Bizet (2006), by Jaume Plensa (Barcelona, 1955), which went for around €12K + 20% government commission at Brok the other day:
- Mr Plensa, a covert musicologist, has discovered extraordinary connections between Hector Berlioz, master of the grand and the imperial, and author of the works listed, and Georges Bizet, who dabbled in local colour several decades later.
- Mr Plensa is a genuine Berlioz fan, but suffered a couple of days absentmindedness and then thought wathefook.
- Mr Plensa has consciously sold some new clothes to the art-buying imperial class, who don’t know fook about art, or music, or anything really, but who desperately need something to hang in the corridor next to the coatrack.
I favour (3). An undistinguished bronze bucket by Mr Plensa went for around €18,000.
[A well-run auction is the closest modern equivalent to the Ottoman harem. A warm and well-lit room, comfy chairs, a waiter bearing fizzy wine and sweetmeats, “What about this one, sir?”]
- Pickpocket, Saturday market / Carterista, mercado del sábado, Vilafranca del Penedès
español Vilafranca is a quiet country town, but the weekly market attracts an interesting range of pickpockets. Hopefully numbers will increase as
- Stolen Dutch bike for sale in the Encants
Barcelona’s biggest flea market is relatively well policed, so most bikes and other stolen goods end up in unofficial markets on
The rotten greens and browns and the fetid flesh lighting at Mokkabon, Ghent have something of a Zola drowning about them.
- Pine processionary caterpillars leaving nest several months early
I suspect their algorithm is rather crude, and the seasons are rather vague along the Barcelona coast, but these are meant
- “Sorceress” Raquel Meller, TIME Magazine cover
This delectable flor del mal from Barcelona’s Poble Sec district is a daisychain from A Nun’s link to a review of