Tuesday, January 03, 2006


A new year and already I'm getting emails about new exhibitions, but these two hardly sound like essential viewing. Take a look at this from Sadie Coles:

"During walks around Vienna last summer, Ugo Rondinone made a number of drawings. In these sketches he picked out windows and architectural details from the city’s buildings. For 'my endless numbered days', these have been transferred, as pencil on white canvas into a series of beautifully delicate, iconic paintings. On the reverse of each canvasare images cut from the New York Times on the date of the day each painting was made. The blunt reality of these images creates a jolt after the delicate fairytale like musings of a flâneur in the city. The casual installation of these airy, wistful paintings together with agroup of simple sculptures, based on the choreographing of different units, reflects the idea of hours idled away. They evoke the pleasure of time that doesn’t necessarily have to be filled, which are the ideal conditions for having ideas and making art."

All this talk of delicacy, hours idled away and the pleasure of time that doesn't have to be filled really grinds my nads when I think of the hard struggle that most artists put up with on a day to day basis. Who is this guy? And since when did sketches of architectural details become something that a hipster like Sadie Coles would touch with a bargepole. Oh yeah, there's a photo on the reverse that gives it a critical edge. I can almost see that after dinner moment when the host casually flips his painting over to share a bit of "blunt reality" with his guests.

The other email I had was for the Mustafa Hulusi show at Rachmaninoff's. Doesn't say what to expect but it does mention that "His flyposted works can be viewed corner of Richmond Road/Kingsland Road, Hoxton/Shoreditch High Street, bottom end of Hackney Road". That says it all really, doesn't it? Get out more mate!


Anonymous canvas art said...

Great read

3:32 pm  

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