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( Jul. 2nd, 2013 04:05 pm)
Saturday I got up at daft o'clock to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my driving test - I caught the 6.00am train to Victoria, breakfasted in the Regency Cafe and was the first person through the doors of the Lowry exhibition. Imagine! Having the whole exhibition to yourself! After doing something similar for Lichtenstein and Hirst, I'd imagine crowds, but I had the place largely to myself - there were no more than four people in the same room as me at any time. A fantastic show, although light on biographical context.

And I am still pondering whether his liking of Pirandello might explain him somehow.

You could buy flat caps in the shop. But not, as far as I could see, whippets.


I also did Caulfield and Hume - shows rather light on explanation, and I rather bounced off.

I'd planned to do the Psycho show at Pace, but ambled first to the Pace at the rear of the RAA where I saw a Robert Irwin show (presumably not the same Robert Irwin...).

At this point I ran into and - against a certain degree of cynicism - watched half an hour or so of Pride. I confess and would like to risk expressing mixed feelings. It's the first one I've seen.

The theme this year seemed to be marriage and I can see the if-it-quacks-like-a-duck argument for extending civil partnerships, enshrining equal rights, clarity of medical decisions and access, inheritance of property etc. On the other hand, I have reservations about marriage as an institution for anyone. I'm also torn between the seashift of corporate attitudes that means people can now march as workers with Tesco and on the other hand the question of whether, say, BP and Barclays are in a position to gain positive PR from this. (I realise Apartheid is over now. I still have a distrust of Barclay's). I was all for the scattered placards complaining about the commercialisation of Pride, but on the other hand these were branded Socialist Worker.

On the other hand, it is good to see public displays of commitment, across the QUILTBAG spectrum.

On the other hand, whistles still annoy me...

Were there people marching for themselves or with partners who weren't under a brand? Or do you have to be part of a gang? (I suppose I should have been marching with my colleagues, had I chosen to, although I didn't recognise anyone there.) Was there a group of miscellaneous marchers at the back? If so I moved on before I saw them. The old visibility problem, perhaps. Where are the banners for people with no banners save their own visibility on the march?

Several of the crowd didn't remember - pace the placards - Lucy Meadows. I'm ashamed it took a couple of minutes to place the context.

It was hot in the sun. I was beginning to dehydrate. It was all rather moving.

It took a bit of wandering to locate Pace, proper, and it required an entryphone to be negotiated. I passed, for now.

Then a long wander up to a pub I like in Finsbury. On the other hand, I've twice been when Whitstable IPA was one of the choices and I can get that locally. Not all the beers taste great. And there was only one choice this time. I rapidly moved onto Clerkenwell and the Craft Beer Co, where there was only one beer at 4%. The rest was 7% plus. I settled for a 7% Thornbridge/Dark Star collaboration and a Sirens at 11.4%, but only a half. £10.50. Ouch. On several levels.

That left a stagger down to Temple, and the train home from Victoria.
This summer I have a) finished a book and b) not yet finished a book. The fact that that was not "finished two books" means that the paper I was going to write for the Weird Council conference had not been written when I left home on Thursday. Nor, because mine host got back from work at 5.30 rather than 6.30, was it written by 6.30 on Thursday. Then, naturally, Googlemaps lied about the location of Southampton Row (locating it off Bainbridge Street) so it took about forty minutes to find a Caffe Nerd. However, the paper was written by 8.50 and so, if it was "a talk from spidery quotes in a miniature pocket notebook!" that was because I didn't have time to write neatly. Still, rather too close to zero hour.


Train journey home dominated by four young men trying to be the Three Stooges and thumping the crap out of each other. I don't know if the seats were torn before they got on, but that a couple of hundred quid of damage. So much for CCTV.


Today was bed, mostly, not finishing the book. Should I do some now or go to the pub?

Battersea, Bethnel Green, Blackheath, Borough Market, Camberwell, Camden and Kentish Town, central Camden, E10, not far from the River Lea, Greenwich, Hackney, Herne Hill, Highgate, Ilford, Kensal Rise, Kew Gardens, Leyton, Stamford Brook, Tottenham, Twickenham, Westfield Stratford City and Wimbledon.
Foot pain retreated enough this morning to allow me to walk to West station and the 8.07 to London Bridge - truly London will be fab when they've finished building it - and a walk to Tate Modern. I'd done the Alighiero Boetti and Yayoi Kusama last Sunday, finding them both very rich and fecund artists, the Kusama beng the more interesting of the two, and I was a little arted out after Picasso and photographs to do Damien Hirst. Plus there was a queue. It looked heaving.

I got to the gallery just before it opened, and as a member I got to go straight in. I believe I have a potential for a private view, but I think I've had my money's worth. He's actually a rather old fashioned artist - his themes are mutability and preservation, most obviously in the cow, sharks and sheep in preserving fluid, sliced in half or whole. These have a melancholy beauty, as much due to the refraction caused by the tanks as anything else. Then there are the flies - buzzing around a decaying cow's head in a piece I've seen at least once before, in the RAA British Sculpture show, or stuck to the wall in a circle. - and the butterflies - flying around one round like Kew has been transplanted - or stuck to the wall. Then the endless cigarette butts and pills (not a show to inhale at). Perhaps the best piece is a autopsied angel, but I fear it all feel a little obvious in its juxtapositions.

In the Turbine Hall there is the diamond encrusted skull in a small blacked out room - you wait a few minutes to be admitted, walked through a dark tunnel, then into the room with the skull. It has a certain beauty, but it's flashy and vulgar.


I didn't feel the need to buy the catalogue.

Then north to St Paul's and a busy Central Line, via a coffee shop to a meeting in the Crown and Sceptre, a pub whose staff have gone from adequate to hopeless - this one didn't know what stout was, didn't recognise the name of one of their beers and was confused by notions of coffee or tea. Half the menu was off, too.

Then a walk with someone from the meeting in search of a coffee shop off Oxford Street - via a colour coded stationery shop which clearly either sells nothing which is yellow or has sold everything it had which was yellow - and to Selfridges. I didn't quite stand on the spot of the cover to Solar Flares, so next time.

