This is not a rant, but a fact. I am still puzzled as to why there are more Men in Black guards at the Gagosian gallery than the artworks. On my visit to see John Chamberlain´s exhibit, I did not feel comfortable that somebody had been following me around as if I´m about to snatch some artwork. Believe me, these guards are not the normal kind of invigilators that you see in other galleries. At the Gagosian, the guards are tall and towering who seem very ready to knock your teeth out if you make any false moves. Only one thing missing would be for them to wear some shades and this would be The Matrix Gagosian land.
But as a gallery space, I really like the Gagosian. It´s huge and well-lit with a capacity to host some very big sculptures just like the ones from John Chamberlain. Read More »
Hunger is the word I would describe Joan Miró´s retrospective at the Tate Modern. Not because I came there with an empty stomach and could hear it growling (I was starved, yes and could eat a horse, but that´s really beside the point) --- but it is really hunger which drove Miro to find his own pictorial language. He went literally famished in his experiments with surreallism often recording his hallucinations brought by hunger on paper. In fact, it was his muse. “Hunger was a great source of hallucinations. I would sit for long periods looking at the bare walls of my studio trying to capture these shapes on paper or burlap,” he said.
This going beyond the extreme resulted in a massive artistic output of more than 2,000 paintings for 70 years of his life until his death in 1983. He painted daily, driven by an inner hunger to widen the scope of visual perception. André Breton called him "the most surreal of us all." Read More »