Archive for February, 2006
A huge restrospective of the late German artist Martin Kippenberger has just opened at the Tate Modern in London. And like other shows at the Tate, the accompanying website is not stingy on images and lets you go room to room looking at most of the works on the walls. For more, check out the Guardian’s Adrian Searle review where he dives into Kippenberger’s throwaway art of cheap one-liners, produced by a self-appointed enfant terrible who revelled in ham-fistedness. This is both true and false. Kippenberger’s whole career was a peripatetic stumble from one place to another, writes Searle.
One man’s trash is another’s google-map-mashup-celphone-enabled- community-reuse-website-entry.
Paula Scher, graphic designer and partner of Pentagram Design in New York, also makes some terrifically dense map paintings. “Africa” has a parched black-and-gray palette; “South America,” Ms. Scher said, is “very sexy, in hot colors, with two ovaries on the sides.” See more of Sher’s maps online at the Maya Stendhal Gallery, NYC.
Chef Oliver Rowe will soon open a restaurant in London which will try to use only local ingredients produced from within the city’s perimeter M25 motorway. I have found a mushroom farm in East Ham, fish from the Thames, a fantastic farm with lamb and pigs at Amersham and an ostrich farm in southwest London, says Rowe. Although he might have to cheat on things like tea and coffee. And pepper and spices. Salt I can get from Essex.
The inventor of the modern tortilla chip, Rebecca Webb Carranza, has died at the age of 98. For a family party in the late 1940s, Carranza cut some of the discarded tortillas into triangles and fried them. A hit with the relatives, the chips soon sold for a dime a bag at her Mexican delicatessen and factory at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Arlington Avenue in southwest Los Angeles.