me looking at people looking at francis bacon at the tate britain

me looking at people looking at francis bacon at the tate britain

I thought the exhibition was very good (with a really comprehensive range of Bacon’s paintings) but it was extremely busy; and I often found myself jostling for position with people trying to take in the ‘loneliness and solitude’ of the work. Still – I’d recommend it. And you’ll see i bought a ‘joint’ ticket – I went to the Turner Prize too. It left me very cold, I’m afraid. Finally; news for anyone reading this stateside; there’s a drawing of mine in the next issue of Bust. I’ll post it on here once I get the...

crumb transcript

Thanks to Mike, who had held onto a transcript of some of that Crumb interview I was telling you about, and who saved me having to find the tape and type it all out. It’s more interesting than the finished article, I reckon, and gives you more of an idea of what kind of guy Crumb is/was (it also gives you more of an idea of how green I was to all this). So, here goes. It was done onstage at the ICA, straight after a performance by Crumb’s band. It wasn’t complete, anyway, and I’ve cut a slither from the beginning, as that was very much about the band and not as interesting, I don’t think (general gist: French music is good). Anyway, this blog’s supposed to be about cartooning. Robert Crumb, 3rd April 1999. Elliot: How does your love of music manifest itself in your work?Crumb: It’s an indirect thing. I don’t know, I try not to analyse it. But I love my music and I listen to it every day, y’know. Get out one of my old 78’s and go through the old ritual. I love laying on the needle, turning it on, sit down, listen, get up, put it away, get out another; I love it. It’s very important to me.E: The way you come across in the stuff written about you, and also your work…C: A real crank, I know.E: That’s not what I’m getting at…C: I am. I hate most stuff. Rock and roll, computers. I’m a real nightmare.E: Is there anything modern that interests you?C: Girls. All these modern girls have great...