Saturday, August 29, 2009

I love Lucien

I ended up having drinks with Lucien Freud at the Wolseley last night. It was so remarkable and fascinating that I don't think I'll share it. At the end I kissed him on the cheek goodbye and he looked me up and down so directly and intensely that I burst into laughter - he literally was looking through my clothes.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

While I'm away

I'm in Paris from Monday for 9 whole days - working on an exhibition I'm part-curating at a fashion fair (of all places) about the idea of Excess... While I'm away there are a stupid amount of shows opening in London. Marnie Weber at Simon Lee. Armen Eloyan at Timothy Taylor. Chicks on Speed at Kate McGarry etc

But there is place that has to be seen: SPACE studios, which has been taken over curatorial by Paul Pieroni. Tom Ellis and Richard John Jones kick things off - and there is a mini installation dive bar here by Dean Baldwin (fresh from Venice Biennale). Private view Thursday 3rd September 6pm-9pm.

A bientot...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Radio Copenhagen

My friend artist Charlie Woolley (who creates things like the image above) has been doing a great radio station at David Risley gallery all month.

I've been on here and there. Today I suggested my top 3 audio pieces online:

Max Ernst interview

ee cummings poem That Melancholy

David Cronenberg on Andy Warhol

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Generation Z

If I was going to the Moscow Biennale (go on send me some press angel) I'd see this!
"Generation Z: Forgotten experiments in sound and electronic music in early 20th century Russia

Generation Z is an exhibition of audio, visual, textual and documentation material, dedicated to the lost and forgotten history of the Soviet experimental and electronic music. It revolves around the archives of Andrey Smirnov and the Theremin Center of the Moscow State Conservatory, Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive, the Museum of Musical Culture, named after Mikhail Glinka. The exhibition has been developed as a part of an ongoing project of the same name by Andrey Smirnov and Lubov Pchelkina that is attempting to restore the history and culture of the artistic Utopia of the 1910s and 1920s.

It is difficult to name another period in Russian history in which the creative energy of so many people was developed to such a high level, leading to innumerable new inventions and artistic concepts. This intense period of activity fostered a self-organizing horizontal network of professional and social interrelations that offered a promising basis for future scientific and cultural development. It was a period that in many respects was cut off in its prime through its collision with the totalitarian state of the 1930s. The title of the exhibition takes its name from the letter Z, which is in many ways emblematic of the period. Z is for zigzag, the spark; it is the symbol of energy, of radio transmissions and communications, of electrical charges and of lightning.

Generation Z offers an introduction to some of the key figures of the period and their areas of research. It is a story that is still relatively unknown in the West and is only now beginning to come to light in Russia itself. Many of the featured documents, sound and footage has not previously been made available in the West and tantalizingly offers just a taste of the material from the period that remains to be explored. Fortunately by a miracle many documents considered lost have survived as well as over one hour of graphical soundtracks produced with the Variophone which were recently discovered"

Monday, August 24, 2009


I'm having this huge urge to buy printed matter today, but I cant find anything to purchase! A deeply frustrating urge. I wish that I was in Berlin and could pop into the giant branch of Koenig books but I'm not. However instead I'm going to list some books I like so I can fuel someone else's urge...

Four Stories Ingmar Bergman (Marion Boyars)

Cameron Jamie (Hatje Cantz)

The Tribe by Jean-Michel Mension(Verso)

Gabriela Fridriksdottir (JRP/Ringer)

Taxi-Driver-Screenplay by Paul Schrader (Faber)

Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art by Blanche Craig (Black Dog)

Cult Fiction: A Reader's Guide(Prion)

Mythtym by Trinnie Dalton (Picturebox)

Studio Film Club by Peter Doig (Walther Koenig)

The Magus by John Fowles

Saturday, August 22, 2009


How ahead of everything was Eduardo Paolozzi? Just look at his screen prints. His work makes going on Tottenham Court Road tube platforms so much more interesting too... There's a big show of his collages opening up at Raven Row September 3.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Once upon a time...

I was a Mod when I was 18, complete with sixties ski jumpers, old Fred Perrys, A-line minis. I finally got rid of the old mixes that were stuffing up my old drawers. Here's my top eleven songs I used to listen to in those days (bar The Specials of course...)

1 The Old Mans Back Again - Scott Walker
2 The Bitterest Pill - The Jam
3 Let The Sunshine In - Julie Driscoll
4 Tin Soldier - Small Faces
5 Stroll On - Yardbirds
6 Gang Gang - Bridget Bardot
7 Making Plans for Nigel - XTC
8 Louie Louie - The Kinks
9 Band of Gold - Freda Payne
10 On My Radio - Selector
11 Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shirin Neshat

This is going to be a seriously good movie - artist Shirin Neshat's first narrative feature Women Without Men is finally getting out there. I saw part of this which was shown in a retrospective of her work in Finland. It based on a novel banned in Iran. Its showing at Toronto and Venice Film Festivals so will hopefully be out soon... In the meantime, she has a show opening next month at Gladstone in Brussels.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ubuweb Top 10

So on they get people recommending their top tens. These are what I'd choose at 11pm with a cold and no attempt at being thorough:

Francis Bacon - South Bank Show

Mark Leckey - Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore

Paperrad - P Unit mixtape

Helmut Herbst - German Dada

Cory Arcangel - I Shot Andy Warhol

Sam Taylor Wood - Still Life

Stan Van Der Beek - Symmetricks

Guy Debord - The Society of the Spectacle

Moholy-Nagy - abstract film

Eduardo Paolozzi - The Gay Atomic Coloring Book

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dreaming of a gay icon....

I have to admit I have a massive crush on a young Joe Dallesandro at the moment (blame the photos in this month's Interview magazine - which notes he likes girls by the way), one of Andy Warhol's stars... The Smiths and Rolling Stones used him on their record covers for a reason.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Arty Party

Its past midnight. And I'm back late yet again. I think its worth looking at how the party life has been reflected in contemporary art... I like it best when its all about the aftermath.

Andy Warhol After the Party above.

Elmgreen and Dragset at Victoria Miro

Dash Snow and Dan Colen's Nest

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Old McDonald had a farm

I am going into the wilds of Essex on Saturday for a collaborative art project from Will Cruickshank and Tom Ellis (who both made amazing pieces at Port Eliot). For more info email:

This obviously exciting performance project aside, farms arent the hottest subject for art these days. Makes me remember how i wanted to throw Anna Karina under a train for its DULL farm passages. (i hated that book so much i boycott reading the last few chapters to spite it). Still I like a haystack.
(As does the amazingly geeky of

This one has a little cloak.

Jean-Francois Millet in the Met, NY

Friday, August 07, 2009

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Lunar Loopy

The moon is so fat tonight. I've been watching it slowly move across the sky. Thought it was worth a selection of artwork:

Ryan McGinley (who I've interviewed for the next issue of Wonderland magazine out in September). From his forthcoming show Moonmilk.

Joseph Wright of Derby for some old school

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Home Invasion

Oliver Basciano quoted me in an interesting piece about the relationship between the artist's studio and the gallery on Art Review online. Made me think about weirder image imagery about domestic spaces...

Cameron Jamie's apartment wrestling images above from his zine 'Rugburn'.

Javier Pinon's armchair rodeos

Gregor Schneider's very strange interior installations (check out the video section of his site in particular)