MALEVITCH: THE END AND THE BEGINNING OF PAINTING

Kazimir Malevitch's "Black Square" (1915) (above) was the end of representational painting. In 1916, the Dadaists' Zurich exhibition was the end of art.  After those momentous events, what art became was a family whose members bore some resemblance to one another, but in which distant relatives looked very different indeed.And where did one go after … Continue reading MALEVITCH: THE END AND THE BEGINNING OF PAINTING

TO ADD A FIXED PERCENTAGE BY DRY WEIGHT OF STAIN TO A GLAZE SLOP OF KNOWN RECIPE

PROBLEMTo determine the weight of dry matter in the glaze slop.SOLUTIONBy Brongniart's formula W = G(L-1000)/(G-1) calculate weight of dry matter in the glaze slop.Where:W = the dry weight of matter in the slopL = the weight in grams of a litre of the slopG = density of the dry matter relative to water (its … Continue reading TO ADD A FIXED PERCENTAGE BY DRY WEIGHT OF STAIN TO A GLAZE SLOP OF KNOWN RECIPE

LEARNING POTTERY: ART SCHOOLS vs APPRENTICESHIPS

As readers of this blog will have realised, I'm researching how pottery was taught in British art schools in the 20th century.  Here's a very, very brief overview.Iznik, one of Lunn's teaching models, from Pottery, 1910Practical pottery in Britain was first taught by Richard Lunn at the Royal College of Art (1901-15), then at Camberwell College of … Continue reading LEARNING POTTERY: ART SCHOOLS vs APPRENTICESHIPS

BANKSY’S RACIST PIGEONS REMOVED BY COUNCIL

Tendring district council removed this ironic Banksy graffiti from Clacton-on-Sea because of complaints over the racist slogans. That raises several questions:Does the high regard in which Banksy is held encourage the defacement of buildings by thousands of talentless graffitists, and should he be treated simply as a vandal?  Or is creative vandalism a special case?Is … Continue reading BANKSY’S RACIST PIGEONS REMOVED BY COUNCIL