Back to Charing Cross via CeX and Fopp and a sinking feeling that I'd dropped the fiver in my back pocket. A productive day.
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( Apr. 20th, 2012 09:43 pm)
Having done much walking of late, I've felt very inspired by (and jealous of) the artist Hamish Fulton, who has said "If I do not walk, I cannot make a work of art", and lives round these parts. Most of his art are posters (or, rather, large areas of paint with vinyl lettering) recording walks - from coast to coast, from source to sea, across mountain ranges, along the Pilgrim's Way - and there is something about them that I like. There's a show at the Turner Contemporararararary - alongside the Turner - which is paired with a show at the IKON Birmingham, which I'm convinced I've had a brief look round before.

After a recent daytrip to Nottingham - to see Thomas Demand, which I suspect I've failed to write about - I booked tickets to and from Birmingham, and plotted an itinerary from New Street via various shops and coffee places to the bookshop to IKON to the BMAG and to a reportedly good pub and back again. I didn't do anything useful like print out a map or anything. This may have been a mistake.

The journey there was uneventful, aside from a new walking route from St P to Euston, avoiding Euston Road, which is unpleasant in differing ways, and to time, although I see that they are (still? again?) improving New Street. They've done something to the Pavilions which I can't put my finger on, and I got a little lost in my search for Digbeth. I did find a rather useful secondhand bookshop, where I bought a volume of the Sturgeon short stories - five volumes down, eight to go - for two quid. I forebore to purchase anything else, and then got lost via the market (and an illicit pork pie) in search of local cheese (fail) and Brindley Place. I have Googlemaps on my phone, but the instruction HEAD NORTH is no use without a compass on a day when the sun is obscured by cloud.

Thus it felt like a forty mile walk to the gallery - the signage is erratic - and I managed to plot a coffee bar free route (although there was a Costa in the square and if I've realised there was wifi, I would have used the cafe in the gallery). I climbed the steps to the top of the gallery and had a look round the exhibition, which, to my relief, was rather different from the Margate one, although along similar lines. I was rather taken by a couple of the acrostics -

Chinese
Economy
Tibetan
Refugee
Beijing
Olympic
Triumph

and

Brain
Heart
Lungs

(rare to have five letters rather than seven in these acrostics).

Alongside the Fulton were various rooms of Sarah Browne's "How to Use Fool’s Gold", not an artist I knew, and it includes a couple of crystal radios, pictures of flowers, a vodka still, photos of Icelanders in knitted jumpers. Sculpture, I suppose, in the widest sense, and usually collaborations - brewing, knitting, printing, electronics, writing, weaving. Intriguing, although I'm not clear what it all means...

On the back stairs were various "postcards" by Japanese artists - actually larger than usual postcards - which I wish I'd spent longer looking at. And there was a Martin Creed piece in the lift.

I'd almost found the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery by accident when looking for the IKON, so it was relatively easy to find. I had about 45 minutes, so I had a quick look at the Staffordshire Hoard, and spent a little longer on the Pre-Raphs and the twentieth century stuff. I'm getting better at recognising British artists. I wish I'd had longer.

By then I was feeling the lack of coffee (I don't think I'd had one since Euston), and I accidentally found a Caffe Nerd whilst in search of a Caffe Nerd - I suspect not the one I was looking for. It was pleasingly close to the Wellington, the pub I had in mind to visit, so that avoided getting lost. I fear the glory days of Birmingham beer are over - local breweries having been taken up and moved, and not the same level of microbrewing as, say, Nottinghamshire. Subsequent research reveals three local microbrews - ABC and Beer Geek in Ashton and Two Towers (Tolkien reference?) in Hockley - which demand a subsequent visit I feel. The Wellington has sixteen hand pumps, each with a different real ale, each replaced as the barrel empties. There is a screen telling you what is on and the ABV, and you are meant to order by number. The bar was predictably busy, but long practice meant I was served both times pretty well straight away.

For the record:
Purity Mad Goose 4.2% (Gt Alne, Warwickshire)
Hobsons Twisted Spire 3.6% (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire)
Slater's Top Totty 4% (Stafford)
Ossett Excelsior 5.2% (Ossett)

I manage to find my way back to the station via a Tesco for sustenance without getting lost, although I found a shop I'd been trying to remember to look for earlier. I sat opposite two people - a couple? I'm not convinced - who'd been drinking in the Old Post Vaults, which has eight pumps, and who supplied me with a real ale map of Birmingham. I think I have a cunning plan to deploy in due course...
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( Apr. 16th, 2012 08:16 pm)
It's been a busy couple of weeks - a couple of trips to St Albans, one of them for a conference, a day trip to Birmingham over Easter to see the Hamish Fulton exhibition, a number of days in St Ives and a day in London, to both Tates and the V&A, with much walking. Hope to write some of this up, but time thus far forbids.
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( Apr. 6th, 2012 10:24 pm)
I keep enjoying not going to the Bubble.

Wednesday )

Thursday )
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( Feb. 8th, 2012 10:06 pm)
I Philip K. Dick, The Cosmic Puppets.
II Philip K. Dick, Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
III Philip K. Dick, Mary and the Giant
IV Philip K. Dick, The Broken Bubble

Beginning of a reread of the oeuvre, which I may do over, as I've been distracted. Some really odd swerves of prose in The Broken Bubble, and I wonder what the novels would have been like if he'd gone back and edited them. Still have the moments to shock, and still that sense of so much of PKD's obsessions are there from the start.

V Hamish Fulton, Walking in Relation to Everything (Margate: Turner Contemptuously/Birmingham: IKON, 2012)

After a rather hollow opening - half a dozen conceptual sculptures and a Turner oil painting of a volcano - and a rather too rich follow-up - Nothing in the World But Youth - we now have a double bill of the first big Turner show (Turner and the Elements, which I ought to compare to Paul Nash:* The Elements) and another contemporary show, local boy Hamish Fulton (who I checked in the phone book, and is out near Broad Oak).

