Back in the old days, when things weren’t immediate — when news didn’t travel at lightspeed and creations were nurtured in a bubble of time — things were said to happen in ‘the space of Pater Noster’, the space of God.
Over the next 10 days (I started at 5am yesterday) I will be gracing my favourite streets in London — mostly ones I have lived on over the years — with a little surprise through the letterbox. The aim of the surprise is to serve as a bubble, a space in time between the bills and bank statements, where nothing is asked of you. At worst it makes excellent recycling material; at best it might add a little magic to your day — if you receieve one, whether you like or dislike, please get in touch (contact details on its reverse). x x x
Here I argue Banksy is becoming a legend — in the mythological sense of the word — with the help of other artists, while everyone from academics to grannies on Gogglebox try to unmask him. Poor old Banksy …
Piece for Flux Magazine on the figurative artist Harland Miller, represented by the White Cube, and his catalogue raisonné that is rumoured to be announced later this year:
My review of the amazing exhibition at The Last Tuesday Society of Austin Osman Spare’s (one of Alan Moore’s favourite artists) work for Creators — you can sit and have a tea or alchy drink and look some of the creepiest and most beautiful artwork on the planet. They’ll charge you £20 to go see Hockney or Picasso down the road, balls to that. This guy was compared to Michelangelo Buonarroti and Dürer and it’s free x x x
If you’ve ever wondered why you don’t have enough money, it’s probably because you haven’t collected enough Banksys. In Flux Magazine I chat with a collector from Bristol who started buying Banksy’s when they were cheap, now he’s using the money to redecorate his Regency house. Nice, nice … He tells you how to do it too. x x x
‘This website — that uses algorithms to reveal Trump’s top financiers in the art world — is also a conceptual art piece by Seth Price. It’s really, really, really cool (it bent my brain). Have a look ….
I interviewed Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s Modern and Contemporary Art curator, Julia Carver, about Bristol born Banksy’s ‘Take Over’ of the museum, the Tesco Riots, why he is a cultural investment and a lot more …