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Re: Han Ulrich Obrist in New Yorker

Actually it’s a pretty good profile of the hyperactive one – and suitably long. :D But since my tastes almost never coincide with HUO or Obi’s - he’s not really someone I take an interest in. :| His career seems like an object lesson in schmoozing and art world networking, but I don’t see it having ...
by CAP
Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:21 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Han Ulrich Obrist in New Yorker
Replies: 1
Views: 1236

Winter Sleep

Winner of this year’s Golden Palm award at Cannes (i.e. Best Film Ever ) running a daunting 196 minutes, starring sometime East Enders character, Haluk Bilginer as protagonist Aydin, featuring the picturesque and popular location of Cappadocia with its distinctive caves adapted into a honeycomb of a...
by CAP
Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:45 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Winter Sleep
Replies: 0
Views: 1074

Re: critical review of warhol and morris

Guess sometimes love isn't enough ;)
by CAP
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:53 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: critical review of warhol and morris
Replies: 1
Views: 1234

Re: Egon Schiele at the Courtauld Gallery

Megadebt to Klimt as well. Klimt the older, more versatile. They even did portraits of the same Viennese hottie - Fredericke Maria Beer

I think they both died in the huge influenza pandemic of 1918... :cry:
by CAP
Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:12 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Egon Schiele at the Courtauld Gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 1336

Neo Rauch: ‘At the Well’ @ David Zwirner NYC

6th November – 20th December Mention of Rauch in the Burgert review reminds me that Rauch also has a show on and although I sort of said I wouldn’t write about him again, I’ve decided to take a peek, if only for comparison with Burgert. The artist is of course famously prolific and the current show...
by CAP
Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:55 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Neo Rauch: ‘At the Well’ @ David Zwirner NYC
Replies: 1
Views: 2053

Jonas Burgert: Stück Hirn Blind @ Blain|Southern

14th Oct – 22nd Nov Rising star of the Berlin scene apparently, Blain Southern gave him a show at their Berlin branch in 2012 and now reintroduce him to London audiences (he’d previously shown at Haunch of Venison in 2009). I’m assuming prices continue to rise; the artist’s comments hint as much. Bu...
by CAP
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Jonas Burgert: Stück Hirn Blind @ Blain|Southern
Replies: 1
Views: 2729

Re: Big Dumb Books on Contemporary Art

If not in cash then favours ;)
by CAP
Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:35 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Big Dumb Books on Contemporary Art
Replies: 3
Views: 2104

Big Dumb Books on Contemporary Art

100 Painters of Tomorrow – Kurt Beers – Thames & Hudson ISBN 9780500239230 32.00 x 24.00 cm 288pp 330 Illustrations, 320 in colour Art Now! Vol. 4 - Hans Werner Holzwarth, Taschen, Hardcover, 8.5 x 10.8 in., 576 pages They just keep getting bigger and dumber, pacing a general inflation in the a...
by CAP
Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Big Dumb Books on Contemporary Art
Replies: 3
Views: 2104

Deux Jours Une Nuit - Two Days One Night

The latest offering from Belgian auteurs, the Dardenne brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre, and by their standards amongst their slightest. I give it six. The story concerns Sandra (Marion Cotillard) married with two young children, recovering from a nervous breakdown, when she learns by phone that she ha...
by CAP
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:24 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Deux Jours Une Nuit - Two Days One Night
Replies: 0
Views: 1090

Re: Where are all the great painters?

It's also worth pointing out that the latter half of Rembrandt's life was lived in pretty much obscurity and poverty - 'greatness' or 'success' was only conferred in retrospect. Then there are artists who swam against the tide for most of their lives like Vermeer, Blake, Van Gogh and Cezanne who als...
by CAP
Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Where are all the great painters?
Replies: 6
Views: 4487

Re: Where are all the great painters?

