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  • in reply to: a portrait of Thais Lenkiewicz #11037

    Frank
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    Jojo, I rather preferred the short video you made when you self experimented on the effects of Acid (half a tab anyway), somehow I think that video and the spirit behind it was more relevant to this forum than the inarticulate mumblings of a child (in development and educational terms) and her self publicist mother. Dear Santa ... Can you fix it for Jojo to knock up a quick video or rockumentary on the psychological and physiological effects of methamphetamine or freebase cocaine on the “self”

    in reply to: The Question Of Numbers #10872

    Frank
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    Imagine being at the first vagrancy showing, in a semi derelict warehouse, in the presence of vagrants, with the full visual array of those painting. At the centre of this happening stands an oddly dressed charismatic man who is willing to engage and enlighten you in aspects of a community that was largely invisible to you. A polymath (renaissance ideal) who was able to calibrate his conversation to engage anyone who crossed his path regardless of education or social standing. The full aesthetic package (of which Robert himself is a key component) is impossible to recreate, if you were there and purchased a painting I expect a deeper aesthetic hit than someone who picked up a third hand oil from sothebys.I’m beginning to form a different view on why Robert was so prodigious, I cannot rationalise what motivates an artist to produce high numbers of paintings that neither stretch nor change artistic technique or even alter subject matter. Think ‘Education Project’. How could an artist sustain himself whilst banging out canvas after canvas with a new face on it, same context, maybe holding a different book. It clearly was not about variations in human form or perfecting an aesthetic delivery on canvas. The only conclusion that can be drawn is the output was merely a by product of what he was really after; which was interaction with people, in other words, the conversation with (or his aesthetic experience of) the sitter was more important to Robert than the painting. The paintings were merely a by-product of his study of the human that sat before him. Increasingly, I feel we know less and less of his artistic motive but are just beginning to gain a measure of his humanistic intentions (this being the common unifying intent of his body of work) – Clearly, we need to evolve from the recent cumbersome subdivision of his works (Sociological and Relationship) to a better point understanding.

    in reply to: jojo’s book #10766

    Frank
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    Here's a free gift Jojo ….You need to sort out your distribution channels ... Anyone wanting to buy this book from Amazon will have already recieved this statement.


    Hello,We regret to inform you that the following items have been delayed as we are still awaiting stock from our suppliers : JoJo "Remembering Robert: R O Lenkiewicz as Told by His Sitters"

    in reply to: jojo’s book #10763

    Frank
    Participant

    Hey, I prefer these quotes, they seem more relevant …“You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.” ... George W. Bush“Some people may be famous for creating a pencil sharpner. I`m famous for my tits.”... Katie Price“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.”... Albert Einstein Love and Light to allxxx

    in reply to: jojo’s book #10755

    Frank
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    Indeed.1793959.jpgI think TLF need to consider tightening their criteria a bit further before endorsing any publications. Lets add;(1)The author should be mentally stable and have a balanced perspective.(2)The author should preferably not suffer a persecution complex and be prone to spout politically correct pseudo insults.(3)The author must have a sensibly proportioned nose and modest taste in eyewear.(4)The author should have an abundance of talent rather than an overabundance of personality.(5)The author should have credibility and a demonstrable track record of professional works.(6)The author should not be part of the post Lenkiewicz “Let’s make a fast buck” cottage industry. Lets also slam the door in the face of fanatics, so;(1)Any author who claims to know “what Robert would have wanted” should be rejected immediately.(2)Any author who claims to represent “The People”, “The Man in the Street” or other such terms should be rejected.(3)Any author who cannot handle critical reviews or field a rational debate in the presence of a diverse set of opinions should be rejected.(4)Any author who does not know the difference between the words “Opinion” and “Agenda”.(5)Any author who appears to be in it for the money (although a difficult one to justify given sales levels in Lenkiewicz books) By my score card Jojo it looks like TLF did you a favour by listening to you in the first place. Love Frank

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10671

    Frank
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    Another interesting and highly relevant post from Annie I think.If you look at the objects of some charities that were set up posthumously they can be fairly narrow in remit, but a charitable trust established in the lifetime of the artist really is a request to continue something in their absence. They shape it in their lifetime. The more you consider it the more I think the choice for the trustees is either accept your charge or resign. After all, there’s nothing stopping them forming a Lenkiewicz art appreciation society as a separate entity, hey they could even take our two resident fools gbl and marlowe as first members.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10662

    Frank
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    Please don’t let this post distract from Annie’s – Hers is important enough on its own. But I am sufficiently alarmed to take this thread seriously now.

