Tuning into Antony Gormley’s ‘One and Other’ live project, the guests this week were the art critic Brian Sewell and writer, comedienne Sandy Toxvig. Sewell was scathing about the work, he doesn’t agree with it and says it detracts from the National Gallery. It is also ‘ A futile waste of time’. and ‘no one is worthy of that plinth and it should be empty, because no one could fill it, no one is worthy! He then goes on to say that Nothing should have been done and that the plinth loses it point by placing someone on it. Controversial eh? One thing abut Sewell is that he always speaks his mind lol! He was soon ushered off to make way for Sandy Toxvig’s more liberal view. She liked it because it drew attention to stuff that was happening in the world and made people look upwards.
But Sewell hasn’t finished yet….It (the live installation) has nothing to do with art according to Sewell, these people are not artists he says, they are daubers. He then goes on to insult the people that are on the plinth , saying that they are there because they arent worthy of anything.! The plinth is very telling when its empty according to Sewell.
Sewell is hilarious when he is rattled (and he IS rattled!) Plinther 1941 made a photo mosaic of Antony Gormley, made of lego. This was chosen because of the building block element. The plinther explained he wanted it to reflect the product…….. probably multi faceted? Sewell socks it to em with ‘ it could have been anyone ! futile crap! Poor Sewell, he is in a bad mood lol! He said he would sooner have blank walls that any old rubbish. He also makes the point of the plinthers not being seen from below, or even heard properly. That the plinthers can’t be seen except on TV, and that these people know that….grrr!
They then went on to show, ‘entertainers’ playing guitar, quoting Shakespeare, playing the mouthorgan….reading a fairytale….mmm beginning to see what you mean Brian darling!
Toxvig likes it because it makes us look upwards instead of our mobiles. Sewell says ‘nothing works on the plinth, it just doesn’t work on that level. Its worse than BB in it’s dieing throws!’lol! Toxvig says that the plinth is treated as a giant soapbox and applauds it.
Well, I was laughing my head off at Sewell in a strop, until I saw the woman protesting about him slagging off Liverpool.
Dreena Boyle Liverpool said it made her blood boil when she heard Sewell badmouthing her city ( and MINE, too, I was born in that fabulous vibrant city!). She now refers to him as Brian Sewer and insisted that Sewell had missed exceptional art from all over the world by his dismissive attitude. Sewell however was unrepentant, and when given the opportunity to retract, would not, advising that ‘a trench should be dug round the city and it should be towed off to sea!’ Much as I respect Sewell as a critic (some of the time) as a man he is an incredibly pompous snobby git and seems to celebrate the fact (by himself I suspect). I myself was appalled by his ignorance (and he’s far from ignorant)…it must be down to snobbishness (or he’s never been there? in that case he is ignorant to be judging a place he’s never been to). He is going soon he said. Well expect a warm Liverpool welcome mate – you’ve earned it!