So it’s Goya’s Birthday today. The Chapman Brothers are obsessed with Goya, and particularly his set of 83 etchings The Disasters of War (1810 – 1820). Here’s a vid of Jake Chapman arguing that Goya’s work celebrates violence rather than protests against it…
Brooklyn Museum recently hosted a life drawing session with a twist. Organised by artist Jeremy Deller, the subject was Iggy Pop. On the 21st of February a diverse group of arts students including retirees, undergrads, postgrads and practising artists aged 19-80 assembled at the Museum to draw the leathery one. The resulting works will be exhibited as part of the gallery’s Autumn exhibition program. Describing his choice of subject Deller said: ““For me it makes perfect sense for Iggy Pop to be the subject of a life class; his body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture. His body has witnessed much and should be documented.”
And if you’re in Melbourne and fancy attending a life drawing session sans Iggy check out Life Drawing Brunswick, run by artist Ruth O’Leary (who creates rad posters like the one above for each session). From 6:30pm every Tuesday night, 33 Tinning Street, Brunswick.
44 years ago today the late Chris Burden got his friend Bruce Dunlap to shoot him in the arm. The result was the performance piece, Shoot. Here’s a nice little 4 minute doco about the work produced by The New York Times.
Gentleman of the NZ art world Peter McLeavey has died aged 79. The influential art dealer ran his eponymously titled gallery in Cuba Street, Wellington, for over 40 years. McLeavey sought out and backed young artists including Colin McCahon, Jacqueline Fraser, Laurence Aberhart and Yvonne Todd from the beginning of their careers and became the trusted friend of some of New Zealand’s top practitioners. The gallery will continue to run under the direction of McLeavey’s daughter, Olivia, as it has done for the past few years.
If you want to learn more about Peter McLeavey, LOL recommends the 2009 documentary The Man in The Hat directed by Luit Bieringa that you can watch online here, care of NZ on Screen.
What better way to commemorate a dead artist than with an overpriced burger? Philadelphia-based burger joint PYT Burger is setting up shop in the Bowery in NYC, just around the corner from Basquiat’s old digs at 57 Great Jones Street so they’ve decided to add the ‘Basquiat Prime Beef Burger’ to their menu. The artist’s old haunt is now occupied by an organisation called Japan Premium Beef Inc. PYT staffer Malcolm said: “The guys at JPB made this beef especially for us. The meat itself costs about fifty-something dollars per pound, and the spices used on that is very high end. It’s like butter, it’s so soft.” Accordingly, the Basquiat Prime Beef Burger will set you back – wait for it – USD$64.00. A whole lot cheaper than the artist’s paintings I guess.