Cultural Life: William Turnbull, sculptor
Friday 25 June 2010
Visual Arts: I went to Barry Flanagan's posthumous show at Waddington Galleries. I thought Barry was a very good artist although I prefer his work prior to the hares. I've also just been to the Henry Moore show at Tate Britain. I think Moore is a great artist but his work has never moved me in the same way as Giacometti or Brancusi. I saw the Turner and Richard Long show also at the Tate. The Turner was my favourite of the three. I thought the Long show was very interesting but not really my thing.
Theatre: I did go to see 'Red', the play about Rothko at the Donmar last year. I knew Rothko and had visited him in his studio on a number of occasions so it was interesting to see it. A little different from my recollection but very interesting nonetheless.
Films: 'Soy Cuba', a Soviet/Cuban film made in 1964 by Mikhail Kalatozov, which my son Alex lent to me. The cinematography is quite extraordinary. I also went to see 'Iron Man 2' at the IMAX with my grandchildren.
Television: I'm enjoying The World Cup at the moment. Even the slow-motion bits that everyone keeps saying are pointless but that I think are great. Nowadays, I watch mostly old films. I've been re-watching 'On the Waterfront' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.
Books: I just finished 'The Kite Runner' which I enjoyed. I am currently re-reading 'Eroticism' by Georges Bataille, which I came across on my bookshelf recently. It's a study of the underlying sexual basis of religion and philosophy, especially in its relationship to death. I always really liked a lot of the French writers like Camus and Sartre just as I like the art.
William Turnbull: Beyond Time is at Waddington Galleries until 3 July (Williamturnbullart.com)
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