Monday 3 March 2008

Tall dark and handsome

A bit OTT

You know what we don't have enough of in our art reporting?* Physical descriptions of artists and curators. This NY Magazine write-up of the coming Whitney Biennial includes the following in the first 3 paras:

"doe-eyed bearded men and slim-hipped men"

"Momin, petite in heels and a tightly belted long sweater over a dark green baby-doll dress"

"a lanky 34-year-old New York artist"

"a tall blonde woman standing in the center gallery. It’s Henriette Huldisch [with] her taller, blonder husband, Andy Graydon ... It’s past eight and Huldisch, who has an infant at home, is giving Graydon the look that means it’s time to leave. It’s barely perceptible, a flattening of the lips and an intensity about the eyes."

A bit mental

Meanwhile - Sydney's Hardware Gallery opened its annual Google exhibition over the weekend:

On the same day, at the same time, all the artists had to google the same phrase. From page 2 of the results they had to select one site as their sole source of inspiration for their artwork.

The phrase this year was: Completely Rooted.

For the organisers, the phrase's appeal "lay in its ambiguity".

A bit dirty

Robert Rauschenberg has filed lawsuits against a Florida artist and art gallery who have allegedly been selling discarded studio items found in Rauschenberg's trash.

*Yeah, okay, okay, we don't have a lot in the way of art reporting, so this is a fairly open-ended question.

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