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Bill Viola is not an artist

Posted by cathedralofshit on January 5, 2011

We have long suspected it but it is now official. The European Commission have backed Her Majesties Customs and Revenue ruling against Haunch of Venison requiring them to pay VAT on the import of his tiresome hardware at the standard rate of 17.5% (or 15% or 20% or whatever it is/ was when it happened etc) rather than the 5% that is imposed upon artworks. Dan Flavin has suffered the same fate. HoV have said the decision is “comical”. What’s really comical is that Flavin and Viola have left HoV.
Conceptually speaking CoS thinks that the EU got it pretty much right about this and the secondary market’s fetishisation of electrical appliances. To quote Grandpa Weiner: “The piece need not be built” and in the case of Viola we would all rather it wasn’t. Lucky HMRC haven’t got the time to start opening the (empty) crates bouncing bonds, back and forth between Switzerland and London or a few others would be in trouble… How long before Haunch is revealed to not be an art gallery?

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Oh deer.

Posted by cathedralofshit on September 24, 2010

It seems that the world’s worst gallery, Haunch of Venison, may be trumped in those stakes by their own makers, BlainSouthern. They are, as expected, making off with HoV’s stable of shiny artists.
Former yBa turned king of unnecessary overproduction Mat Collishaw has jumped ship and is reported to be the first show in their new temporary space – some info here on the Art Nespaper. Collishaw said he has always “enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with Harry Blain in the past”. For that read: “he always made me truck-loads of cash for my mediocre output”.

And as it’s Friday – here’s a delightful reminder of just how dreadful Bill Viola is, who has apparently also left for the big boy’s new gallery along with Rachel Howard, Anton Henning and Jeroen Verhoeven.

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