Bank Holiday Monday.
We actually ventured out for a change instead of just holing up in our hotel room in the yes…lovely… Charlotte Street Hotel and we had such a lovely day. We ate breakfast… in the dining room! Smoked haddock and spinach, mango, pineapple and yoghurt, not all at once on the same plate I hasten to add… yum. We discovered we were both London Eye virgins… but not any more… It was super fun! London really is, in the words of Van the Man, fantabulous… I need to hear that now actually, and you do too
We lazed around in the sun outside the Royal Festival Hall, drinking tea by the river, then zooooooomed off to see the Tracey Emin exhibition at the Hayward. I enjoyed it. The highlights for me were her blankets- all hung en-masse in the first room. It was great to see them all together and they are very beautiful, poignant, sad, shocking, brave, funny, caustic, provocative… here is my selection…
I like this…
Emin’s relationship with the artist and musician Billy Childish led to the name of the Stuckism movement in 1999. Childish, who had mocked Emin’s new affiliation to conceptualism in the early ’90s, was told by Emin, “Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! – Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!” (that is, stuck in the past for not accepting the YBA approach to art). He recorded the incident in the poem, “Poem for a Pissed Off Wife” published in “Big Hart and Balls” Hangman Books 1994, from which Charles Thomson, who knew them both, later coined the term Stuckism.
Emin and Childish had remained on friendly terms up until 1999, but the activities of the Stuckist group offended her and caused a lasting rift with Childish. In a 2003 interview, she was asked about the Stuckists:
|“||“I don’t like it at all,” she spat. “I don’t really want to talk about it. If your wife was stalked and hounded through the media by someone she’d had a relationship with when she was 18, would you like it? That’s what happened to me. I don’t find it funny, I find it a bit sick, and I find it very cruel, and I just wish people would get on with their own lives and let me get on with mine.||”|
Childish left The Stuckist movement in 2001.
The exhibits based around her abortions are very moving and so sad. Afterwards J said- it’s not exactly high brow but there’s definitely something in it.
I agree… For me it’s a woman of our time making art about being a woman of our time.
I recommend- go see… the neon room is AMAZING!
But I have decided… she definitely has a love/hate relationship with the penis.
Antonia took me to London to see Emmylou Harris at the FESTIVAL HALL…
Had a wonderful evening… Thanks Ant x