Jane Austen For Sale
CLICK). In a strong hint to Ed Vaizey, a Sotherby's spokesman said this portrait is a "part of our cultural history" (CLICK).
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CLICK). In a strong hint to Ed Vaizey, a Sotherby's spokesman said this portrait is a "part of our cultural history" (CLICK).
CLICK). Somebody certainly did. The "thrift shop" is what Brits would call a "charity shop". This one on East 23rd Street is named Housing Works, which provides services for the homeless and HIV/AIDS patients in New York. Rebecca Edmondson, public relations director at Housing Works, said the store received a phone call from one of Banksy's team to assure them the "vandalised" painting was authentic. Banksy's intention was to have the work auctioned for charity. So that's what Housing Works has done. The first online bid was $74,000. That has now risen to $310,200 (CLICK). Bidding ends today.
CLICK). My guess is that this was one of those unoriginal paintings churned out by Chinese artists and exported to the West for punters who want a nice oil-on-canvas landscape at a knockdown price. It's almost a factory process in China. The same artist paints the same picture day after day until he can do it with his eyes shut. That's how the prices are kept so low. Banksy buys this painting in a thrift store, paints the Nazi sitting on a bench enjoying the view, then re-donates his "vandalised" painting to the same thrift store. It's now worth a fortune as a Banksy, but will anyone have spotted it?
CLICK). This is the first major exhibition devoted to French artist Honore Daumier for over fifty years, with 130 of his paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures on display, many never seen in the UK before. Shown is Lunch in the Country (ca 1867-1868). Ticket prices are £10 for adults, £9 for silver surfers. If you're a student of French history....
CLICK). The exhibition is curated by the Museum of London and funded by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust. The Charterhouse began life as a Carthusian monastery in the 14th Century. The Dissolution of the Monasteries saw it closed in 1537 and its Prior was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Various Tudor bigwigs turned it into a mansion and both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I visited it. In 1611 it was further altered and extended to become a school for poor boys and an almshouse for gentlemen pensioners, all of which was generously endowed by Thomas Sutton, who had made a fortune from coal. The school has since moved away, but the almshouse for gentlemen pensioners, known as The Brothers, remains, called Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse (CLICK).
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CLICK). I must say she's a vast improvement on any 24-year-old male.
CLICK). His winning portfolio of stunning images includes this photo of a Typhoon silhouetted by desert sunrise in the Middle East. CLICK for a BBC slide show of SAC Taylor's photos. Wow!
Having wasted an hour last night putting back my clocks (the mechanical ones need to be wound forward 23 hours to avoid breaking them) today I discovered why we sod about with this insanity of daylight saving time. We've guessed that it had something to do with blackouts in World War II or milking cows. Wrong. It was first tried out at the end of World War I to conserve fuel, but we can blame Londoner William Willis who wanted longer afternoons to play golf and ride his horse (CLICK)!
CLICK). Shown is a detail from Chen Rong's Nine Dragons (1244). This really is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, so the cost of admission isn't too bad for adults at £12, but £10 for silver surfers is OTT. Advance booking recommended.
CLICK). She must think living under the Americans is as bad as living under the commies in East Germany!
CLICK). This is the world's largest free open-air exhibition of contemporary sculpture. Shown is a visitor pointing to Chinese artist Qian Sihua's giant head of a boy blowing Bubble Gum. Not a cloud nor a wisp of smoke in the sky. The show runs until 10 November, bushfires permitting.
CLICK) here is a video still from Pudding Lane Productions' Crytek Off The Map (2013). A team of six second-year students from De Montfort University, Leicester, turned historic maps and engravings from the British Library into an atmospheric 3D walk-through video of 17th-century London. The team won first prize in the UK competition Off the Map sponsored by games developer Crytek and run with the British Library and GameCity. The students used Crytek's games developing tool CRYENGINE to create their winning entry (CLICK).
CLICK). Shown is a terrific still from the game. It's sad to note that the BBC subsumes this news under Technology, not under Art or Entertainment. That's what's wrong with the BBC and with ArtReview's Power 100. Top video games make fortunes. And they are Art.
