Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

John Currin at Sadie Coles HQ in London

by Suzanne on March 30th, 2008

(Heartless by John Currin, 1997 - click for details)

"No one wants to be a painter anymore. Everyone's probably going to film school: when they should have been painters, they become shitty filmmakers instead.

Maybe it's an oxymoron to be an American painter, maybe there's really no such thing, there are American illustrators like Edward Hopper, but really no American painters.

Maybe painting was always based on the European conceit of individuality and solitariness, the lone individual heroically facing up to his canvas, whereas in America you're only solitary in your car. It's much more about movement, so I guess movies are the natural thing for Americans.

The time when painting had a monopoly on visual culture is over, it will never have that kind of monopoly again.

True, the world is being atomized, six families don't rule the world anymore, but a lot of the ways we think about painting refer to that time when it was so dominant.

We have to think of other metaphors for it now."

(John Currin interviewed at Supervert. Originally published in John Currin: Oeuvres)

(Thanksgiving by John Currin, 2003 - click for details)

Details about the Currin show at Sadie Coles HQ are still very scarce, but let's hope that we'll get to see some of Currin's 90s/early 2k oeuvres too. I don't really feel like taking the train to London when all I'll get to see are paintings of hairy middle-aged Danes and/or Dutchmen and women in 80s lingerie showing me various orifices. Seriously now.

UPDATE: Oh dear... my worst fears have apparently come true...

Opening reception: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

On show: April 2 - June 7, 2008

Address: Sadie Coles HQ, 35 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BP, tel: +44 (0) 20 7434 2227

Frieze review

1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA

by Suzanne G. on January 24th, 2005

© John Currin - click on images to enlarge

If you're reading these lines today, I'm deeply sorry for you. You should have rather stayed in bed...

And you obviously too, Mr Sheep! :)



Pip's 2348707614813487 (successful) attempt to break my weakened old heart...

© Pip - click to enlarge



© Araki - click to enlarge

"I wish I was a god with 1000 arms."

- Araki Nobuyoshi

Well, as this trailer proves once more, he is a god with 1000 arms...



Yup, the 40th (sic!) edition of the Solothurner Filmtage - probably the most influential film festival in Switzerland - has started today.

My brother's latest short movie Fledermäuse im Bauch won this year's jury prize for "Best Short Movie" and it will be featured tomorrow and on Saturday.

More details on the film festival

Watch complete movie online
(N.B.: For high-speed connections only!)



Han & Chewie!

(Compiled by the ingenious Walter Newton.)



Endless thanks to Mike for pointing me in the direction of these adorably surreal and sweetly apocalyptic Hieronymus Bosch action figures.