He really should avoid dead things and stick to what he is good at: money. Here he is burning his art to show art as currency. When it comes to money, that’s where his true talent lies. Stick to that, Damien.
Speaking of money and greed, you can read about how a company is trying to trademark a colour. Just what we need. We can thank Anish Kapoor for fostering that bad idea. Thanks, Anish.
How about some art and racism? Here’s a story of how art critics perpetuated racism with their reviews. And here’s a piece on a white artist stealing the work of a black photographer. Not surprising; still awful.
Then there is sexism, such as this: The female body under the female gaze poses a monster problem
Finally there is ridiculousness: artist asks $10,000 for McDonald’s burger ingredient flung to the ceiling.
Art can do many good things for us. But not everything about art is good, as these pieces show.
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