CLICK). These are the top 100 movers and shakers in the international art market, ranked according to their influence and/or buying power. Top of this year's list is a bint: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bint al-Thani (2008). She's the sister of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, and is head of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) with an estimated $1 billion per year to spend on art! This is 3 times what MoMA spent last year and 175 times what Tate spent! No wonder Moneybags Hirst hotfooted it to Qatar to unveil his The Miraculous Journey, to mount an exhibition and to stay with the Qatar royal family (CLICK). Picasso's Child with a Dove also went to Qatar this year (CLICK). And the QMA outbid Larry Gagosian and William Acquavella to buy Cézanne's Card Players for £158m, making it the world's most expensive daub sold at auction (CLICK).
CLICK). The photo shows his Blazon on the Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. He was much loved by the Anti-art Establishment. Sir Nicholas Serota, "The King of Crap", says Caro was "one of the outstanding sculptors of the past 50 years". I regard "sculptor" as a misnomer to describe a man who welded girders and other bits of metal into abstract shapes and painted them lurid colours. Engineer maybe? CLICK for a BBC slide show.
CLICK). I guess he didn't make it to the award ceremony.
CLICK). What did they expect? Art?
CLICK). I thought that face looked familiar. I think I'll take the scale with a pinch of desert salt.
CLICK). My favourite is this magnificent Catbells Sunrise, Cumbria. It won Bart Heirweg the VisitBritain You're Invited Award. All the winners will be on show at the National Theatre in London from 7 December.
CLICK). The photo shows an Anthropomorphic Pectoral, Colombia, Tairona (AD 900–1600) © Museo del Oro – Banco de la República, Colombia. The exhibition explores the rich and diverse cultures of Colombia before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th Century. Admission costs £10 for this once-in-a-lifetime show.
CLICK). Admission is free. Shown is Lemuel Francis Abbott's portrait of Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson (1799) who was taking a break from naval battles, having recently lost his right arm. The BBC has posted an audio slide show by Paul Kerley, narrated by co-curator Quintin Colville (CLICK).
CLICK). I'm still wondering how the NYPD are coping with this threat. Will there be an armed stakeout at every McDonalds throughout the city? How many McDonalds are there? will screeching police sirens announce the latest polishing? Will the fuzz confiscate the fibreglass Ronald? Will they arrest the shoeshine boy and give him the rubber-hose treatment if he fails to disclose the real name of Banksy and his location? Or will they try the more subtle approach and park plainclothes detectives in unmarked cars to trail the van that comes to collect Ronald? Better still, bug the replica Ronald with a tracking device to locate his hiding place.
CLICK). It's worth looking at them to see the appalling trash you're avoiding by not visiting the show. Sadly, one of the worst offenders is British artist David Shrigley, whose idiotic doodles and a statue entitled Lady Taking A Poop hit rock bottom. So far, I've noticed only two works worth a place in any art show. Yesterday I posted The Abduction of Ganymede. Today it's Vanessa Von Zitzewitz's charming and tasteful nude photo of Carla (1999). Not thee Carla married to the ex-president of France?
CLICK). The headline Get Banksy is followed by this tongue-in-cheek news story: "Quick, call the cops! We're having an art attack! The elusive British street artist/vandal known as Banksy has driven the NYPD [New York Police Department] bonkers during his 'residency' in New York - and police are going all out to find him." Various New York politicians have either condemned Banksy as a "vandal" or admitted they've never heard of him, which shows just how clueless these right-wing plonkers are (CLICK). At his own considerable expense, Banksy is giving his fans the best art exhibition New York has ever seen. And it's a democratic show for the man, woman and child in the street. America prides itself on being the guardian of Democracy. So why is the NYPD running around with egg all over its face? Surely it has better things to do than try to arrest Banksy.
CLICK). More than 150 of the world's top contemporary galleries have invaded the park to flout their wares at the well-heeled. Shown is The Abduction of Ganymede (c.1615-1620) painted by an unknown artist, possibly Tuscan and active in Rome. So much for provenance. As for artistry, if Zeus had grabbed Ganymede round the calves like that, he would probably have broken the lad's back when he took off. If you need to ask how much admission costs, you can't afford it. This is for the elite. You can see some of the sculptures in Regent's Park for free if you go toward the fair. Take your dog for a walk and see which sculpture he cocks his leg against (CLICK).
