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Volume 33 no 5 May / June 2019

In this issue:   Darren Jones on the thriving art world in the USA outside of New York Speakeasy on the curator’s eye from Olga Korper in Toronto Frances Oliver on Ayn Rand and the lost American soul Jane Addams Allen on Caravaggio and his circle Al Jirikowic trumpets the New Art Examiner Reviews on Don McCullin in London, Newlyn …

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See my Body, Know my Mind

Three people said to be ashamed of their bodies are sent to stay on a Greek island with a larger group who are proud of how they look. This supposedly helps the worried 3 accept their bodies and be happier. By the end, the three bare all or almost all and go naked bathing with the confident. It’s interesting and …

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Beauty and the Beast

In 1946 John Cocteau took this fairy story and made of it a film for adults, it was to become a classic, one of his most famous films. Made in black and white, and with music by Georges Auric, it is wonderfully strewn with magical moments, stone heads on plinths, the eyes following the goings–on,; a door which introduces itself, …

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Fashionably Unborn

Cartier, Buccellati (Timeless Art), Tiffany & Co and Bulgari should be on the lookout for the work of Baby Bee Hummingbirds with their jewellery that is taking the market by surprise. People who have ever wondered what to do with their leftover IVF embryos in storage and can’t use them, don’t want to keep on paying the hefty storage fees …

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Comments on a Picture by Edvard Munch in Contemporary BBC English

So this incredibly sinister and incredibly powerful picture is a detail from Edvard Munch’s painting VAMPIRE. A woman is stood over a man whose head is laying on their breast. Their incredibly fiery red hair is spread all over the man in an over-exaggerated fashion. Not to over-interpret, but him is credibly peaceful and resigned as if waiting quietly on …

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Andrea Limauro and Arnaud Leclere

Limauro’s strokes remind me of the slow buildup of henna designs, or eyelet lace, silver sequins in a fan pattern on a sari. “Sweet Escape” 48”x48,” takes on a completely different approach to seascapes. The waves ground the composition in an aqua series of half fans, and the horizon line is a low, red land. With so many small strokes, …

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Art as Blood

In this beautiful exhibition on Baroque, the common thread that links the works of the seventeenth century to contemporary art is not so much the style or content of the works as the concept of “Baroque” and its implications. After the rationality of art, the purity of the forms, the grace of the Renaissance, exploded in seventeenth century Europe and …

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Adoring Paolo Veronese

Every year around Christmas, the Diocesan Museum exhibits a Masterpiece. This tradition has been going on for over ten years and this time the painting was the “Adoration of the Magi” by Paolo Veronese, one of the leading lights of the Venetian Renaissance. The canvas comes from the Santa Corona church in Vicenza and is an immense altar tablet (2,20 …

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Craft 101

‘Simplicity! What a hard thing to achieve’. May Davis The Mahoney Collection of Crowan Pottery, made by Harry & May Davis, from 1946-1962, reveals a stunning combination of function and beauty. This is real pottery made by genuine potters in a traditional way. Nowadays, it almost seems as though ‘ceramics’ look down from their lofty porcelain towers on the humble, …

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Fish Out of Water

Entering through the hills on an impossibly narrow meandering road you have presented one the best views in Europe; the bay of St Ives. From there, while descending to this subtropical paradise, you are taken back a few centuries with the streets tighter and cobbled. Where the beaches are golden, natural life is lush, and the seagulls own the skies. …

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