Jun 27

The Pre-Raphaelite Collection Of Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Well, I know what I shall be watching on television later tonight.

I read last year that, as a schoolboy in the Sixties, Andrew Lloyd-Webber spent his pocket money buying up paintings by the then highly unfashionable Pre-Raphaelites. Ever since then, as well as a feeling of jealousy, I had wondered what was in his collection.

Now, thanks to ITV, at 11.35 I shall be able to find out.

Perspectives: Andrew Lloyd-Webber – A Passion For The Pre-Raphaelites.

In which the composer talks about his love of these Victorian artists and showcases his own collection.


Jun 15

What A Load Of Rubbish

I have just been watching Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: The Culture Show on BBC2. The largest open-submission contemporary art show in the world. I must really try to get down there sometime this summer.

One exhibit really stood out, but not in a good way. Self portrait as Rubbish Bin by Michael Landy is just that, a rubbish bin. O.K. it is made out of bronze but how is it art? Apart from the title, which is apt and a recurring theme in his art, there seems to be no other artistic input from him. He just sent a rubbish bin to a Chinese foundry and said copy that.

The price: a cool £26,000 , but I am sure some poor misguided fool will buy it. Maybe the real designer of the bin should get a cut.

My Other Bin Is In The Royal Academy