Sunday, 22 September 2013

Threadneedle Tripe

That appalling load of tripe The Threadneedle Prize for Painting & Sculpture raises its ugly head yet again at the Mall Galleries in London on 25 September. Of the six shortlisted works, the only one with any pretence to originality is Seamus Moran's Urban Burka (2013) made out of training shoes and priced at £3,000. I assume this is intended as a put-down to Muslims, who regard shoes as some form of insult. The other five shortlisted works are complete rubbish, as is the bulk of "art" in the exhibition (CLICK). Why on earth Threadneedle Investments should waste £30,000 on any of this pathetic tripe is beyond me. Advertising? Why demean your firm by associating its name with profligacy and failure?


At 23/9/13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone just needs to make you a nice plate of ratatouille. Then teach you about art & how to critique.

At 23/9/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Ratatouille, the Oscar-winning animated movie? Now you're talking. That really is art.

At 26/9/13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody got out of bed on the wrong side me thinks!! An interesting and balanced review this is not!

At 26/9/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

I find it immensely irritating that a load of predominately childish doodles are claimed to be "art" and one of them will be rewarded with £30,000. My reviews of the National Portrait Gallery's Portrait Prize shortlist usually spot a winner. That's art. But how can one review a load of tripe? Face it, that's what the Threadneedle Prize attracts. It would be a waste of time a real artist entering this competition.

At 2/10/13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW Ian, it's not a put down to Muslims! It's more a comment on the importance which some people place on being seen in the right type of trainers.

Seamus Moran

At 3/10/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Hi, Seamus

Thanks for the correction. The name Urban Burka had me fooled.

The worst trainer snobs are the teens. They cost their parents a fortune demanding name brands with huge markups.

At 20/10/14, Anonymous Seamus Moran said...

Hi Ian, Only taken me a year to see your reply! I thought Urban burka had a nice ring to it like Ghetto blaster or Chelsea Tractor. BTW are you reviewing The Passion For Freedom Exhibition? I have a new piece in that. I'd be interested in your comments

At 21/10/14, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Hi, Seamus

Glad you're following my blog so closely!

I haven't come across the Passion For Freedom exhibition. I'll look out for it.

At 21/10/14, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Hi again, Seamus

I found the Passion For Freedom Art Festival 2014 easily enough, but it doesn't show much in the way of artworks. Looking at the 2013 archive didn't help either, because it mainly shows earnest-looking people viewing the show, not the artworks themselves. So, I haven't a clue what to expect from the show, good, bad or indifferent.

I see you're on the shortlist. Well done on that. Could you let me have a photo of your entry?

At 23/10/14, Anonymous Seamus Moran said...

No problem Ian. Have you got an email address I could send some images to?

At 24/10/14, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Hi again

Yes. Here you are:
Thanks in advance.


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