Saturday, April 30, 2016

Marco Angelo Sembinelli - Die Galerie. April 29, 2016

It is good to see something happening, from an art point of view, in this rapidly changing part of Zürich (which is also pretty close to being my neck of the woods).

I think this is the inaugural show, at the cryptically named -'Die Galerie' by young, Swiss artist, Marco Angelo Sembinelli. It features works employing a variety of materials including rust and asphalt.


Vernissage: 29. April 2016 ab 18
30. April 2016 ab 18.00 bis 21.00
04. Mai 2016 ab 15.00 bis 19.00
07. Mai 2016 ab 18.00 bis 21.00
10. Mai 2016 15.00 bis 19.00
14. Mai 2016 18.00 bis 21.00
Finissage: 20. Mai 2016 18.00
Marco Angelo Sembinelli  
Die Galerie

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Drawings 'attributed' to Francis Bacon (UPDATE).

I received an interesting comment on a post I made back in 2010 (Drawings 'attributed' to Francis Bacon) when I was in Berlin (not sure about his statement equating illustration with a 'literal likeness', though). The large pastels currently being offered in London look pretty bad, but were not part of the show I saw. Bacon really attacked the surface of the canvas with his brushes and I don't think it's a leap to see a similarity in some of the sweeping graphite gestures in the drawings.

From :- Alexander Verney-Elliott April 27, 2016 at 9:55 PM

"Martin Harrison is absolutely correct in stating that the 600 drawings owned by Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino are not by Francis Bacon. I visited Bacon at his Reece Mews studio in 1981 and I asked him if he ever considered using charcoal for portraiture since this
coarse and grainy rugged-textured medium can produce the very 'non-illustrational' free-marks that Bacon often achieved from oil paint.

Bacon always wanted to get away from what he called 'illustration' (a literal likeness) and with charcoal one can make 'non-illustrational' marks that form facial features without having to literally 'draw' them in. Charcoal would have been the ideal medium Bacon would have used had he wanted to make 'complete' (not sketched) artworks (portraits), and not pencil.

I asked Bacon if he ever used pencil to make portraits with and he said no, and he told me that he did not like the pencil drawings of Lucian Freud saying that they were far too 'refined' and 'detailed'.

Drawing in pencil is antithetical to the ethos of anti-illustration that Bacon aimed at. The Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino drawings have eyes that are far too literal, far too 'illustrational', to be by Bacon.

The crude and garish bright colour schemes used in these 'Italian drawings' are reminiscent of pop art that are not used by Bacon. Why would Bacon - who was into 'chance' making 'arbitrary' and 'irrational' marks, use such a 'graphic fine art' medium such as pencil? Bacon used to throw paint at the canvas; but one cannot throw pencil at a piece of paper! The Francis Bacon Estate is right to reject these drawings as not made by the hand of Bacon".
Art Newspaper StoryUnauthenticated Francis Bacon works go on sale in London

The Herrick Gallery

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SCHICHTEN (Layers) - Exhibition in Seebad Utoquai, Zürich.

The crowds still turned out , but the effect was somewhat dampened by the atrocious weather, for a group exhibition held at one of the old swimming baths on Lake Zürich.
Artists included: Freda Alschuler - Astrid Amadeo - Lada Bartos - Marketa Bartos - Ursula Baur - Afra Blumer - Daniel Bosshard - Tina Caveng - Irene Christen-Dürig - Kristina Comiotto - Simone Dehmelt & Marlis Spielmann - Maria Eitle-Vozar - Chiara Fiorini - Bruno Fischer - Tibor Franaszek - Marina Häfliger - Ursula Hirsch - Hochhinaus - Heidi Izzo - Urs Kamm - Dany Lanter - Mara Mars - Peter Maurer - Roma Messmer - Ursula Niemand - Stephan Pfister - Krista Pfister Kron - Dino Rigoli & Walter Lüönd - Kati Schenk Wettstein - Ursula Schertenleib - Beppe Schiavetta - Peter Schneebeli - Corinne Schroff - Arlette Sormani - Katerina Stregl - Eri Székely - Renate Thüler - Bettina Truninger - Raffael Ullmann - Claudia Umbricht - Maxine van Eerd - Susanna Vecellio - Agatha Angela von Däniken - Cynthia Waser - Regula Weber - Alex Zwalen.
 Tina Caveng. Die Qualle.

