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Dorset Sculpture

Dorset Sculpture
This is a diary of thoughts about sculpture. It is one of my five blogs about sculpture and Fine Art all linked from here. This one includes some mention of rural affairs of interest in Dorset England. I also have a list of links to great art minds a
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Henry Holiday
2008-02-05 23:16:00
It’s wonderful to see Gilbert Holiday ’s father has made it to that French Site. http://printwomen.blogspot.com/2008/02/he nry-holiday-1839-1927.html
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My Sculpture Website
2008-02-03 16:11:00
My website at Artituk is down for the moment so please bear with me for a few days. There are plenty of pictures to upload, I just need a day or two to sort it all out.
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Art Parks, Visit Great Sculpture
2008-01-22 11:35:00
The Channel Islands are a great place to visit and I recommend Art Parks on Guernsey which has a good collection of sculpture. Art Parks have a web site if you can't get there tomorrow and if you are planning to add to your Sculpture collection here's a good place to look; hereIt is just a hop across the sea from Weymouth, here in Dorset.
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Building A New Sculpture Web Site
2008-01-22 11:06:00
Building a new website sounds easy once you have mastered the software or programming. The trouble is that it has to be good; one has to be ambitious and the more one sees of other peoples webs sites the more ambitious one gets. However time is valuable the line must be drawn somewhere. I think the key words for a successful sculpture website must be: simple to use, good photos, adequate information plus contact details, and up-to-date.
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Frederick MacMonnies
2008-01-02 18:37:00
Happy New Year.In my continuing search for Great Sculpture of all time (see link on the right), I had rather discounted, an American Sculptor, Frederick William MacMonnies, 1863-1937 known for such horrors as this in the Metropolitan!But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in Brooklyn New York there is a triumphal Arch not unlike ours at Hyde Park in London showing some serious skill, and no doubt well known to New Yorkers.But much better still I have found two works, clearly very similar to each other which really do warrant a place in my top 100+. "Horse Tamers"Pictures from SIRIS-Smithsonian Instiution.Well I found them on the map. They seem to be on eitherside of the entrance to Prospect Park Brooklyn. The internet is useful. Can anone tell us more about them?
Chicago and The North of England
2007-12-13 09:08:00
So what is it about Art that connects Chicago and the North of England ?A couple of years ago a stone sculpture was stolen from a country house in the North of England and eventually turned up in an Art Dealers in Chicago.Now we hear that The Art Institute of Chicago was sold a fake Gauguin sculpture from where..... the North of England! Story hereI wonder where that Henry Moore bronze which was also stolen from the North of England is?But now an important question ; OK so it's a fake, but for ten or more years many people have admired if not loved it. Is it now less of a work because it is not a Gauguin? Do we now relegate it to the bin? (trash can). If the Art Institute has been reembersed who owns it and is it now worth more? After all Gauguin's sculpture is generally thought to be inferior to his painting. I do not condone forgery or law breaking but this makes a good story and some red faces.
Advice on the first frost in Dorset
2007-12-11 09:35:00
Advice on first frost in Dorset Clean the chimneys and light the fires.Feed the animals and family.Snuggle in with a bedfellow,Sooner rather than later. STOP!But stop a moment, before all that, go and see The Snow Queen.A few weeks ago before I was distracted in London, my wife was given two tickets for the Ballet as a special birthday present.The Snow Queen is Michael Corder's third new work for English National Ballet. Using one of Conrad’s emphatic words “bloody” good it was too.Things I applauded:The standard of dancingThe costumesThe set, lighting and visual effectsThe music arranged by Julian Philips from various sources by Prokofieva great orchestra.No detailed analysis, just go to see and hear it. I recommend you choose a seat where you can look down on the stage. The reason will become evident if you do, you will miss something if you ignore this advice! Great night out for all ages.Next post will be in defence of Millais after I have been to see it Conrad.
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Robert Mileham with Vivien Mallock
2007-11-30 20:14:00
Here I am with Vivien, a Sculptor and friend, discussing a couple of my works.
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Air Gallery Current Exhibition November 2007
2007-11-28 18:42:00
Take a leap to the countryside exhibition In all sizes too
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November
2007-11-09 20:04:00
How awful, I did think it was a bit short. Here is the full version I think. It was the "distance looking blue..and ... the steeple" that I thought I remembered.No sun--no moon!No morn--no noon!No dawn--no dusk--no proper time of day--No sky--no earthly view--No distance looking blue--No road--no street--no "t'other side this way"--No end to any Row--No indications where the Crescents go--No top to any steeple--No recognitions of familiar people--No courtesies for showing 'em--No knowing 'em!No traveling at all--no locomotion--No inkling of the way--no notion--"No go" by land or ocean--No mail--no post--No news from any foreign coast--No Park, no Ring, no afternoon gentility--No company--no nobility--No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,No comfortable feel in any member--No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds--November !(Had to put the bullet points in for the correct lines)See also here:http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~mats u...
