I wonder if the shift away from “edgy” violence in the arts and media will be paralleled by a similar shift from ‘edgy’ sex in the arts and media; it must be 40 years since Mapplethorpe argued you could skewer art pretensions by making it pornographic (see his biography). Then there was the Cosey Fan Tutti/ GPO exhibition at the ?ICA which also sought to deconstruct/ challenge/ [enter your post-modern buzz-word here] sex and pornography. Fashionistas eventually got it, Jeff Koons, his missus, all those photo essays of the fetish and s&m world, Madonna’s “Sex” book (oh those amusing transgressions she played with), Terry Richardson, porn as a norm, and the hiding in plain sight of sexual predators (I see Max Clifford and Weinstein as reflecting similar phenomena). I’m all for sex, and all for it being represented in an honest manner to accommodate a wide variety of orientations and preferences. Can this be done in a better way than currently? Discuss.
The great 60/70s clear-out continues…another good man gone, although nothing in the papers yet. I heard from a friend of a friend and his Wiki has been updated. I had some dealings with him in the 70s – fine fellow. His amazing Penguin covers, the Beatles stuff, the Sunday Times, there was a time when his crazed visions were everywhere. He also – and not many people know this – discovered the great Robert Rankin, which is how I got to know him.
There’s origin myths about doing deals with the devil at midnight down at the crossroads. There’s being a hobo. Then there’s Art schools. From the fifties to today a staple in the origin myths of a certain type of band. We went to art school, we met at art school. Our whole band’s kind of an art project really. The guitarist paints our record sleeves. I base my lyrics on Rimbaud. It’s a Brechtian thing. We use the Burroughs cut-up technique to write our choruses.
Art rockers, art school rockers, here’s to artifice and wearing your reading list on your sleeve. None I think have captured this approach better than Wire – my ultimate art school band. Your entries please in the ultimate art school roll call. The more pretentious the better!
I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share with you the newest addition to our household. No, not another cat, but this utterly beautiful work of art created by the Afterword’s own Pencilsqueezer, called “Out of the blue, and into the hot”. It was commissioned in memory of Mr Breakfast’s late mum, who among other things was a big fan of jazz and swing music. Her name was Iris, and as you can see, the colours of this flower have been incorporated. Of all the instruments Peter could have chosen, it gladdens my heart that he went for the trumpet, reflecting my fondness for the twin trumpets of Tijuana. I dare say this was no coincidence 🙂
My photo of course doesn’t do it justice, so I’ll post P’s own image in the comments so that you can get a closer look. Of course in real life it’s even more amazing. If you’re in the market for a gorgeous piece of art for your wall, whether for a special occasion or simply because you want to treat yourself, do get in touch with Peter. This is his AW handle, click away! @pencilsqueezer
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I was lucky enough to receive my second painting from @pencilsqueezer. Here it is: ‘Coral Wreath’ .
Thought the beautiful colours might brighten this grey and rainy day. I’d really recommend a commission if you can afford it; they look wonderful reproduced on screen but it’s even better when you see them on canvas.
Bargepole asks a simple yet complicated question – what is your favourite piece of art, be it painting, sculpture, whatever – illustrations welcome.
todayoutof10 on Fifty Shades – Christian Grey is ready for us. But are we ready for him…?
As I booked my ticket to see Fifty Shades of Grey, I was very much looking forward to my date with Christian Grey. I had been left disappointed by our first encounter and was eager to find out if our second meeting would be an improvement. I had reason to believe this would be the case.
I was late to the Fifty Shades party, having bought the book and its two sequels long enough after they had become a sensation to expect a cracker of a read. Finding the idea interesting, I was eager to immerse myself in a story that I expected to be emotionally charged, erotic and pretty gripping. In my head, I was already conjuring the developing relationship between the troubled man and the sexually naive young woman and looked forward to how it would play out in word form. Unfortunately, the books disappointed. So much so, that I gave up part way through the second novel. For me, a good book will put flesh on the bones of the characters I am imagining, helping me develop the story » Continue Reading.