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Posts Tagged ‘Malcolm McLaren’

Jeremy Blake’s Unfinished Work in Corcoran Show

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In today’s NYT, Dan Levin has an interesting story about how Jeremy Blake’s unfinished art work was pieced together for the show at the Corcoran:

Jonathan P. Binstock, the curator of the Corcoran exhibition, and Lance Kinz, a director of Kinz, Tillou & Feigen, decided to incorporate “Glitterbest” into their exhibitions in its incomplete state out of deference to Mr. Blake, who had approved inclusion of some of the images in the Corcoran exhibition catalog and advance announcements for the New York show. They hoped the unfinished work would give viewers insight into his creative process and provide a glimmer of what the video might have become.

It would be uncharitable–accurate, but uncharitable–to suggest that Blake’s indebtness to his dealer may have been a compelling reason for that dealer to want as much material as possible in the show.

David Sigal, who’s described as “a documentary filmmaker and videographer” was recruited to finesse the files into some sort of order. Sigal also turned to the internet to try to get some sense of Blake’s last days and found the slough of conspiracy sites, which must have been wrenching.

Alas, there’s no reaction from the not-known-for-his -reticence Malcolm McLaren about the finished portrait.

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Jeremy Blake Show Opens at Corcoran Gallery

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Washington, DC’s Corcoran Gallery of Art proceeded with the show of Jeremy Blake’s digital art, despite his suicide in July. Reviewing Wild Choir: Cinematic Portraits (which opens to the public tomorrow), Deborah Dietsch, in the Washington Times, isn’t bowled over :

His adolescent fantasies about rebellious rockers are expressed through the traditional form of portraiture, and he tries so hard to blend media that his dense verbal and visual montages lack artistic clarity.

The image above is from Glitterbest, a portrait of Malcolm McLaren, that was unfinished at the time of the artist’s death. FBLA is waiting for Tyler Green to review the exhibit, as Dietsch seems rather hasty in her unsympathetic judgment.

Earlier:
Malcolm McLaren: Jeremy Blake Was Gay
The Independent Obit of Jeremy Blake

Malcom McLaren: Jeremy Blake Was Gay

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Charles Derwent follows up his earlier piece by writing on Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake in The Independent, quotes Malcolm McLaren:

“If we’re being honest,” says McLaren, “Jeremy was gay. I don’t think his relationship with Theresa was all that sexual. She was a mother to him. When I saw them in Hollywood, he was always terribly concerned that people would think he was a fag–he walked around with this hip flask of whisky in his pocket and he was constantly swigging from it, like some kind of cowboy.”

Other than this semi-bombshell, Duncanologists have read most of it before.

Earlier:
Newsweek On Theresa Duncan/Jeremy Blake
Theresa Duncan on Journos: “I Talked Rings Around Them”