Friday, 20 June 2014

Ben and Bruce

It's time for a few more little gems from the British Pathé Film Archive, featuring artists BenVautier and Bruce Lacey. Ben has the nicest handwriting, which impressed me very much as a teenager seeing his work in Paris and Amsterdam. There's a shared junk shop aesthetic and a sort of transition from Beat to Pop. Ed Kienholz would make a good threesome.

Lacey is mocked a "professor" in inverted commas and "tragical comedian". He was in fact a real professor who taught at a number of art schools, a genuine tragical comedian reflecting the malaise in our society, and a bona fide artist who has followed his own path and refused to kowtow to convention. The world needs more like him.

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