Frank Gehry’s Brown Paper Bag

gehry brown paper bag

It has been nicknamed the Brown Paper Bag after the governor general Peter Cosgrove called it the most beautiful squashed paper bag he had ever seen at the opening of the building recently. Frank Gehry’s only building to be built in Australia is probably one of his most criticized. I haven’t spoken to anyone who likes the building yet and it really doesn’t do much for me either. As much as I want to like it, I just can’t.Continue Reading

Women Artists Want More

women artists bridget riley

Just reading an article by Jonathan Jones over at the Guardian. He’s saying that Bridget Riley is Britain’s greatest living painter, not David Hockney or Frank Auerbach. I think Bridget Riley is a very good artist and she’s super famous worldwide, but I don’t know what JJ has been smoking! He thinks Riley isn’t currently wearing the greatest living British painter crown because she’s a woman. What a load of crap.Continue Reading

ArtInfo Watches Richard Prince Blog

richard prince and artinfo

Art gossip for the day: Richard Prince thinks the ArtNews magazine is a piece of shit, Art Forum has some nice advertisements but still kinda sucks, ArtInfo is full of shit, and Frieze Magazine seems to focus on art that’s made of chickens. I have to admit that I stopped buying art magazines a few years ago, so I’m thinking things haven’t improved or Mr Prince just wants some attention.. or both.Continue Reading

Australian Art Connoisseur

Here’s a distinguished Australian art expert talking about art. Please don’t watch this video if the F-word offends.

The actor is Heath Franklin (not Eric Bana) and he’s playing the role of career criminal Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read. The Vincent/ear thing is worth noting as Chopper cut off his own ears.. and I believe he was shot several times also. The last artwork is of the Australian artist Ken Done for those that don’t know (most people outside of Australia I would imagine).Continue Reading

Death of the Art Critic

The Guardian’s art critic Jonathan Jones is questioning the role of the art critic in a recent blog post..
“What has passed away is a certain kind of revered and influential critical voice, it is sometimes said: where are today’s equivalents of the poet and critic William Empson, the art critic Clement Greenberg, the critic of the novel FR Leavis?”Continue Reading

Imperial Clothing by Donald Frazell – Part 3

This is Part 3 of 3 of Imperial Clothing by Donald Frazell. See Part 1 of Imperial Clothing here or Part 2 here.

This country has always been about movement, all its best traits are in growth and action. Not in the attempt to capture movement, or express oneself through the action of painting, or the exhibitionism of performance. But in physical movement of purpose, dance, music, sports, the effort to build. This requires focus, planning, thought and balance.Continue Reading

Imperial Clothing by Donald Frazell – Part 2

This is Part 2 of 3 of Imperial Clothing by Donald Frazell. See Part 1 of Imperial Clothing here or Part 3 here.

Sales: Galleries and Critics
Now, everyone wanted to be the next famous gallery owner or art critic to discover “the next big thing”. They became the rock stars as much as, if not more so than, the artists. For they made money and went to parties, which people like Woody Allen made infamous.Continue Reading

Imperial Clothing by Donald Frazell – Part 1

Donald Frazell has allowed me to publish his article on art, culture and America. I’ll publish it in several posts though as it’s more lengthy than a usual post.

Donald is opinionated and happy to criticize the establishment, but they’re attributes that should be encouraged.

Imperial Clothing by Donald Frazell

Marketing The Cult of Individualism
This basically sums up the state of “Art” in America. Why? Because as with the Romans and British before us, America is a place of commerce, engineers and industry. We are a practical people, with one great genius. Selling a product. Coca Cola, Chevrolet, or the NFL, our marketing leads the world.Continue Reading

Sports Writers become Art Critics

Last post I mentioned that the art critics at the Guardian newspaper were reporting sports stories for the day. Now it’s the sports writers reporting on the arts.

Rugby Union columnist Thomas Castaign├Ęde does a report on Puccini’s Tosca at the Royal Opera House, tennis correspondent Steve Bierley talks about the sculpture of Louise Bourgeois at the Pompidou Centre, sports writer William Fotheringham goes to see the electropop group Metronomy at Esquires in Bedford, golf correspondent Lawrence Donegan does classical music with Yefim Bronfman and the San Francisco Symphony performing Brahms at the Louise M Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and football writer Kevin McCarra does a story on contemporary dance with Tero Saarinen’s Next of Kin at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.Continue Reading

Art Critics become Sports Writers

Today in the Guardian the art critics have become sports writers for a day, while tomorrow the sports writers will become art critics for the day (after reading that sentence, I just wondered why the sports writers are called “writers” and the arts writers are called “critics”.. does art have to be criticized to be written about?)

Anyway, it’s a fun idea! I’m looking forward to seeing how the sports writers go tomorrow. Today the dance critic Judith Mackrell wrote about horse racing, the theatre critic Michael Billington wrote a report on darts, rock music critic Caroline Sullivan wrote about cricket (something like baseball for those that don’t know what cricket is), critic of classical music Erica Jeal did a report on motorcycle racing, and the visual arts critic Jonathan Jones wrote about football (soccer).Continue Reading