October 9, 2013 archive

Visit a public square

Hay Hill , Norwich. The sculptures in Hay Hill, Norwich had always seemed to me somewhat incongruous. In an open square in the centre of the City’s main shopping area was a very large brain carved from marble, a large block of marble with an eye carved in relief and several sets of granite with …

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Annotate an abstract work

For this exercise I chose to annotate a painting by Mark Rothko. I found this a really difficult exercise. Up to now the paintings I have annotated have been a representation of something and comment can be made on how well this has been undertaken, how realistic it is, the lighting and the choice of …

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Abstract Sculptors

I decided to look in a bit more detail at the work of Henry Moore. There is a wonderful portrait of him by John Hedgecoe at http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/polopoly_fs/d_1_938929!image/1406418278.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/1406418278.jpg From Grove Art Online “Generally acknowledged as the most important British sculptor of the 20th century, he took the human figure as his central subject-matter throughout his career.” …

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Exercise: Reflecting on abstract expressionism

To what extent does a concern with elemental humanity represent a reaction to the cataclysmic events of 1939-45?  The events of 1939-45 are bound to have an effect on the artists practicing in the period immediately following the 2nd world war. Indeed not just those events but also those of the first world war. Prior …

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Exercise: Finding Affinities

This was a good exercise which I found enjoyable and frustrating in equal measure. Enjoyable because it was great fun considering all the works of art that I could include in the house. Frustrating because I would find really interesting paintings to hang in a bedroom, only to then find that they were 12ft by …

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Exercise: Exploring Modern Art

A couple of years ago we had a trip to Venice and visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. At the time it was showing an exhibition of the Vorticists http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/inglese/exhibitions/mostre.php?id_anno=2011&tipo=1 I had never heard of them before nor of most of the artists who were part of it. Though I do remember seeing the Jacob Epstein …

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Assignment 2 Feedback

The feedback from my tutor on the second assignment was generally good. The two main areas for development, I think, are to develop my own comments in the annotations of paintings and to use this blog more for reflecting my learning and development and not just as a repository for the exercises. I will try …

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