Franz Radziwill

29 11 2011

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He has been called an Expressionist. All these labels are soup cans. Its only a way of organizing your shop. I like Franz Radziwill. There is an odd mixture in his work. Collage, surrealism, gothic. A bit of Henry Rousseau. He has a story to tell in his work. Not content with showing he wants to tell you a story. His work is filled with drama. And some sentimentality.

I included this video because I love the way they present an artist on the news in Europe. They are all so pleased. Almost jumping out of the set at you. I’ve seen it on Belgian, Dutch, Spanish and German television. Not so much with the French.





Yoko Ono

29 11 2011

Yoko Ono is an iconic figure in American culture. Her relationship with John Lennon has made her one of the most despised women in the world. And yet she has done little to deserve it. Her art seems pretentious. Or brave. She has been a very provocative figure. Never warm and fuzzy.

Most of her work is conceptual art. By nature, it is controversial. She is also part of the installation art world. And then there is her audio work. A lot of her singing sounds like screaming. You have to listen to a little of John Cage to get an idea where she’s coming from.

Yoko may not be your cup of tea. I admit there is a bitter taste to her ideas and her art. An acquired taste. But like most artists/or non-artists who put themselves far out there, I shall give her the benefit of the doubt. As long as they don’t take themselves too seriously. And I’m a big John Lennon fan.

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