Time to Terminate the Sydney Biennale

May 1, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, AUSTRALIANIA, Ulalume |

Inspired

45 years, 70 artists, 35 countries, 7 locations…and virtually Nothing worth having Fido cock his leg on. At the risk of being “cute,” we’ll quote ourselves: Modern Art is, in the main, pure fraud. It operates on ruthless market principles, clothed in doubletalk and gobbledegook. It has abandoned aesthetics and no longer seeks, were it even able, to be evocative. We call it the *Post-Eternal Phase, because its representative works leave the mind as soon as the audience turns away and its work is complete as soon as the cheque is cashed. It is perfectly credible for Banksy to state that Art…

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Why Joe Ain’t Claude

April 29, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Ulalume |

JMW Turner had talent. No doubt. What he lacked were brains and application. His early work confirms his ability; his much-vaunted later ‘masterpieces’ are, in our humble opinion, travesties. Turner venerated Claude Lorrain, as he should. Compare any of JMW’s harbour-side daubs with this beauty by Claude, (main image, at the Frick Collection in NYC) and judge for yourself who takes the honours. Really, even Claude at is worst is superior: compare his mediocre ‘Delphi’ (1673)… …with Joe’s messy meteorological smudge, adding some badly-drawn figures as icing, of Aosta, (“Snowstorm, Avalanche & Thunderstorm”), both works @ the superb Art Institute Chicago:

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The Lady and the Unicorn

April 28, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | ART, CRAFT, HISTORY |

NSW Art Gallery, Sydney, April 2018 Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870), author of Carmen (1845), while Inspector-General of Historic Monuments of France, discovered these old wall rugs, c. 1500, hanging wanly at the otherwise inconsequential Chateau de Boussac, a couple of hundred kilometres south-east of Tours. Recognising their vivid design and luminous finish, he began the tortuous task of acquiring them for the State, where they were finally ensconced, safe from rats and the damp, in the Musée de Cluny in Paris. From early February until late June, they are in Sydney where all and sundry, even The Varnished Culture who objects…

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The Getty Center

April 27, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, TRAVEL |

Los Angeles, April 2018 It’s slightly under an hour from Hollywood to John Paul Getty’s multi-pavilioned complex in the hills above Bel Air and Brentwood, but when you arrive, a whole array of art and artefact (some, it is fair to say, makes you wish, to paraphrase Paul Keating about David Roche, he could have put down his scatter-gun) is free. He only employed classicists but we fear, in his collecting, he may not have always consulted them. Some of the eccentricity of Getty’s collecting can be seen in this sequence of busts; genuine Ptolemaic renderings of Alexander, c. 200BC…

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It Was Wonderful – Ludwig Bemelmans

April 26, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, FOOD, LIFE |

Bemmie's bar at the Carlyle

Born 27 April 1898, Bemmie was the classic bon vivant.  Read his essays and autobiographical pieces, La Bonne Table and Tell Them it was Wonderful for a literate glass of the driest, coolest champagne.

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