Musician,artist and printmaker Ronnie Wood, who plays with the Rolling Stones (and has also played with The Faces, and the Jeff Beck Group) trained at Ealing Art College. His new exhibition, called ‘Time and Places’ will showcase 100 pieces of his work, including paintings of Jimi Hendrix, Slash and portraits of friends and family. It shall run 7 – 12th November Cork Street, Mayfair. London. Wood had this to say about his work:-
“People don’t know that I’m an artist. Playing music as part of a team effort is wonderful, but to express individuality as an artist is very personal. Art is more powerful, a more personal statement.”
Creativity is creativity, but I take his point about personal expression and the need for own space to indulge this. A group of artists can all bounce off each other and feed off ideas, each with their individual interpretation, – the inner journey must be solitary though.
Meanwhile, it’s nearly that time again. No not Bonfire night – The Annual Turner Prize is nearly upon us. love it or hate it, The Turner Prize has attracted controversy since it began back in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. Contenders have to have had outstanding exhibitions – and be under 50.
This year the exhibition will be held in the wonder BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts Gateshead. This is a wonderful venue – a large and airy space which used to be an old flour mill (see my review of this arts centre from when we visited – here) The contenders for the Turner Prize this year are;-
I shall be reviewing the other contenders in a later post, but my attention was drawn to the strange media of artist Karla Black – obviously a person after my heart where diverse media is concerned. Whilst I have ground soft pastels mixed with polyfiller, and have flirted with latex, recycled acrylic scraps, Black uses crushed bath bombs (must smell wonderful!) foodstuffs and even medicines to make her sculptures. Heavily influenced by psychoanalysis, she states;-
‘While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating’.
Age is a dichotomy in many ways,on the one hand, nothing much surprises me any more – yet on the other there is still a yearning to believe in somethings and I still feel a childlike disappointment when they turn out to be wrong. For instance, I find it very very difficult to believe that television is 75 years old today! It seems only yesterday when I was told to see if there was any mail, went downstairs and saw a television showing a children’s programme in black and white. I had never seen a television before – so you can imagine…. I was watching Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men – and they spoke my language 🙂 Bill and Ben, along with Andy Pandy, The Woodentops and many more were part of the Watch with Mother series. BBC Watch with Mother ran from 1952 – about 1965 when it was replaced by other children’s programmes like Camberwick Green, Pogles Wood and Trumpton. Here’s a very early episode from Bill and Ben (Thanks to graemefield01) :-
Also in the news is the famous Little Dancer, the bronze ballerina made
by French Impressionist Edgar Degas. The bronze sculpture, stands 40 inches in height and wearing a silk hair ribbon and satin tutu failed to sell at Christie’s New York. The ‘Little Dancer aged 14’ had a pre sale estimate of between $25 million to $35 million. Degas’s heirs had 28 bronzes cast from the original which was made from tinted wax. Whilst I find it difficult to believe that there was no buyer for such an iconic work – on the other hand, the price tag is a bit on the high side…..
Whilst the ‘Little Dancer’ is at least a bronze, Jackson Pollock’s No.5 1948 painting sold at for $140 million in a private sale in 2006. The painting measures 8ft x 4ft and is on a sheet of fibreboard. Quality versus quantity? Not necessarily – take a look at the rest of the worlds most expensive paintings here. Perhaps, in the end, a painting is only worth the price someone is willing to pay for it?
Ronnie Wood related link and painting from here
Television image and article (from 2009) is this TV still going now I wonder? read here
BBC first broadcast info here
Degas image and more information here