This year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy feels brighter and more vivid than before – which is reversal of the trend of me feeling that each successive year was less thrilling tan before. Perhaps it’s the less dense hanging or the rearranged route through the rooms or the prominence given to photography. Or perhaps it was the transformed mood I brought in with me. Even the architectural models seemed more accessible than before.
But not everyone is happy. Notoriously cross critic Brian Sewell has been savaging this year’s exhibition -though he found some personal bright spots.
Aurora - lead - Anselm Keifer. I love it. But Brian says it's "a rare failure that could as easily have been made by a Namibian handyman or Uncle George in his garden shed.
So I’m posting his review as another little taster for Padmum. (By the way, when are you coming?)
So here’s Brian’s version:
Last week, on entering the Royal Academy’s courtyard to see its annual Summer Exhibition, I chanced upon a column of Academicians, their doxies, catamites and hangers-on Continue reading
Winding River - William Steiger (USA) 1997 exhibition
And when I say “date” I mean it in both the calendar and the “let’s meet” sense.
The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition opens on 7th June and runs till 15th August. It’s described (admittedly by the RA itself) as:
An essential part of the London art calendar, The Royal Academy‘s Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, drawing together a wide range of new and recent work by established, unknown and emerging artists.
If that sounds good to you, dear Reader, and you’ll be in London, perhaps we can go together? Continue reading
Archbishop of York, John Sentamu
This week the Anglican Archbishop of York John Sentamu spoke out on prison conditions in the UK. The part that made headlines was when he criticised how some offenders are rewarded in jail by being provided with computer games or cable TV. Continue reading
David Mach's Silver Streak (coat hangers)
It’s step back, jaw-droppingly, massively impressive. It makes your twisty metal art mobiles and car aerial replacements seem, frankly, pathetic. Continue reading
I started a new job this week. This video seems appropriate. (Seen at ComaGirlX.)
And there’s still no respite in the white shite (as snow should now be described) round our way. (Sigh. Brr.)
But on happier notes:
Q: Who’s the nicest man in a hospital?
A: The ultra-sound man.
Q: Who covers his shifts while he’s away?
A: The hip-replacement guy. (Both courtesy of Popbitch.)
Also (fanfare) SHE’S BACK! – The Little Pinch of Salt. Everyone can do with a bit.
And just time for a quick glance over to Portugal where you may some day see these images plastered on a crumbling wall.
Lisboa / Lisbon wall paintings (from "The Cardinal de la Ville presents"). Click on the picture for his site.