With my ‘nom de plume’ being Rock Drill, you would be right if you assumed that I had a fondness for Jacob Epstein. At Liverpool’s Bluecoat, there is an exhibit:In the Peaceful Dome, where the centrepiece is a 1931 Epstein statue entitled ‘Genesis’ . Carved from marble, this beautiful work depicts a woman in the … Continue reading Genesis: Jacob Epstein
70 years ago yesterday, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery took charge of a magnificent statue by Jacob Epstein, named 'Lucifer' Towards the end of the second world war, Epstein was becoming more fascinated by the story of the fallen angel. Inspired by a quotation from Milton: He above the rest In shape and gesture proudly … Continue reading Happy birthday, Lucifer
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2017/jan/31/jacob-epstein-immigrant-ban-winston-churchill-oval-office-donald-trump With all that has transpired in the US over the past few weeks, the story of Churchill's bust being returned to the Oval Office was low on the list of priorities, having never taken too much notice of this little nugget of controversy in the past. Discovering that it was sculpted by Jacob Epstein, … Continue reading Epstein, the hero!
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has two additional spaces - Waterhall and Gas Hall. Both beautiful buildings and, at Gas Hall, is a super exhibition curated by the conceptual artist Ryan Gander: Basic premise is that all of the figurative works gaze upon another work of art and that work of art has an element … Continue reading Night in the Museum
Popped into 1910 today and, happy days, my little torso has arrived safely from his stint at New Walsall Art Gallery. https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/rock-drill-on-tour/ David Bomberg's Mud Bath is in the background, in case you're wondering.
https://travelswithmyart.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/now-you-see-him-now-you-dont/ Back in July I found out that Rock Drill had gone out on tour from the Tate and was appearing at a gallery near to me! Thursday was preview night and I was almost first through the door to take a peek at the little friendly torso and his not so friendly reconstructed self. … Continue reading Rock Drill on tour
Ahead of its appearance at Walsall New Art Gallery in September, Birmingham's reconstructed Rock Drill has been, erm, deconstructed. See how that took place here: https://twitter.com/bm_ag/status/628888832168099840 https://twitter.com/bm_ag/status/628931047770746880 https://twitter.com/bm_ag/status/628931468539113472 Jacob Epstein on Rock Drill: “I made and mounted a machine-like robot, visored, menacing, and carrying within itself its progeny, protectively ensconced. Here is the armed, sinister … Continue reading Rock Drill deconstructed…again
My favourite section of Tate Britain has to be the moment I turn into the 1910 and 1915 rooms. Everyone I love is there: Nevison, Epstein, Gertler, Bomberg, Wyndham Lewis to name but a few. There has been a rehang and the two rooms are now combined. Bomberg's Mud Bath is now pride of place: These … Continue reading Now you see him…now you don’t!
Sometimes you just forget what is practically on the doorstep. Enjoyed a visit to the Garman Ryan Collection in Walsall - an eclectic mix of paintings, sculpures, drawings, furniture ...you name it, they have it! Jacob Epstein's widow, Kathleen Garman, along with her good friend, sculpter, Sally Ryan, collected these works over a number of … Continue reading The New Art Gallery, Walsall
This beauty is one of the most striking exhibits at BMAG. Every time I visit, I have to go and marvel again at what Epstein was trying to produce. The original sculpture, at the Tate, seems so lonely when you visit it, that you do wonder what would happen if another reconstruction could take place. … Continue reading Rock Drill