Wednesday, April 06, 2011


The Art Newspaper

When I founded The Art Newspaper in 1990, I noticed that most writing about art forces the subject into a ghetto; it takes it out of the common currencies of life, language and value judgements.
On the one hand, there are the professional art historians, all theorising away in their distinct areas, "Renaissance" people not talking to "the Contemporaries", for example, let alone to the non-professional. Art history, like most disciplines, has fragmented as it has become more specialised.
On the other hand, there are the critics. A very few of these are good; they are sure of what they like and can explain why in clear English; they bring to art a broad culture and intellectual maturity. But much art criticism is not worthy of its name, since it is merely celebratory, explains little if anything and is written in the most awful, pretentious English.
The Art Newspaper (and the other newspapers in the network) aims to remedy these obstacles to approaching the world of art. We recognise that the art world is part of ordinary life. For example, exhibitions do not happen just because someone thinks it would be nice to put a certain group of art together. In reality, there is a complicated combination of factors, which includes high finance, international diplomacy and the aspirations of museum directors.
We report on old art, new art, decorative art, the commercial and the non-commercial world—but we are very careful not to mix the last two up, as that lead to puffery, another of the besetting sins of art publications. We want to know and show where the power lies in the art world.

Monday, April 04, 2011


The Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Tom Scharpling Marvels at the Meat Loaf Meltdown -- Vulture


The Celebrity Apprentice recap: Bat Out of Hell | Season 11 Episode 05 |

Okay, the last thing I want to do is oversell something I just watched on a reality television program, but before we go any further, can I just say one thing? FIGHT OF THE CENTURY!!! I know, I know, the century is only 11 years old, but still, does it get any better that Meat Loaf completely and freakishly losing it to Gary Busey? Yes, the "whore pit vipers" throwdown in season 2 was similarly epic ("You're a poker playa. A poker playaaaaaa."), but all you need to do is go to the score sheet to see that Meat Loaf vs. Busey has it beat. In approximately two minutes, Mr. Loaf (Meat to friends and family) let fly with 1 s---, 1 bulls---, 6 motherf----- or motherf------s and 16 — yes, 16! — good ol' fashion f--- or f---ings.  That's 24 expletives. 24! (Yes, I counted.) It was truly an explosion of Rex Ryan proportions.

Sunday, April 03, 2011


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