Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Venus and Cupid, the Rokeby Venus

Venus and Cupid by Diego Valazquez. The painting is variously known as The Toilet of Venus, Venus at her Mirror and The Rokeby Venus after Rokeby Park in Yorkshire where the painting was first hung after being brought to England. The Spanish Inquisition were active during the period in which Velazquez painted, few Spanish nudes were painted and few have survived.

In 1914 the painting was damaged with a cleaver by the Canadian Suffragette Mary Richardson, she said about the act “I have tried to destroy the picture of the most beautiful woman in mythological history as a protest against the Government for destroying Mrs Pankhurst, who is the most beautiful character in modern history. Justice is an element of beauty as much as colour and outline on canvas. Mrs Pankhurst seeks to procure justice for womanhood, and for this she is being slowly murdered by a Government of Iscariot politicians. If there is an outcry against my deed, let every one remember that such an outcry is an hypocrisy so long as they allow the destruction of Mrs Pankhurst and other beautiful living women, and that until the public cease to countenance human destruction the stones cast against me for the destruction of this picture are each an evidence against them of artistic as well as moral and political humbug and hypocrisy."

Richardson went on to join Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Facists and rose to become head of the women’s section of the movement.

The Expulsion From Eden

c. 1424-28, Fresco, Brancacci Chapel, Florence, by Massacio.  The painting is shown here in its restored form, three centuries after the fresco was painted, Cosimo III de' Medici - the Grand Duke of Tuscany, ordered that fig leaves be painted over the genitals of the figures, these were removed in the 1980's.

Le Dejeuner Sur l'Herbe

The painting Le dejeuner sur l'erbe by Edouard Manet

Detail from The Judgement Of Paris by Marcantonio Raimondi

Full engraving of The Judgement of Paris

The Nude

Sir Kenneth in the library at Osterley Park, p...Image via Wikipedia
“The nude does not simply represent the body, but relates it, by analogy, to all structures that have become part of our imaginative experience” – Kenneth Clark
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Her Body Full Of Sentences

Strange DreamImage by crescentsi via Flickr"She entered the story knowing she would emerge from it feeling she had been immersed in the lives of others, in plots that stretched back twenty years, her body full of sentences and moments, as if awaking from sleep with a heaviness caused by unremembered dreams." - from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

Ondaaje's writing is wonderfully evocative, this is just how I feel when I surface back into the actual world after losing myself in a novel.
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One tribe

Book cover, "Sandstorm in the Libyan DesertImage via Wikipedia "There were some tribes who held up their open palm against the beginnings of wind. Who believed that if this was done at the right moment they would deflect the storm into an adjacent sphere of the desert, towards another, less loved tribe.  There were continual drownings, tribes made suddenly historical with sand across their gasp." - from The English Patient by Micael Ondaatje.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

63,000 Paintings You Can See For Free

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  A BBC logo adorns...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe BBC 'Your Paintings' project has now digitised 63,000 paintings, from a target of 200,000 works of art, that are not normally accessible to the public because they are either on display in non-public areas such as government buildings, or are in storage in museums where there is not enough wall space to display them.

Click the link and have a poke around.
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Past The Half-Way Stage

Rotary International SquircleImage by cannellfan via FlickrThat's it, the nights are drawing in already, the longest day is done and dusted, we're half-way done with the summer season of 2011.  As per usual in the feast and famine work pattern of the golf club I am overworked and under slept at this time of year, and as exams and injury have conflicted with our busy period we have been slightly understaffed for the first half of the summer.

We have done some hugely busy days and nights in the last few weeks, and I would like to say a special thanks to yesterday's crew, Laura and Rachel on the evening shift, and especially the two Robs who worked like demons in order to get the buffet and bar orders done for Blaize day yesterday.

Rotary Club of Bradford Blaize run an annual charity golf day here at Ilkley Golf Club which raises thousands of pounds for a variety of charities.  This year's event was very well supported and the weather although hardly flaming June was reasonable and dry for most of the day.

From dictionary.com "Summer - the period comprising the months of June, July, and August in the U.S., and from the middle of May to the middle of August in Great Britain." Well, I never knew that the Yanks got shorter summers than us.

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John Martin's Apocalypse Art in Sheffield

John Martin – Painting The Apocalypse is at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield from June 22 to September 4. Information 0114 278 2600 or http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/

Article about John Martin at the Yorkshire Post site.

The Seventh Plague of Eygypt - John Martin.

How Dubstep Works

Beauty Warning

Taken from 'The Real Art of Protest' on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Jeremy Kyle - Sexual Contact (The Remix)

Liberty Leading The People 28 July 1830

by Eugene Delacroix.

Erwin Panofsky’s Three Stage Approach To Analyzing Art

Stage 1) Pre-iconographic stage – formal qualities, basic forms, composition, colour, tone, line.

Stage 2) Iconographic stage – exploration of symbols.

Stage 3) Iconology or broader social context.

Britain Is More Than Full

Map of Britain in PunjabiI got a copy of Issues : Racial Discrimination from the library, this is supposed to be an educational resource series aimed at GCSE/A-lvl students which I thought might be handy to give me a bit of background for the immigration experience section I am studying at the moment.  On only the second page though was this piece of information...

