Category Archives: Artists

Hirst Offends in Long Island

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Damien Hirst, ‘The Virgin Mother’, 2005

Long Island residents are up in arms over Damien Hirst’s hideous bronze sculpture The Virgin Mother – a ten metre high representation of a naked pregnant woman complete with glaring red cutaways of her innards. The work has been installed on the grounds of the historic A. Conger Goodyear House in Long Island by property mogul Aby Rosen, a managing member of the property.

Long Island mayor Fred J. Carillo has voiced residents’ concerns by stating: “It’s out of character with the neighborhood… The question is, does it belong in Old Westbury? Does it belong on a residential property?” Village officials claim that the work has been installed without the prerequisite permits and should occupy a part of the property not visible from the street. While the issue is resolved, the bronze monstrosity has been covered with black mesh so as not to cause further offence…

Some artists’ shits

Paul McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Fake Shit, 1992, Cast aluminum, enamel paint

Paul McCarthy, ‘Fake Shit’, 1992, cast aluminum, enamel paint

Georgie Mattingley, 'Brown, brown, brown, brown, brown', 2009

Georgie Mattingley, ‘Brown, brown, brown, brown, brown’, 2009

Kenzee Patterson, 'White Piece of Shit', 2009, porcelain

Kenzee Patterson, ‘White Piece of Shit’, 2009, porcelain

Ronnie van Hout, 'I didn't see it coming' (detail), 2011

Ronnie van Hout, ‘I didn’t see it coming’ (detail), 2011, painted polyurethane and fibreglass

Wim Delvoye, 'Cloaca', 2006, cloaca faeces, vacuum packed in a perspex box

Wim Delvoye, ‘Cloaca’, 2006, cloaca faeces, vacuum packed in a perspex box

Piero Manzoni, 'Artist's Shit', 1961

Piero Manzoni, ‘Artist’s Shit’, 1961

Nell, 'Everyday Happiness', 2010, chrome plated bronze

Nell, ‘Everyday Happiness’, 2010, chrome plated bronze

And a late addition thanks to AB and DB:

Matt Griffin

Matt Griffin


Supersymmetry, a new installation recently launched by Ryoji Ikeda at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media interprets quantum mechanics and quantum information theory from an aesthetic perspective. It looks incredible. More here.

The Mob at Gow Langsford

Portrait of Mongel Mob member by Jono Rotman

Portrait of Mongel Mob member by Jono Rotman

Auckland dealer Gary Langsford’s exhibiting a suite of photographs of patched NZ gang members.  Taken four years ago by Jono Rotman, the series includes a portrait of a Mongrel Mob member currently on trial for murder. Despite protestations from the victim’s family, Langsford is refusing to remove the image, stating: “I don’t think that’s our role. It would create a very bad precedent. It would be like the media censoring freedom of speech”.  The show runs until May 24th.

Smith on Franco

James Franco, 'New film still #58', 2013

James Franco, ‘New film still #58′, 2013

“The deep content here, beneath the entitled narcissism, is a confused desperation that seems to drive Mr. Franco’s pursuit of visual art. It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him, while also wishing that someone or something would make him stop.”

Roberta Smith lays into James Franco’s New Film Stills in the New York Times.

Lukasz Wierzbowski vs. Alia Jensen

Lukasz Wierzbowski

Lukasz Wierzbowski, ‘Untitled’, 2012

Alia Jensen, 'Jungle Woman' from the Captiva Suite, 2013

Alia Jensen, ‘Jungle Woman’ from the Captiva Suite, 2013

Sherman on Franco

Detail from James Franco's New Untitled Film Still 21 (2013); detail from Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still 21 (1978)

Detail from James Franco’s ‘New Untitled Film Still 21′ 2013 (left) and detail from Cindy Sherman’s ‘Untitled Film Still 21′ 1978 (right)

Art world darling (and certified creep) James Franco recently launched a new and appallingly bad photo series at Pace Gallery, New York, that riffs on Cindy Sherman’s iconic film stills. “Cindy is an artist who used cinema as a source for her work; she ‘played’ at being an actress” says Franco. “I am an actor who inserts himself into his work. I am fully embedded in Hollywood, but these photos allow me to take a step to the side, look back, and refashion the work I do in Hollywood. I am at the same time actor, critic, artist, and character.” Hmm. When asked about Franco’s appropriations last week, Sherman said: “I was flattered, I can only be flattered. I don’t know that I can say it’s art, but I think it’s weirder that Pace would show them than that he would make them.” Not exactly a glowing endorsement then…