Posts tagged ‘Brian Sewell review’

September 21, 2015

Brian Sewell’s review: Heaven

by philapilus

what a dreadful garish display

Perhaps the quality one would expect most from the audaciously named ‘Heaven’ is an unalloyed and transcendent beauty; a perfection that might deserve such a superlative. Oh dear.

I have often been given cause to marvel at the magnificence that can be wrought in precious materials by the finest of craftsmen, but the so-called ‘Pearly Gates’ struck me as a drab affair, with none of the power of Rodin’s portals, nor even the

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October 7, 2012

Arts Round-up with Sian Brewell

by philapilus
English: David Beckham Nederlands: David Beckham

“That titan Praxiteles himself would weep at the challenge of crafting his likeness”

As I sipped a fine 1963 Fonseca port last night, I had cause to meditate upon the execrable decline of civilization in that most important of all its manifestations, the visual arts.

None but the most plebocratic of philistines, or mediocre slouches who were happy to achieve a 2:1, can possibly deny that the drearily exhaustive lists of scientific successes through the ages are nothing compared to that existential jouissance one experiences when standing before a great masterpiece of art.

One feels impelled to fall to one’s knees and to remain in supplication, willing and ready to be entered by the gloriously satisfying and engorged organ of the power of art, one is left helplessly moaning, as its thrusting, pulsating delivery of aesthetic fulfillment motivates one to cry out with delight.

So it was very much with a lust for that highest of artistic penetrations in mind that I considered what is available to the discerning viewer today.

Beginning with Bronze at the Royal Academy, I knew as soon as I went through the door that no matter what was in the galleries before me, nothing could compare with a memory of David Beckham’s sensually masculine chest, glimpsed upon a poster on the bus.

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