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Robert Cumming in conversation

Part One of an excellent two part conversation between curator and critic Sarah Bay Williams, and artist Robert Cumming, covering a broad sweep of his inventive and contemporary body of work. Hosted at Aperture in New York in October of this year.… Continue reading

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One off: Jean-Siméon Chardin

  Portrait of Madame Chardin, 1775 by Jean-Siméon Chardin “Chardin’s genre paintings, like Vermeer’s before him, go much further than that. By a technical feat which virtually defies analysis — though one writer has remarked helpfully on Chardin’s characteristic choice… Continue reading

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Badger on painting and photography

“A painted portrait by, say, Holbein or Rembrandt, is an extremely complex artefact, part icon, part representation, part symbol, part antique. In viewing a Holbein or a Rembrandt “in the flesh,” so to speak, we are looking both at an… Continue reading

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Baudelaire on photography

It’s too tempting by far to resist the urge to wonder to what extent Carjat managed in his portraits of Baudelaire – specifically in the one below – to capture his subject’s powerful suspicions about the very process he was… Continue reading

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Gustav Klimt

  “Fritza Reidler”, by Gustav Klimt.

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Philipp Haager

                              Philipp Haager, by way of but does it float.

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Paul Klee

    Paul Klee “The Twittering Machine”.

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Turner and vision

  “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” — Marcel Proust.

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Cy Twombly

 ”Turning away from an imitation of the smears and scumbles of Franz Kline or de Kooning, which he had been practicing at Black Mountain College, Twombly took up graffiti as a way of interpreting the meaning of Action Painting’s mark,… Continue reading

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The Hunt in the Forest, by John Burnside

How children think of death is how the shadows gather between the trees: a hiding place for everything the grown-ups cannot name. Nevertheless, they hurry to keep their appointment far in the woods, at the meeting of parallel lines, where… Continue reading

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