Friday, June 08, 2007

Two Things of Note for Your Friday

So, I've often mentioned that the best newspaper-based blog on the arts out there is the one at The Guardian, knowing that implicit in that note is a criticism of the blogs on my home-town paper, The New York Times. But I have to give credit where it's due: Randy Kennedy is doing a top-notch job of blogging live from Venice. The posts are frequent, engaging, gossipy, and fun. Here's a snippet of a post about the Peggy Guggenheim party:
It was a beautiful night for a party, with a Titian sunset in progress overhead. As it often does here, it felt as if a whole quadrant of the New York art world had been teleported en masse: Lisa Dennison, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art; Nancy Spector, the show’s curator and the Guggenheim’s chief curator; Tobias Meyer, director of contemporary art for Sotheby’s; the artist Marina Abramovic; Barbara Gladstone, Mr. Barney’s dealer — and of course, the party photographer Patrick McMullan, without whom no transplanted New York party can take place.

Overheard on the roof: “ I just got in two hours ago. My brain hasn’t switched yet. I thought the canal was the East River and that was Brooklyn over there on the other side.”
Image above from Kennedy's post here on prankster artist, Dan Perjovschi [click the image to see larger.]

Speaking of the Guardian blog, however, there's perhaps the least reverent take yet on the controversial London Olympics logo over there. Many others have had a stab at commentary/better ideas to the energetic design (for just a few samples, see
here, here, and here). But the take that's sure to have organizers seriously reconsidering this choice is the one the Guardian noted (warning, it's sex related):
A quietly spoken and clearly thoughtful boy at an infant school interviewed for the 10.30pm news last night got it exactly right. He told ITV's reporter in no uncertain terms what he thought of the newly unveiled London 2012 Olympics logo. "Rubbish". And, who could possibly disagree? Surely not those who have likened the image to cartoon character, Lisa Simpson, giving London a blow job. Oh dear. I'm sorry. But, it does look like that. And who, even the cleanest minded among us, is going to think anything else now?
When they're right, they're right. I will never be able to look at the logo again and not chuckle.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad sports are better players
he, he

6/08/2007 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous bart-man said...

Aye Carumba!

6/08/2007 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous bambino said...


6/08/2007 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Hans said...

A good Logo for our shit Olympia. (Who cares for stupid sports anyway ?) It took much money to prove, that we reached art democracy, where everything is as good as bad, where are millions thrown on half good paintings, where we will feel nostalgic, when this Olympia comes in a couple of years and thinking, oh what a crazy time, when this logo was paid, but it doesn't matter for sake of pain... Who cares what money wasted Ludwig XIV, it wasn't ours

6/08/2007 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Creegan said...

Maybe that is the perfect logo for today: the sharp, violent angles, the disconnected shapes, and the world does kinda blow right now!:)

6/09/2007 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous pp said...

Oh yeah - "energetic"?

With all that extreme concern with possible acts of terrorism, with obsessively choreographed security, the London city perhaps will be closer to a concentration camp than to "energetic" - spontaneus, creative society during the Games.

This "energetic" image-making (that fails) is characteristic to many governments of the EU, I think...

6/09/2007 02:38:00 PM  

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