I think looking for ‘greatness’ is a game best left for historians or those looking back. Contemporary painters do better to look for work that reflects their lives or worlds in particular, dare I say, original ways. That’s what brings painting to life and makes it exciting. The current painters I a...
by CAP
Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:11 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Where are all the great painters?
Replies: 6
Views: 4487

Broncho - Class Historian

Hmm no recent additions to the WWR's Music forum, so I nominate this current fave - the annoyingly catchy Class Historian by Broncho, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to their Wiki page . It's silly, yes but lead singer/songwriter Ryan Lindsey sort of carries it off as a passive/aggressive exerci...
by CAP
Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:19 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Broncho - Class Historian
Replies: 0
Views: 999

Re: Pierre Huyghe at Hauser and Wirth

Hauser & Wirth is excited to announce Pierre Huyghe’s inaugural exhibition with the gallery. Huyghe works across media to create situations, cutting through time and boundaries, highlighting concepts of separation. ‘IN. BORDER. DEEP’ features all new work including film, site-specific sculpture...
by CAP
Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Pierre Huyghe at Hauser and Wirth
Replies: 1
Views: 1229

Re: Sigmar Polke at Tate Modern

Absolutely! The comparison with Kiefer and the Goodman show of Richter are a rare alignment of the stars and worth a review in itself. If my own situation wasn't so dire I'd take the time to triangulate German painting by this, between the irreverent, the pompous and the doggedly efficient. For all ...
by CAP
Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:57 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Sigmar Polke at Tate Modern
Replies: 1
Views: 1297

The Nakeds @ The Drawing Room

A show of nudes, confined to drawings and pen and wash and featuring a fairly motley crew, most not particularly noted for their draughtsmanship - David Austen, Fiona Banner, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, George Condo, Enrico David, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Leon Golub, Stewart Helm, Chantal Jof...
by CAP
Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:37 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: The Nakeds @ The Drawing Room
Replies: 0
Views: 1219

Re: Late Rembrandt at National Gallery

The review in Art Form for Frieze-frenzy week actually concluded that the Rembrandt was the most pleasureable show in town! :) Well okay, she also thought it was the least demanding, but quite she means by that is anyone's guess. She was after all only covering the art world's social pages, so I su...
by CAP
Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:34 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Late Rembrandt at National Gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 1515

Re: Chinese Whispers (6-23 Nov 2014 London)

49 artists in a single venue show (albeit switching location from London to Eindhoven) is too many. ;)
by CAP
Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:54 am
 
Forum: Art press releases
Topic: Chinese Whispers (6-23 Nov 2014 London)
Replies: 1
Views: 1967

Re: Richard Tuttle at Whitechapel art gallery

'Tuttle' kind of sounds like the sculptures... :P
by CAP
Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:51 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Richard Tuttle at Whitechapel art gallery
Replies: 2
Views: 1795

Re: Tracey Emin at White Cube bermondsey

Well past it. :(
by CAP
Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:49 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Tracey Emin at White Cube bermondsey
Replies: 1
Views: 1880

Re: how to paint like anselm kiefer at the royal academy

But once you get over the clotted vistas and plodding perspective, it does get a bit monotonous. Too bad they didn't include some of the artist's recent cow paintings (I'm not kidding) - 20 years in rural France has edged him slightly closer to Dubuffet it seems.... :D Here's Dr. Profundis in front ...
by CAP
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:39 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: how to paint like anselm kiefer at the royal academy
Replies: 2
Views: 2352

Re: how to paint like anselm kiefer at the royal academy

Then buy a decommissioned nuclear reactor and turn into an exclusive men's club.... :twisted:

Budda Bing! :lol:
by CAP
Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: how to paint like anselm kiefer at the royal academy
Replies: 2
Views: 2352

Re: Malevich at tate modern

Obvioulsy a lot depends on context and one's subscriptions! :)

Now, anyone for a Black Russian? :lol:
by CAP
Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:17 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Malevich at tate modern
Replies: 3
Views: 2506

Re: Malevich at tate modern

Maybe the cracked surfaces are the result of sub-standard materials? Things were tough back then and a lot of the emphasis was on 'faktura' - facture, so he strove for a deliberately worked surface. This as a way of anchoring the idealistic geometry. I think at one stage he may have mixed in pulped ...
by CAP
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Malevich at tate modern
Replies: 3
Views: 2506

Re: Thomas Ruff - 'Lights' @ SMAK, Ghent

On the topic of the Koons survey, Barry Schwabsky also gives it the big thumbs down. :)
by CAP
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:51 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Thomas Ruff - 'Lights' @ SMAK, Ghent
Replies: 1
Views: 2211

Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)

I’d heard about their breakout appearance on Letterman and imagined them as an AOR act, like The National . Shudder. So I couldn’t get too curious. But then I heard the song on the radio without realizing it was the Letterman thing and liked it. A lot. So then I had to find the clip on You Tube , wh...
by CAP
Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:29 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)
Replies: 0
Views: 862

A Tip for Straightening Skewed Photos of Paintings

A persistent problem photographing my own paintings as documentation has been getting the four corners of a work square with the camera’s viewer frame and lens. Even when aware of the problem, one side of a work would somehow always skew out. Doh! It looks shabby and depresses me. Even when you crop...
by CAP
Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Life (regular updates on somebody's existence)
Topic: A Tip for Straightening Skewed Photos of Paintings
Replies: 2
Views: 2465

Re: The Human Factor at the Hayward

How you could omit Stephan Balkenhol from this brief I simply do not know. The guy is easily the equal of Schütte or Fritsch. How you could ignore David Altmejd or Thomas Houseago in this context defies reason. Is it any surprise the whole thing comes off as lame and souless? Kill the curator . How ...
by CAP
Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: The Human Factor at the Hayward
Replies: 3
Views: 2903

Re: Making colour at the national Gallery

Much the same territory covered in John Gage's memorable books - Colour and Meaning and Colour and Culture - must-reads for any serious painter. :)
by CAP
Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:20 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Making colour at the national Gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 2313

Re: The Human Factor at the Hayward

Yep, another Rugoff dud alright. :roll:

Is this a new nadir for the Hayward? :evil:

Did I say Hayward? Make that Wayward! :lol:
by CAP
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:10 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: The Human Factor at the Hayward
Replies: 3
Views: 2903

Re: the inbetweeners 2

:( ?
by CAP
Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: the inbetweeners 2
Replies: 1
Views: 848

Re: Language Fails at Transition Gallery

Isaac Willis doesn't sound very German.
by CAP
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Art press releases
Topic: Language Fails at Transition Gallery
Replies: 2
Views: 1748

Re: Tim's Vermeer

The movie was also noted on WWR here.
by CAP
Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Tim's Vermeer
Replies: 1
Views: 1674

Tim's Vermeer

An 80 minute documentary about Tim Jenison, a noted American software and video inventor who has taken a special interest in the work of the Johannes Vermeer for its photographic qualities and demonstrates a possible technique for transferring a projected image onto canvas with paint. This doesn’t s...
by CAP
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Tim's Vermeer
Replies: 1
Views: 1674

Thomas Ruff - 'Lights' @ SMAK, Ghent

17th May – 24th August Forget about the lame selection of summer blockbusters, from Matisse’s Cut-outs at Tate Madam ( :roll: ) to Sigmar Polke’s Greatest Misses at MoMA NYC ( :lol: ) or Jeff Koons at The Whitney, an 80s relic still stuck with the same shallow and stunted tastes ( :twisted: ). Koons...
by CAP
Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:48 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Thomas Ruff - 'Lights' @ SMAK, Ghent
Replies: 1
Views: 2211

Re: Jonathan Raban

Great interview but don't really share many of his literary tastes. :ugeek:
by CAP
Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:00 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Jonathan Raban
Replies: 1
Views: 1572

Frank

Interesting but ultimately flawed story about experimental rock band as told by naïve recruit mainly set somewhere in County Wexford, Ireland and Austin Texas. I give it 7. The good bits are early in the movie, when Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a meek bank clerk and aspiring musician is abruptly offered ...
by CAP
Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:42 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Frank
Replies: 1
Views: 1240

Celia Paul @ Victoria Miro

A strange addition for Miro , I would have thought. Paul is a fairly dour, traditional painter for a gallery frequently in the thrall of New York and a general splashy presence. But look, roving the London galleries and getting depressed by the options, this at least held up. The crowded group show...
by CAP
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Celia Paul @ Victoria Miro
Replies: 0
Views: 1397

Thought Forms

Don't know much about this unit - West Coast obviously, Pacific North West probably - and couldn't find the track I was looking for on You Tube. What I wanted was their studio version of Ghost Mountain, You and Me . There's a live version , I think recorded at Alexandra Palance in 2011, but it's not...
by CAP
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:52 pm
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Thought Forms
Replies: 0
Views: 709

