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Archive for February, 2010

Happy B-Day, Happy V-Day!

by Suzanne on February 14th, 2010

Heart to Heart by Ione Rucquoi

Happy birthday to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and happy Valentine's Day to all you lovers, haters, saints and sinners.

Here are Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking singing you a friendly song of sweet intergalactic love:

Next up is RocketToTheSky spreading a little forest love to fellow city dwellers:

And finally, let's give it up for the Danish police force handing out bike helmets and love like it's 2009:

Oh, and if you're bored and ronery, make sure to check out last year's WurzelValentineSpecial®.

Have a lovely day everyone!

So much love & monkey brains to each and every single one of you.

And remember, there's no love without a little pain..

From New Photography in China by John Millichap (ed.) - click to enlarge



Daphne Wright at Frith Street Gallery, London

by Suzanne on February 13th, 2010

Primate by Daphne Wright, marble dust, onyx, resin, paint, and silk embroidery, 14.5 H x 76 L x 46.5 W cm, 2009 - click to enlarge

I usually refrain from attending exhibitions that are all about "letting the works breathe" and "showing the interaction between exhibit and architectural surrounding" because it normally just means that the curators who couldn't be bothered to fly more artworks in try to sell you a show as being all zen and stuff when there's really just a super pretentious nihil gaping in the middle of a giant concrete gallery cube.

In the case of Frith Street Gallery's Daphne Wright exhibition however, I must admit that I'm very glad I made an exception. Yes, there were only two works on show (apart from a series of obscure drawings and an awkward video installation in their super Doomesque downstairs room), but their presence was magnificent and yes, the unfinished architecture of the place is stunning and very inspiring indeed.

Stallion by Daphne Wright, marble dust and resin, 160 H x 380 L x 140 W cm, 2009, edition of 2

I must say though that these two installation views do Daphne's work zero justice. Her Stallion has the icy shine of marble dust and seems frozen and conserved yet so very potent and virile and her Primate's fur is hand-embroidered with the most surreal shimmery and exquisitely silky silver thread and you really just want to lie down on the gallery floor and become statuesque yourself - become part of a magical triangle between horse, monkey, man.

Daphne Wright's Traits of Sidney is on show until the end of the month. Please note that Frith Street Gallery isn't on Frith Street, but very close to Piccadilly Circus. Further details below.

On show: January 14 - February 27, 2010

Address: Frith Street Gallery, 17–18 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JJ, UK | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM | Sat: 11 AM - 5 PM


by suzanne_tumblr on February 12th, 2010

Primate by Daphne Wright, marble dust, onyx, resin, paint, and silk embroidery, 14.5 H x 76 L x 46.5 W cm, 2009 - at Frith Street Gallery until Feb 27, 2010

by suzanne_tumblr on February 12th, 2010

Stallion by Daphne Wright, marble dust and resin, 160 H x 380 L x 140 W cm, 2009, edition of 2 - at Frith Street Gallery until Feb 27, 2010

Mark Ryden's Lincoln Day Sale

by Suzanne on February 12th, 2010

Incarnation by Mark Ryden, oil on panel, 72 x 48 inches, 2009 - click to enlarge

Ah, I like etymologically correct art.

This just in for Rydenophiles: In celebration of Abe Lincoln's 201st birthday which we're celebrating today, Porterhouse Fine Art Editions are holding a one-day only sale with 50% off their entire online shop range.

Sale ends tonight midnight PST. Which is Pacific Standard Time, FYI, not an angry request to STFU.

In other news, congrats to Len for winning the last competition! Weeee! Rosemarie Trockel's Replace Me was of course based on Courbet's L’origine du monde from 1866. Well done! Your present is on its way.

Next up is the Quote of the Day. This time it's by my partner in crime bones, Alex CF, and was uttered while playing Dante's Inferno:

"I don't want to swim around, I want to fucking kill things."


And finalemente, my unsolicited two pennies on an occurrence that in the past 24 hours has been emetically exploited by the fashion blogosphère:

When will the world learn that those who write their own requiems eventually die?!

Kate Moss hologram from Alexander McQueen AW06 show

It's not even sad, it just... consequence and logic. It's so relative how, when (and even if ever) the creativity of ones lifetime unfolds; to say that McQueen was too young to die is so very presumptuous and insulting looking at his ripe oeuvre.

