My friend James and I recently stopped into Tate Britain to have a look at an installation by Ian Hamilton Finlay, Britain’s “foremost concrete poet.” To be honest, we couldn’t make head nor tail of it, and we really tried. I’m not even really sure what a concrete poet is… But then we popped into … Continue reading ‘Pavlova’ (c1912) by Bruce Turner
This week I was finally able to see Damien Hirst at Tate Modern. I’m a big fan of Hirst, and it was a treat to see so much of his work in one place. I saw some old favourites, like The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living and Pharmacy. But I think I may have added another piece to my list of favourites: The Anatomy of an Angel.
With the big day just a few hours away, here’s a little something for Christmas. It’s a painting called “The Mystical Nativity” (or rather, that’s what it has come to be known as), and it was painted by Sandro Botticelli in Italy around 1500-1501. And I’m seriously loving it at the moment!
This week I had the pleasure of visiting the BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery with my good friend James. I loved this exhibition last year, and this year was no different.
One thing I love about it is that it’s open for anyone to enter. And that means you get a wide variety of artists and a wide variety of styles side-by-side. So one minute you might be looking at a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters one minute, and a recent art graduate the next. And portraits of the famous and influential share a wall with parents and children and ballroom dancers. I have to resist the temptation to rush to find out who’s coming up next. As it is, I have to go round twice.
(Firstly, can I apologise for my use of the word Relay in the title? I promise to try to do better next time…)
One of the highlights of my job is getting to spend time with our wonderful Relay Workers. They spend a year working alongside one or two Christian Unions, living and speaking for Jesus as they help the students to do the same. And it amazes me every year what a talented bunch they turn out to be.
Here are a couple of links for you to follow so you can see for yourself.
It’s been a strange week. A week full of loss in one way or another. People I never met, some I never knew and some who influenced me a lot. Some lives well-lived and well-used, and others that seemed to end far too soon. Amid so much loss, the death of Amy Winehouse seemed to generate fewer headlines than it might have. Having said that, plenty has still been written about her, and it’s hard to add anything else.
Doo Wops and Hooligans is a fun but confusing album, which feels like it should really be two albums. Or maybe like an album written by two different people. Or maybe half the songs are for the guys and half are for the girls, and Bruno Mars should have chosen one of the other…