Saturday, 15 October 2011

UnMasterclass 41

At the tail end of 2010 and into the dawn of 2011 a third Tate opened in Britain’s capital, just a stones throw from the Turbine hall. On show were a plethora of familiar art stars work, such as Harry Matisse, Jasper Warhol, Harry Basquiat, Jasper Braque and Harry Picasso. Those eagle eyed among you may have noticed that something is rather fishy here. Artists Jasper Joffe and Harry Pye cheekily hijacked the Tate brand, displaying re-paintings of works from the collection, hence the first name/last name conundrum. The paintings they showed were worthy of this joint or rather hybrid authoring. Strangely one viewed the works with eyes on two artists at once. These were cover versions but more like Hendrix covering Dylan or Cash covering NIN, than Boyzone’s anaemic cover versions or Madonna misguided attempt at American Pie. In short the paintings were recognisably a Richard Prince, Hockney or Rothko, but they were also equally the work of Joffe and Pye as well. Here at UnMasterclass we do not aspire to this end, but can only applaud messrs Joffe et Pye. To view the latest UnMasterclass please click here

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