Looking for a downbeat title? You can always find something in Eliot, lugubrious bugger! The point of which being, in a roundabout way, so to speak, is that, Spring having sprung notwithstanding, I'm actually a bit pissed off and out of sorts. No particular reason, it's just that the general background aggravation levels of living in the current climate of, whatever the hell the current climate is, seem to have reached the point at which I'd really like to be somewhere else for a month. However, as this month is the one that seems to contain all the personally important dates I can't really just skip it or steer round it but have to plough on through. All of which is neither here nor there as far as anyone else is concerned but just to give you an idea about some of the things that have been exercising me recently here are a few links to stuff that has annoyed me, in no particular order of merit or otherwise.
In New York the judge rules in favour of photographer Patrick Cariou against Richard Prince and the Gagosian gallery. I'm not going to expound on this at any length except to say that Prince and the Gagosian (or at least their lawyers) got what they (mostly) deserve having behaved in an appallingly high-handed way throughout this entire affair. To be honest it would be much easier to get in a lather over this if either Prince or Cariou were more interesting as artists, but they're not. The most interesting work Prince has done in decades are the 'Joke' paintings (and he stole the jokes in them). However, ordering the destruction of the artworks in question sets the kind of precedent that gets you in the history books as a philistine and therefore a bad person, it doesn't help that the judge's name is Batts. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Patrick-Cariou-wins-copyright-case-against-Richard-Prince-and-Gagosian/23387
Speaking of bats, or stark staring bonkers if you prefer just today we get this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12966698 I've always thought of Gaugin as distinctly dodgy but 'evil'? Next thing you know we'll have people claiming Sickert was really Jack the Ripper.
Newcastle fans got Gormley's 'Angel of the North' to drape their kit over, Fulham supporters get a gormless Michael Jackson action figure http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12957319
And from the ridiculous to the genuinely disturbing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12954811
That'll do for now I think, I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's mood (and I didn't even mention the CUTS!). So I will leave you with a soothing image from 'Tawny Pipit' http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0037352/that's going to be my next painting. And just to share the secret, it's also the reason I'm antsy. I've been looking forward to starting this one for weeks now and you know what? I'm scared I'm going to fuck it up. Yep, the artist's equivalent of stage fright, it's a bugger, like I said 'April is ...'
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