    TLF wrote:
    To advance the education of the public in aesthetic appreciation and the study of human behaviour:I, for one, don't really understand what this means. How do you advance education in aesthetic appreciation and how do you assess if you've achieved it? How does this sentence work? Is it also 'to advance the education of the public...in the study of human behaviour'? What does that mean?I guess it never really occurred to me that TLF didn’t understand what Robert was suggesting, let alone be prepared to change something it didn’t understand.Aesthetics from a Lenkiewicz perspective are intrinsically linked to addiction and addiction is a prime influencer of human behaviour. I won’t quote the obvious from Robert, but if you consider something as beautiful (take the Female form) and then distil some specific aesthetic quality (the fullness of the lips, the symmetry of the face, the colour of the hair) then in the presence of those aesthetics you may feel (sensory) pleasure or pain. Robert felt, throughout his life that human behaviour (certainly in extremis where it is most visible) could be understood as a process of aesthetic addiction. Aesthetic appreciation can be taught and professed as a matter of taste in Art as something beyond sensory discrimination (Hume) (There are no perfect breasts, just the ones you prefer) to a level that Robert aspired when he suggested that even the willingness of one human to help another was garnered through an Aesthetic process of attraction. Can this be advanced through education, yes of course. How would you know if you succeeded? The cash tills will ring, and people like Krauser would realise and gain please from enlightened understanding.

    gbl wrote:
    But seriously, I suggested 'death' as it tends to broadly encompass most of the work ROL did, so in that respect it would be quite versatile. But as I write, I can't really think of a cheerful

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10593

    Frank
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    At some point in this thread we are going to have to decide if we are looking to identify goals (aims), strategy, vision, a mission statement, TLF objects or indeed “prime objectives”. TLF objects appear to me the right place to start. I believe the current objects provide sufficient degrees of latitude for TLF, they allow it to pursue both commercial and charitable objectives whilst keeping charitable benefits. TLF have the option to de-register as a charity and become fully commercial, but that would sacrifice tax and fundraising advantages. The legacy is contained in a separate trust vehicle and could be authorised for use for any event deemed appropriate by the trustees even purely promotional.However, if TLF remain a charity then its charitable aims must be clear, the promotion of an individual artist (in itself) is not a charitable aim, education and providing relief to the disadvantaged is. Does TLF see its charitable status as a hindrance? I am fond of this object:(2) To provide relief to the poor, the infirm and the aged and in particular by the provision of a Christmas Day meal in the City of Plymouth.But I like it because it reminds me of Robert, is very Plymouth centric and tangible, not because I believe it a significant contribution to organised charitable relief, and yes the Christmas event did carry a certain degree of local visibility. Maybe as part of its evolution TLF has to shed objects like these, but to replace them with what? – Could TLF collaborate with established charities for the poor, infirm, handicapped and socially marginalised rather than directly engaged? Is that enough?There isn’t much commercial mileage in reading rooms these days but it’s clear from the current set of objects that they were set up to facilitate learning, not demonstrate Robert’s prowess as a collector. TLF must come to terms with the true potential of this and keep the philanthropic doors open.

    TLF wrote:
    but a clear statement to replace the somewhat arbitrary or downright impossible previous aims in the light of changing circumstanceIt’s unclear what TLF mean here but circumstances always change, you never know who is reading, what seems impossible now may be just a longer term goal – The key is strategy and persistence.

    TLF wrote:
    is there anyone who thinks a major exhibition in Bristol should not be a prime objective and could anyone other than TLF achieve it?Or equally we could ask

    Frank wrote:
    is there anyone who thinks the Sun is offensive and should be extinguished by an omnipotent forceHmmmm no, didn’t think so either.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10586

    Frank
    Participant

    TLF objects are:(1) To advance the education of the public in aesthetic appreciation and the study of human behaviour:

    • By the maintenance and provision of a library containing the collection of books, writings, paintings and other artefacts of Robert Lenkiewicz:
    • By the education, encouragement, funding, teaching and training of artists and scholars who wish to undertake research into human behaviour or to improve their artistic or philosophical standards or tastes:
    • By making available reading rooms, studios and other facilities for the use and benefit of such persons:
    • By acquiring and preserving for the benefit of the public books, paintings, and artefacts of antiquity, rarity of significant value relevant to the study of human behaviour.

