http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43868925 Fantastic report on the unveiling of Gillian Wearing's statue in Parliament Square today with film, photos and a fact file on the Suffragist, Millicent Fawcett. As the great, great niece of someone who fought for our right to the vote but who died before she saw the benefit, it is marvellous to see such … Continue reading Gillian Wearing and the Millicent Fawcett statue
Went to Oslo this week and visited the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, where I saw some of Damien Hirst's animals in formaldehyde for the first time. Bit of a shocking experience but fascinating. The biggest installation was this, 'God Alone Knows'. Be warned, not for the faint hearted!! Tbe reason I called this … Continue reading It’s all connected…
http://www.dailyartmagazine.com/cultural-legacy-of-albert-prince-consort/ Albert has been in the news lately with a digitisation of his papers related to his role in the arts. Thought I'd write about that!
Catch a train from Birmingham New Street to the University stop. Turn left out the station and you will see this colossus in the distance It is Faraday sitting in a chair by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. (I've mentioned him already today) Half man, half machine, Paolozzi captures the essence of science and technology. Dedicated to … Continue reading Sir Eduardo Paolozzi in Birmingham
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/02/eduardo-paolozzi-mural-uncovered-berlin-not-long This is one of those 'wow' moments, followed by 'aww, no'. Plan to visit Berlin in May so may get to see this; would be a shame if it is hidden again. I last visited in 2011: school trip which was interesting! But here are some of the photos I took back then.
Twitter is useful for finding artworks and artists that I have not come across before...and it strikes again with Franz Sedlacek. Biog details first: Born in 1891 in Breslau and moved to Linz when he was 6. Sedlacek was already showing a talent for drawing, especially characters and after graduating he moved to Vienna whete … Continue reading Franz Sedlacek and Magic Realism
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/art-of-fanatical-efficiency-that-has-more-to-do-with-your-facebook-feed-than-you-think/2018/04/06/16516b36-32d0-11e8-8bdd-cdb33a5eef83_story.html If there was any reason for me to the in the US right now, it would be for this amazing exhibition that brings together the artists who sit together under the Precisionist umbrella. The de Young Museum in San Francisco has named this 'The Cult of the Machine' and the works they have brought … Continue reading Art of fanatical efficiency that has more to do with your Facebook feed than you think – The Washington Post
This holiday I am looking at three texts: Homer’s The Odyssey, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad and Ovid’s Heroides. The reason? Interpretation. Every time we read or view a piece of writing, poetry or artwork, we interpret. It is what makes us human in many ways. The first two books are old friends, especially Homer but … Continue reading Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations