Bob Coe

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St Philip’s Cathedral Birmingham – Burne-Jones Stained-Glass

This visit to Birmingham Cathedral provided another sense of an ending for the course and unified some of the elements. Towards the beginning of this course one of the annotations was of the Rose Window at Chartres, one of my final pieces of work was the essay on the religious paintings of Edward Burne-Jones. I …

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The Pre Raphaelite Landscape

I was fortunate in being able to attend a gallery talk at the British Museum on the Pre Raphaelite landscape. This was as part of their Places of the mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850–1950 exhibition. The talk was given by a member of the Prints Department at the Museum.   The talk started with John …

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Sociological Context

I was reading an article in the Guardian in which the play Art is discussed by three writers. The article was very interesting in the way it discusses what the play says (or doesn’t say) about the contemporary art world. I was, however, taken by one comment made by the Guardian art critic Adrian Searle. …

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The American Dream-Pop to the Present – Exhibition at the British Museum

  Having been to the curator’s talk a few weeks ago I was keen to see this exhibition at the British Museum and relate my feelings about it to the intentions of the curator. The exhibition gives an opportunity to see the British Museum’s extensive collection of modern and contemporary American prints along with a …

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Inspired

At the beginning of the year the Guardian printed a number of articles under the theme of “the uplifting power of art”. A number of well-known writers from the fields of music, philosophy and literature, “choose the work they turn to for replenishment”. Jonathan Jones chose Watteau’s Pierrot; Alain de Botton selected Woman Taking Tea …

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British Museum-the American dream: Pop to the Present – Curator’s Talk

I was very pleased to be able to go to a talk given by the curator of this show before the exhibition itself actually opened. It was a fascinating insight into how the works were chosen and categorised within the exhibition. It aims to tell the story of American art through printmaking over the past …

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Prehistoric Art at the British Museum

Earlier in the course I annotated a cave painting from the Chauvet cave in France. It was interesting to do, but had to be done from printed and electronic images from books or online. It would have been fascinating to see the original, but, simply not possible I was, therefore, very interested when I visited …

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South Africa the Art of a Nation

As well as visiting this exhibition I was fortunate my was also able to attend an introductory talk given by the curator of the exhibition,. It was interesting to hear from the museum curator (as opposed to a curator from an art gallery) what his definition of art was. He considered art as “objects that …

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Feedback on my Final Assignment

I have now received feedback from my tutor on the final assignment and my Critical Review. The feedback on the critical review was particularly helpful, especially in pointing out that my choice of title was not great, in fact the essay did not really answer the title I had given it! There were also a …

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Project 10: Review of the learning process.

This document went through a number of iterations and I received very helpful pointers from my tutor. Writing the final version made me think how I learn as opposed to what I have learned. This took me back to an assessment of my learning style that  I undertook at work. It is interesting to see how …

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