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Riddle Me THIS.

Posted by cathedralofshit on March 30, 2010

Apres the fucking deluge or what!? After our summary of the Matthew Collings quizshow, the Richard Wentworth twigs and branches show and the Sarah McCrory Nigerian Lottery scam, news reaches our delicate years of YET ANOTHER BORING FUCKING ART QUIZ. This time it takes place courtesy of ArtBus – a bus that takes increasingly pissed posh art collector ladies to far off and unreachable galleries like, erm, the Whitechapel. But bollocks to the East End, the ArtBus lots are having their quiz in the Cuckoo Club (no, we have no idea where that is either) and unlike the above three quizzes debates offer DANCING and PETITS FOURS in addition to the litany of boring questions about the exact opening hours of Cabinet Gallery and so on. It’ll also cost you £200 a table with the proceeds going towards taking increasingly pissed posh art collector ladies to far off and unreachable galleries like, erm, the Whitechapel.
Sign up here! Or rather don’t – instead save time and money by doing the decent thing with a revolver in the shed in your back garden. Whatever next? The Art Monthly quiz in a small pub in East Ham with searching questions about the failure of the social history of art posed by Julian Stallabrass and Dave Beech? Give me strength – or at least five pints of Stella and a handsome out-of-work art technician as my “special interest”.

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Quizmasters and Debaters

Posted by cathedralofshit on March 30, 2010

Now that people have stopped buying art and everyone’s realised that biennials are all the same, the art world is at a bit of a loose end. Hence the sudden increase in back-slapping, aren’t-we-all-so-brilliant-and-funny quizzes and debates.
First up was Matthew Collings’ annual art-quiz at the Groucho that took place a couple of weeks ago where apparently our quizmaster dreamt up mad questions combining his own idiosyncratic take on art history with his even more idiosyncratic take on contemporary art. ‘Apparently’ because the CoS team was inadvertently not invited. But we were lurking in the audience at the Saatchi Gallery yesterday where Collings tore into Matthew Slotover in a public school-stylee debate on whether art fairs were a good thing or not. Richard Wentworth wore banknotes on his shirt and asked peculiar-rhetorical questions whilst rubbing twigs together. Jasper Joffe talked movingly about his lack of ambition or success. We think Mr Collings might have been annoyed because his role as artworld quizmaster was usurped by the louche and naughty Simon de Pury – everyone’s favourite bad uncle.
But even his position might be under threat as two unnamed Frieze art fair hackettes are doing some East End version of art quiz in Bistrotheque. They’ve already sent out a weird threatening/pleading email to their art world ‘friends’ making it clear that they’re not in it for the money but if everyone could send them a tenner by return of post, they too can be part of the jolly quiz-grouping and could you strictly not tell anyone else about the quiz or it would spoil it. Not that this sounds like a Nigerian lottery scam or anything, honest.

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