It has been suggested in one or two quarters that I tend to dwell on things of the past in my artistically inspired postings; that I am stuck in the Pre-modern world. In an effort to dispel that base calumny I thought I’d post an art review on one of the darlings of the post-modern conceptional artistic world: Ai WeiWei. Back in 2010 the Tate Gallery mounted (?) one of his works in the Turbine Hall – millions of tiny ceramic handcrafted sunflower seeds. The artist’s explanation of the work and a fascinating film on its creation can be found here – but in the mean time who better to talk about the work of this popular artist than my old friends at the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.
And it has also been remarked upon – okay one snarky comment from a person, who like his offspring, shall remain nameless – that yesterday I missed an important birth/death day. According to tradition William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and died exactly 52 years later on April 23, 1616. And what better way to celebrate that with a (much shortened) performance of one of his greatest plays: King Lear. And once again the SFSPT (hmmm looks slightly suspect) to present it in their own “original practice” style.
Happy Birthday Bill – and my condolences to Anne, Sussana, Judith and the family.
On this day in 1184 BC: Traditional says Troy fell.