I first knew about Fulton as part of last year's Folkestone Triennial (which I don't think I wrote all of up), and a series of posters he had around the town for his walks. Then I suspect there is a piece by him in the Templeton (a series of seven letter words?) and I can remember seeing the piece with Rodney McDonald and Alistair Milne "Hitchhiking Times from London to Andorra and from Andorra to London April 1967", I guess in one of the Tates and at the Modern British Sculpture show at the RAA.

Fulton's practice is art through walking - each piece is a record of a walk: from coast to coast, from source to sea, from sea level to peak and back, in Britain, in Europe, in Tiber/Nepal and US/Canadian wilderness areas. There's a Burroughsian obsession with seven letter words (DUCHAMP/MESSNER/HABELER/MALLORY/HILLARY/TENZING/EVEREST), and there's something amazing about the sheer number of forty mile walks someone can pull off on the trot, and the way in which this can get conveyed in posters. I mean, you have to trust he's done the walk as they're aren't always photos and postcards. It has a distinct uncanny feel. Is it sculpture? I think so. But.

There's more Fulton at Ikon in Birmingham, and I plan to have a day trip there.

I hadn't planned to do the Turner show, because I wanted to read the catalogue first, and the Fulton intrigues me in a way that the Turner didn't - although the watercolours here seem to show Turner as a more abstract and dangerous figure than I give him credit for. He's a really odd establishment figure, who's also a tad subversive. The Tracey Emin of his day... I'll read the catalogue and go back to the show.





* I did not know that John Christopher lived in Paul Nash's house. Mind you, I didn't know that Paul Nash was significant when I took a photo of his plaque.
As always these are provided as much for my own benefit and interest as anyone else's - check opening times and venues before travelling; additions, suggestions, corrections and company welcome. I also have a Google Calendar which I add to. Exhibitions in red are on now (in theory).

ETA:
  • Rothko in Britain 9-Sep-2011 26-Feb-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/rothko-in-britain
  • Artists in Residence: Shiraz Bayjoo and DARTER 16-Dec-2011 26-Feb-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/artists-in-residence-shiraz-bayjoo-and-darter
  • Government Art Collection: Selected by Simon Schama: Travelling Light 16-Dec-2011 26-Feb-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/government-art-collection-selected-by-simon-schama-travelling-light
  • Zarina Bhimji 19-Jan-2012 9-Mar-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/zarina-bhimji
  • Steven Clayton: Culpable Earth 4-Feb-2012 7-May-2012 FirstSite Colchester http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/culpable-earth-2
  • Andrea Zittel, Lay of My Land 10-Feb-2012 20-May-2012 BALTIC Gateshead http://www.balticmill.com/whatsOn/future/ExhibitionDetail.php?exhibID=161
  • Elizabeth Price 3-Feb-2012 27-May-2012 BALTIC Gateshead http://www.balticmill.com/whatsOn/present/ExhibitionDetail.php?exhibID=160
  • Gillian Wearing 28-Mar-2012 17-Jun-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London Tickets http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/gillian-wearing
  • The Bloomberg Commission: Josiah McElheny: The Past Was A Mirage I Had Left Far Behind 7-Sep-2011 20-Jul-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/the-bloomberg-commission-josiah-mcelheny-the-past-was-a-mirage-i-had-left-far-behind
  • The London Open 3-Oct-2012 25-Nov-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/the-london-open
  • Mel Bochner 12-Oct-2012 30-Dec-2012 Whitechapel Gallery London http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/mel-bochner

    Ends February 2012

    • London: National Gallery “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” 9-Nov-2011-5-Feb-2012
    • London: Serpentine Gallery “Lygia Pape: Magnetized Space” 7-Dec-2011-9-Feb-2012 http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/03/lygia_pape.html
    • London: Royal Academy of Arts Tennant Gallery “Driven to Draw: Twentieth-century Drawings and Sketchbooks from the Royal Academy’s Collection” 3-Nov-2011-12-Feb-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/the-tennant-gallery/
    • London: National Portrait Gallery “Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011” 10-Nov-2011-12-Feb-2012
    • London: Haunch of Venison 103 New Bond Street, London “The Mystery of Appearance” 7-Dec-2011-18-Feb-2012 http://haunchofvenison.com/exhibitions/current/the_mystery_of_appearance/
    • London: British Museum “Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman” 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx
    • London: Barbican Art Gallery “OMA/Progress” 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12472
    • * Chichester: Pallant House “Edward Burra” 22-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming/main-galleries/edward-burra1/edward-burra
    • Birmingham: Birmingham Museum Gas Hall “Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists” 29-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1415
    • London: Tate Britain “Has The Film Already Started?” 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012
    • London: V&A “The House of Annie Lennox” 15-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

    Ends March 2012

    • Birmingham: Birmingham Museum Gallery 20 “A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest” 17-Sep-2011-4-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1538
    • London: Royal Academy of Arts Sir Hugh Casson Room “Contemporary prints from RA Editions” 2-Dec-2011-8-Mar-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/hugh-casson-room-for-friends/prints-from-ra-editions,397,RAL.html
    • Gwynedd: Mostyn Gallery “Artist Rooms: Anselm Kiefer” 26-Nov-2011-10-Mar-2012
    • Edinburgh: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Modern Two “The Scottish Colourist Series: F C B Cadell” 22-Oct-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/19917
    • Oxford: Modern Art Oxford “Graham Sutherland: An Unfinished World” 10-Dec-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/whats-on/present/
    • Sheffield: Sheffield Graves “Blk Art Group” 27-Aug-2011-24-Mar-2012 http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/graves-gallery/exhibitions/current/the-blk-art-group
    • * Birmingham: Birmingham Museum “Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration” 13-Jan-2012-25-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1389
    • London: Tate Modern “Photography: New Documentary Forms” 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Tate Modern “Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus” 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Tate Modern “Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer” 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Tate Modern “Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys” 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • Edinburgh: Scottish National Portrait Gallery “Missing” 1-Dec-2011-31-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/missing

    Ends April-December 2012 )

    Ends 2013 or Later )

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    ( Jan. 27th, 2012 10:42 pm)
    So I need days out in Chichester (if I really care about Lucian Freud), Nottingham (I have no idea who Thomas Demand is but it sounds interesting), Birmingham (But it could be the same show as will be in Margate on Hamish Fulton) and Cambridge (Henri Gaudier-Brzesk).

