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Archive for November, 2009

Hauser ’bout a Pay Rise?

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 25, 2009

Hauser and Wirth are looking for a Co-Director for their London space. According to their website “your challenge” will be “working in a dynamic partnership with the current London Director”. Too right it will be – after all, it’s not going to be easy to work with someone who penned the immortal lines: “While Sylvester Stallone featured on the big screen killing everything in sight, German artists came to be seen as the Rambos of their day”.
Peculiarly, “excellent written and spoken English are required” for this position – Cathedral of Shit wonders if this is to make up for Gregor’s Daily Star prose-style.

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Hirst. We’ll keep it brief.

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 25, 2009

We went to see Damien Hirst’s exhibition last night. I know, I know, I was in the area.
Anyway, as expected it was one of the worst exhibitions I’ve ever seen. Not only is Mr Hirst an utterly talentless painter, but even breathing Bacon’s name in the same sentence is a bit if a travesty.

Beautifully just, is the Stuckists leaping to Hirst’s defence. Some of the worst artists in London (history?) are, after years of lampooning the man, now his vehement defenders.

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Rembrandt Required

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 23, 2009

Damian’s finally stopped weighing his press coverage and started reading it. Realising that he can’t draw and paint he’s looking for some help in his shed:

http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/job/935126/painting-assistants/

More of the formaldehyde fisherman’s tales in the same newspaper:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/nov/14/damien-hirst-interview

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Biesenbach Watch…

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 23, 2009

The eyes, it’s in the eyes.

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Money’s Too Tight To Mention….

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 19, 2009

In the spirit of naming and shaming, our top five galleries who (ALLEGEDLY) prefer not to pay their artists and keep those lovely $$$ to themselves.. Those dirty dealers…

1. Christian Nagel
2. Sorcha Dallas
3. Zinger Presents
4. Freymond-Guth
5. Vilma Gold

Any more you want to flag up?

(fyi – this info from artists of these galleries….)

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If I Had A Hammer

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 19, 2009

The delightful Silke Taprogge from Phillips de Pury is getting married this weekend and it is odds-on that the romantic first song will be the Euro-pop classic ‘If I Had A Hammer’ featuring Simon de Pury:

Simon de Pury – we salute you!

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One Way Ticket To Nottingham Please…

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 15, 2009

Congratulations to Alex Farquharson and the jazzy new Nottingham Contemporary art space. The space opened on Friday evening with an exhibition of David Hockney’s output from the 60s, and a well overdue solo exhibition by Frances Stark.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00npfxm/Front_Row_11_11_2009/
Klaus Weber’s logo made it into real life in the form of two Zebra’s cruising the streets around the building, though Anthea Hamilton’s faired less well with slightly creepy looking girls in skin coloured bodysuits – images to follow of that:
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DEAR SIR AND MADAM YOUR SPECIAL ATTENTION PLESE…

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 15, 2009

We’re enjoying a new form of focused spam. How about this:

—— Forwarded Message
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To:
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Ba ba ba bab ab ba ba ba ba baaabbbaaaaa Biesenbach Watch!

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 15, 2009

Seen Biesenbach out and about? Photograph him and send it in.

Where is he? Where Is He? WHERE IS HEEEEE?

We want to know.

intense

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Ceci N’est Pas Un Broodthaers

Posted by cathedralofshit on November 15, 2009

Figures older, wiser and more cynical than we could never have suggested that Marcel Broodthaers has made more work since his death than when he was alive. Posthumous works are, it is alleged, being produced in a backroom of Galerie Marie-Puck Broodthaers (http://www.broodthaersmp.be/). Hapless young curators such as the current Director of Modern Art Oxford, Mike Stanley (who hosted a Broodthaers exhibition in his former postion of Director of Milton Keynes Gallery), are, it is alleged, unwitting conspirators by offering ‘provenance.’ The MKG show, we’re told, contained only one work that was actually produced during Mr Broodthaers’ lifetime. Is this why Marie-Puck is supposed to have a reputation for being so wary of proper institutional curators?

Whilst Broodthaers’ multiply, Öyvind Fahlström’s disappear. Another scurrilous rumour (allegedly allegedly etc etc) is that touring Fahlström shows invariably loose a couple of drawings with each incarnation. The works disappear, we are unreliably informed, as exhibitions are installed under the ever watchful eye of the late artist’s widow, Sharon, who luckily benefits from generous insurance payouts.

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