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Coronadiaries:  Alfred Cohen’s Marguerites

Coronadiaries: Alfred Cohen’s Marguerites

The American-born painter Alfred Cohen lived and worked in the village of Wighton, Norfolk for two decades before his death in 2001. I’ve written about Cohen’s exhibition in London, about 20 years in the planning, which opened and closed on the first day of the Coronavirus lockdown, here. With some 50 pictures, painstakingly assembled from […]

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Protected: Coronadiaries:  virus designs

Protected: Coronadiaries: virus designs

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Protected: Coronadiaries:  the art of plagues

Protected: Coronadiaries: the art of plagues

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Protected: Coronadiary

Protected: Coronadiary

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A Byzantine twist:  The Dome of the Rock and Kamal Boullata

A Byzantine twist: The Dome of the Rock and Kamal Boullata

  This piece comes out of a visit to the exhibition of the late Kamal Boullata’s work on show at the University of Cambridge.   My article on the exhibition of “artists’ books”, with some pictures,  was published in Middle East Eye here. In my ignorance it was the first encounter with Boullata’s work, though […]

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Collect:  craft heaven at Somerset House

Collect: craft heaven at Somerset House

Collect begs the question: where does craft begin, and art end? Or craft end, and art begin? And what are either of them anyway? The show has moved from the Saatchi Gallery to Somerset House after ten years. Somerset House is a far more engaging and established venue, though navigating the various floors and wings […]

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The Golden Hall, Stockholm

The Golden Hall, Stockholm

When the Queen of the Mälaren was unveiled in 1923, the critic for Stockholm Dagblad, the conservative morning newspaper, described her as an unseemly joke,  like a Chinese-Indian-Byzantine Medusa,  of “grotesque wildness” and “snake-like locks of hair”.     Her eyes were a particular source of consternation. The Queen of the Mälaren is an old […]

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The Pop Culture Mosaic

The Pop Culture Mosaic

Freddy Mercury, E.T., Mickey Mouse, et al – the framed mosaics, niftily hung on temporary frames, were the chosen subjects of people who visit Tessa Hunkin’s studio to make their own mosaics, and work with her on larger projects. Hunkin is one of Britain’s leading modern mosaicists.  Her work features in several posts on the […]

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Last Supper in Pompeii

Last Supper in Pompeii

The last day, of the Last Supper in Pompeii, in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.  A mosaic-related foray, but much, much, more. This small but exquisitely formed show closed on the 12th January, so little to add beyond a few haphazard thoughts.   Paul Roberts, the curator of the show and head of the antiquities department, […]

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Castle Builders:  The Dreamwork of Isaiah Zagar

Castle Builders: The Dreamwork of Isaiah Zagar

Late in the Edinburgh Festival of 2016 the founder of the Summerhall venue, Robert McDowell, introduced me  to a minor work of show-business magic.      The Castle Builder was one of those Fringe shows where you spend the first several minutes in your seat wondering what  am I doing here, and why is this […]

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The mosaic displays of the Zeugma and Bardo Museums

The mosaic displays of the Zeugma and Bardo Museums

This blog may be a practise run, or an ongoing assemblage of observations, for a minor paper I hope to submit comparing the display of mosaics at two  museums:  the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, and the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. I came across the Gaziantep museum by chance in 2013, in the […]

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The Unswept Floor

The Unswept Floor

For the mosaic class assignment at the London School of Mosaic this week we’ve been asked to produce our own responses to the Unswept Floor. For the uninitiated, such as me, the Unswept Floor is arguably the most famous mosaic of the ancient world.   Why?  First, it was described by Pliny, who uniquely also […]

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Mosiacism

Mosiacism

Where do you begin with mosaics?   Impossible.   But perhaps at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gazientep, Turkey.   The stunning, purpose-built museum displays the mosaics dramatically rescued from a huge Roman site being flooded by the rising  waters of a dam. The museum took the so-called Gipsy Girl as it’s figurehead.   The […]

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Miniature Mosaic

Miniature Mosaic

Browsing the stands at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia in November I came across this magnificent Italian marble table at Burton Antiques.    The fine variety  of the cut marble with geometric black inlay lines is combined with a mesmerising  set of micro mosaics.   The centre piece shows St Peter’s Square, […]

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