Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Eternal Valentine

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Steve Bell at 60

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
“I came to realise, while drawing her over the first year of her government, that she was deranged, but in a very controlled way, and this was expressed in her eyeballs. Her utter self-belief, her total conviction of her own rightness, went way beyond arrogance. She was mad. Perhaps I subconsciously empathised with her for this. Even so, I hated her more than any other living being. Within a couple of years, she had managed to triple unemployment, slash services and lay waste to vast tracts of British industry.
…Tory audiences are well turned-out, shiny and simple-minded, and in all the years I have been studying them, nothing whatever has changed.”

Steve Bell, Cartoonist on That Woman

Coronation Street

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

you can  buy a limited edition of this photo here

.. is a street in Salford. Yes I know you thought ‘TV soap opera’ when you read the title; it’s not that Coronation Street I’m on about though. It’s this one. Coronation Street, Salford is in the news today because it’s the subject of a painting by L.S Lowry which is to be sold next week at Christies. Lowry painted the scene in 1957; it’s typical of his classic Salford street scenes with the legendary stalk-like figures, little dogs and looming industrial buildings set amongst terraced houses. According to the blurb on the Christies site, Coronation Street (the soap) was based on a street near Coronation Street (the Salford one, which is about a mile west of the current fictional TV set). Doing a quick Google Streetview of the neighbourhood certainly does evoke a sense of Weatherfield in the style of the Victorian terraces. Unlike its fictional counterpart, though, this neighbourhood has the  bleak inner city vibe unrelieved by cosy corner pubs or domestic dramas played out on the cobbles (which have long been replaced by cheaper tarmac). In 1986 The Smiths stood at the corner of Coronation Street for the photo seen above which has now become famous and is included in the National Portrait Gallery collection. The corner in question, I only discovered today, is the site of Salford Lads Club, itself another legendary spot. Morrisey has a long association with the Lads Club and it was featured again in the video for ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’. The Smiths and their bicycling acolytes cycle past the club here and later pose outside. There is also some interesting footage of Coronation Street and the surrounding neighbourhood in all its boarded-up, socially deprived Thatcher-bashed eighties state; no wonder Mozza loved it so much.

Looking for Lowry

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

I enjoyed the ITV doco on L.S Lowry this evening and I can’t help thinking that very soon there is going to be an announcement of a Lowry exhibition in London. Watch this space. Meanwhile I confess to not having known that Oasis had made a video in the style of Lowry a few years back – and very fine it is too.

Woof

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Should you be short of things to do this Royal Wedding Tide then why not perform your own wool-based tribute by knitting your own corgi?
You know you want to.
Recipe here.

Fifty years in space

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

This has to be the nicest Google doodle I’ve seen.

There is nothing like a Dame

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Me n’ Helen, we’ve got this thing going on. We both love Mr K.
She gets to do the full in-MoMA talking head thing.
I get to do the worship from afar thing.
And I love the paintings too.

Poster boy

Friday, February 25th, 2011

This year’s poster for the Oscars is simply stunning in all its Deco glamour.
I’ve ordered a large one.

Friday, October 8th, 2010
Today's Google Doodle. John Lennon's 70th birthday. Sometimes things can be simply beautiful.

Presume

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On?