Responses: Eileen Agar’s Butterfly Bride (1938)

"Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly.  I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi." Looking at Eileen Agar's Butterfly Bride (1938) is to look into the dreams of insects.  Or perhaps these … Continue reading Responses: Eileen Agar’s Butterfly Bride (1938)

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Responses: Virginia Woolf (1912) – Vanessa Bell

A few months back, I visited the retrospective of Vanessa Bell’s paintings at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  The exhibition is still ongoing and an essential visit for anyone with a passion for those strange groups of English rebels that seemed to flourish in the arts around the Fin de siècle.  It confirmed for me Bell’s position … Continue reading Responses: Virginia Woolf (1912) – Vanessa Bell

Responses: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970)

Interest in Robert Smithson’s landwork, Spiral Jetty (1970), peaked for me recently when reading Geoff Dyer’s interesting collection of travel works, White Sands (2016).   Dyer described in his chapter, entitled Time in Space, his journey to the artwork and the delayed reaction in appreciating it; in fact most of White Sands deals with the delayed … Continue reading Responses: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970)

Responses: Derek Jarman’s Landscape Paintings

I've written extensively about Derek Jarman's short super-8 film, Journey To Avebury; one of his earliest experiments in film that channels so much of the genii loci of English landscapes, ubiquitous in the more interesting of English arts.  His walk through the Wiltshire landscape after the intense stint of work on the sets for Ken … Continue reading Responses: Derek Jarman’s Landscape Paintings

Responses: Jeremy Deller’s A Good Day For Cyclists (2013)

When Jeremy Deller took control of the UK's pavilion in the 2013 Venice Biennale, the press coverage caught hold of one specific aspect that the artist discussed; its "aggressiveness".  With environmental concern sat at the heart of the exhibition, alongside the general political upheaval caused by the coalition government during its third year of power, … Continue reading Responses: Jeremy Deller’s A Good Day For Cyclists (2013)