    Clearly I need to start looking at calendars and marking in days.

    Missed the Soviet Architecture show at the RAA. Bumboats.
    A listing of exhibitions which may interest me and others - information presented as is, check with websites etc before travelling, corrections invited. Some galleries close on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays, municipal ones might close at 4.00pm now.

    Items in red are on at the moment, starred items are ones I'd recommend or really want to see.


    Ends January 2012

    • Edinburgh: Elizabeth Blackadder Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011-2-Jan-2012
    • London: Power of Making V&A 6-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012
    • London: Barry Flanagan Tate Britain 27-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012
    • Eastbourne : Franziska Furter Towner 8-Oct-2011-2-Jan-2012 (Y) http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/franziska-furter/
    • London: Love, Magic and Power V&A 10-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • Margate: Nothing in the World But Youth Turner Contemporary 17-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • London: Pipilotti Rist Hayward Gallery 28-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • * London: Gerhard Richter: Panorama Tate Modern 6-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • London: George Condo: Mental States Hayward Gallery 18-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • London: Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven Dulwich Picture Gallery 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/the_group_of_seven.aspx
    • London: Private Eye at 50 V&A Rooms 17a and 18a 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free)
    • London: The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons National Portrait Gallery 20-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
    • * Gateshead: BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011 (Karla Black / Martin Boyce / Hilary Lloyd / George Shaw) BALTIC 21-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.balticmill.com
    • Nottingham: Klaus Weber: If You Leave Me I'm Not Coming Nottingham Contemporary 22-Oct-11-08 Jan 2012 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/klaus-weber
    • London: Hokusai's Great Wave British Museum 3-Nov-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusais_great_wave.aspx
    • * Bexhill: Warhol is Here De La Warr Pavilion 24-Sep-2011-9-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1335
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: Traced Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • London: John Martin: Apocalypse Tate Britain 21-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • * London: Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 V&A 38, 39, and North Court 24-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • London: The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso Courtauld Institute of Art 13-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml
    • Cardiff: Joseph Beuys National Museum Cardiff 22-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012
    • London: One Hundred and One Cartoonists Cartoon Museum 3-Nov-2011-21-Jan-2012 http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
    • * London: Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935 Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 29-Oct-11-22-Jan-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/
    • Liverpool: Alice in Wonderland Tate Liverpool 4-Nov-2011-29-Jan-2012
    • Edinburgh: Turner in January Scottish National Gallery 1-Jan-2012-31-Jan-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/on-now-and-coming-soon/turner-in-january-2012

    Ends Febuary 2012

    • London: Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan National Gallery 9-Nov-2011-5-Feb-2012
    • London: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 National Portrait Gallery 10-Nov-2011-12-Feb-2012
    • London: Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman British Museum 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx
    • London: OMA/Progress Barbican Art Gallery 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12472
    • * Chichester: Edward Burra Pallant House 22-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming/main-galleries/edward-burra1/edward-burra
    • Birmingham: Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists Birmingham Museum Gas Hall 29-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1415
    • London: Has The Film Already Started? Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012
    • London: The House of Annie Lennox V&A 15-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

    Ends March 2012

    • Birmingham: A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest Birmingham Museum Gallery 20 17-Sep-2011-4-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1538
    • Gwynedd: Artist Rooms: Anselm Kiefer Mostyn Gallery 26-Nov-2011-10-Mar-2012
    • Edinburgh: The Scottish Colourist Series: F C B Cadell Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Modern Two 22-Oct-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/19917
    • Birmingham: Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration Birmingham Museum 13-Jan-2012-25-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1389
    • London: Photography: New Documentary Forms Tate Modern 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • London: Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
    • Edinburgh: Missing Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1-Dec-2011-31-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/missing

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    The plan was to spend a week (well, five days) in the library of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, and, because I'd noted that I've never been to Betty's* and there was an exhibition of Ettys, a couple of days in York could follow, since Liverpool and York are so convenient for each other.** Because it would would be good to get away from the term from hell, the hellest one since I last spent time with my brother in the winterval period.*** Ettys and Betty's, what could go wrong?

    At about this time I recalled the Alice exhibition at Tate Liverpool, and thought wouldn't it be a shame I'd miss it. Eventually I realised that I wouldn't have to miss it, but I would have a short window to get from Lime Street to the Feathers to Albert Dock and look round. This I did, and once I've read the catalogue I should be saying more on an interesting if coy collection. But, hey, a Thom Demijohn book in the Tate!

    So, a week reading up for the next book. Only, the reader's report has reemerged for the seventies book, and stuff needs sorting, and there's that deadline for an article on Jan 15th, plus the Survivors thing... Put it this way, Plan A didn't get much attention.

    Wandering back from Whitechapel Caffe Nerd, I passed Doctor Duncan's, a Cains pub which looked very interesting, and which I planned to revisit, but at this point there was a Chicken Bazooka with my name on it. Have a nice relaxing week - catch a movie at FACT, have a drink or two in the Phil, but mostly watch those DVDs and read those books I'd brought with me.

    Monday night was film night - the cheery Another Earth, watched from a sofa, and which has the virtue of being shorter than Melancholia. I'd arranged to meet someone Tuesday night, but they blew me out, and so it was on my own that I went to the Ship and Mitre, a pub with at least ten real ale pumps. Ooops. Although it has a reputation for serving locals before strangers. H'mm. I walked back towards the hotel, past Doctor Duncan's - as I'd allowed for calories for two pints - and for once bore right up Renshaw Street rather than up Mount Pleasant. I turned left at Oldham Street, which I assumed would go through to Mount Pleasant, and then right as I felt this should go through, and passed the Roscoe Head. This was odd, since I'd just been at the Roscoe Arms and wasn't clear how they'd join up,**** and interesting as it declared that it was one of the Magnificent Seven, the seven pubs which have appeared in each of the editions of The Good Beer Guide. I hit Leece Street and turned left, then felt sure that I needed to cross the road for Rodney Street. This brings you out at a very big church, the one which looks like Tate Modern rather than being Paddy's wigwam, and not where I needed to be. A left turn took me onto Hope Street, to said Wigwam, and the hotel and bed, although the hotel oyster card failed twice, necessitating the three flight of stairs to be navigated five times.

