The rising tide of Charm-bracelet art? Jeff Koons’s Puppy versus Serra’s Tilted Arc


Please don’t walk on the sculptures…

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In order to be acceptable to the public at large, do large artworks intended for public space have to meet some basic criteria?  I stumbled across an interesting old 2009 article online that discussed public reactions to several large artworks that have been staged outdoors in NYC during the last several decades.

http://www.flavorwire.com/54578/clearing-the-air-about-public-art

One NYC art critic thought that all public artworks should be “crowd-pleasing”, which seems to favor those works that are cute and representational, rather that abstract.  Low art versus high(brow) art?  IMO this is a problem.  Good art is not decoration — it should challenge viewers to think, or at least to stop and ponder a bit.  IMO the recent trend towards large oversized animals as cutsie sculpture (Koons’s Puppy, Louise Bourgeois’s giant spiders, or even Roxy Paine’s metal trees) is almost as bad as clogging up outdoor parks with sculptures of dead soldiers on horseback.  These romantic…

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Right wing hate slogans on “Queen’s vagina” to remain, unwhite-washed


The sculptor of “dirty corner” (aka the Queen’s vagina) located in Versailles France says that he will not remove hateful graffiti from his sculpture, for educational reasons.

Anish Kapoor is being sued for not removing the racist graffiti.  What do you think?

http://click.mail.theguardian.com/?qs=f7fe68cb844c6ef48ff682d3bd8a7e146b489b6c23fd07d3865196ef414ceda17193ea70389e6ce7da496874ae1011a1

Few more, Shelley


   
   

Paolozzi tiles up again at Tottenham Court Rd Station


The recent renovation of London’s Underground involved a total redo at Tottenham Court station where Paolozzi’s 1984 mosaics were located. After much effort, the beautiful colourful mosaics have been restored as part of the new station. Hurray for the London Underground!

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/restored-mosaic-goes-back-on-display-at-tottenham-court-road-tube-station-a3455516.html#gallery

https://art.tfl.gov.uk/projects/paolozzi-restoration-at-tottenham-court-road-station/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/16/paolozzi-mosaic-tube-tottenham-court-road-station-lift-platform-level-

  

Photo courtesy of the Guardian by Linda Nylind

Shelley in colour


   
   

Last week, Wayne


   
   

Hodge-podge


is normally an informal Maritime dish made with fresh mixed vegetables (http://tasteofnovascotia.com/recipes/hodge-podge/). In this case, it’s a handful of newly glazed bowls (+1 unglazed mug), featuring blue and yellow oxides and shellac relief for embossed raised designs.

 

Kirk on Human Rights Day


   
    
   

Charles encore une fois


   
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Shelley #1


   
 

Nellie, Nearly November