Children Under 16 by Ethnic Group 2001-2

88% white
6%  asian or asian british
3%  black or black british
3%  mixed
1%  other

That's right folks, Britian is at 101% capacity. So if the proofreader let that glaring error slip through, how can I rely on the 'facts' presented in the rest of the series ?
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Benny Benassi - Cinema (Skrillex Remix) Stop Motion by: Jesse Kopp

Friday, June 17, 2011

Pottermore = More Potter ?

Magical booksImage via WikipediaPottermore

I'm not wildly excited, the Harry Potter books were alright, although they became poorly plotted and unwieldy towards the end of the series.  J K Rowling says this new project won't be a new Potter book, nor will it be directly related to the final film, Potterites will be wetting themselves I assume.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Study Diary - by Mike aged 43

A scan of a final draft of Anthem for Doomed Y..."Almost a month since I wrote my first entry for the study diary.

I feel that I am making good progress so far, I have grabbed bits of time to study here and there and have completed up to Activity 29 in the study book. I do feel that I now have a decent grasp of the basics of poetry, although some practise and repetition certainly won’t harm.

I have really enjoyed the poetry section, and learning about the forms, structure and context of poetry has helped both my understanding and enjoyment of the module so far. I feel confident that I have understood most aspects of the poetry module and that I have made good progress.

I have read some other poetry, some by Sylvia Plath, and I am half way through the set poetry book for AA100, so I am gradually widening my knowledge of poetry. I have also read some books which are related to study in general or arts and history, The Study Skills Handbook - Stella Cottrell, Wilfred Owen : War Poems and Others - Ed. Dominic Hibberb, Learning To Look At Modern Art – Mary Acton and taken notes.

Areas that I would still like to develop – I still struggle a bit with iambic pentameter, and I have found from the ‘comments’ section that there are often layers of meaning within poems that I have not always understood, or in at least one case, agreed with. This last point refers to ‘The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping’ which I found hard to see as a protest poem when placed alongside some of the other poets, perhaps in relation to the larger body of Nichols’ work it would make more sense."

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Kids Need More Litercy

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pussy Willow

Branch with catkins in early springImage via Wikipedia"I have a little pussy,
Her coat is silver grey,
I found her in the meadow,
Not very far away,
My little silver pussy,
Will never be a cat,
'Cause she's a pussy-willow,
Now what do you think of that' - trad. rhyme.

Pussy willow fronds were often collected when families 'went a-palming' to collect plants suitable to stand in for palm fronds for Palm Sunday.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Arty Bollocks Generator

Barcelona Head Roy LichtensteinImage via Wikipedia"My work explores the relationship between the tyranny of ageing and life as perfomance.

With influences as diverse as Nietzsche and Roy Lichtenstein, new tensions are crafted from both explicit and implicit layers.

Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the ephemeral nature of meaning. What starts out as vision soon becomes corrupted into a cacophony of greed, leaving only a sense of what could have been and the inevitability of a new beginning.

As temporal impressions become clarified through diligent and critical practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the inaccuracies of our era."

The Arty Bollocks Generator - this is a win, I can't tell the difference between the guff this throws out and some of the stuff I've been reading in art theory.

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Pic - Barcelona Head by Roy Lichtenstein.

(Found by Katherine N.)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gay Parents Harassed : What Would You Do ?

Do You Want To Show Off Your Art ?

Leeds based art collective Woolgather will be holding a two day event on the 18th & 19th June at a temporary art space located at 31 Bond Street, Leeds.

Woolgather say they will be displaying any and all art that is brought along.


New Young Leeds

Thursday, June 09, 2011

If a Door Is Shut...

First president Julius NyerereImage via Wikipedia"If a door is shut, attempts should be made to open it; if it is ajar, it should be pushed until it is wide open. In neither case should the door be blown up at the expense of those inside."

- Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922 –1999), first President of Tanzania; writer, humanitarian.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

He Swallowed...

Henri Barbusse was the secretary of the Intern...Image via Wikipedia"He swallowed a pulpy mouthful of bread as if there went with it the disordered and suffocating mass of his memories" - from Under Fire: The Story Of A Squad by Henri Barbusse.
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Words Are Weapons

1st Tutorial

I had my first one-on-one tutorial with my OU tutor this morning, which went like this...

Tutor - "So, you need to be able to pace your work so that by our next tutorial on July 5th you have completed the workbook up to section 23."

Yorkshire Soul - "Er, I finished up to section 27 yesterday."

Tutor - "Well in that case you need to revise it for July 5th then."

Mrs. YS has been keeping me in check by helpfully adding "No-one likes a clever clogs you know."

Thursday, June 02, 2011

How SYCO and BGT/X-Factor Work

Ronan Parke to win BGT

I have no idea if this article is true or not, it sounds credible, but then, I have always believed that these 'talent' shows are almost entirely rigged anyway.


Image representing Blogger as depicted in Crun...Image via CrunchBaseI see Blogger has installed a widget below each post that allows readers to press a "+1" button to indicate that they have particularly enjoyed a post, now if add a "-1" button as well Blogger would be transformed into YouTube and we could all have pointless and offensive arguments until our heads fell off.
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LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 31:  Filmmaker John Waters...Image by Getty Images via @daylife"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with someone and they don't have have books - don't fuck them" - John Waters.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Hot Rock Chicks - Stacie Collins

A regular reader has offered the opinion that blog has at least been of better quality since I began my degree and is no longer just filled with pictures of scantily clad, attractive young women. Yorkshiresoul without the babes ! This is a scandal, and one I shall rectify immediately.

May I present the rather cute country rock 'n roller Stacie Collins...