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  • The Martin Creed Band @ Brighton Festival

    Martin Creed has some good tunes. No, really. For the week following his gig in Brighton, there are still one or two which bounce around between the ears. His lyrics are to the point. Highlight of the show was a rendition of the alphabet, from “a-a a a a-a-a-a” through to “z-z z z z-z-z-z”. …

    May 12, 2014
  • Tala Madani, Reading Light (2013)

    At the risk of over analysing a good joke, it’s worth considering this painting by Tala Madani. It’s as funny as anything in her scurrilous UK survey in Nottingham. The dude with the erect torch, well, in his mind he’s a sex god. He appears to think that red shaft is a part of his …

    January 28, 2014
  • Work Programme at CAC

    “Unfortunately, this being East Germany/Gert patriotically volunteered to be sent on a labour/Beautification course of the countryside north-west of Dresden/And never seen again.” * There is something punitive about Work Programme at the gallery known as CAC. At time of writing we’re on edition 28, and more than 27 souls have already pitched in and …

    January 13, 2014
  • Richard Serra, Courtauld Transparency #4 (2013)

    What’s behind a painting or drawing, literally? The reverse of a canvas is a necessary mystery, with its potential for jottings, classifications, signatures and in some cases failed attempts. In terms of drawing, Serra knows enough about failure. The 14 works made for the Courtauld are to some degree beyond his control. So the rejects “far …

    December 5, 2013
  • Found Objects 05/11/13

    Apologies for sporadic posting of late, anyhow I’m back on the trail: It’s the “art find of the century” (consequently the best Found Object ever). Hyperallergic reports on the discovery of 1,500 degenerate art works in the flat of an eightysomething hoarder Mordovia sounds like the complete opposite of a holiday destination. BBC News explores …

    November 5, 2013
  • Alex Hoda, Schliere (Streak), 2012

    This sculpture makes a meal of a piece of gum. It may be marble, but it was once a remnant piece of a habit-forming chew. And now it is the size of a torso. Visitors may be struck at the muscularity, which marble will always suggest. There is a body trapped in here, perhaps a …

    October 2, 2013
  • Found Objects 19/08/13

    Some great links this week, a few of which I hope you’re tempted to click on: William Powhida and Jade Townsend have devised a scarily detailed map of the art world as a number of warring tribes, including an encampment for Critical Refugees. Lego has released an architects’ studio. Hundreds of white or clear bricks …

    August 19, 2013
  • Jeff Koons, Encased – Four Rows (1983-93)

    There are worse crimes than misnomers. But after he arranged these shop-bought basketballs all that Jeff Koons had to do was name them. How could he get it so wrong? Alert readers will by now realise there are in fact four columns and six rows. Koons is no doubt aware of his slip. So it …

    July 16, 2013
  • Found Objects 01/07/13

    Feel free to peruse another bevvy of internet links: Brian Dillon talks about the so-called Phantom Rides of the early 1900s and segues into an intelligent review of the Simon Starling piece of the same name, currently on show at Tate Britain This is probably all kinds of reactionary, but does still hold a certain …

    July 1, 2013
  • Photo diary: Musée d’art moderne André Malraux

    I’ve just got back from a camping holiday in Normandy, but don’t worry I’m only bringing you the highlight, and that was a trip to MuMa. The region is holding its second ever Festivale Normandie Impressionniste and as luck would have it we caught what must be the flagship show in Le Havre. The theme …

    June 22, 2013