October 31st, 2003

moi

Pretty Autumn Day in Green Park...

Went along to see the John Currin exhibit at the Serpetine, before it closes Sunday. God, he's a strange one. His stuff is often very creepy, in weird indefinable ways. I particularly 'like' the series he's done using only his vague memory of the face of a long-ago fashion model; ghostly rictus smile, blurry features - He now seems to be into glassy-eyed women laughing gruesomely.
http://www.carnegieinternational.org/html/art/currin.htm
Succumbed to the lure of the video shop and watched FRIDA last night.I was expecting to really enjoy it, but ended up bored...Maybe I've just been over-stimulated lately, but lovely as the film was, visually, it came across as a soulless Hollywood soap opera.
I felt nothing of the daemonic spirit that I imagine must have been very striking, both in Kahlo and Rivera. (No amount of padding and prosthetics could make the lovely Alfred Molina look like a toad, and his Diego was just kinda sweet and cuddly.) As for Ms Hayek, it takes more than facial hair to make a furious tragedy queen.Bah...I'll probably watch it again, sometime, though. might enjoy it more when not expecting so much.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/Frida-1117398/
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