    (2) To provide relief to the poor, the infirm and the aged and in particular by the provision of a Christmas Day meal in the City of Plymouth.If we are looking for a nifty one liner then being disingenuous is cool;“The Tony Blair Faith Foundation aims to promote respect and understanding about the world's major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world"Tony really believes it, for me it illustrates the space beyond irony that only a mentalist could occupy. For the modest, understated and over delivery club we could go with Henry Moore;“The Henry Moore Foundation seeks to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts, and in particular the works of Henry Moore” ....

    in reply to: Exeter 20th March from a Friend and Patron #10494

    Frank
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    Frank wrote:
    I suspect there are four or five significant holders, wealthy bidders and market movers for quality Lenkiewicz pieces, I could name them, I’m sure others could too but the point is – How stable is the market given the withdraw of a significant buyer – we shall see.I think we have crossed the Rubicon, clearly the decline of significant bidders is more than material. The room was full of day tripping janners who registered for a paddle in order to get a free catalogue and hopeful spectator to a fizzing money exchange whilst munching on homemade sarnies.Any serious collector would have known of this sale, it consisted of some exceptional and important works covering a wide range of Robert’s output. Bearnes gave ample illustration why they are a provincial bit part player in this game, the amateurish nature of the proceedings was comical with people unable to get into the auction, park, technical failures throughout and an utter inability to advise their client on how to find the market level. This borders on irresponsibility. Does anybody really think Sam is going to cart this lot down under to sell to a bunch of Aussies? It’s surplus stock and he has more, it’s going nowhere so wait for the bargains.The telephone operators had nothing to do, the internet auction a non event. And as for that silly tart dressed from head to tail in shades of Bearnes purple/mauve/lavender well please!!; isn’t there a staff disciplinary code that could be used?. Where now is the market for a 40k Lenkiewicz. Let’s face it the only painting that sold was a private commission at the behest of Sam – Why on earth would that attract any interest from someone interested in Lenkiewicz – Robert was producing the last supper to pay for the rent in the building it was housed, he thought it the most ironic (not iconic) thing he had worked on – That was his only interest in it !!!!!!!!!!!!!The only action taking place was downstairs as each lot failed to get near the hopelessly advised opening reserves there was a queue of people placing one time offers on anything that didn’t move – Anyone fancy putting in a bid should do so now, privately.The market has no level for Lenkiewicz now, there is nothing to justify the price differentials or benchmark against – Thankfully. I think with the departure of one more hoarder of Lenkiewicz the discussion will turn to art not price. Come on let it go, you know the financing costs are killing you after the splurge at Bearnes last estate sale!!!The highlight of the day for me. It’s got to be Aury Shoa picking up his own self portrait at the bottom of the range, that’s a big smile. What was the view like from the front row Annie?
    in reply to: Exeter 20th March from a Friend and Patron #10476

    Frank
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    I do agree with aspects of the Times piece. The hyped and manipulated monetary value of contemporary art is

    in reply to: Exeter 20th March from a Friend and Patron #10472

    Frank
    Participant

    This is a 1.0 to 1.5 Million sale, it will be fascinating to see if the market has the appetite for these prices. Again, the tried and tested approach is being used, create a specialist sale, pack the crowd in and create an environment where bidding 10’s of thousands for works seems ‘normal’, create a feeding frenzy.It’s worth reflecting on some of these items...Rendells%20051014-lot1608.preview.jpg• For sale at Bearns (Westpoint) 2004 (est. £600-£800) sells for £16,000 (Hammer). • For sale at Rendells 2005 (est. £35,000) DNS.• For sale at Bearnes (Exeter) 2010 est. £30,000 to £40,000Forget the fact that it is clearly not what it purports to be in the catalogue for one moment and just contemplate those numbers. Assuming this painting does sell within the range of estimates it would be a x50 increase on estimated value over six years.Does anyone else see a problem here if, say you wanted to re-sell one of these at Sotheby’s or Christie’s in a year or two? Does the West Country know something about the art market that nobody else gets?

    in reply to: Exeter 20th March from a Friend and Patron #10469

    Frank
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    The sale and invite to the private (and I assume public) viewings is being organised by Bearnes, the invite is in the name of:The Directors of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood AND The Board of Trustees of the Ben Uri Museum. The Ben Uri are making a bit of a show of it and cashing in as well though, (see below) – None of this features on the TLF web site?11 February 2010 SPECIAL EVENT BOOK NOW: Private View of

    in reply to: Plymouth Auction Rooms 17 Feb #10454

    Frank
    Participant

    Stop it Sartre, you know 95 is Freddie from suicide …..Freddie-Mercury-mm01.jpg

    in reply to: Robert’s students #9770

    Frank
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    “If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention.”Simon Cowell

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