    The Roscoe Head clearly needed a visit, but was clearly closer than fifteen minutes' walk, indeed seemed likely closer to two. Assuming I could get unlost in the same way. So I went there on the way to the Ship, and took advantage of the third pint servings to try three beers. Then a circuitous route to the Ship and more beers. At least I was drinking halves. Getting lost is the theme of the week.

    The next day saw more research into the magnificent seven, which didn't yield the other six, but revealed a microbre - The Baltic Fleet, opposite Albert Dock. But first a meeting with an editor, in the Cambridge, and an attempt to drink a pint of Mansfield for the first time since... well, maybe even the 1980s - it was off, so I went for a pint of (I think Banks) an had a conversation which might have consequences, but certainly rewrites. I walked via the hotel (and the bookshop) to Caffe Nerd in Liverpool One, then found my way to the Baltic. I tried a few halves, before taking a long, circuitous and not at all lost route to Doctor Duncan's, where I tried a couple of Cain's beer. Feeling sufficiently mellow, I needed a fix of Chicken Bazooka.

    The next day I was due to go to York, but I had a couple of hours to kill, so wandered into the city centre and had a coffee, and did some editing, and then emerged to sleet and snow and rain. Losing my bearings, I took forever to find Renshaw Street, and got lost again, cutting through to Mount Pleasant. Eventually - half an hour into a ten minute walk - I found the hotel and my rucksack, and set off back down the hill to Lime Street. It was a good job I'd booked a seat, as the train was full, but I did some editing. The snow was coming down until we hit the Pennines, and I was rather bemused to note that we appeared to be arriving in Bjork.

    I took a taxi to the hotel as I was On A Mission, and the driver warned me about how alcoholic the owner was. It turns out he was thinking of a different hotel, and that I had a better idea of where it was than he did. I checked in and then yomped into town to a certain shop, then to the far end of town to the City Gallery where I saw Filth! in the shape of Etty nudes. This provoked some daft criticism from the critics of the period and some dubious curatorial commentary - "the artist was praised for the depiction of voluptuous female nudes, which many in the period believed encouraged immorality. In contrast the male nude was considered to be highly moral, as it was often associated with heroic acts."

    One of the heroic male nudes:



    Amusingly, the catalogue also prints it turned through ninety degrees anticlockwise.

    Filth, I say.

    Then from Ettys to Betty's, and a queue for an overpriced but nice cream tea. R. texted and phoned me whilst I was in there, but you aren't allowed mobiles, so I secretly texted him back and agreed to meet in the York Tavern, not the pub I thought it was, it turns out. Almost every where else was heaving, but the Swan on Goodramgate had standing room, and yielded a couple of pints. On my way back to the hotel, I inadvertently found myself in the Tap and Spile for one more. When I came out, I crossed the road, and headed in the wrong direction.

    I have lost my mojo.

    I got up on the Saturday with a sense of something having gone wrong, and slid into town on lethal black-iced pavements. I got the Apple Fascists at Stormfront to fix my iTouch, and after a coffee and editing, and a long walk up Micklegate, went back to finish off Etty and buy the catalogue. I also had a pasty and gravy, before heading for editing in a coffee shop. R. texted me, and arranged to pick me up. We had an Indian meal, and he drove me back to the hotel. No booze, to some relief.

    And then back to the station, where my train didn't exist - it had been retimed, and then delayed, much to my annoyance. On the other hand, I got to St P in time for the Faversham train, having managed to miss the change at Ashford one which would have required a taxi home.

    Back home for a nap by 3pm - and a cat who clearly missed me. A productive and emotional trip - I just have to find the other six pubs now.



    * I feel this is a title that someone should use. For what, I don't know.
    ** I travelled between the two during the SFF Masterclass. Clearly I had forgotten the travelling time.
    *** What can I say? My irony comes in cycles? I never learn from mistakes.
    **** They don't.

    faustus: (Default)
    ( Dec. 1st, 2011 02:17 pm)
    Why let publicity get in the way of the audience?

    Compare: http://www.artfund.org/artistrooms/pages/on_tour/forthcoming - which lists one show, with http://www.tate.org.uk/collection/artistrooms/tour.do, which lists twenty. I think all the shows are Art Fund supported, but someone needs to make with the updatey.

    (My google fu has frequently abandoned me over this project, mind.)
    Having, against my better judgement, gone to Bexhill to see the Warhol show (free, De La Warr, worth it for the building which needs a lick of paint again), I see another exhibition coming to Dulwich Picture Gallery. Which is more than the DPG website admitted to yesterday.

    The Artist Rooms Warhol is going to Ferens Art Gallery, Hull 2 June 2012-13 January 2013; I'm not sure if they'll also have the various loans which were at Bexhill.

    There's meant to be something at St Martin's, but I've not found any details on their website.
    A listing of exhibitions which may be of interest, with starred items things which especially interest me or things I've seen and would recommend. Check with venues for opening times - not all galleries open Sundays and/or Mondays. Corrections welcome. I've been updating things up to N of late - the rest of the alphabet to follow, but curiously this means seventeen items for the newly refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery and a couple for the National Galleries Scotland. It's a south-eastcentric list for reasons of practicality though. Must add Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and some of the design museums. Ordered by closure, red titles are in progress. There is a fuller list on a Google calendar.

