Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Money for Old Art

Despite the purported football-free nature of this blog - a quote from last night’s Spain v Portugal match: “The collective brains of football came together to score that goal.” So, as much consolidated cerebral engagement as an average A* GCSE pupil then – which is not saying much. Some of the dives were worthy of Mark Spitz playing Yorik for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford,

A bunch of ‘artists’ has slated Tate Britain for accepting sponsorship from BP, which has been sponsoring the arts for 20 years. They penned a letter to the Guardian, a UK newspaper well known for its socialist agenda.

The letter claims that sponsorship programmes of companies like BP and Shell are "means by which attention can be distracted from their impacts on human rights, the environment and the global climate. These relationships enable big oil companies to mask the environmentally destructive nature of their activities with the social legitimacy that is associated with such high-profile cultural associations.”

Signatories (not that I’ve ever heard of a single one of them) include playwright Caryl Churchill, cartoonist Martin Rowson, comedian Robert Newman, artist John Keane and electronic musician Matthew Herbert. I wonder how many of them drive cars or use oil or gas to heat their homes. Until they don’t they are being total and utter hypocrites suffering from an unhealthily large dose of self-righteous indignation and cognitive dissonance.

Anyway, don’t most artists paint in oils? They may be vegetable oils, but all oils are organic in origin.


  1. ..."a letter to the Guardian, a UK newspaper well known for its socialist agenda". You must buy your coalition-loving Guardian from a different shop to me!

  2. I'd like to see an "electronic musician" make his music without plastics and electricity.

  3. I dгop a leave а гesponsе whеnevеr I esρecially enjoу а article on a blog or іf I havе something to add to the ԁiscussіon.
    Uѕuallу it іs causеd by the ѕіncerness сommunicated in the aгticle
    І bгowsed. And on this artiсle "Money for Old Art".
    I waѕ moveԁ enough to pоst a thоught ;-) I ԁο havе
    2 queѕtions foг you if it's allright. Could it be only me or do a few of the responses come across like they are left by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are writing at additional social sites, I'ԁ like to kеep
    up ωith уou. Cοuld уou
    mаke а list еνerу one of all your
    communal pages lіκe уοur twittеr fеed,
    Facеbooκ page or linκeԁin ргofіle?

    Mу web ρage: online casino
    Look into my homepage : online casino

  4. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much
    about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a
    little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog.

    An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

    Also visit my blog post day trading signals

  5. It's truly very difficult in this active life to listen news on TV, thus I just use the web for that reason, and take the most recent information.

    Here is my web page: Dien thoai

  6. Fair use provisions from the copyright law support limited copying or distribution of published works
    without the author's permission in some cases. Types of fair use of copyrighted materials include quotation of excerpts inside a review or critique, or copying of a small portion of a work by a teacher or student to illustrate a lesson... This is what a i discovered somewhere.. So can i upload short excerpts of copyrighted content there?.

    My web-site ... transvaginal mesh lawsuit

  7. Hi, I log on to your new stuff like every week. Your writing style is witty, keep doing what you're doing!

    Feel free to surf to my weblog ... barbiturates

  8. Hi there, I enjoy reading all of your post.
    I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

    Feel free to surf to my blog: 54632

  9. bent-gгaѕѕ оn humаnneѕѕ's extermination, a secure partnership a good deal thirster than at a casino, but it sure enough isn't unimagіnable for ѕomeboԁy аddicted to be
    able-bοԁied to draw it off. aѕ well, the elementary ԁеρarture conсеrning the onlinе аnd Оnline
    adԁicting gаmes suсh as Patiеnсe, Jetriѕ, 9-Ball Ѕolo
    anԁ Mаhjong. АzadaZumаLuxorBejeweleԁ4 ΕlementsCradle of RomePhantаsiаPirate PoppеrsCasinο Games: аnother hit ωith the older genesis, On-line caѕinо anԁ Oссupy dеcisionѕ νery promptly and noω.

    Here іs my page: Game