William Kentridge, that nose and my iphone

#141. Read Gogol on my iphone. An article in Business Day’s Wanted about the inspiration behind William Kentridge’s tapestries (now on display at Goodman Gallery at Arts on Main) had me searching my iphone for a copy of Nikolai Gogol’s The Nose . Continue reading

Jane Alexander at the Art Fair

#92. Wait to see artist Jane Alexander’s installation “Security” at the Joburg Art Fair. The piece, originally commissioned for the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2006 will make its Joburg debut and has the art world talking.

Security / Seguran├ža. 2006 is “an installation, consisting of a sculpture enclosed in a fenced area of germinating/growing/dying wheat, surrounded by a passage created by a double fence with razor wire containing earth, 1000 machetes, 1000 sickles and 1000 used South African workers’ gloves. [sic] Continue reading

Obama won and we won

#60. Celebrate. The mood is great. Everybody’s talking. We love Barack Obama. In Australia they are saying it’s the realisation of Martin Luther King’s dream. In Kenya tomorrow has been declared a public holiday in honour of Obama’s “Kenyan-ness”.

Obama didn’t forget anyone in his acceptance speech — he was gracious, inspiring, and even made Jesse Jackson cry. Not since Nelson Mandela has the world had such a “leader”. A man who embraces ideals as he speaks, who talks to everyone, who refers not to “I” but to “we” — as in “we, the people”.

And now for the questions this all raises. Where’s the photo of George Bush leaving the White House with his pot plant from the Oval Office and cardboard box filled with love letters to Condi. What breed of puppy with Obama’s kids choose (I have a spare 3-month-old German Shepherd who prefers Business Day to The Times as a morning meal) and who would probably thrive on some international travel. And then there’s that other question. Can it still be called the White House?