Author: Edward Winters

Surrealism, Over, Yet Everywhere: Mica McDonald and Sofia Mitsola

“And now consider how passing a child on a swingCalling higher, higherCan bring back all that tender trauma of childhoodRealising that we don’t leave the past behindBut that it leaves...

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Architecture and Aesthetic Errors

Modernist architecture, seen as art, falls into aesthetic error when it fails to address the nature of the lives encompassed by it....

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Blaxploitation and Black Beauty: Mickalene Thomas – beautés du mois

This essay looks at the conception of black beauty in the 70s in terms of contemporary art. Mickalene Thomas' work draws upon popular culture and makes beautiful paintings from it....

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If the Lion Could Speak (…)

This essay argues that animals are not so minded as to have language. Whilst they exhibit proto-typically linguistic calls, these never amount to exhibiting something like the structure of a language...

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Jane Bustin’s V – Tea Bowls (and Other Things) in Paris

The more you think about things the stranger they get; and more beautiful....

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James Rosenquist: Visualising the Sixties

This essay looks at the work of James Rosenquist in terms of the pop art movement. Broadening its scope, we look at this artist's work against that of Ed Kienholz and Joseph Cornell....

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Colour and Structure; Delightful abstract paintings in Paris

These paintings show quasi-geometrical structure of colour space. Together with a sensitivity to surface texture the abstract nature serves to point upa new kind of content - or one that is hidden...

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Seeing is Believing

Looking at paintings requires an ability to place works in the historical context of the medium. Only then can we see the human significance of the work. It is no good looking inward to brain...

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The London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy

Andrew Edmunds deals in antique political prints. In this show at the Royal Academy, the works he shows stand up well to contemporary art and its political ambitions. ...

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Two Contemporary Women Concrete Artists

Two current exhibitions on opposite sides of the globe present work from two contemporary women artists; each, in her own way, a concrete artist. At RaumX, in north London, Katrina Blanin shows...

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The Painting That Changed the History of Modern Art

Exhibition On Screen returns with ​Young Picasso, an extraordinary detective story that looks in detail at the elements that drove one small boy from southern Spain to such heights. ...

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Hippolyte Hentgen and the Other World

Hippolyte Hentgen at Semiose, Paris...

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Colour, Love (or its absence) and Beauty are at the Heart of the City

Piazza Rotunda at Dawn Making Art as Chronicle ona Grimes is a restless city artist. She makes pictures; and in making them she strives to manipulate her medium in new ways. Hence there is always...

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Robert Rauschenberg: Spreads 1975-83

This essay argues that Rauschenberg, as an American artist, repositions collage as a flat formal arrangement. However, the formal arrangement, whilst remaining flat, accommodates depictive content as...

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Escape to Berlin: A Travel Memoir

Adrian Piper, on Personal Identity, Art and Teaching...

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Skill and Competence as a Requirement

Skill is deployed in many fields of human endeavour Football takes skill. I played football at the same time as did Rodney Marsh, Denis Law and Colin Bell. They were footballers; but I was not. Why...

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Degas: Passion For Perfection

Degas: Passion For Perfection uses the film medium to good effect, allowing the viewer to see the artist's process in action. ...

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‘Site Unseen’ Explores Making and Seeing

  ‘Darren Coffield’s ‘Orgreave’ ite Unseen’ is a group show inaugurating the new exhibition premises of Dellasposa in Lancaster Gate. A New Space for Contemporary Art It...

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On The Image

Two Russian Tourists visiting Salisbury mages of every kind bombard us daily with information, persuasion and delight. The ‘image stream’ as John Stezaker, the collage artist has called it, is...

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Science and Aesthetics

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937 Science, of course, is immensely important; perhaps even the patterns made by diffraction are important too; even if only as a bi-product of some scientific goings-on....

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Face-to-Face: Mary Kelly and Conceptualism

Mary Kelly, Face-to-Face, solo exhibition, installation view, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2018)  ary Kelly’s Face-to-Face exhibition engages its audience with work that is at once...

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Depiction in the work of a Photo-Collagist

Conceptualist and Romantic Photo-Collagist Provides insight into Depiction: John Stezaker at the Approach...

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A Romance of Many Dimensions at sid motion

Matthew Barnes, Hannah Hughes, and Abigail Hunt @ sid motion gallery...

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Paintings, Flat Sculpture, and Non-Medium Specific Art

Sarah Sze at Victoria Miro...

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Fake News, Clickbait, and the Phishing Net

resident Donald J Trump is an intriguing phenomenon. Any criticism of his presidency is dismissed as ‘Fake News’. Nigel Farage described him as a silver-back gorilla, as he prowled the...

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Liberal Democracy and Freedom of Expression

linton Stanley Jr. has been denied access to his school upon the day of his enrolment because he wears his hair in dread locks. Is this a constraint upon his freedom? (See USA Today) Six Year-Old...

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The Genius That is Boris Johnson

Sky News Poll oris Johnson’s latest contrarian contribution pulls out of focus some features of our modern democracy. And whilst his popularity is on the rise, within the Tory right, his...

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Mind Over Matter: Putting Thought in its Place

Mind and Brain henever we think about thinking, we think about mind. It is a common commendation to say of someone that he or she has a good brain. There. In just two sentences we move seemingly...

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Contemporary Artists’ Drawings at The Drawing Room

hy do drawings matter? Commenting on his education as an artist at The Slade School of Fine Art in the seventies, restaurant critic, tv presenter, foreign correspondent, novelist, and sometime Call...

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YZ: Street Artist Makes Image for New French Stamps

President Macron has selected an image for a new set of French stamps designed by YZ, a Franco-British street artist whose work celebrates strong women....

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