Tag Archives: Mary Fletcher

A Realistic Manifesto at the Tate, St Ives

by Mary Fletcher On the way in through Gallery One there is a beautiful golden coloured Gabo made of bronze, looking a bit too large for its corner, and apparently at one stage it was in the main show. It is simple – geometric metal formed into a curvilinear form, constructed using machinery to achieve a perfectly satisfying composition. Its …

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We all suffer from psychoanalysis

The Exchange’s part of this show had a recording of Grace Pailthorpe explaining in detail one of Mednikoff’s paintings, using Freudian and Kleinian ideas about everything relating to his experience as a baby, his earliest supposed feelings about his mother, his faeces etc. She speaks with a remarkable certainty about the meaning of each element of the picture – I …

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News Flash

We are pleased to announce that Josephine Gardiner has become the new Devon and Cornwall Editor.  10/02/2020 Important message from our writer in Hong Kong:  “Recently, I think you may heard that the Novel Coronavirus Infectious Disease is now seriously affecting Hong Kong. I had planned to visit some exhibitions and write a new review in January. However, the disease …

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Volume 34 no 3 January – February 2020

Articles: The Art of Extinction Rebellion: Josephine Gardiner from the UK Rebellion in Hong Kong Art: Leung Suk Ching I Left my Heart in Leipzig: Viktor Witkowski, USA If it Works, don’t Fix it: Frances OIiver, UK Fervid Art from the Edge: Jane Addams Allen, New York Scouting the Blogs: Miklos Legrady, Toronto Brzezanska ‘s Stories from Earth: Katie Zazenski, …

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Aaron Broadhurst – Art at Redwing Gallery, Penzance – November 2019

These paintings are boldly outlined pop-art style images, easily recognisable with flat contrasting colours. They are unusual at the moment, especially in Penzance – not evoking the atmospheric landscape, not gestural or abstract, not lusciously painterly. There’s a portrait of his wife Nicole, very like her despite its simplifications – arresting in its impact. There’s a tin of mackerel on …

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Protected by Alarms

Lesley Hale, who is involved with the project to invest in community housing in the building that is being used for this show, had the very bright idea of suggesting it to Joseph Clarke of Anima Mundi. He has taken the opportunity to show 19 of his stable of artists in this alternative place, a dilapidated building. Lesley has largely …

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Two houses; one built on sand

At Penlee House an interesting show explained the founding of the Penwith Society and included documents such as one where Ben Nicholson defends modern art as a new language. Also included were the controversial minutes of the Penwith Society when three categories of art were instituted: traditional, abstract and craft. Centre stage as visitors entered was Marian Hocken’s The Hollow Men …

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4 into 1: Turner Prize

The four artists had not met before June 2019, but then decided to declare themselves a collective and were allowed to accept the prize for the four of them. Tai Shane wore a pendant at the presentation that said ‘Tories Out’ just before the December election. The other three comprised Oscar Murillo, Helen Cammock and Laurence Abu Hamden. I saw …

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Otobong Nkanga and Mikhail Karikis at Tate St Ives

My heart sinks as I walk into the preview. It’s a big room and the work doesn’t really visually dominate it. It reminds me of a town planning exhibit. Lots of photos, information, diagrams. The themes are very worthy, mining, colonialism, exploitation. There are some impressive tapestries in glowing colours with some glitter woven in and bold patterns. I have …

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Unusual Forms

Leach Pottery and Anima Mundi in St Ives, 29 June – 11 August 2019 Andile Dyalvane has been in residence at the Leach Pottery in St.Ives,, Cornwall, UK and his work is seen there before he returns to South Africa. He was at the private view, resplendent and expansive, shaking hands with everyone and wearing African looking face paint. His …

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Volume 33 no 6 July / August 2019

Ken Turner on New Ways Of Seeing, evaluating John Berger Daniel Nanavati on the 58th Venice Biennale Norbert Marszalek interviews Derek Guthrie Hybrid Sculpture, Disciplined Form by Jane Addams Allen Hockney in Washington – Annie Markovich and Derek Guthrie Cuban art today – Lily Lihting Li Kostrzewa Dodin in Venice – Victoria Howard Sokurov and Rembrandt in Venice – Lily …

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BA Show Falmouth, May 2019

There is work from about 86 students in the catalogue, which is without page numbers. I take an hour and a half to see it plus a performance after lunch. No prices are next to the works. I start to notice what there isn’t; no overt politics, scarcely a mention of feminism, no climate change, very little autobiography, nothing about …

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Writing Returns to Art

Ex Libris was curated by Dr Ryya Bread and the preview was full of people, many of them artists who knew one another, and the event had a lively buzz which erupted after the introductory talk. Each work had the writing that inspired it also on the wall, although it was not always exhibited at a good height for reading. …

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London Pays Homage

Paintings by these three artists are well known to me from images in books, but I still have a such a strong urge to see the actual works that I am willing to spend considerable time, money and energy to get myself to London from Cornwall. Even an English breakfast that is so lukewarm and disappointing that I tell an …

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