Memories of Childhood "Recitals"
2007-11-09 09:49:00
So far we have only had one grey day here. The poem which I remember having to recite rather publicly as a small boy does not reflect the first 9 days this year. Plenty of time left though.Erik's pictures of Holland are beautiful so this poem is hardly appropriate there either...yet.. Marly's on insects is also worth a visit. This is dedicated to them:NovemberBy T Hood No sun - no moon! No morn - no noon - No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,No comfortable feel in any member -No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -November!
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Forth Plinth
2007-11-09 09:28:00
Nicely in keeping with the rest of Trafalgar Square it now seems it has its own website so we can admire it anywhere in the world from our PC. One consolation is what it replaced. Roll on the next replacement.http://www.fourthplinth.org.u k/thomas_schutte.htm
Painted Sculpture
2007-11-01 11:49:00
It is nearly a century since the ideals and understanding of what is Art were turned upside down. In this new century, Sculpture , the premier medium for visual arts being first on the scene, has to consider again the fundamentals.A three dimensional work of art in a recognisable subject such as the human body, does not strive to replicate what is already there. So you may ask, is Ron Mueck’s work Art? Though very realistic and a bit spooky, it does have style, that element which tells us instantly that it is “a Mueck”, so perhaps it is Art. If it was a perfect replica of a human body it would be impossible to attribute to an individual Artist just by looking at it.We have known for some time that some of the earliest sculpture was painted, and some even had eyes made of other materials. The Renaissance seems to have been dominated by Marble and so it continued until the 1900s that Marble and Bronze were the favoured mediums for the highest echelons of Sculptured forms.We have ...
To Marley "The Post" promotor
2007-10-31 22:27:00
Marley, I have considered the 9 Muses see above, but they are quite complicated. Let me try the Three Graces first. This is a “Text book” belonging to my Grandmother. Someone has written in a mature hand the various labels to help me! I love old books, especially if they have notes in pencil by family members. Her Bible is simply covered in “translations” in pencil. She died in 1936. What a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.
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The Three Graces
2007-10-30 19:46:00
Here are a few examples to compare of “The Three Graces” in Sculpture. They were a popular subject over the centuries like Chris’ Leda and the swan. See his blog hereIt is interesting from the point of view; quite literally, arranging 3 girls to best advantage. How would you do it? Now I am not going to upset Amanda on the subject of the “male gaze” because best advantage is purely from the aesthetics of the female form; the most important form on earth. How Henry Moore saw the female form so differently only time will tell and judge. I think I will attempt A Three Graces but more research is needed!
October Roses
2007-10-26 15:56:00
Beauty and the Beast; summer's gone but some colour hangs on.
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7000 year old sculpture
2007-10-21 17:43:00
Well here's one for the book. 7000 year old sculpture found in Central Europe, named Hedvika.http://www.radio.cz/en/article/96 639
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The Countryside Exhibition
2007-10-16 14:53:00
We expect to get the brochure catalogue early next week. If you would like one please get in touch and we will post one to you. I am searching for a place on the web to put the PDF of it so anyone can download a copy. If you are desperate for a PDF in the mean time please let me know and I can email one to you. (about 2.3M so if you have broadband it should work fine).There will be news and reviews - here - and photographs of the event in the Air Gallery, Dover Street, will be posted afterwards.
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Sculpting blindfolded
2007-10-15 23:46:00
I was made to do something like this some years ago. It was fun and it is the reactions on the face of the participants at the end which is perhaps the most entertaining!http://www.leanmeanfightingm achine.co.uk/hello/
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Franta Belsky
2007-10-08 22:53:00
We had some fun yesterday, my wife’s aunt held a party for the reinstallation of her sculpture which was stolen a year or two ago. I was able to complete another one of the edition for her. After a very good party I remembered that she had lent me a book about a friend of hers called Franta Belsky an accomplished Czech sculptor who settled in England. He had a very interesting life well worth following up .I rather discounted him because of the rather strange work in Knightsbridge which I do not care for but some of his other work is exquisite and much of it I highly recommend. He also did some very famous portraits, best known of; Our Queen, Sir Winston Churchill, President Truman and shown above my Regiment’s Colonel, “Colonel Dickie” (Earl Mountbatten of Burma).I must admit I was a little shocked the first time I saw a picture like this. It was of Churchill himself confronted by this life study with a sly grin on his face. I doubt somehow that he actually posed for this p...
