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JUNE 22, 2006 12:43 PM

I found this website from the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. It is a site with several of important artists and luminaries from British art, mainly. Does anyone remember when the UICA had an artworks exhibition that featured Grand Rapids site maquettes constructed out of Legos?

I am glad that I got to see this piece in person before it was sold. It is both amazing and dissapointing at the same time. It's scale is much greater than I imagined while it is actually kind of difficult to see through the formaldehyed from some angles. After reading a fair portion of "On My Way to Work," by Hirst, I am pretty sure he didn't mean for the less than clear solution to represent our murky visions of death.
I love Tracey Emin. I think she is going to be remebered as one of the greatest artist's of this period. She is throwing a glass of wine on some poor sod in this picture. She is the one who made the tent about all the people she had slept with during some period in her life. I recently read an interview between her and Julian Schnabel in which she talked about her bed. I think her ideas about the bed are really interesting. It is a very clever elevation of still life, if you ask me.
Damien Hisrst worked at Whitecube before exhibiting there and becoming super famous. Whitecube is owned by Jajy Jopling. Jay Joppling is married to video artist Sam Taylo-Wood. And the whole lot of 'em are legos.
Chris Ofili (paints with poop and porn). Victoria Miro (I visited her gallery in the east end of london and accidentally walked back into some office area. It took me a long and embarassing amount of time to figure out how to get into the gallery the first place. I quite preffered the parasol unit next door.) Grayson Perry (makes kind of off-putting vases and wears a dress)
Jeff Koons has these equilibrium tanks in the Tate Modern (at least one). I like his casts of balloon animals.

Yves Klein's work seems a bit sexist to me, but you have to give the dude some props for getting the art world to accpet what is pretty much color as logo in his work.

whoa. I really like this. The ArtWorks lego exhibition was actually organize by the Dynamite Family, primarily Josh Ippel, Phil Orr, Mariam Vanderkooi-Slagter, Matt Poole and Ryan Thompson (i think). they may have something about it at http://www.dynamitefamily.com

this exhibition is the ultimate post-modern survey of contemporary art; it's so good - but lame at the same time.

Are you really into Tracy Emin? The 'Tent' and other works are so autonomous and shallow, and just weak.

I am surprised Mathew Barney didn't cut it enough to be immortalized in lego.

benner | June 22, 2006 4:21 PM

Yes. I do really dig Tracey Emin. I don't see why "Everyone I've Slept With" is shallow. Is it because the artist is the indirect subject?
She has also done drawings and instalations, all of which are very personal and, in my opinion, rather brave.

As far as, Barney, the guys that made the lego thing said that they "curated" the show, but I think that they just picked people that are very famous. Almost every work in that piece was once in the Saatchi collection or the Tate Modern. I though he'd be in there too.

Anthony | June 22, 2006 4:46 PM

I fixed the Damien Hirst picture and text. NOW 16% MORE AWESOME!

anthony | June 22, 2006 4:54 PM


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