Tuesday, 2 September 2008

One finger, one thumb...

No trapping last night; the weather was dodgy, although in the event it doesn't seem to have rained. So here's a postcard which my younger son's just sent from Stuttgart (courtesy of Galerie Daniel Buchholz). It's a nice image, and thanks to the extraordinary power of the internet, you can discover in five minutes a wealth of information about the artist involved, Jack Goldstein. The pic is a clip from a short film he made in 1975 called Some Butterflies. You can download it from http://greylodge.org/gpc/?p=513 and the smaller pic of it being screened at a gallery is from http://www.artnet.com/artwork/54109/2/some-butterflies-from-a-program-of-ten-16mm-films-1974-1978.html. Sorry about these long addresses.
I wouldn't say it's specially riveting, but Goldstein was a significant influence on modern artists using film. Sadly, he took his own life at the age of 57, shortly before his work received widespread recognition. Such people make me hope that there's an afterlife. Van Gogh above all. He would be (may be) amazed at the prices now fetched by his work. Famously, he sold only one painting in his lifetime, Red Vineyard at Arles, now in the Pushkin, for 400 francs, or about £800 at today's values. I wonder if the occasional appearance of my fingers and thumb in this record will one day constitute Fine Art.

2 comments:

Olly said...

Gosh, the power of your internet researching! I sent the postcard and even I didn't know all that... Good work dad, I'm enjoying the blog and its growing following!

MartinWainwright said...

Hi Ol! Thanks again for the card (and the link you sent). The film isn't very exciting but it has its (one) moment...