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This illustration appears on one of my favourite blogs, The Age of Uncertainty (where you can see it in a bigger version). I love the way it uses a sort of squiggle to reinforce the depiction of shadow. Steerforth, who … Continue reading

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Wrap it up

This sculpture, outside the House of Deputies in Madrid, may look like a Christo but it’s just been wrapped to protect it from damage during the works taking place in the square (I imagine). Christo prides himself on the fact … Continue reading

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Coming home on the train from Rome last Friday evening, I put on my earphones and then, as I invariably do, fell asleep. When I woke up, half an hour later, the train was somewhere between stations, the lights in … Continue reading

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Gallery back

Maybe it’s because I was exhausted and suffering from a bad case of gallery back syndrome by the time I got to the Prado last week, but these two paintings, both by Velásquez, made a big impression on me as … Continue reading

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Cubism in the round

I’m not sure if this is an offence to, and crass misunderstanding of, the nature of the original work or a useful and evocative reading of it (I suspect the former), but either way it’s worth a look. (Thanks, Erin.)

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Favourite things

One of my favourite artists (and, I admit it, a very good friend) Paola Casalino will be showing some of her work at Taunton Public Library, Taunton, Somerset, from the 1st to the 12th of September. The show’s entitled My … Continue reading

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I went to the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol yesterday. I’ve known about the place for years, but the last time I was in Bristol, in autumn 1975, I was looking for a job and don’t remember even considering the notion … Continue reading

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