Category Archives: art

Somme installation

There is an artwork like the[url=http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/cardiff-launch-very-field-poppies-11310199] poppy fields down Cardiff Bay [/url]to represent the men of the Welsh Fusiliers who died in the Somme. It lights up at night, so is better viewed then

Gwen John

I’m doing the final assignment of my Art History course on Welsh artist [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwen_John]Gwen John[/url]. We have to develop a research question concerning the display of a work of art. I have chosen one of hers, so yesterday went into Cardiff National Museum to do some research (how the placement of her work relates to other artists, etc). I picked up some Gwen John swag while I was there, for inspiration when I’m writing. A book, a reproduction of “A Girl in Profile”, and yes, a mug.

Gates of Hell

I spent the day at unesco in an OER symposium. This evening I popped over to the Rodin museum. The sculpture garden is amazing. This is the Gates of Hell. The detail is like your worst nightmare. I want a set for my garden.

In the cloud

Had a good Chicago day today – we saw the Cloud sculpture that features in every film about Chicago & did the art institute.
Then this evening it was another Hawks game. This time against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was an easy win 7-2, some great goals.

It’s no game

Was very saddened by the news of Bowie’s death today. I missed his great period, Scary Monsters being the first of his albums I bought (& which if done by anyone else would stand as their best album). It was a sign of anyone “serious” about music that they went through a discovering Bowie phase. You knew going through that back catalogue this is music for grown up people. I liked Bowie a lot, but there are people I know who adored him, for whom he was the single greatest influence on their lives.
Although he is forever associated with Berlin and New York, there was something very British about him too. For all the UKIP, little England interpretations on Britishness, it is people like Bowie that capture Britishness (if that means anything at all).
May have a glass of wine & listen to some albums tonight…