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whiplash a film

Very good. Seems at first trad genre sgt major type film. But as the drum beats on it transcends the guy overcoming the odds genre to be much stranger and stronger. See it and feel the beat.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:37 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: whiplash a film
Replies: 0
Views: 1881

diebenkorn at royal academy

Never looked at dkorn before. He's very good. A sort of pared down West coast matisse. Lots of thoughts about the edge and surface. Back and forth with figuration. Good to see the royal academy showing something somewhat off the beaten path.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: diebenkorn at royal academy
Replies: 1
Views: 2987

brueghel in vienna

Don't miss. Had forgotten how great the seasons were. The spring light streams into the historic kunst museum. Room after room of great paintings. No time for them. Must see brueghel. There they are. More and many. Hunters in the snow. Time stopped in two places. The straggly dogs and hunters gaze a...
by jasperjoffe
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:01 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: brueghel in vienna
Replies: 0
Views: 2443

Re: Luc Tuymans - 'The Shore' @ David Zwirner NYC

Isn't this in London?
by jasperjoffe
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Luc Tuymans - 'The Shore' @ David Zwirner London
Replies: 2
Views: 4176

MARLENE DUMAS at Tate Modern

Rather disappointed, to repeat my pun, much Munch, little bite. She draws well, and the facility is used over and over again to beguile with the eyes, while the rest is expressively distorted in drip, colour, or shape. Seems all too easy after a while, like graphic art. Usual bumpf that it all means...
by jasperjoffe
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: MARLENE DUMAS at Tate Modern
Replies: 1
Views: 2819

Wolf Hall on BBC television

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0520v9d/wolf-hall-3-anna-regina Is wolf hall really boring or very good? I can't decide, I find myself barely able to watch an episode, having to split them into 2 goes, then looking forward to the next one. It reminds me of something I would have avoided in th...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:27 am
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Wolf Hall on BBC television
Replies: 0
Views: 1755

Re: Frank on Netflix

Really enjoyed this, found it refreshing fun entertaining and quite moving. Relieved that it was not a biopic of Frank Sidebottom (remember as a child being perplexed by his appearances on TV) and was more an odd band film.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:20 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Frank
Replies: 1
Views: 2617

Rubens and his legacy royal academy

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/rubens-and-his-legacy There's the rub. A Rubens show without many good Rubens. Though first in show goes to Rubens' seventeen studies of dancing peasants http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/online_research_catalogues/search_object_details.as...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:33 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Rubens and his legacy royal academy
Replies: 0
Views: 2461

McRib

The ads got to me. Ltd time only. Looming over the grimy streets. I had to have one, was kept waiting by some onion rings. It came, a bit saucy, raw onions good, need napkins, I saw a whole cupboard of them in the back.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Food and general consumption
Topic: McRib
Replies: 0
Views: 1591

Rembrandt again at the Nationa Gallery

What's everyone looking at. Mainly older white middle-classish looking people looking at the old master. What are they looking at? Some are listening to the history on their Walkmans. The security guard buttonholes me, he's friendly, he never liked art before he started working in the Sainsbury wing...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:29 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Rembrandt again at the Nationa Gallery
Replies: 0
Views: 2491

birdman

Was looking forward to. Too much play within a film. Actors pretending to be actors. Good moments but I fell asleep.
by jasperjoffe
Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:08 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: birdman
Replies: 0
Views: 1989

Maggi Hambling at National Gallery

why? http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/maggi-hambling-walls-of-water poorish abex with too much image. remember somewhat fondly Gallery an art quiz show which she was once one, seems hard to believe a tv show like that ever existed. the paintings don't really ask many questions ...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Maggi Hambling at National Gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 2987

Itsu

https://www.itsu.com/nutrition/ingredients/

It's so healthy it uses non free range chicken and farmed salmon!
by jasperjoffe
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:10 am
 
Forum: Food and general consumption
Topic: Itsu
Replies: 0
Views: 2206

Han Ulrich Obrist in New Yorker

made me depressed : (
although I did enjoy is book on curating

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/08/art-conversation
by jasperjoffe
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:06 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Han Ulrich Obrist in New Yorker
Replies: 1
Views: 3035

the newsroom

A horrible infomercial for sanctimoniousness. The latest series is the pits.
by jasperjoffe
Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:24 am
 
Forum: Television
Topic: the newsroom
Replies: 0
Views: 1816

Egon Schiele at the Courtauld Gallery

Schiele. Always found him a bit teenage, perhaps because he died at 28. There's something there, especially before he got too stylised/manga. He really put the vagina front and centre, confronting the stuffy viewer who must pretend that he/she is not interested. His focus is clear, but the women he ...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Egon Schiele at the Courtauld Gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 3117

Ha Jin, Map of Betrayal

Love Ha Jin. This, while not his absolute best, is very good. You always get a wonderful sense of a different perception of everything Chinese and American.
by jasperjoffe
Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Ha Jin, Map of Betrayal
Replies: 0
Views: 1851

Re: Big Dumb Books on Contemporary Art

Doubt it's quid pro quo. Just people wanting to attach themselves to the same superficial crap that they think other people think is cool.
by jasperjoffe
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Big Dumb Books on Contemporary Art
Replies: 3
Views: 4278

Re: Big Dumb Books on Contemporary Art

I don't think people pay to be in these books
by jasperjoffe
Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Big Dumb Books on Contemporary Art
Replies: 3
Views: 4278

Re: Why you are a bad painter

Yes
by jasperjoffe
Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:00 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Why you are a bad painter
Replies: 3
Views: 5617

Re: Where are all the great painters?