Zoomquilt Surreal
2007-10-03 11:41:00
Surreal flashIf you like surreal art then I think you will like this http://www.libo.ru/i359.htmlIt takes a moment to load up but the concept is very captivating. Rather nightmarish but still very clever.
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Hands again
2007-10-01 22:21:00
I am working on those hands again and found some examples in the Louvre. I am grateful to Paulo for the pictures he has taken as they remind me just how important it is to get them right. I leave you, dear reader, to decide whether they are good examples. If you were to follow the advice of anonymous John over on Baroque Art you would be restricted to study only one work on each visit to the Museum. For me at the moment I must concentrate on the subject “Hands ”.http://www.flickr.com/photos/ paulogyensfan/
A remedy if you are feeling down
2007-09-23 00:56:00
or just want a good laugh!I was not brought up on “Just William”. I think my Mother read to me as a child, but William was not part of her repertoire.I put this right when it was my turn at parenthood and all my four offspring were subjected to an almost daily dose. They like so many children's books transcend the age gap.Chapter one (of 12) of Book one (of 29) starts;It all began with William’s aunt, who was in a good temper that morning, and gave him a shilling….Sadly these wonderful tales do not adapt well to television and the various attempts at it never took off as they should. Few children will get to know the William stories unless they are lucky enough to listen to the sound recordings of Martin Jarvis reading them, or even better an Aunt perhaps, so often useful for such purposes! Or here
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20 C Figure Sculpture latest post
2007-09-20 23:53:00
Nataniel NeujeanLots more of his work to see here
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One of the three bears
2007-09-20 11:18:00
I just love this picture.The lady was a well known American, the first American lady to setup an Art Museum."The Whitney Museum Of American Art"The Museum was founded in 1931 with a core group of 700 art objects, many of them from the personal collection of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney herself.She was an accomplished sculptress.
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A note for your diary
2007-09-20 11:09:00
Details of the run up to my next exhibition can be found herehttp://countrysideartexhibition.blogs pot.com/
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A worth-while week-end
2007-09-17 23:18:00
The sad fact is that there are few people who have not been affected by cancer, friends or family. Last week-end I went to help my elder daughter in a fund raising event in Cambridgeshire. “Relay For Life” we walked round and round all day and night in relays! as well as lots of funand gamesand moreand of coursesome more poignant moments.And £12,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK well done all.
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Hands, Hands, Hands
2007-09-12 10:34:00
My continued focus on hands and feet brought out a comment from a daughter, the one with a Degree in History of Art, that most artists have found hands difficult.We then moved on to her pet subject of Rubens who was good at hands! We inevitably moved on to Caravaggio and searching through Giorgio Bonsanti’s book I found these pictures.John B’s post about the first of these sprang to mind immediately and made me question the stories and “facts” surrounding these two paintings. Bonsanti has written on the subject ; “His lesson is not drawn from history but from life”.He has made no analysis of the pictures. He talks about Caravaggio’s mission as a cutting edge artist being illustrated here. He has side stepped the subject matter and left it to a reference; Belori’s view, a writer that Bonsanti describes as highly critical of Caravaggio.So I beg answers to a few questions: Can you, on oath see a ring here? Does she look like a Gypsy Fortune teller?Is he actually looking...
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Carl Eldh Sculptor from Sweden
2007-09-08 13:51:00
I have just found another sculptor of note from the Northern reaches of Europe.It is so satisfying to finding a new Sculptor . It matters not that the rest of the world know all about him and I am as usual late on the scene!I am indebted to these two websites for the following pictures;http://www.olofstrom.se/Eldh/sku lpturerna.htmhttp://www.eldhsatelje.se/en g/ Very powerful work. Some connection in my mind to Rodin's Thinker. Again I think of Rodin,and Dagas and Hans W. Larsen have similar worksWhat Chris Miller would, I think, call "pretty", but I see more of a German influence here.with some running of the patina reminiscent of Chris' contemporary Japanese post recently!I have added another, more interesting picture of him to my studios blog
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Will there be a sign of life in the Palace soon?
2007-09-06 01:05:00
Well it is 6th September and the sleeping beauty (or beggar Queen as she likes to be known) is still asleep in her Palace . Now the lady in Florence is up but still in the bath. The bath water there looks a bit green. I prefer the peaty brown bath water on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
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