Ben at the Venice Biennale 2011 for TateShots

Ben at the Venice Biennale 2011 for TateShots

on Nov 24, 2014 No Comments

Ben takes in the delights of the Biennale and speaks with a number of the artists

Takashi Murakami – Toying with Art

Takashi Murakami – Toying with Art

on Jul 12, 2011 No Comments

TAKASHI MURAKAMI Few artists have risen to global fame via a handbag but everyone knows Takashi Murakami’s art thanks to the multi-coloured bags he designed for Louis Vuitton – bootlegs of which you can buy from African tradesmen in any Mediterranean city. Murakami recoloured the Vuitton logo pattern in his own instantly-recognisable lurid palette of […]

Santiago Sierra – Art vs. Globalization

Santiago Sierra – Art vs. Globalization

on Jul 12, 2011 No Comments

SANTIAGO SIERRA Santiago Sierra is the Che Guevara of contemporary art – an anti-capitalist radical and a leftwing revolutionary. No one has made more confrontational politicized works than Santiago Sierra. In one work in Germany in 2006, he filled a former synagogue with exhaust fumes from cars parked outside. Visitors could only enter wearing a […]

Wim Delvoye – Is this s**t art?

Wim Delvoye – Is this s**t art?

on Jul 8, 2011 No Comments

WIM DELVOYE In the course of making my second series of Art Safari, I acquired my second tattoo. It’s on my back, on my right shoulder and it shows Mickey Mouse on a crucifix with Minnie weeping at the base. It’s signed ‘Wim Delvoye’. Somewhere in a tiny farmstead on the outskirts of Beijing in […]

Sophie Calle: Conceptual Heart

Sophie Calle: Conceptual Heart

on Jul 8, 2011 No Comments

Sophie Calle is the Grand Dame of French contemporary art. Her famous works of art usually involve following a set of rules or a procedure – following a stranger to Venice; obeying a set of instructions from writer Paul Auster; or working as a hotel maid. Her art combines romantic autobiography and detached conceptualism. She […]

Art Safari Series 1 & 2

on Jun 19, 2007 One Comment

Art Safari Series I, Autumn 2003, include: – GREGOR SCHNEIDER – MAURIZIO CATTELAN – MATTHEW BARNEY Art Safari, Series II, 2005/6, include: – SANTIAGO SIERRA – TAKASHI MURAKAMI – WIM DELVOYE – SOPHIE CALLE 30 min series about verious artists of the international art scene for BBC4, TV2, Arte, ZDF, YLE, SBS Nominated for a […]