Monday, April 19, 2010

Why aren't all aunts like this?

The poet Annie le Brun relates¹ that at the age of seventy years Toyen continued to go several times a week to the cinema to see x-rated films.
This probably counts as a legitimate business expense for a Surrealist painter, but I would have liked to listen in to Toyen's arguments with the French tax authorities about her income-tax claims.

Well bugger me rigid, it seems that a full quarter-century has passed since Whitney Chadwick's Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement introduced any number of NZ artists to Toyen's work. Yet it only seems like yesterday. How time flies. That was not a question, by the way, and anyone writing in to explain that "Time flies like a banana", or any variant thereof, WILL BE BANNED.



Any resemblance to Barry Cleavin's work is entirely coincidental.

Toyen's not well-represented on the Intertubas but see here, here and here.

¹ In "A l'Instant du Silence des Lambs Lois", here.

17 comments:

merc said...

Time flies until ya got none.

mikey said...

I wanted to time flies once, but dammit, y'know it's just not as easy as it sounds. You need to set up a course. Set a slice of apple on the stairs, a bit of hamburger on the coffee table, a saucer of soda pop on the mantle and open up a few doors to let in the objects of the study. While awaiting their inevitable arrival, go upstairs and rummage around in the closets for a stopwatch.

Turns out it's useless. You can't get the flies to stay on the course, so they all end up disqualified. You'd be better off trying to herd cats than time flies...

Another Kiwi said...

Also who put the dolls house table in the aquarium? Now the seahorse has got attached to it and it will take ages to get him off it. Also, jelly in the water which makes the fish all swim on the bottom, is not funny.

Smut Clyde said...

Serves them right for being Bulemic Fish. Shouldn't have eaten the pebbles.

Substance McGravitas said...

Wikipedia has a link to a dissertation on Toyen, unillustrated.

Smut Clyde said...

I deduce by the power of deduction that the disserting person ("Huebner, Karla Tonine") is probably the same as the Karla who was writing the second linked blog.

Smut Clyde said...

I mean, the *first* linked blog.

merc said...

/whispers/ you're starting to sound a little unhinged...just sayin' is all.

Substance McGravitas said...

Mind-buggering!

tigris said...

Pfft, nobody's going to say "Time flies like a banana." FRUIT flies like a banana, time flies like an arrow.

Smut Clyde said...

TIGRIS IS BANNED.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

ding[1] KICKS FUCKING ASS

Smut Clyde said...

Also tigris needs to be more specific. "Like a narrow" what?

mikey said...

Time flies like a narrow owl
In the bole of a tree on her nightly prowl
Time flies like a narrow door
One you might try to wriggle through on the floor
Time flies like a narrow duck
Bet you expect that this line will end with "fuck"
Time flies like a narrow mind
And as we all know that's the worst fucking kind...

Substance McGravitas said...

Time flies
time crawls
like on insect
up and down the walls

tigris said...

I would be more specific, but I have been banned and cannot post. Manny appleogies!

merc said...

I just wanna say you people are fuken awe...as you were.