Not really trying to resurrect greatness as a concept, but however which way you name it, I mean really good, interesting, sums up their times, connects to the human spirit, awesome, cool, wonderful, etc. In an easy word: great.
by jasperjoffe
Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Where are all the great painters?
Replies: 6
Views: 8763

Why you are a bad painter

Why you, me, and almost everyone you know is a bad painter 1. You were better at art school because you got informal and formal feedback from tutors and students. Occasionally you listened to it. 2. You're not very successful, therefore you're not very successful. You remember the student who you th...
by jasperjoffe
Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:23 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Why you are a bad painter
Replies: 3
Views: 5617

Re: Where are all the great painters?

No. I think there are plenty of artists trying to be great (or whatever synonym they use) painters, and they don't need to do it in the style of Rembrandt. I don't think the drought is a result of technological changes.
by jasperjoffe
Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:10 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Where are all the great painters?
Replies: 6
Views: 8763

Where are all the great painters?

The Rembrandt show made me think about this. I was trying to work out how many great painters we should expect to be alive at any time. Some very rough calculations led me to decide at least one per year was created before the 20th Century. Given the increased population and longevity, there should ...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Where are all the great painters?
Replies: 6
Views: 8763

THE GOOD WIFE

finally succumbed to the unreliable New Yorker reviewers recommendation of this series. It's not bad, and friends say it gets better, it's anodyne entertainment, with cardboard cutout characters and soapy law cases which are done and dusted in one episode, with the help of the law firms unbelievable...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:49 am
 
Forum: Television
Topic: THE GOOD WIFE
Replies: 0
Views: 1872

Sigmar Polke at Tate Modern

You know you're getting old when you remember the first time an artist got cool (although there must have been a few times before) and was popular in art schools. Fifteen years later, I was curious to see if I still liked this pomo fun lover. And yes, the work still had a light touch, a concern with...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:46 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Sigmar Polke at Tate Modern
Replies: 1
Views: 2996

Pierre Huyghe at Hauser and Wirth

http://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/2232/pierre-huyghe-br-in-br-border-br-deep/view/

The galleries were swarming with people on a Sunday. Perhaps because it was the last day. Or as they knowin the funfair world, people love goldfish. Dirty fishtanks ARE fascinating.
by jasperjoffe
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:42 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Pierre Huyghe at Hauser and Wirth
Replies: 1
Views: 3167

Mr Turner by Mike Leigh

A rare historical movie and artist biopic that makes the past seem really like another country. Although genius always seems to permit the artist to be a total asshole (do people now confuse the one with the other?), for once you feel the difference in the nature of being an artist (the making, sell...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:38 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Mr Turner by Mike Leigh
Replies: 0
Views: 1776

Late Rembrandt at National Gallery

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/rembrandt-the-late-works Magical, magnificent show. Hard to say why. At first the gloopy paint and variable focus of Rembrandt can seem clichéd (not that old stuff again!), it takes some time to realise that it is breathtakingly brilliant paint...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:17 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Late Rembrandt at National Gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 3245

Simon Schama on Rembrandt

Rembrandt, good topic, but Schama's googoo gaga babytalk eventually led me to turn off, ooh look at the icky wicky bits of paint, watch simey be moved (in real time) by yet another very moving pretty-wetty picky by old remmywemmy http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04mhsn1/schama-on-rembrandt-mast...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:05 am
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Simon Schama on Rembrandt
Replies: 1
Views: 1868

Re: Richard Tuttle at Whitechapel art gallery

touche
by jasperjoffe
Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:46 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Richard Tuttle at Whitechapel art gallery
Replies: 2
Views: 4087

Richard Tuttle at Whitechapel art gallery

I went in the downstairs gallery. Junk artfully arranged. Instead of seeing more upstairs, I went and had a lamb curry. Tut tut.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Richard Tuttle at Whitechapel art gallery
Replies: 2
Views: 4087

Tracey Emin at White Cube bermondsey

The day is balmy. .Excited by the facebook furore.. j jones says genius ...m.collings not so much...I venture south to see tracey emin in bermondsey. I always get lost there... Even with gps I turn wrong but at least site montys deli allegedly the home of londons best pastrami. But what's the compet...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:48 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Tracey Emin at White Cube bermondsey
Replies: 1
Views: 3562