    [I didn't spot these yesterday - fuller update to follow:

    Dulwich: "Ragamala" Dulwich Picture Gallery 25-Jan-2012-27-May-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/ragamala_paintings_from_india.aspx
    Dulwich: "Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague"  Dulwich Picture Gallery 15-Feb-2012 -27-May-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/van_dyck_in_sicily.aspx
    Dulwich: "Andy Warhol: Life & Legends" Dulwich Picture Gallery 20-Jun-2012-16-Sep-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/andy_warhol_life_and_legends.aspx
    Dulwich: "Cotman in Normandy"  Dulwich Picture Gallery  ??-???-2012-??-???-2012]




    • London: "Beatrix Potter: Botanical Illustrations" V&A 14-Jun-2011- 11-Dec-2011
    • London: "William Dobson: A Portrait Revealed" Courtauld Institute of Art 12-Sep-11- 11-Dec-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml
    • Canterbury: "Fictional Hybrids, Vera Möller" Sidney Cooper Gallery 5-Nov-2011- 17-Dec-2011 (Free)
    • Kendal: "Richard Long" Abbot Hall Art Gallery 21-Nov-2011- 17-Dec-2011 http://www.abbothall.org.uk/
    • Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: "Artist Rooms: Bill Viola" The Dick Institute 3-Sep-2011- 24-Dec-2011
    • Birmingham: "Home of Metal" Birmingham Museum 18-Jun-2011- 25-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=893
    • Birmingham: "Staffordshire Hoard" Birmingham Museum 24-Jul-2010- 31-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=892


    Ends January 2012

    • London: "Wilhelm Sasnal" Whitechapel Gallery 14-Oct-2011- 1-Jan-2012
    • Edinburgh: "Elizabeth Blackadder" Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011- 2-Jan-2012
    • London: "Power of Making" V&A 6-Sep-2011- 2-Jan-2012
    • London: "Barry Flanagan" Tate Britain 27-Sep-2011- 2-Jan-2012
    • Eastbourne : "Franziska Furter" Towner 8-Oct-2011- 2-Jan-2012 (Y) http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/franziska-furter/
    • London: "Love, Magic and Power" V&A 10-Sep-2011- 8-Jan-2012
    • Margate: "Nothing in the World But Youth" Turner Contemporary 17-Sep-2011- 8-Jan-2012
    • London: "Pipilotti Rist" Hayward Gallery 28-Sep-2011- 8-Jan-2012
    • * London: "Gerhard Richter: Panorama" Tate Modern 6-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012
    • London: "George Condo: Mental States" Hayward Gallery 18-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012
    • London: "Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven" Dulwich Picture Gallery 19-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/the_group_of_seven.aspx
    • London: "Private Eye at 50" V&A Rooms 17a and 18a 19-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012 (Free)
    • London: "The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons" National Portrait Gallery 20-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012
    • Gateshead: "BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011 (Karla Black / Martin Boyce / Hilary Lloyd / George Shaw)" BALTIC 21-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012 http://www.balticmill.com
    • Nottingham: "Klaus Weber: If You Leave Me I'm Not Coming" Nottingham Contemporary 22-Oct-11- 08 Jan 2012 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/klaus-weber
    • London: "Hokusai's Great Wave" British Museum 3-Nov-2011- 8-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusais_great_wave.aspx
    • * Bexhill: "Warhol is Here" De La Warr Pavilion 24-Sep-2011- 9-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1335
    • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Traced" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011- 15-Jan-2012
    • London: "John Martin: Apocalypse" Tate Britain 21-Sep-2011- 15-Jan-2012
    • * London: "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990" V&A 38, 39, and North Court 24-Sep-2011- 15-Jan-2012
    • London: "The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso" Courtauld Institute of Art 13-Oct-2011- 15-Jan-2012 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml
    • Cardiff: "Joseph Beuys" National Museum Cardiff 22-Oct-2011- 15-Jan-2012
    • London: "One Hundred and One Cartoonists" Cartoon Museum 3-Nov-2011- 21-Jan-2012 http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
    • * London: "Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935" Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 29-Oct-11- 22-Jan-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/
    • Liverpool: "Alice in Wonderland" Tate Liverpool 4-Nov-2011- 29-Jan-2012
    • Edinburgh: "Turner in January" Scottish National Gallery 1-Jan-2012- 31-Jan-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/on-now-and-coming-soon/turner-in-january-2012


    Ends after January 2012 )
    A bit out of practice with these - I need to update my listing, and I see there's a William Morris exhibition somewhere in London. As always, check with the venue before travelling - especially on Sundays and Mondays. Starred ones I want to see or have seen.

     

     

    ·      London: "Only Connect" National Portrait Gallery 16-Apr-2011-27-Nov-2011

    · *     London: "Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism" V&A 38a 11-Aug-2011-27-Nov-2011 (Free)

    ·      London: "Beatrix Potter: Botanical Illustrations" V&A 14-Jun-2011-11-Dec-2011

    ·      London: "William Dobson: A Portrait Revealed" Courtauld Institute of Art 12-Sep-11-11-Dec-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml

    ·      Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: "Artist Rooms: Bill Viola" The Dick Institute 3-Sep-2011-24-Dec-2011

    ·      Birmingham: "Home of Metal" Birmingham Museum 18-Jun-2011-25-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=893

    ·      Birmingham: "Staffordshire Hoard" Birmingham Museum 24-Jul-2010-31-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=892

    ·   *   London: "Wilhelm Sasnal" Whitechapel Gallery 14-Oct-2011-1-Jan-2012

    ·    *  Edinburgh: "Elizabeth Blackadder" Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011-2-Jan-2012

    ·      London: "Power of Making" V&A 6-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012

    ·    *  London: "Barry Flanagan" Tate Britain 27-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012

    ·      Eastbourne : "Franziska Furter" Towner 8-Oct-2011-2-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/franziska-furter/

    ·      London: "Love, Magic and Power" V&A 10-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·    *  Margate: "Nothing in the World But Youth" Turner Contemporary 17-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     * London: "Pipilotti Rist" Hayward Gallery 28-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     * London: "Gerhard Richter: Panorama" Tate Modern 6-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     * London: "George Condo: Mental States" Hayward Gallery 18-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     *  London: "Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven" Dulwich Picture Gallery 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/the_group_of_seven.aspx