CLICK). This major retrospective runs until 9 March 2014. I couldn't think of a more passé artist if I tried. And the price for viewing this outmoded tosh is £15 for adults or £13.10 for silver surfers! Mathew Gale, the curator of the show, describes some of the exhibits as "achingly beautiful" (CLICK). He must live on another planet. The best I could find was this watercolour: A Young Lady's Adventure (1922). For some reason she reminds me of Mr Magoo. Maybe Mr Magoo's granny? Give it a miss.
CLICK). This most unusual photo Mother's Little Headful won 14-year-old Udayan Rao Pawar from India the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 award. It shows hatchling gharial crocodiles crowding on the mother's head for protection. Udayan camped overnight on the bank of the Chambal River in Madhya Pradesh, India, to get this early morning shot of a rare species. Gharials (freshwater crocodiles) are under threat, due to illegal sand mining and fishing. There are only around 200 left in the wild. The exhibition of 100 top photos opens at the Natural History Museum in London on 18 October and runs until 23 March 2014, admission £10.90 adults or £5.45 silver surfers, excluding donations. Half price! Sadly, entry to this must-see show for kids (4-16 years) is £5.40 (CLICK).
CLICK). Shown is Saint Aleksei (1904). Don't ask me why he carries a furled pink parasol. Maybe he's showing his feminine side. I suppose it could be a souvenir from his cross-dressing days. I must admit I find these icons predictable and boring. CLICK for more info.
CLICK). There are some crackers. I was torn between Cpl Mike O'Neil's Dawn Patrol in Helmand, Afghanistan, and Sergeant Adrian Harlen's photo of Captain Charlie Fitzroy with Thomas, at 22 one of the oldest horses in the Household Cavalry. As you can see, I plumped for Thomas. CLICK for a BBC slide show.
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CLICK). I've added an artist's impression made a few years ago, prior to the Scotland Yard investigation, possibly of the kidnapper. The two e-fits just released are of the same man as described by two different witnesses. This proves just how unreliable witness descriptions are. The one on the left looks like Desperate Dan. The one in the middle has similar sharp features to the man on the right, although the hairstyles are completely different. All the latest developments in the case, including a 25-minute reconstruction, are to be shown on BBC One's Crimewatch at 9pm tonight (CLICK).
CLICK). And the sexiest male movie star? Benedict Cumberbatch, another Brit. CLICK for Empire Magazine.
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CLICK). Oh, Lesus!
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CLICK). This major exhibition examines the central role of portraiture in Viennese painting and the upheaval in traditional art that marked the years around 1900. Gustav Klimt's Portrait of a Lady in Black (1894) is the peak of quality before it all plunges into the depths of modern art with people like Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. I'm not at all sure it's worth lashing out £11 for adults or £10 for silver surfers to view Vienna's descent into the abyss of modern art. One good point is that admission is only £5.50 for silver surfers on Tuesday afternoons 2.30–6pm.
CLICK). If dried fungi aren't your thing, how about willow sculptor Tom Hare's Fungi Fairy Ring (2013) shown. He depicts seven different species of native edible fungi in gigantic form. CLICK to view a BBC audio slide show by Paul Kerley and learn about Zombie Fungi. Yuck!
CLICK). While cleaning a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh in preparation for the show, conservators found a moon and strip of sea in the top left corner. This is taken as a sign of Raleigh's secret passion for the Queen, represented by the moon. He of course is represented by the sea. To me it looks like monumental crawling to the most powerful woman in England. CLICK for a close-up and a lot more waffle on this subject. It doesn't persuade me that the exhibition is worth £12.20 or £11.30 for silver surfers. On Wednesdays silver surfers can enter for only £10.40, saving 90p. Big deal!
CLICK). So here is The Mekon, created by Frank Hampson in 1950 for the Eagle comic strip Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future. For everything you ever wanted to know about The Mekon, but were afraid to ask, CLICK. Interesting footnote: Eagle was founded by Marcus Morris, an Anglican vicar who felt that the church was not getting its message across. He and Frank Hampson created a comic based on Christian values: Eagle. The idea was rejected by a number of publishers before Hulton Press took a chance. Huge success (CLICK).