Category Archives: Art

Another Triumph For The Arts

Excuse me, but I’m having another Victor Meldrew moment about a dance artist who wants to induce an epileptic fit in herself in the name of art. The statement from an Arts Council spokesperson is indicative of the levels of … Continue reading

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Give Me Strength…

I’ve ranted on about Philippe Starck before in this blog. He does come up with the most pretentious shite when describing his work on a depressingly regular basis. The latest example is that LaCie, makers of external hard drives, have just … Continue reading

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Gutsy, Snotty Tears

Alastair Appleton writes of the power of art to provoke a reaction – often when we least expect it. I know what he means. I remember visiting Tate Modern some years back and seeing Stanley Spencer’s The Resurrection – Port … Continue reading

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Ridiculous Fashion

As I’ve mentioned before, the fashion industry is an area of human endeavour that I’ve never quite understood. Today’s exhibit from the Rijksmuseum demonstrates that the industry has a long history of being not entirely sane. It’s a wedding dress … Continue reading

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The Chronophage

I’m a bit late coming to the party, but I do want to draw your attention to the marvellous work of engineering art that is the new Corpus Christi clock: the Chronophage. It was unveiled last week by Stephen Hawking. … Continue reading

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Artists’ Passing

Today’s obituary columns in the Guardian contain two names that register with me: Vernon Handley and Algis Budrys. I have a number of Handley’s recordings of Vaughan Williams in my music collection, and have always liked them. As for Budrys, … Continue reading

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Life Through Time

Interesting photographic essay by Frans Lanting.

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Art, What Is It For?

You may wish to view this piece of evidence before starting your answer.   Thank you (I think) David Thompson.

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Headline of the Year

This story in today’s Guardian definitely has a headline that is a contender for the 2008 prize: Giant Dog Turd Wreaks Havoc at Swiss Museum. I think that the museum itself must also be in the running for a prize … Continue reading

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Re-visualising Da Vinci

And on a lighter note, rather than dwelling on waterboarding, here’s news of Peter Greenaway’s attempt to cast Da Vinci’s The Last Supper in a new light – literally. The video is quite intriguing, although I can’t say I was … Continue reading

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Love Threatens

I see that the work of art in the Rijksmuseum displayed by today’s edition of the Rijkswidget is L’Amour Menaçant by Etienne-Maurice Falconet. I’ve always liked the expression on this Cupid’s face. It’s somewhat unsettling. Here’s a closeup.    

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Typefaces

I see that Typographica has chosen their equivalent of the Oscars: their 25 favourite typefaces of 2007.

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The World’s Oldest Animation…

… is apparently 5,200 years old. It’s a goat leaping to eat leaves from a tree.

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Saluting The Flag

I have to admit, Banksy is good.

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Flattery

This almost makes me want to immerse myself in Battlestar Galactica. I say almost, because I fell in love with Serenity first.

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21st Century Kitsch

Good art is difficult to do, great art even more so. Personally, despite the technical accomplishment, The Prophecy strikes me as kitsch of the highest order. It’s a pity, because the artist, Aymeric Giraudel, has some stunning digital photos on his … Continue reading

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David Shenton

This seems like a blast from the past – I’ve just been told that David Shenton is still producing his comics. And here he is! I remember his work from years ago in the old Gay News. Good to see that … Continue reading

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A Vignette

It’s almost 14 years to the day since Derek Jarman died. His friend Howard Sooley pens a touching vignette of Jarman and his garden at Prospect Cottage in today’s Observer. Worth reading.

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Tufte’s Rocket

Nice. So’s Mr. Nitowski.

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Tufte on the iPhone

Edward Tufte is a guru who specialises in the presentation of information in a graphical form. Here he is talking about the good and bad design points of the iPhone interface.   (hat tip to Geoff Arnold)

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