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




docking.




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