MONTHLY CONTENTS Among Women Only One hundred and thirty women submitted 800 works for
Page2 Andrew Graham-Dixon Frederick Ted Castle Kenneth Baker
Exhibitions Andrew Wilson Mary Anne Francis Simon Morley Paul Usherwood Tim Marlow
Film Raymond Durgnat
Architecture Katharine Heron
Books Julian Stallabrass Margarct Ga rlake
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Sound of slamming doors Interview with George Segal A letter from NY A letter from California
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John Latham Cornelia Parker Richard Diebenkorn Hot potatoes Anthony Caro
Cooped in a co-op
MaxErnst lvon Hitchens
Art & Censorship !an McKay
Art law Henry Lydiate & James Odling-Smee
Salerooms Colin Gleadell
Art & censorship
Knockin' on Hebborn 'sdoor
Art & design in Monte Carlo
Cover: Cornelia Parker and The Army School of Amm unition blow up a garden shed to be used as part of the installation Cold Dark Matter at the Chisenhale Gallery.
selection, of which 34 are responsible fort he 56 pieces recently to be seen at Spacex; 96 women were disappointed and many have professed to being 'very cross indeed'.
The resulting spleen is partly directed at Spacex manage r Deborah Wood, and partly at the selection panel of Louise Baker (Exhibition Organiser at the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre), Pauline Barrie (Coordinator of the Women Artists Slide Library) and Amanda Faulkner ('acclaimed arlisl working in London'). Deborah Wood's intention was to compile a 'Register ' of those w ome n working in the region - to build a 'Slide Library '-and to organise some sort of 'Forum' that would enable those who fe lt in need of administrative support to see Spacex as a centre for such activ ities. The ex hibition is seen as impo rtant in i tself but the thinking b e hind the venture is concerned with broader issues. She admits to being 'more tha n amazed' at some of the reactions of those women who were more than willing to submit but 'seemed unable to cope with rejection'.
Part of the problem might be that the selection panel was not told of the names - or indeed status - of those that s ubmitled and part might be a pol icy that insisted that a ll three selectors had to be in agreement as to the merit of each piece of work in orde r for it to bechosen . lt could be argued that it is the work that provokes dissension that causes comment a nd that compromise decisions mean that the mediocre has more than a n even chance. H owever one looks at it the notion of the 'lottery' will inevitably come to mind, but equally one would thin k that these days that is taken for granted. An init ial disappointment a t rejection is to be expected - it would be foolish to imagine otherwise- but those at Spacex who genuine ly believe tha t there is a need for such a 'grouping' seem justifiably miffed at the reactions of many of the would-be participants. John Furse New Work by Women Artists from the South West of England at Spacex Gallery, Exeter, Sept 7 - Oct 5.
This months Vanity Fair carries a number of interest ing articles including pieces on Warren Beatly and Arthur Miller. Page 112 carries astory on Jeff Koons, previewing his new work and including a numer of classic Koonerisms:
·"I am a very happy man," Koons said. "I'm very, very happy. And the sculpture that I am most interested in is o ur child. I don't believe that marble bust I made is my way to enter the Realm of the Eternal. To me the o nly way to exist in the eternal is through biological sculptures." ' AM presumes that Jeff & llona are having a baby. Jeffolina?
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