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Farewell

After five years of regularly reporting for WWR it’s time to move on, try other things.
Good luck to Jasper, other occasional contributors and readers.
Cheers,
:)
by CAP
Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:49 am
 
Forum: Life (regular updates on somebody's existence)
Topic: Farewell
Replies: 0
Views: 1363

Re: Brooklyn

Wow :roll:

Thanks for sharing.

So long Jasper :P
by CAP
Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Brooklyn
Replies: 2
Views: 563

Re: The Armory Show - 2016 - NYC

The African theme reminded me of Saatchi's Pangaea shows . The push in African and Latin American markets maybe a hedge against the overhyped mainstream, like Zombie Formalism . I agree Genocchio is basically a conservative influence, but this may be the times and the market. Any sense or rumours of...
by CAP
Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:02 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: The Armory Show - 2016 - NYC
Replies: 2
Views: 630

David Zwirner's Worst Artist

This is a tough one - Oscar Murillo? Carol Bove? Michael Riedel?... Spoilt for choice really, but after due consideration I'm giving it to west coast fart, James Welling for his lame photograms. Why would you show this when you've got Ruff?

Overrated? Doesn't begin to cover it! :x
by CAP
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:54 am
 
Forum: Random Stuff
Topic: David Zwirner's Worst Artist
Replies: 0
Views: 1532

Re: Spring/Break Art Show - NYC 2016

Excellent comprehensive report NYC_C - I feel like I was there! It's a shame it's so clumsy to add images to WWR posts - I'm sure you've a phone full . But for a few pictures of the show here's the Hyperallergic review , which does have illustrations. ;) We cover too little of the installation and v...
by CAP
Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:57 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Spring/Break Art Show - NYC 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 480

John Fahey - Red Pony - live in 1969

Okay it's a crappy old video transferred to digital but it is the genius that was Fahey and it is LIVE (sob) :D
by CAP
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:12 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: John Fahey - Red Pony - live in 1969
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Amusing Panel Discussion on R. B. Kitaj

I came across this You Tube surfing. It's a panel discussion held at L.A. Louver gallery in Los Angeles a few years ago, in remembrance of Ron Kitaj and as prelude to a small show of his late works - which look great incidentally! A few years ago I was disappointed with the late 'washy' approach, bu...
by CAP
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:06 am
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: Amusing Panel Discussion on R. B. Kitaj
Replies: 0
Views: 1602

Brooklyn

Basically, an old fashioned ‘woman’s movie’ or ‘weepie’, appropriately set in old-fashioned times; 1952 to be exact. The story is driven by twinned themes of Irish migration and marriage as job or career, handled with a certain restraint and exquisite production values. This one manages to be both d...
by CAP
Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:41 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Brooklyn
Replies: 2
Views: 563

Post-Critical Art Writing

‘Post-critical’ is one way to describe the kind of writing on art that has to some extent replaced criticism in the mainstream press. For the most part it patently regurgitates press releases, themselves a drastically simplified version of the catalogue essay, or what remains of the catalogue essay ...
by CAP
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:42 am
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: Post-Critical Art Writing
Replies: 0
Views: 233

Columbia Threadneedle Painting Prize 2016

Depressingly dull assortment . Everyone here can certainly paint, but essentially display timid or conservative attitudes. Life measured out in teaspoons and so on. Most of this is just illustration and averge illustration at that. That undoubtedly says something about the judges and the scope and ...
by CAP
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:53 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Columbia Threadneedle Painting Prize 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 282

Re: Chantal Joffe. (I haven't seen it)

You're right Jim: she's a bit of a dribbler. ;)
by CAP
Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:14 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Chantal Joffe. (I haven't seen it)
Replies: 2
Views: 263

The Revenant

Basically this is Leonardo DiCaprio does A Man Called Horse . It drags on though, quite literally and I give it just six mainly for the wonderful scenery. Lenny plays Hugh Glass, one of those hybrid figures, half frontiersman, half injun, we’re familiar with from Little Big Man to Dances with Wolves...
by CAP
Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: The Revenant
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Artweek. L.A.

A useful site for reviews and all things Los Angeles art world. I think it accepts open submissions but it also has a long list of contributing critics/artists and a comprehensive list of galleries and addresses (plus directions) for the famously sprawling city.

