Bob Coe

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Francis Bacon and Walt Disney

This was the title of a chapter in John Berger’s book “About Looking”. I saw the Bacon exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts some months ago and when I saw the title of this chapter  I had to read it again to make sure I had read it properly! In fact Berger’s point …

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A Very Fine Line

This was a discussion in The Guardian between David Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford about what turns a picture into a masterpiece. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/sep/26/david-hockney-what-turns-a-picture-into-a-masterpiece It was an interesting article and one quote from David Hockney struck me. In a discussion on landscapes in general and Monet’s Sunset on the Seine in Winter in particular, …

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What is art?

I had struggled somewhat with this question, most recently in my review of the course. I found it difficult to imagine how something, that was not created as a work of art, could be considered as such. This was particularly brought to mind when I visited the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts to look at …

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Tutor Feedback on Part 6

I received feedback from my tutor on the last Assignment (No 5) in which there were, as always, many good points. One of the interesting questions she poses is how the relationship between my critical and creative thinking skills has progressed during the course (in terms of exploring new ideas). This is something I will …

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Annotation: David by Michelangelo

The annotation in this part of the course was the statue of David by Michelangelo. There are any number of photographic images available, but it is very difficult to get a true appreciation of a sculpture from a two dimensional image. The original statue is in Florence, but I knew that there was a copy …

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Building a Collection of Middle Eastern art

I was able to attend this lecture at the British Museum, given by Venetia Porter the curator of Islamic and contemporary Middle East. The Museum has been collecting works by Middle Eastern artists since the late 1980s and is continuing to develop the collection, concentrating on works on paper. The talk was mainly about contemporary …

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Painting with Light at Tate Britain

This exhibition at Tate Britain explored the relationship between photography and painting. The Exhibition Guide explains “the invention of photography in 1839 contributed to a period of change for the visual arts in Britain. The development of new materials and techniques influenced painters and photographers who shared ambitions and ideas. These conversations were at the …

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Kakiemon exhibition at the British Museum

In preparation for an earlier exercise on this course I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum. While there I saw examples of Kakiemon porcelain. So I was very interested to see that the British Museum had a small exhibition of Kakiemon – how it is produced and decorated, together with examples of Kakiemon porcelain and …

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Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate modern

Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings are very well known and I was quite familiar with many of them, but only from books and magazine illustrations. I was not very aware of her other work (I’d seen occasional images of skull paintings) so it was a learning experience to see the full variety of her work in …

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OCA study visit to the Giacometti exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre

I knew of Giacometti’s “walking” sculptures but didn’t realise how proficient he was with drawing and painting. I also learnt how vital a role his brother played in his work. The drawings of Paris life were interesting – it was well-planned that at the same time the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition of Paris Street scenes was …

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