Bob Coe

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The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter by Henry Thomson

As part of my research to complete the coursework on Narrative Paintings I visited Tate Britain where I came across this painting by Henry Thomson – an artist I had not come across before. My notes on the painting can be found here Thomson Jairus What I found interesting about this particular exercise was researching …

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Jeff Koons

Artists Rooms exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery   My first encounter with Jeff Koons’ work was at the Frieze Art Fair a couple of years ago where the stand of the Gagosian Gallery exhibiting his work stood out from all the others. Not just from the ‘celebration’ character sculptures on the floor …

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Project 3 – Critical Review

Analysing the three strands of criticism; description, interpretation and judgement, sounds simple but I actually found it quite challenging. For example, at just what point does interpretation turn into judgement? There are the three strands, but the edges between them can be blurred. Doing this exercise made me read the passage in a different way …

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Feedback on Assignment 1

I was quite pleased overall with the feedback I received for my first assignment. Obviously there were comments on areas where I could improve, but that is the whole purpose of taking a course like this – how to learn and improve, I was a little worried when I first submitted the assignment as I …

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Wayang Shadow Puppet

I was interested to visit the British Museum exhibition of South East Asian Shadow puppets as, many years ago, I had lived in Indonesia and had seen them there. Seeing them displayed as an exhibit perhaps changed the way in which I viewed them when in Java. I think I probably concentrated more on the …

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Project 2 Description of a Sculpture

For this project I chose a wooden sculpture from the Japanese Gallery at the British Museum. It is a copy of a sculpture called the Kudara Kannon. I chose this because I was quite taken by the delicacy with which it had been carved, the figure is holding  a water vase in her left hand …

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Annotation Guanyin

I found this an interesting work to research. There were several versions of the Guanyin in different Museums, some with their left arm resting on the ground, others where the left arm is held in apose in front of the body. Personally I found the version where the left arm is resting on the ground …

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Project 1

This is my letter describing the Woman from Willendorf to a friend. As I said in earlier posts it is preferable to be able to see particular works before being able to comment on them. Obviously that is not possble to do that in this case. However I was able to find a few different …

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The Woman from Willendorf

This was the first annotation I have done for some time as it is well over a year since my last Understanding Art course. I think I may have got a little rusty in the meantime and need to get back into the mindset needed for it. I found it quite difficult to do this …

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Prajnaparamita

Back in the 1980’s I worked for three years in Indonesia and had the great fortune to visit Borobudur while I was there. It was therefore of particular interest to me to look at Indonesian works of art, particularly from the Buddhist and Hindu periods. When in the British Museum I looked at the exhibit …

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