On the advice of Patroclus and LC, I've signed up to Very Short List, an e-mail service that offers a daily suggestion for one's cultural edification. It's a fantastic idea, and in the space of less than a week they've introduced me to several new avenues that sound enticingly cutty-edgy and chinny-strokey. And they've also annoyed me, but, hey, all great art should set out to be provocative and spiky and disruptive and potentially annoying, otherwise you're left with cultural Horlicks like Jack Vettriano and Dido.
My particular beef is that one of VSL's daily picks is the French photographer Denis Darzacq, who depicts Parisian breakdancers apparently falling through space:
which is lovely and all that, but surely it's something that's been done to death, not least by one of my favourite artists, Yves Klein:
and also by Philippe Halsman, with his hugely popular 'jump' pictures:
Now, none of this means that Darzacq's stuff is bad, and yeah, it's all very postmodern and maybe there's a subconscious hommage to Klein and Halsman and there's no copyright on shutter speeds and it seems that there's a political edge to Darzacq's work that YK and PH missed (something about the 2005 Paris riots, apparently) and yada yada etc, but c'mon guys - are there no big new ideas left to have? And if there are, shouldn't VSL be picking them, as opposed to these amusing but inessential retreads?