Cathedral of Shit

has taken a well earned GAP year

Posted by cathedralofshit on April 21, 2011

Let no one say Jay Jopling’s squeeze Rachael Barrett is hiding behind her man — this is a girl with a “full-circle cultural zeitgeist” of her own. (Get it? Cubes? Circles? Cute, no?). And lucky thing for Jay, for without her, who else could provide fair and balanced reporting on the many outstanding artistic endeavours one can see all over London, just by going to one of the White Cubes?

I, for one, am glad that someone has been brave enough to end the “critical radio silence” that had hitherto blanketed Masons Yard, where New Order “may be classified as one of the great group shows of the year.” Meanwhile, over at Hoxton Square, where she’ll “try hard not to show any bias, after meeting the artist [or sleeping with the owner of the gallery],” Friedrich Kunath gets “ten out of ten in my books for achieving that rare synergy of providing both a critically sound and playfully enjoyable cultural experience.”

Stay on the edge of your seats for May, kids. Who can guess if the Baselitz show is going to fly or flop?

6 Responses to “W³”

  1. ApplesAndPears said

    “Frustrated with missing shows because of a busy schedule… I set myself a challenge [to rip-off an art magazine’s annual feature by seeing loads of shows in one go as some sort of endurance test]

  2. well thanks for the hate guys, I suppose it’s better to sit at home cooking up snarky comments on the internet instead of going out and doing something. after all, opinions are meant to be voiced! too bad here they are all faceless…applesandpears could probably set themselves a real endurance test to do/say something positive every day for 30 days, or teach me a thing or two about originality? keep reading! or better yet, follow me on twitter @rachaelb360

    xx R

    • Lemmy said

      The fact that Rachael Barret exists at all renders this site obsolete. I haven’t laughed so much in years – hilarious. To quote: “…Standing in front of the fairly simplistic portraits the evenly balanced, neutral simple palette of black, blue, grey and red, dark peering eyes… the lively brushstroke, firm spatial composition and layers of tone, texture and meaning behind the subjects and their haughty provocative visage; Joffe’s rendering of these heroines of “literature, artistic practice and cultural thought” is an achievement in painting, female accomplishment and (running the risk of sounding like a crazy fan) moderate sophistication.”

      For comparison here’s the moderate sophistication of Pete and Dud in reference to Botticelli cherubs (At the Art Gallery. 1965). Pete: “They’ve all gone… they died out of course…they hunted them down for their silken skin Dud…[which] was turned into underwear for rich ladies”


  3. Funnily enough, I was just at and ArtReview editorial meeting (I know! On a Sunday! They never stop!) and the editors were bouncing ideas around for who should contribute to the next Reviews Marathon – and Rachel’s name came up! Isn’t that just SO WEIRD?
    Go Rach!

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