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Bob Dylan at National Portrait Gallery

Dylan is not a Renaissance man. .is there a term for this. . A medieval man perhaps. . He's good at music and these portraits are celebrity used to sell mawkish cack.
by jasperjoffe
Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Bob Dylan at National Portrait Gallery
Replies: 3
Views: 3636

Re: vermeer and music at the national galley

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/vermeer-and-music just ended. One of the points I am making is that I pay close attention because I think I am looking at a Vermeer, and am rewarded for this looking. And then I wonder if the same qualities could be appreciated on close observa...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: vermeer and music at the national galley
Replies: 2
Views: 2696

vermeer and music at the national galley

Just a few paintings not in the national anyway. But still fascinating. Where does vermeers magic lie. There is the patchiness of projection. Of course that doesn't matter. There's pattern and sharp edges and the occasional perfect hand and the odd fluffed one. There is good light trapped hundreds o...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: vermeer and music at the national galley
Replies: 2
Views: 2696

Frances Ha by Noah Baumbauch

Having read the usual worshipful chattering classes PR puff about Noah Bumfuck, masquerading as intelligent journalism in the New Yorker, I was looking forward to this, despite misgivings about it starring NB's GF Greta Earwig, who I have found uncharming, nay excruciatingly twee in the past. I was ...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:52 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Frances Ha by Noah Baumbauch
Replies: 2
Views: 1506

The flamethrowers by Rachel kushner

Excellent. An entertaining and convincing novel about artists in 1970s new York. Delightfully immersive.
by jasperjoffe
Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: The flamethrowers by Rachel kushner
Replies: 0
Views: 1033

DIG FOR VICTORY at the Rattlesnake

As someone who knows very little about music, a friend's invitation to this gig was of mainly sociological interest. The R Snake is a largish American style bar on the fetid sewer of fauxny themed restaurants and bars known ironically as UPPER Street. DIG FOR VICTORY are two guitarists, one self eff...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:39 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: DIG FOR VICTORY at the Rattlesnake
Replies: 1
Views: 1247

Friday Night Lights the movie

So much worse than the tv show, where characters and themes and subplots can develop. But for fans of the tv show (me) stilly mildly enjoyable, and billy bob thornton is the coach! Maybe I will read the book when ive watched the last episode!
by jasperjoffe
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:00 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Friday Night Lights the movie
Replies: 0
Views: 920

Artist review! Cornelia Parker

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b02tg2z2/What_Do_Artists_Do_All_Day_Cornelia_Parker/

She came across well, and the program although not revealing was entertaining. Nice to see an artist with some soh about themselves.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:32 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Artist review! Cornelia Parker
Replies: 2
Views: 2731

Royal Academy Summer Show

Is there any point in reviewing it? It's for I guess fundraising for the RA, to sell a bit of work for the artists, to continue a tradition enjoyed by the middle aged and classed. A jumble of work, scrappier hang than last year, most of it makes you question the point of art, looks like a rather obs...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:34 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Royal Academy Summer Show
Replies: 2
Views: 3719

Re: Hyperallergic

haha!
by jasperjoffe
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:08 pm
 
Forum: Art Links (useful or interesting art sites)
Topic: Hyperallergic
Replies: 2
Views: 1593

Despicable Me 2

These 3D animated kids movies are pretty bad, The geeks took over the asylum, and all you're left with is a bunch of hyper referenced lovingly crafted nothingness.
by jasperjoffe
Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:14 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Despicable Me 2
Replies: 0
Views: 881

KFC

The middle class's horror is worth eating it alone for! It's not chicken, that's why they changed the name etc they shriek. The restaurants appropriately have a dirtiers less positive look than McDs, and the staff the weariness of people frequently tormented by drunks and teenagers. The fries aren't...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:19 am
 
Forum: Food and general consumption
Topic: KFC
Replies: 1
Views: 1471

This is 40

Another awful Judd Apatow movie. What is fascinating, like a car crash, is the shorthand used for quirkiness, humour, love, relationships family. Where do the soulless cliches originate. Presumably in the lives of Judd and friends. Certain tropes of overly explicit (not in the sense of shocking, jus...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:13 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: This is 40
Replies: 1
Views: 963

Before Midnight

I have grown middle aged with these talky romantic relationship films. Over time, I realised what a brilliant actress the slightly annoying Delpy is, her portrayal of the mercurial mood changes within an argument is genius in this one, the sprirals of badger and pick between couples wonderfully conc...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:05 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Before Midnight
Replies: 1
Views: 1083

ALL THAT IS by James Salter

After you've read a few of any author you get comfortable with the themes or repetitions. This and Light Years are my favourites. Salter leaves you longing for lunch with someone you're attracted to, a cocktail, rain, swimming, those sort of fugitive pleasures.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: ALL THAT IS by James Salter
Replies: 0
Views: 1101

food blog

enjoyed this
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by jasperjoffe
Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:30 pm
 
Forum: Food and general consumption
Topic: food blog
Replies: 1
Views: 1012

Michael Landy Saints Alive at National Gallery

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/michael-landy-saints-alive Enjoyed this,.. perhaps more so because I won a t-shirt. But what more can you want besides an entertaining free show where you can win a prize! Well lots of things, but still. The point of the masochistic clockwork (...
by jasperjoffe
Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:06 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Michael Landy Saints Alive at National Gallery
Replies: 0
Views: 1697

Brian Sewell on dumb docs

Sewell right for once.. Although at least Grayson presents an
http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2 ... ian-sewell
by jasperjoffe
Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:07 am
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Brian Sewell on dumb docs
Replies: 0
Views: 946

James Salter the Hunters

Korean war USA fighter pilots. A good read in Hemingway ish way but hard to buy all this honour and glory shit. In the end it was just murdering people.
by jasperjoffe
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:28 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: James Salter the Hunters
Replies: 0
Views: 1206

Hudson Hawke with Bruce Willis

In his charming wink and flirt days, I do vaguely rememberthis was a flop, it perhaps attempted too much screwball. I only watched half, but the Leonardo DaVinci bit at the beginning is worth it.
by jasperjoffe
Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:30 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Hudson Hawke with Bruce Willis
Replies: 0
Views: 979

The Sportswiter by Richard Ford, and lay of the land

Reread. Always thought something of the poor mans Rabbit/Updike. The search for the American horny everyman, the joy in suburban/small town living, the existential detail. Somehow Ford's universal is less convincing, the ex-writer turned sportwriter turned real estate agent doesn't always seems much...
by jasperjoffe
Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:27 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: The Sportswiter by Richard Ford, and lay of the land
Replies: 0
Views: 1144

Blackboarded corridor at the whitechapel gallery

Great! You can draw on the walls. Perhaps do the whole museum with blackboard paint and let the public make their own art. Of course there's someone making sure you dont draw where you shouldn't and some yacketayacketa about utopian blah etc http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/childrens-ar...
by jasperjoffe
Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Blackboarded corridor at the whitechapel gallery
Replies: 0
Views: 1762

Django Unchained by Quentin tarantino

Hmm, I like Quentin's style and filmmaking verve but I got sick of the violence, which seems soulless and somehow damaging to the watching public, me, just seeing hurt and pain faked for fun, so I turned it off. Have I gone all moral majority or seen the light?!
by jasperjoffe
Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Django Unchained by Quentin tarantino
Replies: 0
Views: 953

Baz Gatsby versus old one with Robert Redford

Although crass in places the new Gatsby has some life to it. The old one makes the jazz age seem like a quiet tea party. Di cap is quite good, especially when shy and funny with daisy, and if baz had more talking bits he would have come close to a great film. The parties are more fun in the new one,...
by jasperjoffe
Thu May 30, 2013 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Baz Gatsby versus old one with Robert Redford
Replies: 0
Views: 961

Re: Less Than Ten Fulltime Art Critics Left in America

haha, we're the home of the lost.
by jasperjoffe
Thu May 23, 2013 2:58 pm
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: Less Than Ten Fulltime Art Critics Left in America
Replies: 3
Views: 1980

James Salter BURNING THE DAYS

the Salter bandwagon has got going and ive hitched a ride. I prefer the novels to this memoir, but maybe the life makes clear what the art lacks. somehow all the love of the witty riposte, the pseudo elegance of the disinterested rich, the honour and valour of military courage... insouciance over va...
by jasperjoffe
Thu May 23, 2013 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: James Salter BURNING THE DAYS
Replies: 0
Views: 1250

Re: Less Than Ten Fulltime Art Critics Left in America

most of them are not a great loss! they're welcome to write for wwr!
by jasperjoffe
Wed May 22, 2013 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Art News
Topic: Less Than Ten Fulltime Art Critics Left in America
Replies: 3
Views: 1980

MADRID, Prado, Reina Sofia Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

It surpises me the number of art lovers who haven't been here. For pure joy of seeing painting it is the greatest city in the world. Within 10 minutes walk you can see 100 Velazquezs and Goyas, Guernica, and overwhelming masterpieces of El Greco, Bosch, Titian, etc and some very good moderns. For fu...
by jasperjoffe
Wed May 22, 2013 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: MADRID, Prado, Reina Sofia Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Replies: 1
Views: 2911

noah baumbach margot at the wedding

Squid is much better. I get really sick of the cute messed up clever boys with long hair!!! obv. modelled on the auteur. Also super famous movie stars playing troubled complex norms realistically never comes off.
by jasperjoffe
Mon May 13, 2013 11:51 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: noah baumbach margot at the wedding
Replies: 3
Views: 2282

James Salter A sport and a pastime

hmm, not as good as light years, too much french knickers!
by jasperjoffe
Mon May 13, 2013 11:48 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: James Salter A sport and a pastime
Replies: 0
Views: 1240