Fabulous Diamonds

Cult Melbourne-based duo, noted for their sub-Velvet/Can dirge drone ambient grunge. There's tons of stuff out there on You Tube. For starters I'm offering Lothario and Wandering Eye (great title). 8-)
by CAP
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:44 pm
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Fabulous Diamonds
Replies: 0
Views: 723

Douglas Dare - Seven Hours

Slow plaintive ballad sung passionately by the drippy looking, but clearly articulate Dare. It reminded me a lot of folk music, except he accompanies himself on keyboard rather than an acoustic guitar. The lyrics are very poetic without being too precious, so in the end i was sold. :)
by CAP
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Douglas Dare - Seven Hours
Replies: 0
Views: 674

4 Artists 10 Works @ Josh Lilley

6th June – 4th July 2014 Another interesting little group show at Lilley, I seem to remember singling out one from around this time last year as well. I don’t know why that should be, maybe something to do with the location, straying in the summer lull perhaps. Anyway this one is of paintings – 4 A...
by CAP
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:32 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: 4 Artists 10 Works @ Josh Lilley
Replies: 0
Views: 1644

Re: richter polke at christies auction house

Often artists are better before they get good/slick at doing what they've discovered. eg blurring, polke dots. Actually it’s an illusion we project onto earlier works, once we know what to look for (in light of subsequent work) – we look back and find the salient features much subtler for being mor...
by CAP
Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: richter polke at christies auction house
Replies: 3
Views: 3386

The Trip to Italy

This is the movie version, distilling down the six-part BBC TV series, following the template laid out by the original The Trip (series and feature) in 2010. Four years on, Coogan and Brydon tour the Italian coast from Liguria to Capri, taking in more fine restaurants, the course of Shelley and Byro...
by CAP
Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: The Trip to Italy
Replies: 1
Views: 1134

Das Leben der Anderen - The Lives of Others (2006)

Popular tale of East German police state oppression that took out an unmarked bag full of awards back in 2006, probably warranted. Give it 8. Still, when Hollywood likes something, you know something’s wrong. I was watching it again on disc thinking I’ll just watch a couple of reels for a bit of a b...
by CAP
Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Das Leben der Anderen - The Lives of Others (2006)
Replies: 0
Views: 5328

Sigmar Polke @ MoMA New York

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). (5,329w) The vast Sigmar Polke retrospective at MoMA New York is hard to ignore, even on the web. N...
by CAP
Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:31 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Sigmar Polke @ MoMA New York
Replies: 0
Views: 4711

Re: richter polke at christies auction house

I think there's a verb missing from number 3.... ? :?

All good questions though, will come back sometime and try and answer some of 'em. ;)
by CAP
Tue May 27, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: richter polke at christies auction house
Replies: 3
Views: 3386

Art Tattler

No connection so far as I can see with the notorious gossip magazine, this seems to originate from the mid-west of the U.S. possibly Kansas (?) and deals in fine art along with design and architecture but offers some interesting 'commentary'. Anyway, although not that friendly as a design or layout,...
by CAP
Mon May 19, 2014 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Art Links (useful or interesting art sites)
Topic: Art Tattler
Replies: 0
Views: 1210

Depressing Parallels

I was reading this article about Glenn Greenwald and the Edward Snowden NSA leaks and about how the mainstream press have become (or maybe always were, without our noticing) so timid and obsequious about criticising the establishment, when I began to realise this is exactly the state of art criticis...
by CAP
Sat May 17, 2014 11:37 am
 
Forum: Life (regular updates on somebody's existence)
Topic: Depressing Parallels
Replies: 0
Views: 803

Re: Towards A New Socio-Painting at Transition Gallery

Something about Nathan's photographic framings give the work a bit of a cinematic feel (checking out his website...) :)
by CAP
Thu May 15, 2014 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Art press releases
Topic: Towards A New Socio-Painting at Transition Gallery
Replies: 5
Views: 3448

David Douglas - Higher

I'm a sucker for those high shrieks in this one.... otherwise it's pretty much your usual dance beats. :|
by CAP
Thu May 15, 2014 8:31 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: David Douglas - Higher
Replies: 0
Views: 760
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