Rodney Graham is The Guardian’s Artist of The Week

July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rodney Graham's Good Hand Bad Hand (2010)

Shady dealing … Rodney Graham’s Good Hand Bad Hand (2010), courtesy of
the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photograph: Ken Adlard

Rodney Graham is artist of the week in the London’s Guardian. In Vancouver, his piece Dead Flowers in My Studio can be seen at the Contemporary Art Gallery until August 22nd, part of the group show Triumphant Carrot. The exhibition includes works by the likes of Jeff Wall (another Canadian legend) and Sam Taylor-Wood.
You may remember my comments on the Rodney Graham band at the Candahar during the Olympics.

From The Guardian:

Why we like him: For his film The Phonokinetoscope from 2001, Graham took acid and rode a bicycle backwards. While the soundtrack that accompanies this feat suggests 1970s-style delirium, the everyday footage suggests a chasm between inner states and outer reality.

Art rock: Graham formed new-wave band called UJ3RK5 (“you jerk” – the five is not pronounced) in his twenties with Jeff Wall, while his current ensemble, the Rodney Graham Band, morph between country rock, folk and psychedelia.

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The 2009 Turner Prize

October 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

‘papier mache eggman’ by enrico david, 2009 from the installation ‘how do you love dzzzzt by mammy?

gold leaf painting by richard wright

The 2009 Turner Prize exhibition opened at Tate Britain today. Brain matter, whale skeleton, papier macher, an atomized aircraft engine, compete for this year’s 25,000 pounds prize. The result will be known on December 7th. The four shot-listed artists are Richard Wright, Enrico David, Roger Hiorns and Lucy Skaer.
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Pop Life: Art in a Material World

September 30, 2009 § 1 Comment

Murakami Rainbow Flower Cushion: Murakami Rainbow Flower CushionJeff Koons Beach Towel: Jeff Koons Beach Towel

It’s tomorrow! On October 1st Tate Modern opens the doors for its very anticipated show Pop Life. The exhibition brings together artists from the 1980s onwards who have embraced commerce and the mass media to build their own ‘brands’: Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Keith Haring, Tracey Emin and others. The subject will be discussed  during the symposium Good Business is the Best Art (after Warhol’s quote). The best way to celebrate this must-needed show is by hitting the Tate shop. You can take home a Murakami Rainbow Flower Cushion or a Jeff Koons Beach Towel among many other items.

Cy Twombly – The Rose

April 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

Cy Twombly is alive and kicking. His beautiful show, The Rose, is on until May 9th at the Gagosian in its London location. Five large paintings take the white space with bursting tangerines, turquoises and pinks. At 81, Twombly keeps showing freshness and vitality.

Cherie Blair in The Nude

March 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

The painting, Striding Nude, Blue Dress, by Euan Uglow was scheduled to go on public display in 2006 but was withdrawn at the last minute.

London gallery selling painting based on a 1972 sketch of Tony Blair’s wife

By Andy McSmith (fom  The Independent) here for the full article

Cherie Blair paid a private visit to an art gallery this week to be reminded of what she looked like in the nude more than 30 years ago. There, hanging on the wall, is an artist’s sketch of her naked form on fading brown paper, and a painting based on the sketch.

The painting, Striding Nude, Blue Dress, by Euan Uglow was scheduled to go on public display in 2006 but was withdrawn at the last minute. It is now on display and listed for sale at a Mayfair art gallery in London, with a price tag of £600,000. (…)

A Photographer’s Life

October 24, 2008 § 2 Comments Kidman by Annie Leibovitz

Covering 15 years of Annie Leibovitz’s most recent work, the National Portrait Gallery exhibition (until February 1, 2009) includes over 150 photographs by the celebrated photographer. From her more personal work (photos of her family and friends) to commissioned portraits, the show is a comprehensive overlook on Leibovitz’s style.

Art Squares

September 26, 2008 § 3 Comments*Aa-rF9E5LHV1iiQzsUIG9jxxZg1QaP5PVomcPnzIZSqgWHepSQAGx*fOmg2dVc/RAL_5_SacrificeYourself_group_H3897_100dpi.jpg

The collective Royal Art Lodge is showing 160 little paintings (2″x2″) at Pippy Houldsworth, London.The text for the catalog is an interview with the equally tragicomic David Shrigley. The group, formed in Winnipeg in 1996 and now reduced to three artists, got also a good article in frieze.

Damien Hirst – £70.7 million in one day

September 16, 2008 § 2 Comments

The Auctioneer at Sothebys sale of Damien Hirst work 'Beautiful inside my head forever' takes a bid on one of the items

(The Auctioneer at Sothebys sale of Damien Hirst work ‘Beautiful inside my head forever’ takes a bid on one of the items Photo: JOHN TAYLOR – Go here for the full article)
It’s hard to know what to think when a bull preserved in formaldehyde is sold for £10.3 million or when Damien Hirst decides to cut out his dealer’s commission and go solo on a 88-lot auction.

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