Tagged with art

Brian Eno on Art

Last night was the annual John Peel lecture, which last year featured Iggy Pop, but this time the so-called polymath of Eno. I was intrigued by his claims of the importance of art being something that defines us as humans, but then he defined art as anything we do that we don’t have to. We … Continue reading

Ennui

In my research on wife selling, there seems to have been two reasons that loom large for separation: the woman falls for someone else, and that they both become weary of each other. This painting by Sickert, in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum seems to sum it up so well. The husband drinking and smoking, the woman … Continue reading

Viv on Class art

Viv Albertine was the guitarist with the punk band The Slits, and still one of the most vocal and opinionated of her generation. This is her take on the loss of working class artists. “The arts are dominated by the middle classes and yes, it does matter. No art is going to change anything when … Continue reading

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

This is one of the strangest buildings – classical and white outside, dimly lit opulence inside. A wonderful collection of art from ancient to the latest.A lovely place. a rather bad pic of my favourite sculptor’s work, E.H. Bailey

Theo Jansen – Creations of the Future

Theo Jansen – Creations of the Future

Two years ago I went to Exeter to see an incredible exhibition at the Spacex gallery, by Theo Jansen, a man who combines engineering with art to produce some incredible shows. There was an old film of one of his earliest shows, in 1979 when he and some friends launched a 4 metre wide helium … Continue reading

Changing Beauty

Changing Beauty

“Picture galleries should be the townsman’s paradise of refreshment… There in the space of a single room, the townsman can take his country walk – a walk beneath mountain peaks, blushing sunsets with broad woodlands spreading out below.  walk thorough green meadows… by rushing brooks where he watches and watches till he seems to hear … Continue reading

An Artist’s Struggle

An Artist’s Struggle

During my recent sojourn in hospital there was a lady in the next bed who, to quote Glenn Campbell on Johnny Cash, was ‘older than dirt’. She was an artist, one of  that between the wars generation who were turning away  from the cities and  inspired by beauty of nature. She had the face of … Continue reading