George Catlin American Indian Portraits at National Portrait

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/george-catlin-american-indian-portraits/exhibition.php I love this show. There is something great about the sheer number of cursorily painted Native Americans which excites my painterly blood. I particularly liked the room with all the portraits in a grid with odd blac...
by jasperjoffe
Mon May 13, 2013 11:40 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: George Catlin American Indian Portraits at National Portrait
Replies: 0
Views: 1643

Re: Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate modern

the images don't convery how not very good this show is!
by jasperjoffe
Wed May 08, 2013 10:53 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate modern
Replies: 3
Views: 3814

Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate modern

Terrible show. Why? Looks like a smart NYC apartment circa 1973.. weak painting s and provincial craft shop sculptures.. Less a discovery than an embarrassment
by jasperjoffe
Tue May 07, 2013 9:08 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate modern
Replies: 3
Views: 3814

Lichtenstein at Tate Modern

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/lichtenstein Only yesterday feel like I saw this show at the Hayward. The muckier earlier ones have a warmer life to them. Later on over and over and over he uses the dots to career around art history. Fair enough, and often elegant, witty. and...
by jasperjoffe
Mon May 06, 2013 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Lichtenstein at Tate Modern
Replies: 1
Views: 2307

Iron Man 3

The ironic talky bit is ok. The 3D entirely pointless. And the end endless battle boring as hell.
by jasperjoffe
Sun May 05, 2013 11:51 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Iron Man 3
Replies: 0
Views: 921

The End of the affair by Graham Greene

I prefer Greene's entertainments to his serious books. The religious sort of existential stuff is fairly ridiculous.
by jasperjoffe
Sun May 05, 2013 11:46 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: The End of the affair by Graham Greene
Replies: 0
Views: 1153

Ellen Gallagher at Tate Modern

Art school art. Tediously laboured stuff which reads well as a press release or a statement but lacks the intensity or beauty of real art. The rooms were pleasantly empty and had a nice woody smell.
by jasperjoffe
Sun May 05, 2013 11:32 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Ellen Gallagher at Tate Modern
Replies: 0
Views: 1700

Re: Turner Prize

Ok I am trying to understand. You're saying she's on the list because her work's about black people. And others are on the list because their work is about some other "issue" perhaps. And that curators like issue based work. In some part I agree that public galleries prefer art about hot t...
by jasperjoffe
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Turner Prize
Replies: 17
Views: 14119

Re: race card

What do you mean by race card CAP? She makes work about race? OK. You might dislike her work... (ditto most of the artists on the list may not be very good) but how do you get to the point of assuming that she is on the list because of her skin colour. Where do you find evidence for that inference? ...
by jasperjoffe
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:08 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Turner Prize
Replies: 17
Views: 14119

Re: Turner Prize

Yes. clearly it was in response to your comment ( sigh I hope we don't get a lot of angry you calling me a racist posturing- but perhaps I am a pessimist)
by jasperjoffe
Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:06 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Turner Prize
Replies: 17
Views: 14119

Re: Turner Prize

Better to deal with the arguments than take it as a personal attack. Try to refute what I mentioned. It's a common enough sentiment (black people win prizes cos they are black).
by jasperjoffe
Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:08 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Turner Prize
Replies: 17
Views: 14119

Black people winning prizes

A common sentiment expressed or implied is that black people who get art prizes/ do well in art world are only there because of racial tokenism or political correctness. Let's examine this idea. Firstly its converse: Every time a white male middle class christian origin human is given a prize do we ...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:11 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Turner Prize
Replies: 17
Views: 14119

treme

kinda boring. Like the wire slow. but good background TV. Subtitles are bad for multitasking
by jasperjoffe
Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: treme
Replies: 1
Views: 1067

Re: James Salter, Light Years COCKTAILS

they drink st raphaels a lot http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/292839 the reference to "the 1949 Esquire Drink Book, " is evocative enough. I havent drunk that, I am a very dry gin martini person. Cocktails (see speakeasies etc etc ad nauseam) have, like poker, been rather ruined by a phase...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: James Salter, Light Years
Replies: 2
Views: 2064

Prince Charles Watercolours

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/node/7650

O level grade B. borderline C
by jasperjoffe
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Prince Charles Watercolours
Replies: 0
Views: 1623

James Salter, Light Years

Having read a NYorker profile of Salter I ordered a bunch from Hackney Library http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/04/out-loud-first-rate-but-not-famous.html . I loved this book, although at first all the short sentences seemed hokey and hemingwayesque in a bad way. After I read the i...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: James Salter, Light Years
Replies: 2
Views: 2064

Mad Men Series 6

I still love and look forward to it, but seems a bit slow and treading over ground this time round. But sure they have some surprises too liven up don jaded chops.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:31 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Mad Men Series 6
Replies: 3
Views: 1623

Re: new series 2 girls

Agree . Series two self indulgent
by jasperjoffe
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:24 am
 
Forum: Television
Topic: new series 2 girls
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

George bellows at royal academy

Interesting to see what a figurative painter who loved manet and velazquez does as his craft is threatened by the juggernaut of modernism
by jasperjoffe
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: George bellows at royal academy
Replies: 1
Views: 2218
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