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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Wentworth’


Posted by cathedralofshit on April 21, 2010

Okay. We were somewhat lazy in our report, but I’ve a full time job at Percy Ingle in Hackney and sometimes I have to update this on my LG smartphone in the back of the shop whilst pretending to check on the sausage rolls.

One story of the weekend was the continued bad behaviour of Swiss installation artist Mike Nelson Christoph Büchel. Rapidly becoming known as the most difficult artist in Europe to work with, Büchel allegedly threw a chair, a curator, a fax machine, five Bic biros, a Sony cube monitor and an intern’s lunch out of the window in a half-arsed Keith Richards moment. Unfortunately the exhibition is less “Let It Bleed” and more “Undercover“.

In other news, Jim Lambie has a fan. Though calling 46 year old Kaoru Motomiya a fan might be something of an understatement.
“No one seems sure as to whether it started after she came to Scotland or whether she may have come here because of Lambie.”
We’d like to actively encourage more art-world stalkers (not the maiming/murdering kind, just the hide-in-the-bushes kind). Have you stalked an artist before? Ever hidden behind Enrico David’s bins? Watched Richard Wentworth in Waitrose? Jogged behind Sally O’Reilly on the treadmill? Sent anonymous love-letters to Jay Jopling? I know! We have too! Let us know at
Best stalker wins a set of binoculars and a subscription to Flash Art.

[Thanks to you know who you are].

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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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