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Arts News [Mar. 20th, 2013|09:28 am]
Tony Grist
The Indy has a headline that describes David Hockney's residence in Bridlington as "self-imposed internal exile"- as if it were weird and self-punishing for an artist to choose to live anywhere but London. This makes me cross.

A painting belonging to the National Trust has been reassigned from School of Rembrandt to Rembrandt himself. It's a portrait of the great man in fancy dress with a feathered cap. The feather takes up half the canvas. Rembrandt was a very great artist but he produced a lot of not very good pictures and this is one of them. The change of attribution means that a canvas that was worth thousands (and nobody bothered to look at because it's pompous and silly) is now worth millions. The art world is mad.
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From: cmcmck
2013-03-20 12:01 pm (UTC)
It annoys me more than I can say.

I've met David Hockney- lovely, gentle (hugely tall) guy and he lives in Bridlington because he loves the region and paints it like crazy!

These bloody Londoners need to get a life!

Any yes, I have lived in the Great Wen and it reminded me how much I love Kent.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-20 01:20 pm (UTC)
I'm a Londoner by birth, but I wouldn't want to live there.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-03-20 12:25 pm (UTC)
Agreed - the parochialism of London makes Royston Vasey look cosmopolitan at times.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-20 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed!
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