He doesn't owe us anything, anymore. In my eyes, he was a 230-year-old noble yet permanently hungry fashion vampire who has seen it all before - the decadent gluttony, the insane grandeur, the ethereal beauty, the auratic melancholy - and it's this what became his creation. It's not going to go away. So just let him go now, please.

Animism at Extra City Antwerp, Belgium

by Suzanne on February 9th, 2010

An entire A4 page of unintelligible, pretentious blather disguised as a clever press release really shouldn't keep you from visiting Animism - a long-term touring exhibition loosely based around the idea of... errr... uhmm... the technological/digital renaissance of animism?! o_O

Because, after all, we all like dancing skeletons...

Silly Symphonies - The Skeleton Dance by Walt Disney, 1929

... and spiders on crotches... no?!

Replace Me by Rosemarie Trockel, 2009 - click to enlarge

... oh, and did I mention that remote-controlled pigeons (yes, I know "buse" is Frenchistani for buzzard, but this rendering looks way more pigeony than buzzardy to me, so shuuuuush!) will be on show too?

Buse volant avec l'appareil qui signale les mouvements décrits par l'extrémité de son aile by Étienne-Jules Marey, 1886 - click to enlarge

À propos pigeons or buzzards dressed like pigeons, this painfully poetic sequence from C'est arrivé près de chez vous featuring Benoît Poelvoorde needs to be watched at least once a week day (preferably under the parental guidance and watchful eyes of Dr. med. Klav):

Oh, and least we forget the obligatory art historical question (very basic level this time): Which infamous painting is Rosemarie Trockel's artwork Replace Me (see above) based on? Artist, title, date, please. Once again, you will win a random item from my smelly 'ol Drawer ov Doom. First correct answer in the comments section wins. Good luck.

Oh, and congrats to Sir Dave C for solving yesterday's conundrum: Glenn Brown's Spearmint Rhino is of course based on Francisco de Zurbarán’s Agnus Dei.

Gods, this blog is so informative! :D

Anyway, exhibition details for Animism below.

On show: January 22 - May 2, 2010

Address: Extra City – Kunsthal Antwerpen, Tulpstraat 79, 2060 Antwerp, BELGIUM, tel: +32 (0)3 677 1655 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 2 - 7 PM

Preview | Exhibition guide (PDF)

by suzanne_tumblr on February 8th, 2010

Buse volant avec l’appareil qui signale les mouvements décrits par l’extrémité de son aile by Étienne-Jules Marey, 1886 - currently on show at the Animism exhibition in Antwerpen

by suzanne_tumblr on February 8th, 2010

Replace Me by Rosemarie Trockel, 2009 - currently on show at the Animism exhibition in Antwerpen

Glenn Brown at Ludwig Museum, Budapest

by Suzanne on February 8th, 2010

Star Dust by Glenn Brown, oil on panel, 2009

The Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in my beloved town of Budapest who was unhelpful enough to provide me with zero press material, is apparently hosting a Glenn Brown exhibition.

It opened yesterday and Glenn's works will be on show until April 11, 2010.

Spearmint Rhino by Glenn Brown, oil on panel, 2009 - click to enlarge

Only three works are featured in the exhibition preview, but I assume/hope it's going to be a bit more epic than that. Sew sue me if not.

Oh, and buy his Tate Liverpool exhibition catalogue. It's worth every forint.

Bonus question for fellow art history nerds: Which 17th century religious artwork (title and artist, per favore) is Spearmint Rhino based on? First correct commentator(ess) wins.. uhmm... some random thing from my Drawer ov Dooooom. Yay!

On show: February 6 - April 11, 2010

Address: Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Palace of Arts, Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest, H-1095, HUNGARY, tel: +36 1 555 3444 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sun: 10 AM - 8 PM

Admission: Free last Sunday of every month

Literature: Glenn Brown Catalogue by Francesco Bonami and Laurence Sillars (newer editions have a much nicer cover)

... and in completely unrelated news, here's a rare appearance of Blondie as Blackie in a Hans-Ruedi Gigeresque environment:

Blondie (via All Things Amazing) - click to enlarge


by suzanne_tumblr on February 7th, 2010

Blondie (via adski_kafeteri)