    ·     * London: "Private Eye at 50" V&A Rooms 17a and 18a 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free)

    ·     *  London: "The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons" National Portrait Gallery 20-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

    ·     *  Gateshead: "BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011 (Karla Black / Martin Boyce / Hilary Lloyd / George Shaw)" BALTIC 21-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.balticmill.com

    ·     *  Bexhill: "Warhol is Here" De La Warr Pavilion 24-Sep-2011-9-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1335

    ·      Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Traced" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011-15-Jan-2012

    ·      * London: "John Martin: Apocalypse" Tate Britain 21-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012

    ·     *  London: "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990" V&A 38, 39, and North Court 24-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012

    ·      London: "The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso" Courtauld Institute of Art 13-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml

    ·      Cardiff: "Joseph Beuys" National Museum Cardiff 22-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012

    ·   *   London: "Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935" Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 29-Oct-11-22-Jan-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/

    ·      London: "Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman" British Museum 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx

    ·      London: "OMA/Progress" Barbican Art Gallery 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12472

    ·     * Chichester: "Edward Burra" Pallant House 22-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming/main-galleries/edward-burra1/edward-burra [Going to Nottingham next year]

    ·      Birmingham: "Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists" Birmingham Museum Gas Hall 29-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1415

    ·      London: "Has The Film Already Started?" Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012

    ·      London: "The House of Annie Lennox" V&A 15-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

    ·      London: "Andy Warhol" Museum and Contemporary Collection, Central St Martins 24-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

    ·      Birmingham: "A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest" Birmingham Museum Gallery 20 17-Sep-2011-4-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1538

    ·      Edinburgh: "The Scottish Colourist Series: F C B Cadell" Dean Gallery Modern Two 22-Oct-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/19917

    ·      London: "Photography: New Documentary Forms" Tate Modern 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

    ·     *  London: "Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

    ·      London: "Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

    ·     *  London: "Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

    ·      London: "Artist Rooms: TBC Late" Tate Modern 1-Sep-2011-1-Apr-2012

    ·      London: "The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean" Tate Modern 11-Oct-2011-9-Apr-2012

    ·      Nottingham: "Klaus Weber: If You Leave Me I'm Not Coming" Nottingham Contemporary 22-Oct-11-08 Jan 2012 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/klaus-weber

     

    faustus: (Default)
    ( Nov. 7th, 2011 01:28 pm)
    Annoyingly the flu jab on Friday meant I lost two hours in London in which I would have gone (probably walked) to the Quaker centre in Euston to pick up a white poppy, the ones from the year before last being lost or decomposed.

    I would have had to wait the best part of an hour to get the train to St P, or spent that time getting there, so instead I took a circuitous route to Oxfam on Strutton Ground.

    In theory I could go to London on Tuesday to pick one up, and it's not as if there aren't exhibitions to see, but it feels a little, er, overkill. I am wearing it virtually.

    See here




    On the other hand, I bought a copy of Survivor for £1.99, which as far as I can see is at least £48 less than it should have been, and looks like a relatively mint British paperback, too. There is much interesting 1970s and 1980s sf in this shop.
    faustus: (Default)
    ( Oct. 30th, 2011 05:36 pm)
    I finally did a day trip to Chichester by train (having done overnights or by car) in order to see the Edward Burra exhibition at the Pallant - http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/current/main-galleries/edward-burra

    I nothing about Edward Burra before a week or so back - if I asked I might have said it was Winnie the Pooh's real name - but I had seen a painting in the watercolours exhibition at t'Tate and I think I've seen the boat at Rye before. It is extraordinary - and frankly knocks the watercolours at the tate into the long grass. Such vibrant colours, such menacing surrealism. Among other subjects he painting bars in Paris and the streets of Harlem, but Harlem melts into his London and Dublin street scenes. There's also a thread of homoeroticism - the bottoms of the male characters seem to be out of Tom of Finland. (He's interested in sailors, according to one painting's label). It also turns out he was a science fiction fan - although HP Lovecraft is the only name they mention in the exhibition. The paintings are even more remarkable when you consider his increasing arthritis and his technique of painting from left to right, presumably rather than by colour. There are echoes of Grosz, among others. I must read the catalogue soon. Most fascinating is an envelope used as a shopping list and colour test - Players No 6, Anchovy Paste, Sardines, Kenco coffee, BRD...

    Graham-Dixon just did a documentary - should be on the iPlayer.

    Also on - Bloomsbury and Beyond - paintings owned by picture framer Mattei Radev, who inherited them from Eddy Sackville-West and Eardley Knollys. Some arresting stuff, most a little dull. Clearly a homosocial circle - EM Forster had an affair with one of them, if memory serves Radev. See: http://www.theradevcollection.org/history/ The show is touring.

    Also on, some splendid German Expressionist prints - which chime with the Burra - and four photo by Simon Roberts - which do in a different way.

    I then attempted to walk round Chichester's walls - the signage is a litle lacking, it has to be said, and I had to walk one bit twice as a result. I nearly missed part in the park, and the final stretch was locked, long before dusk.

    I diverted into the Bull Inn for four halves - FILO Crofters, Ballard's On the Hop, WJ King's Autumn Mist and Irving's Invincible, of which the last was the best. I didn't try the sausages on offer. I prefer the Eastgate, but probably should boycott Fullers pubs.

    Of the journey home... at Redhill the Tonbridge train was cancelled, although the information desk rather rudely told me it wasn't, as they brought another train into service (whilst still announcing the cancellation) from a different platform (which was announced as not for public use). Fortunately there was enough slack in the timings not to miss the connection at Tonbridge - where the waiting room had three seats. The train divided at Ashford - not that they told us until the last minute.

