Monday, 19 March 2007

Tracey Emin's Pussy

Tracey Emin Studio - Docket on Travel Card Wallet (2007)Now I've seen it all: Tracey Emin's pussy! His name is Docket and he features on a travel card wallet designed by Tracey Emin Studio to help celebrate 60 years of Arts Council England. (Originally it was the Arts Council of Great Britain. A joke by any other name.) What's to celebrate? Sixty years of wasting tax-payers' hard-earned money on trendy tripe. Has any vaguely competent artist been sponsored in all that time? And why does BBC News insist on calling Emin an "artist"? Her pussy is the best thing she's done so far, and I'm hardly overwhelmed by it. "Would-be artist" would be a better term. But I forget: she's got a diploma. Not an "ology", but still a diploma.

4 Comments:

At 19/3/07, Anonymous Luke Smith said...

Arts Council England is celebrating 60 years of funding the arts and these travel wallets are part of that. We think they are an exciting scheme as they put covetable works of arts directly in to the hands of the public we serve. But if Coxsoft Art News readers have other views on what principles should guide public funding of the arts today then lets hear it at the arts debate. This is Arts Council England's first ever public value enquiry and we've already had a lot of lively online contributions.

Luke Smith, Project Manager, The Arts Debate

 
At 19/3/07, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Luke
You're on the ball. I published this post only a few hours ago. Thanks for the links. A debate on the worth of Arts Council England is long overdue. It's been a patronizing, elitist organisation promoting trendy tripe for far too long. I can't name one good artist it has promoted. As for "covetable" works of art, Tracey Emin's pussy is a perfect example of how laughable it gets. Emin is a national joke. It's embarrassing that she's one of our national flag-wavers in the visual arts.

 
At 21/3/07, Blogger ShirleyBod said...

The only significant wallet in this whole sad story is the increasingly fat one belonging to Emin and her talentless Britart cohorts! Oh and not forgetting that ever decreasing wallet belonging to Joe Taxpayer!

 
At 21/3/07, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Shirleybod
I couldn't agree more. Have you told Arts Council England what you think of it? See Luke Smith's comment above for a link to ACE arts debate and have your say! He's the manager running the debate. And keep an eye on the Art Forums website.

 

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