Today is the birthday of one of my favourite painters, the late Philip Guston. Check him out being hard case above; “What you’re doing is trying to stay alive and continue, not die.”
Mike Bouchet has taken a novel approach to this year’s Manifesta 11 theme – ‘What People Do for Money: Joint Ventures’ by re-routing and transforming the city’s waste. His work The Zurich Load 2016, which is in its final stages of production, consists of 80,000 kilos of human faeces – the equivalent of a day’s worth of sewerage production in the city. The artist has been working with a local sewerage plant and conservator to transform the waste (using lime and cement) into a series of monumental, hand formed bricks, produced at the rate of about fifty per day. Poking fun at the stereotypes of the ‘clean’ Swiss, Bouchet’s is keen for participants to get up close and personal with their waste. He says; “With this work I like the idea of people being comfortable around it. There is reason why there’s a taboo about waste that has built up over the ages.” The completed work, which can only be shown indoors, (and smells INTENSE by all accounts), will sit in one of the largest exhibition spaces in the city, the first floor of the Migros Museum from June 11th – September 18th before being destroyed.
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.
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.
When John Baldessari was recently asked by Vogue contributing editor Dodie Kazanjian what art was not, he had this to say:
WHAT IS NOT ART
- “WHAT IS NOT ART” IS NOT ART SINCE IT’S A TRITE IDEA.
- LISTS LIKE THESE BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN BE ART.
- ARTISTS AS ART SINCE ARTISTS ARE DUMB.
(Above: excerpt from John Baldessari’s 1971 video, ‘I am making art’)
Jukuja Dolly Snell has been announced as the overall winner of the 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA). Born in 1933 at Kurtal in the Great Sandy Desert, Snell began painting in the mid-1980s. She’s been exhibiting since 1991 but only held her first solo show in Darwin last year. Her prize winning work depicts the spirits and stories of Snell’s country, Kurtal. Describing the work she said: “That’s my Kurtal, now! As long as I’ve been born there. That one, Kurtal. Not from another jila, no! One jila.” For the full list of prize winners click here.