    I appeared to be the only person not in fancy dress.
    faustus: (Default)
    ( Oct. 23rd, 2011 11:37 pm)
    I believe I have drunk something from all the starred breweries below - which seems to be a complete list of the breweries in Kent, of which a third have proabbly been set up since I moved to Kent. I should probably try to collect the others by visiting Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Maidstone (probably the Flower Pot?). Maybe a visit to The Elephant in Fav or The Lifeboat in Margate would help. Or possibly The Butcher's Arms, although the webpage's logo are distinctly unkent.

    Dr Kneale?

    Abigale Brewery (Ashford)
    Black Cat (Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells)
    * Canterbury Ales (Chartham, Canterbury)
    * Canterbury Brewers (Canterbury)
    Farrier's Arms Brewery (Mersham, Ashford)
    Goachers (Maidstone)
    Hop Fuzz Brewery (Hythe)
    * Hopdaemon Brewery (Sittingbourne
    Kent Brewery (West Malling)
    * Larkins Brewery (Edenbridge
    * Millis (South Darenth, Dartford)
    Moodley's Brewery (Penshurst, Tonbridge)
    * Nelson Brewery Company (Chatham)
    * Old Dairy Brewery (Cranbrook)
    * Ramsgate Brewery (Broadstairs)
    Royal Tunbridge Wells Brewing Co. (Tunbridge Wells)
    * Shepherd Neame Ltd (Faversham)
    Swan on the Green (West Peckham, Maidstone)
    Tonbridge Brewery (Tonbridge)
    * Wantsum Brewery (Canterbury
    * Westerham Brewery (Edenbridge)
    * Whitstable Brewery (Maidstone)
    faustus: (Angry)
    ( Oct. 20th, 2011 12:54 pm)
    I had to go to Broadstairs today - or rather to somewhere 25 minutes' walk from Broadstairs. I'd usually use the bus - or two buses, as it's quicker, or relatively quicker for values of an hour to cover twenty miles. The Loop bus, however, gets not much closer to the campus than the station, although one of the stops at Westwood Chaos is marginally closer.

    Or I could catch a train - walking twenty minutes this end, twenty-five the other, with a twenty minute rail journey. Not much in it, and it's marginally cheaper by train, and marginally less frequent. I discovered a route earlier in the week which, if I change at Birchington on Sea, drops me outside the campus, but it's dependent on a connection and I'm not entirely sure it's the same company, an it in seventy minutes.

    I decided to catch the train - actually HS1 on the distinctly low speed section of its route - as I wanted another half hour in bed (and actually squeezed an hour). I set out about 9am, found a gap in the roadworks on Wincheap to let me cross at the lights, and walked to the station and bought a ticket. Then I checked the screens. No mention of the one I wanted, and the previous one being delayed from one side of 930 (peak) to the other (offpeak). It's a good job I asked, because this was the only way I discovered I needed to catch a rail replacement bus to Ramsgate. From there, apparently, I could catch a train.

    The bus subjected us to local radio, the door kept refusing to shut, the wheels skidded on each gear change, and we were to get stuck between a learner driver lorry then a house. Oh, and the road to Minster is narrow. I'd gone onto the Southeastern Trains website, once my phone recovered from a major crash, and discovered that a car had been parked on a level crossing at Minster. Ths was clearly throwing out most of the Kent to Coast trains, with the exception on anything on the Chatham line.

    We got to Ramsgate about ten minutes after I should have got to Broadstairs, and was directed to platform 4 by the helpful advisor on the concourse, only to be told on Platform 4 that I needed 2b. This would leave as soon as they found a conductor. Have train, don't have conductor. Conductor found, I get to Broadstairs at about the time of the light refreshments, but still half an hour's walk, give or take. It's a nice day, but wishing not to miss the prime reason for being there, I go in search of a taxi.

    None at the station, but I do remember a taxi company on the road to the sea (opposite to where I need to walk) and actually there's one nearer the station who fail to offer their STD code on their office. Fortunately there's a button to press, and the taxi arrived promptly, and then tired to take e back to the city I'd come from rather then to the satellite campus. Chiz. As it was, perfect timing, but stressed to the eyeballs.

    One opening and one symposium later, I walked back to the station and got there just as the Ramsgate train did. I had fifteen minutes to wait until the 1605 HS1, which was due at the platform where a train was already waiting, but that was due to leave at 16.21. This would be a problem. A Javelin arrived, but not for public use, at the adjoining platform. Then a driver and two conductors arrived - with no idea where their train was. There were frantic enquiries about a 1604, apparently missing, and trains after five were already cancelled. Could we us the not for public use one? 1605 came and went, and it was not until 1610 that the train was declared delayed. Another Javelin arrived, connected to the existing one, and they left together. The decision to name these after Olympic athletes has me cursing sportsmen. Bloody Steven Redgrave.

    Apparently the person who was meant to get the Javelin we needed had been sent to do something else.

    1621 came and went, and the usurping train stayed.

    When it finally went, another train - not a Javelin - headed for the platform but bore left at the last moment and went to the next platform. Still no Javelin. I noticed the Charing Cross train was due, and I could catch that - so went back to the platform I'd arrived on an hour earlier. A train left just as I got there - but fortunately not the one I wanted - and I sat on that for ten minutes until finally it went. I kept expecting to ee the javelin I'd been waiting for pass, but fortunately it didn't.

    I'd planned to read on the trains, to prepare from writing a lecture I'd singularly failed to get written for tomorrow, and decided I needed to call in Caffe Nerd for a consolatory coffee and a chance to do the reading I'd failed to do on the bus. A chunk of it done, I headed back home, cooked a low calorie tea, watch a couple of recorded items and finally settled down to write the lecture I'd planned.

    Some sixth sense saved me, as I decided to check the lecture title.

    The reading I'd done was for the lecture in a fortnight. Tomorrow's is on something different.

    I scrabbled some stuff together, but I'm not happy. I've had a whole four bars of Kit Kat tonight, but I'm hoping that the ninety minutes' of walking has offset any surplus (I pigged out a little at lunch) and I'll just walk now to the station to check if there are engineering works on Sunday.


    So twice now I've used the trains to Broadstairs because it's time sensitive - and twice now they've been bolluxed up.
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