It's pretty slick. 8-)
by CAP
Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:37 pm
 
Forum: Art Links (useful or interesting art sites)
Topic: Artweek. L.A.
Replies: 0
Views: 2122

Edward Ruscha - 'Metro Mattresses' @ Spreuth Magers, Berlin

An odd little show by the grand old Californian master, featuring discarded mattresses around L.A. It sounds like the kind of thing he once would have documented with photographs in a little booklet but these days he turns the photos into pencil and wash drawings for some reason. They work. He stil...
by CAP
Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:17 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Edward Ruscha - 'Metro Mattresses' @ Spreuth Magers, Berlin
Replies: 0
Views: 757

My Five Favourite Posts for 2015

1) HANS ULRICH OBRIST– Ways of Curating 2) THOMAS RUFF 2015 3) FRANK STELLA: A Retrospective 2015 4) ZOMBIE FORMALISM: Abstraction Revisited 5) THE FOREVER NOW @ MoMA NYC I haven’t written that much this year, having concentrated more on my art. Looking around at other people’s lists, I can only co...
by CAP
Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:04 am
 
Forum: Life (regular updates on somebody's existence)
Topic: My Five Favourite Posts for 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 817

Re: Kenny Schachter on Art Basel Miami

The above post now duly corrected. ;)

Thanks for that Jim!

The readership soars! :lol:
by CAP
Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:19 am
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: Kenny Schachter on Art Basel Miami
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: The Names at Transition Gallery, London

... Alla Docious? :P
by CAP
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Art press releases
Topic: The Names at Transition Gallery, London
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

Phoenix

This is a German movie from 2014 directed by Christian Petzold that everyone warned me off as ‘holocaust porn’ or ‘holocaust chic’ (or perhaps ‘chic holocaust porn’?) but I saw it anyway and it wasn’t that holocausty, but I struggled with the central credibility gap that the lead character, Nelly Le...
by CAP
Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Phoenix
Replies: 0
Views: 751

Nada Baraka - 'A Season in Hell' @ Gypsum Gallery, Cairo

I’m recommending this one on the strength of a single JPEG , courtesy of a Re-title feed, for its scorching palette and slurpy, casual handling. As it turns out, the work is by a young Egyptian artist, participating in a modest group show in Cairo, which makes it all the better for our worldwide amb...
by CAP
Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:50 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Nada Baraka - 'A Season in Hell' @ Gypsum Gallery, Cairo
Replies: 0
Views: 394

Kenny Schachter on Art Basel Miami

Rambling and gossipy account of America’s prime art gross-out, all very readable and amusing. Interestingly, Schachter notes the decline in so-called Zombie Formalism around the fair (something Jason Farago in The Guardian also noted) and the stalling prices for Lucien Smith, Israel Lund and Christ...
by CAP
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:32 pm
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: Kenny Schachter on Art Basel Miami
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: Giacometti at National Portrait Gallery

Alternatively, David Sylvester’s book, Looking at Giacometti (Pimlico 1994) is a good appreciation of the artist. ;)

And Giacometti’s famous portrait of Sylvester is off-centre in pose and placement, the sitter’s gaze somewhat to the right of frame. :P
by CAP
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:50 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Giacometti at National Portrait Gallery
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Raoul de Keyser - 'Drift' @ Zwirner, Grafton Street

Okay, the artist has recently died and this is a hasty tribute - largely one suspects at the behest of Luc Tuymans - but, frankly it is 100% cack. With all due respect for the recently deceased, de Keyser may be slightly interesting as a precedent and model for Tuymans, in the Minimalist diffidence ...
by CAP
Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:01 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Raoul de Keyser - 'Drift' @ Zwirner, Grafton Street
Replies: 0
Views: 287

My Seven Favourite Fai Baba Singles

I know you've probably been guessing about these for a while now, so let me put your minds at rest -

by CAP
Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:35 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: My Seven Favourite Fai Baba Singles
Replies: 0
Views: 697

