i while back someone wrote an article about not asking artists about art, ask them about music, given the amount they listen to whilst making work. considering how much of it i've been listening to lately, i'd say he was right. plus i've been getting into music blogs, reading music mag subscriptions on the ipad, tracking back hip hop crew connections from the late 90s on wikipedia, using last.fm again?!
it's like i'm having a shit-hot threesome with nostalgia and half-arsed heartbreak.
and i miss seeing art that consoles me that much.
the tate had a thing a while back, rethinking its collections and inspiring audiences to make their own themed version of the collection. i remember The Heartbreak Tate Collection - a few images that would simultaneously stir and console a broken heart. I'm pretty sure a Rothko was there.
if i was going choose a collection of works based on my recent listening collection, here's what'd be:
an infinite livez performance
rothko's black paintings
lerato shadie's video mmitlw
tracey emin's whole venice biennale installation from 2007
tracey moffatt's other
YOKO ONO CUT PIECE by TECHNOLOGOS
yoko ono's the cut
marina abramovic - art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful
rubens - st george and the dragon
the original performance of hennessey youngman's performance art lecture
soda_jerk's astro black
bruce nauman's art make up 1 - 4 (white, pink, green, black)
any of these louise bourgoise works
tim noble and sue webster's black narcissus
almost anything by alice neel
tiepolo - allegory of planets and continents
bellini's st therese sculpture
francis alÿs' - the green line
francis bacon - seated figure
fischli and weiss - der lauf der dinge
see? all maudlin and pain and fuckery. but sometimes you gotta go there.