 Tina Caveng. Die Qualle.

Corinne Schroff.

Astrid Amadeo.

Regula Weber. Monolithe de Protecion (or what to do with 7kg of Nivea Cream).
 Arlette Sormani (detail).

Bruno Fischer.

Bruno Fischer.

Maria Eitle-Vozar.
Katerina Stregl.

 Urs Kamm.

Chiara Fiorini.
April 24 to 1 May 2016 daily from 11 am to 5pm.
Vernissage, Saturday, April 23 4 - 7pm.


Monday, April 25, 2016


On Friday May, 13th at 6pm, I will be holding a Q&A at the Jedlitschka Gallery in Zürich, for my current show, MOTIF/MOTIVE. 

It will be hosted by the artist, writer and art historian, Dr. Mark Staff Brandl  and comprise primarily, of questions provided by visitors to the exhibition, via email ( and the website (anonymously if they wish).

Guests will also be invited to ask questions on the night, and anyone not able to attend is  encouraged to participate via email ( as the event will be recorded for hopeful inclusion on the BAD AT SPORTS podcast.

The exhibition continues until the Saturday, May 21st with a finissage from 11am - 5pm. 


Friday, April 22, 2016

Dimitra Charamandas. Uncertain Ground. SOON Gallery. Zürich, April 21st 2016

Glashausspiele für Unbeteiligte. Dimitra Charamandas.

Glashausspiele für Unbeteiligte (detail). Dimitra Charamandas.

Die Ohren angenehm in die Alpen. Dimitra Charamandas.

Die Geheimgeschäfte des Papierkrams. Dimitra Charamandas.

Platzhalter und Exempel wurden günstig erworben (detail). Dimitra Charamandas.
SOON Gallery

Friday, April 15, 2016

MAMCS (Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) April 2016.

Thomas Schütte. Grosser Geister No.11.
Eugene Carriere. Meditation.
Eugene Carriere. Le Hochet.
Eugene Carriere. Le Hochet (detail).
Eugene Carriere.
Eugene Carriere. (detail).
 Vassily Kandinsky. Kühle Entfernung .
 Vassily Kandinsky. Kühle Entfernung (detail).
Jules Perahim. La Barque de Lamour.
Jules Perahim. La Barque de Lamour (detail).
Jules Perahim.
Jules Perahim.(detail).
Rene Magritte. Madame Recamier de David.
Victor Brauner. Arc-en-ciel.
Nam June Paik. Mac Ever's.
Robert Filliou.
Robert Filliou.
Robert Filliou (detail).
Robert Filliou.
Valerie Favre. Idiotinnen Columbia Variation III.
Georg Baselitz. Bildeinunddreissig (detail).
Georg Baselitz. Bildeinunddreissig (detail).
Daniel Richter. Der ewige Tagtraum der drei Irren vom Berg 2000.
Daniel Richter. Der ewige Tagtraum der drei Irren vom Berg 2000 (detail).
Daniel Richter. Der ewige Tagtraum der drei Irren vom Berg 2000 (detail).
Daniel Richter. Der ewige Tagtraum der drei Irren vom Berg 2000 (detail).
A R Penck. Vor dem Ausschuss.
Second Floor. Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Marlene Dumas. The Ritual.
Marlene Dumas. The Ritual (detail).
Marlene Dumas. The Ritual (detail).
Marlene Dumas. The Ritual (detail).
Marlene Dumas. The Ritual (detail).
Judit Reigl. Torse.
Second Floor. Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
View of the Cathedral from second floor of Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
View of the Cathedral from second floor of Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Mamcs - The Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg