Monthly Archives: April 2010

More Paul McCarthy…

You can watch Paul McCarthy’s video Painter in its entirety here.  And keep an eye out for a cameo appearance by former Artspace Auckland Director, Brian Butler.

Looking forward – Paul McCarthy at 2010 BoS

Paul McCarthy, 'Butt Plug', 2007 (installation view, Middelheim Sculpture Museum, Antwerp)

Paul McCarthy is creating a major new installation for the 17th Biennale of Sydney.  Entitled Ship of Fools, Ship Adrift 2, the work will be installed at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay, the previous site of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s captivating 100 speaker installation (and BoS highlight) in 2008.

It seems that rumoured plans to install one of the artist’s giant butt plug sculptures outside the MCA have been shelved.  Instead, McCarthy’s new work will be a contemporary re-telling of the medieval allegory of the Ship of Fools.

The 17th Biennale of Sydney, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age
, 12 May – 1 August 2010

Hot Photo Friday – Fiona Clark

Fiona Clark, 'Diana and Sheila (Mojos)', 1975

‘Diana and Sheila (Mojos)’ is in the collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Kate Moss snubbed by Museum

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Kate Moss was the proposed subject of an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris next year but the show has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.  Thank goodness.  Surely photographs of the vacuous old slapper should be relegated to the pages of magazines rather than promoted on the walls of one of France’s prestigious institutions.

That said, she’s been a muse for many artists: Jeurgen Teller, Marc Quinn, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin, Chuck Close, and Lucian Freud are all fans, which just goes to show there’s no accounting for taste.

Edvard Munch 1863 – 1944

Edvard Munch, 'Moonlight', 1895

‘From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity’.
Edvard Munch

Want to sleep with an artist?

Charlie Sofo's bed

Melbourne-based artist Charlie Sofo has a new project on the boil called B.E.D.  He wants to sleep in your bed for a night, with you in it.

He says, ‘I think this is very difficult for me and it might be a difficult thing for you also. I don’t consider myself a light sleeper, but I’ve always found that I’m particularly aware of the person I’m sleeping with. In terms of this project, what’s important is the possibility that two people can spend a night together, in a bed’.

If you’re game, get in touch – charliesofo (at) gmail dot com.

Walters Prize finalists announced

Saskia Leek, 'Untitled 1', 2009 from Yellow is the Putty of the World

Auckland Art Gallery has announced the finalists for this year’s Walters Prize.  The artists in the running for the $50,000 award are Dan Arps (for Explaining Things shown at Gambia Castle, Auckland), Fiona Connor (for Something Transparent (please go round the back) shown at Michael Lett, Auckland), Saskia Leek (for Yellow is the Putty of the World shown at Ivan Anthony, Auckland) and Alex Monteith (for Passing Manoeuvre with two motorcycles and 584 vehicles for two-channel video shown at ST PAUL St, AUT University, Auckland).   The judge will be announced later this year.

The Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Wellesley & Kitchener Streets, 24 July – 31 October 2010