Not that we want to turn this blog into an obituary collection (see the post on dead German painters), but today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. You might think this lady had got nothing to do with art and we’re only writing on her to get our share of Google search, but in fact she did. Not only was she the subject of numerous art works, she actually was an artist herself. A performance artist, to be more precise. Continue reading
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Baselitz, Immendorf, Polke, Richter – the names of Germany’s greatest contemporary painters, written in black paint on the concrete wall of an inspection chamber by a pedestrian bridge crossing a massive entanglement of S-Bahn tracks in Berlin’s Wedding district. Two of the names crossed out, in bright if thinly applied orange spray paint…
Apparently the orange paint was not applied by the same person who wrote the names. Even if the names look oddly out of place on that bridge there’s probably a simple reason for their existence, maybe an alcohol-infused art lover put them there on his way to Mauerpark, but with the names of the two already deceased artists crossed out it looks like a to-do list created by some assassin (or even by Death himself?), and that is just as freaky as the question the sight inevitably imposes on the viewer: who’s next, Baselitz or Richter?
And: should we warn them?
Maybe Baselitz and Richter can escape their fate if they start to make sculpture – after all, the name of Günther Uecker is not on the list. And maybe Continue reading
On 17 July, 2007, Jeremy Blake delivered one of the most impressive and most mysterious disappearance performances of all times, when he walked into the ocean, motivated by his woman’s suicide and his failure to cope with a slightly confusing amount of conspiracies involving Scientology and other inexplicable matter. The genre, first introduced by Bas Jan Ader, is not very popular with artists, mostly because a disappearance performance, in order to be valid, prohibits any form of the artist’s re-appearance thereafter, which more often than not results in the end of the artist’s career.
Since Blake’s body was never found, and since no signs of a continued art-making from his side have emerged ever since the day of his assumed death, art historians have come to consider his disappearance performance perfectly valid.
And now this: While googling the artist’s work for reasons too complex to explain right here and right now, we came across a blog, written by none other than Jeremy Blake himself! He’s now a 20 year old web entrepreneur from Utah, and the name of his blog is: Elite Eternity…