HHhH by Laurent Binet

too much PM for me, but still the history, always the story, is compelling. written with fluid self-conscious ease, a good read.
by jasperjoffe
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:44 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: HHhH by Laurent Binet
Replies: 0
Views: 1802

GONE GIRL book Gillian Flynn, film David Fincher

warning spoilers: the film is sexist and not very good. (and no, just because the book, which yes I've read, was written by a woman does not mean that it's not full of women hatred, of course its the views that you peddle that make you sexist, not your gender) Why: 1. the money line is: crazy fuckin...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:50 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: GONE GIRL book Gillian Flynn, film David Fincher
Replies: 0
Views: 1791

how to paint like anselm kiefer at the royal academy

1. Start with a load of texture:clay straw dirt paint 2. Combine with an outline of architectural structure for contrast: temple pyramid etc 3. Stick a big lead thing on it 4. Sign it with some serious referential cursive writing 5. Make sure to add some bullshit alchemy history myth Poetry as the c...
by jasperjoffe
Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: how to paint like anselm kiefer at the royal academy
Replies: 2
Views: 4866

Transparent of amazon video

Good. Silly title, but good actors and script. Repetitive musical sequences and slightly unbelievable trans-ness detract.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Transparent of amazon video
Replies: 0
Views: 1776

Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman

Definitely something there. Starts off like a choose your own adventure, then goes endless salon intellectual conversations, and some reasonably graphic sex. I had to skip the endless discussions, but the odd, out of time or sync, relationships beguile, esp. that of the organ grinder and hans. Arch,...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman
Replies: 0
Views: 1818

Mike Nelson chooses some sculpture at Whitechapel

The govt art collection selection is often the best thing at the whitechapel. The mix of sculptures and "ethnic" sculptures on some old wooden palettes, while not earth-shattering is good to look at, and makes you think about the different things.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Mike Nelson chooses some sculpture at Whitechapel
Replies: 0
Views: 2732

Re: Malevich at tate modern

I didn't know about the wood pulp! re: Tar Babies (interestingly the use of the expression is in itself a "tar baby") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar-Baby Racist interpretation[edit] Although the term's provenance rests in African folklore (i.e., the gum doll Anansi created to trap Mmoati...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Malevich at tate modern
Replies: 3
Views: 5155

10:04 by Ben Lerner

I enjoyed his first novel set in Madrid, this is good too, reading the first half hungover/ drunk I was wowed by it, smooth postmodern fiction/fact mix, great vocab, sense of news from an amusing neurotic life lived, real comedy, when I picked up my kindle to read the final 34% I was less enamoured ...
by jasperjoffe
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:31 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: 10:04 by Ben Lerner
Replies: 1
Views: 1975

Malevich at tate modern

As I've said before, the TM is a dispiriting place to visit, it's the pokiness of the galleries compared to the scale of the building, its the escalator layout which always dribbles you out on the level which you don't want to be. It's the feeling of being processed rather than free to wander amongs...
by jasperjoffe
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:22 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Malevich at tate modern
Replies: 3
Views: 5155

la grande bellezza on netflix

SO few good films on Netflix. I finally caught this. Actually, sorpresa sorpresa, I really enjoyed it. Lively with music and style, not driven by story, our world weary lead with a rumpled charisma. Rome gloriously awful. Its something about decay, or decadence, or getting old or being old. Whatever...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:27 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: The Great Beauty
Replies: 3
Views: 3181

Elizabeth Jane Howard Slipstream

Memoir. Quite sad. Although adored by various male luminaries, they rarely satisfied. To be a woman in last century was to be groped and patronised, and it seems she was rather lonely in the end. Made me realise something about Kingsley Amis, author of one great books: Lucky Jim, that his characters...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:54 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Elizabeth Jane Howard Slipstream
Replies: 0
Views: 1837

Making colour at the national Gallery

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/making-colour

I found this pretty interesting, pigments etc. But it should have been free in the upstairs temp bit. I don't like when they have the collection for sale (in terms of tickets!).
by jasperjoffe
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:44 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Making colour at the national Gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 3930

Re: The Human Factor at the Hayward

I thought the early part of his reign was alright
by jasperjoffe
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:39 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: The Human Factor at the Hayward
Replies: 3
Views: 5718

The Human Factor at the Hayward

Figurative Sculpture http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery/exhibitions 1. You get waxworks (realistic) or mannequins (illustrative) 2. You don't get sculptures that do anything in space (except that they're 3D so occupy some). 3. The waxworks are sometimes curious or astonishing bu...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: The Human Factor at the Hayward
Replies: 3
Views: 5718

Veep new season

Still good, though some episodes seem a little aimless. One watches for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' utter comic brilliance.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:21 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Veep new season
Replies: 0
Views: 1805
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