Delusional Accounts of Frank Stella's Influence

The mindless Meredith Mendelsohn on Fartsy launches into some blatant hype in the cause of the sorry Frank Stella: 'A Retrospective' at The Whitney Museum (review here ) only to demonstrate a blithe indifference to the notion of influence. She, mostly at the behest of co-curator of the survey, Micha...
by CAP
Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:01 am
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: Delusional Accounts of Frank Stella's Influence
Replies: 0
Views: 275

Frank Stella: ‘A Retrospective’ @ The Whitney Museum, NYC

This article also appears on CAP'S CRITS where it has the advantage of opening links in separate windows (making it easier to toggle between text and illustration rather than linking back and forth). [5,256w] I wrote briefly about the artist in 2007 , unfortunately links to illustrations there are ...
by CAP
Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:29 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Frank Stella: ‘A Retrospective’ @ The Whitney Museum, NYC
Replies: 1
Views: 1091

Adam Lee 'A Long Obediance' @ Beers

This is okayish.
Trendy Melbourne painter of trippy drippy visions. Big on the stain-reading thing. Has an interesting website as well.
Not great but if you're doing the rounds, a rare opportunity to find something vaguely interesting at Beers. :|
by CAP
Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:52 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Adam Lee 'A Long Obediance' @ Beers
Replies: 0
Views: 299

Mr Pilgrim - street art or public murals

A great site - and sight for public murals or 'street art'. :D

One of my favourites. ;)
by CAP
Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:16 am
 
Forum: Art Links (useful or interesting art sites)
Topic: Mr Pilgrim - street art or public murals
Replies: 0
Views: 277

Re: ZOMBIE FORMALISM: Abstraction Revisited

Thanks Martin, I've amended the above text accordingly. ;)
by CAP
Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:26 am
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: ZOMBIE FORMALISM: Abstraction Revisited
Replies: 2
Views: 1972

Re: A Second Self at Transition Gallery, London

They both have nice hair. :)
by CAP
Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:35 am
 
Forum: Art press releases
Topic: A Second Self at Transition Gallery, London
Replies: 2
Views: 554

Re: The Road To Wigan Pier by George Orwell

Your best review yet. :)
by CAP
Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:36 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: The Road To Wigan Pier by George Orwell
Replies: 1
Views: 945

Pega Monstro - Paredes de Coura

Which is Portuguese for CAP is God , they tell me, anyway likeable girl trio from, well, Portugal, I'm guessing, There's a few things on You Tube, this, their single , and some sort of live session that goes on a bit, chaotically. I find this kind of thing refreshing after a long day's pontificating...
by CAP
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:16 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Pega Monstro - Paredes de Coura
Replies: 0
Views: 281

Mondkopf - 33,000 Bells

Again - I'm blank just now but the DJ kept pronouncing their name as Mon Comf , which amused me but this is all heavy reverb on a shuddering stomp, heavy on the triumphant desolation filter - just the way we like it! :twisted: The name - 'Moonhead' in German - naturally does not denote a German band...
by CAP
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:05 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Mondkopf - 33,000 Bells
Replies: 0
Views: 254

A Place To Bury Strangers

A pretty heavy band I know nothing about as yet, while I find out listen to their I Lost You or To Fix The Gash in Your Head . 8-) Okay so they're a New York-based trio with a Wiki page been around since about 2002 so vets really. Actually they might be vets in their day jobs.... it doesn't say.... :|
by CAP
Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:56 pm
 
Forum: Music
Topic: A Place To Bury Strangers
Replies: 0
Views: 279

Maribou State - The Clown

Cool dance beats for driving and stuff. This is the Axelk Boman remix, I think. 8-)
by CAP
Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Maribou State - The Clown
Replies: 0
Views: 248

Mark Flood -' American Buffet Upgrade' @ Modern Art

12 October - 14 November Flood at Shav’s : what are we to make of this? It’s his second outing here actually. Flood is mostly known for his politically astute text pieces alternating with essentially a decorative sensibility that toys with digital compression, stencils derived from old shawls and o...
by CAP
Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:52 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Mark Flood -' American Buffet Upgrade' @ Modern Art
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Re: World goes pop at Tate Modern

The world goes poop, more like :evil:
by CAP
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:14 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: World goes pop at Tate Modern
Replies: 1
Views: 368

