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John Currin at Sadie Coles HQ in London

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy by Suzanne on March 30th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia

(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

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