COTSWOLD POTTERIES: PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT AND PEASANT TRADITION

Muriel Tudor-Jones, Campden Pottery, 1972. Courtesy of Chipping Campden History SocietyA find in a charity shop opens the door to a world. A little preserve pot I bought for £3.50 in the shop of the Hospice of St Francis revealed to me a group of unrecorded studio potteries in the Cotswolds, little connected to art … Continue reading COTSWOLD POTTERIES: PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT AND PEASANT TRADITION

POP GO THE SIXTIES: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

The French filmmaker Jacques Demy was a contemporary of the Nouvelle Vague directors of the late 'fifties and early 'sixties, but whereas they made black-and-white films that expressed the existential pointlessness of life - like Godard’s amoral Breathless and Resnais’ baffling Last Year in Marienbad - Demy is famous for a colourful love story, The … Continue reading POP GO THE SIXTIES: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM AND THE CIA

The Royal Academy’s exhibition of abstract expressionism, which just finished, was the first show dedicated to this important post-war art movement for a long time and it gathered many representative paintings by its leading exponents – Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky, Mark Tobey, … Continue reading ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM AND THE CIA