Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Ceramics at the Stratford Gallery

Ceramics at the Stratford Gallery.

Discovering this new gallery in Stratford-upon-Avon was a pleasant surprise.

Rhian Malin

Mizuyo Yamashita

Eddie Curtis

You can see more of Eddie Curtis' work here and here

Eddie Curtis, tea bowl (Kurinuki)

Eddie Curtis, Lidded Vessel (stoneware, applied texture, celadon, Shino. gold)

Eddie Curtis

Eddie Curtis

Eddie Curtis

Eddie Curtis, Rock, (Shino, Celadon, Gold Leaf, Applied Texture)

Opening the rock

Paul Wearing, Cylinder

Paul Wearing, Cylinder

Eddie Curtis, Cha-Ire, (Shino, Gold Leaf, Applied Texture)

Eddie Curtis, Sake Cup (Kurinuki), (Stoneware, Celadon, Copper Oxide)

Eddie Curtis, Cha-Ire

Chiu-I Wu, A Little Cloud, (Coiled Stoneware, Oxides)

Chiu-I Wu, Contentment, (Coiled Stoneware, Oxides)

Jessica Thorn, Orange Tea Caddy, (Copper and Leather Handle)

opening the tea caddy

Jessica Thorn

Margaret Curtis, Lidded Jar, (Black Clay, Celadon, Copper Oxides, Frosted Overglaze)

Margaret Curtis, Shallow Bowl, (Black Stoneware, Celadon, Copper Oxide)

Monday, 23 April 2018

River walk

Gorgeous weather last week, bright sunshine and 22oC - very unusual for the UK in April, so we took advantage and went to Stratford. We started with the circular walk around the Recreation Ground - the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, across the river.

The swans had finished feeding by the opposite bank and swam towards us for more

disappointed that we had nothing to offer, they moved off

There is only one bridge that connects the two parts of the town, so the ferry was busy


This is an extremely pleasant walk

willows on our left

looking up

lots of people about

the weir

and a lone swan.

We took the path on our left

spring in its full glory

another left turn at the end of the path

and we joined the old tramway

as we neared the end of our walk we could see the big wheel, a new addition to the town - is it temporary or is it permanent? We do not know

We crossed the bridge that links the two parts of the town

the RSC as seen from the bridge

we crossed the bridge and from the other side of the bank we got another view of the wheel

the swans were busy searching for food.

We walked into town, looked around some shops, including the new ceramics gallery, had a bite to eat and made our way home. I had a huge grin on my face - it was one of those days when everything seems to be perfect, like magic. The feeling stayed with me for the rest of the day.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

From Monet to Picasso - 2

From Monet to Picasso 

at the Albertina, Vienna.

Continuing with this amazing collection of classics of the 20th century, collected by two people, the Batliners.

Herbert Boeckl, Portrait of M.B., 1919

'The artist places some spot onto the canvas and then unconsciously gives it an essential shape. [He] doesn't know what this spot means. [He] adds a second, a third, and a fourth spot. [He] still doesn't know for a long time what it will be, yet [he] instinctively senses early on what the shape requires'. This painting is composed of large spots of colour, which, through the black contours, eventually took the shape of a human figure.

Franz Sedlacek, Evening Landscape, 1933

Franz Sedlacek, Mountain Landscape with Automobile, 1931

Josef Floch, Interior with a Black Folding Screen, 1947

Max Beckmann, Woman with Cat, 1942

In this painting Beckmann describes an existential situation - one he and Quappi, his wife, must repeatedly have experienced in their Amsterdam exile: an enforced leisure is evoked by the narrow, unusual room, which frequently had to be darkened because of the danger of air raids. Only the sleeping cat and the flowers seem to introduce a relaxed and easy-going tone.

Rene Magritte, The Enchanted Domain, 1953

Paul Delvaux, Landscape with Lanterns, 1958

Like all of Delvaux's paintings this has a mysterious dream atmosphere. This particular one may be understood as a melancholic, retrospective glance at the past. In the centre appears a woman in black looking after a funeral cortege moving into the picture's depth. On a path lit by gaslights, two men carry a shroud-covered corpse towards a hilly landscape from which several ancient ruins rise up.

Pablo Picasso, The Playing Cards, 1912

Pablo Picasso, Woman in a Green Hat, 1947

Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Guitar, 1942

Pablo Picasso, Nun Persecuted by the Devil, 1945

Pablo Picasso, Nude Seated in a Chair, 1963

Pablo Picasso, Nude Woman with Bird and Flute Player, 1967

Pablo Picasso, Sylvette, 1954

Pablo Picasso, Earthenware Vase with Two Figures, 1959

Georges Braque, The Sideboard, 1920

Joan Miro, Birds and Insects, 1938

Francis Bacon, Seated Figure, 1960

Bacon displayed disfigured and decrepit bodies which radiate vitality and aggressiveness. In Seated Figure, the deformation of reality has been pushed to the limit. Enclosed within a narrow black case, a man in street clothes appears to be lashing about desperately. His face and hands are severely injured, if not maimed. In Bacon's art, distortion is carried as far as the dissolution of form and motif. His works are essentially metaphors of life based on the dialectics of growing and perishing, of life and death.

Yves Klein, Work: ANT 88, 1960

Alberto Giacometti, Four Women on a Plinth, 1950

Alberto Giacometti, Landscape, 1952

Alberto Giacometti, Portrait of Annette, 1958

Alberto Giacometti, Slender Bust on Plinth (Amenophis), 1954