Grayson Perry was last week awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace and chose to receive the title, bestowed by Prince Charles, dressed in a self-proclaimed ”Italian mother of the bride outfit”. ”When I got the call (about the CBE) my first thought was what am I going to wear” he said. ”I’m not going to compromise my identity as Britain’s pre-eminent transvestite. I googled to see what people wore and went for the sexier end.” It seems that Buckingham Palace were unphased by the wardrobe choice, with a Palace spokesperson stating that Perry’s attire was ”entirely appropriate”. You can see more happy snaps of Perry receiving his award here.
Chris Burden’s the artist who got a friend to shoot him in the arm, who crucified himself to a Volkswagon and who even inspired the lyrics to a David Bowie song – Joe the Lion. (He was also the subject of a major retrospective at the New Museum in New York which closed last week). These infamous performances were conducted in the 1970s, at a time when the artist was also becoming interested in television, or, more specifically, with “the omnipotent stranglehold of the airwaves that broadcast television held.” Accordingly the artist purchased slots of air time and created a number of commercials that were screened late at night. In them, the artist presents clips of previous performances, recounts a summary of his yearly earnings and asserts that he’s an artist of the same calibre as Michelangelo and Rembrandt. While the ads lack the gleeful perversity of the late night programming generated by Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelly a decade later (see: Family Tyranny / Cultural Soup 1987), Burden’s subversive programming interventions have their own dry style that blur the lines between entertainment and contemporary, conceptual art.
Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist loves to run. So much so that he’s founded the Brutally Early Club – a jogging group attended by artists and curators like Marina Abramovic and Markus Miessen. The club is one example of Obrist’s obsession with rituals, which he discusses in the clip above while jogging through Hyde Park, home to the Serpentine Gallery – his place of work.
Did you get a Hermès Birkin bag customised by George Condo for Christmas? No? Well Kim Kardashian did. The bag, which retails from anywhere between $7,400 to $150,000 was a gift from her beau Kanye West, who has a longstanding relationship with the painter. In fact, Condo created the cover art for West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Whether the bag is to Kardashian’s gaudy taste is hard to say, but her fans certainly disapprove, proclaiming on her Instagram feed that it’s ‘ugly as f*ck’ – tsk!