Monya Flannigan ‘Earth, Sky, Body’ @ Gimpel Fils

17 September – 14th November 2015 Here we are, striking out in new directions again, this time in the wake of Frieze overkill and somehow ending up at Gimpel Fils, of all places. But sometimes it’s better not to crave too much, expect miracles from marketing and instead persevere with a little more...
by CAP
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:56 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Monya Flannigan ‘Earth, Sky, Body’ @ Gimpel Fils
Replies: 1
Views: 561

Re: Cure at Transition Gallery, London

'Sun by appointment' - :)
by CAP
Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Art press releases
Topic: Cure at Transition Gallery, London
Replies: 1
Views: 603

Thomas Ruff - 2015

This article also appears on CAP'S CRITS where it has the advantage of opening links in separate windows (making it easier to toggle between text and illustration rather than linking back and forth). [5,385w] The artist is famously the most detached and technically inclined of the Dusseldorf School...
by CAP
Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Thomas Ruff - 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1056

Brian Calvin 'End of Messages' @ Le Consortium, Dijon

I’m recommending this one pretty much on the strength of one JPG – and a pretty crappy ‘installation view’ at that. I blame the gallery. The show just closed at Le Consortium in Dijon, a respectable provincial venue covering music as well as fine art, picking up its share of second-tier trendies lik...
by CAP
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:22 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Brian Calvin 'End of Messages' @ Le Consortium, Dijon
Replies: 0
Views: 343

Brian Eno - Two Forms of Anger

This, from a couple of years ago but even so, proving the old devil still HAS IT! :D
by CAP
Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:35 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Brian Eno - Two Forms of Anger
Replies: 0
Views: 408

Berlin Art Week - 2015

The sort of loose art fair really, you have before you get into the more elite art fairs around Berlin. Autumn - huge art market time in old Berlin town. Smell the money, wonder about the economy. :| Mostly predictable crap of course and kilometre upon kilometre of the stuff - do we really need anot...
by CAP
Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: Berlin Art Week - 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 381

Re: Ai WeiWei at Royal Academy

R.A. = Rather Awful :P
by CAP
Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:27 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Ai WeiWei at Royal Academy
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Terpentin.org

Minimal Swiss site with English translations of their reviews and interviews. They insist on their critical independence and generally seem worthwhile. :)
by CAP
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:09 am
 
Forum: Art Links (useful or interesting art sites)
Topic: Terpentin.org
Replies: 0
Views: 391

Summer Summary 2015

After taking a break over summer to work on my own stuff, I thought I’d ease back into writing with a quick roundup of exhibitions for the past few months or so. Not too much research, just a few observations. I was vaguely keeping an eye on things or maybe they just sort of seeped through while I t...
by CAP
Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:59 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Summer Summary 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 640

La Chambre bleue – The Blue Room

A modest French thriller based on a 1964 novel by Georges Simenon (best known for his Inspector Maigret series) of the same name – I probably wouldn’t have bothered with this except that it was directed and stars Mathieu Amalric, whose previous similarly credited feature La Tournée , I liked quite a...
by CAP
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:38 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: La Chambre bleue – The Blue Room
Replies: 0
Views: 465

Re: chili sauce in greece / Athens

Too Latino ;)
by CAP
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: chili sauce in greece / Athens
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Re: Vintage photography exhibition in London

Wot - no links to online examples? :roll:
by CAP
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Art press releases
Topic: Vintage photography exhibition in London
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Re: A Tip for Straightening Skewed Photos of Paintings

CAP is in his hammock and a thousand dreams away.... :mrgreen:
by CAP
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:11 pm
 
Forum: Life (regular updates on somebody's existence)
Topic: A Tip for Straightening Skewed Photos of Paintings
Replies: 2
Views: 1330

Tips for Artists to Avoid Getting Ripped Off

Some fairly elementary points offered in this Artbusiness.com article , but worth going through all the same. 1) Deal with interested parties in person not online. 2) Read the fine print - look for the loop holes - as the uncredited Artbusiness writer emphasises, often enticing offers do not initial...
by CAP
Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:11 pm
 
Forum: Art Links (useful or interesting art sites)
Topic: Tips for Artists to Avoid Getting Ripped Off
Replies: 0
Views: 273
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