Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Futurist vision

A Futurist vision

First published in The Guardian, 3 September 2014.   Now this is the way to start an art movement. In February 1909 the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published an eleven point plan in an Italian newspaper, which called for aggression, conflict and struggle, the praise of youth, speed and technology. This was the first […]

Naive

Naive

First published in The Guardian, 20 August 2014   Naive Art, also known as Outsider or Primitive Art, is a label used to describe untrained, self-taught artists whose work is filled with awkward technical “deficiencies”. It seems weird but the most famous of these “naive” artists, Henri Rousseau, was championed by people like Picasso and […]

Smarty Dali

Smarty Dali

First published in The Guardian, 6 August 2014.   Leons have been ponted and collapsed. Again. LMVQ!   Above is an ordinary statement, picked at random, from the future. Specifically 2039, twenty five years from now. I managed to get this because of my fairly rare ability to see forward in time. It’s kind of […]