Once up there, she seems to be unable to think of anything to do …
Changeover: She is replaced by a man dressed as a turd with a fly on it …
who, halfway through his plinthtime, changes into a fish. Is this the fish that needs the bicycle?
No, really, it was in a good cause - bluefin tuna. Sponsored by …
I asked the turd if he had one. "What?" "Have you got a toilet up there?" "Oh! No." "So it's 2.5 billion and one, then."
It seems ridiculous, but when you're there, it has that good feeling that Trafalgar Square somehow seems to engender. There's an ease with which people engage with the plinthers. I sang the whole of "I know an old lady who swallowed a fly" to the turd with the fly on it, and got an enthusiastic round of applause. It's really just old-fashioned performance art, but properly done, not amateur like a student rag-week stunt, as that stuff so often used to be. Sanitised, some might call it. But you only have to compare it to that idiot magician who hung himself up in a glass box at Tower Bridge to realise that this is real. Thinking about it, the woman who clearly couldn't think of anything to do was doing a good job of silencing the "I-could-do-that" tendency. And the involvement of sponsoring charities gives each occupant who is sponsored that much more definition – so contrasts start to appear and with that, I suppose, some kind of rambling narrative.
I think he's pulled it off again. Clever bloke, that Gormley.
William Roberts: England at Play
The new Pallant House Gallery was described and reviewed on this website in 2006. The magnificent Wilson collection acquisition has created in this corner of England a remarkable focus on 20th-century British art, predominantly painting. Now this show of the work of William Roberts RA, a quintessential British master, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Pallant Gallery by filling an important gap in the general revision and updating of modern British masters.
Jake or Dinos Chapman
Although the works on display have all been produced within the past year, allegedly in secrecy from one another, really this show, which fills both White Cube galleries, might be read as something of a retrospective for Jake (born 1966) and Dinos (born 1962) Chapman, since it includes variations on many of their best known leitmotifs
Home and Garden: Paintings and Drawings of English Middle Class Urban Domestic Space 1914 to the present
On 20 February 2007, a remarkable exhibition opened at the Geffrye Museum in East London, accompanied by an excellently researched and produced catalogue. This venture is as rigorously defined by the curators as its title implies, but to the proverbial 'visitor from Mars' it provides a superbly informative and revealing investigation, anthropological in its scope and yet rich in contemporary art.
BP Portrait Award 2007
When this annual exhibition was launched 28 years ago it suffered some hostile critical reception but has now built itself into something of a national institution, and I personally try never to miss one. Over the years it has presented some work of good quality, and featured artists who have gone on to make a contribution to the art of portraiture. This year
Boom or clunk?
The latest press speculation that the National Lottery will be expected to transfer massive funding to bail out the 2012 Olympic Games has ramifications that extend far and wide in the sponsorship field, not least to the Heritage Lottery Fund.