Monday, April 07, 2008

At least it's not John Lennon's piano

George Michael and Kenny Goss are showing Texas a huge chunk of their private art collection, funded by George Michael's muscial career and Kenny Gosses' ... well, his income.

The Goss-Michael Foundation is displaying the works; Goss has been elected to discuss them with the media:

"We want to expose the Dallas art community to work that they've quite potentially never seen if they weren't able to travel, these works that in some ways may be a little controversial for one thing, a little strong."

The works which Texans unable to travel have potentially never seen before (although, who knows, they might have) include Damien Hirst's Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain.

Goss explains what the cow-and-arrow work means:
"Most people initially freak a little bit about Sebastian, then they stare and stare at it and they say, 'That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.'"

Or potentially ever seen.
"Let's face it, art a lot of times is about sex, love, death, loss."

At other times, let's face it, art is about pictures of red-jacketed huntsmen chasing foxes and dogs playing pool.

Goss is excited by exposing young people to art:
"They sit in front of these pieces. They sketch it. They write about it. They think about their thoughts. I've come here before and I've seen four or five students just sitting on the floor writing," he said.

Thinking about thoughts, eh? No wonder they need to sit down when their minds are working on such an elevated plane.

Seriously, it's a lovely, generous gesture to share art with the world; it's just a pity that Kenny was left to try and put the unsayable into words.