Even the lawyers didn’t know where to look when the question of Prince Jefri Bolkiah’s sculptures came up in court in New York yesterday. Prince Jefri, the so-called “playboy” brother of the very, very rich Sultan of Brunei, apparently commissioned the well-known ultra-realist American artist, J Seward Johnson to make a sensitive and realistic study of some tender moments between himself and his fiancee.
A great thing for a very, very rich brother of an even richer Sultan to commission. after-all, too few of our richest people put their money into the arts these days and J. Seward Johnson has done some very impressive work. Like the gigantic and anguished Awakening…..
and the joyfully romantic Big Kiss. Both works are celebrated and admired by the many people who see these very theatrically conceived pieces in their very public locations.
Even J. Seward Johnson’s more nakedly direct works are on public display like the playful Daydream with its very naughty little boy watching a liberated game of ring-a-ring-roses.
It is a shame then when Prince Jefri, such a distinguished and public-spirited citizen of the world, should spend all that money ($800,000, we are told), that we may not get to see J. Seward Johnson’s series of four sculptures of Jefri and his future wife going through some of the positions of the Kama Sutra. They have only come to light at all because the prince’s brother, the Sultan has been trying to get some of Brunei’s money back which, allegedly, he thinks his “playboy” brother has been squandering overseas.
Exciting news that today is the day that Oakleys, the respected Lewes estate agents, promised that they would take down that For sale sign that sits right in front of my living room window (see last week’s blog). It will happen today won’t it?
My novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love, was published on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.
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