What is a Gormley and what are Gormleys for? Etymology 1. There are many people who would readily answer to the name of GORMLEY 2. Only one of these is the sculptor ANTONY GORMLEY 3. Superficial Etymological Delvings: The GORM of Gormley is also in GORMless (dull-witted; Sheffieldish and elsewhere) and GORMenghast (Peake). Gormleys 1.Gormleys … Continue reading Gormley Quiz Time!
Fancy a bit of visionary excess? Try the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain. You will never have seen so many Blakes gathered together. What a bitter and angry man he was though! So much hack work as a printer and engraver to earn a living! Pencil, courtesy William Blake The oddest thing about the … Continue reading Blake Pencil anyone?
A Van Gogh masterpiece in the laboratory....
‘I, indeed, before, others, have taken the sunflower,’ wrote Vincent Van Gogh to Paul Gauguin on 21 January 1889 with remarkable assurance for a man of such febrile temperament. Ever since, the whole world has inclined to agree with him. The name Van Gogh has become identified with his various painted representations of it. Without … Continue reading The Molten Force of the Sunflower****
read Michael Glover on Kiss My Genders at the Hayward Gallery, London
Can you imagine a hotter topic for an inflated gallery show than gender fluidity? Apparently human beings are are at it everywhere these days, in the bedroom and the schoolroom, wondering who they are, and who they might yet become once they have shucked off the daily, flat-footed plod of their customary identities... Could there … Continue reading The Challenge of Latex: the danger of gender-fluidity spillage **
Michael Glover reviews Goncharova at Tate Modern
Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) was born the daughter of an aristocrat into a rural Russia profonde two hundred miles from Moscow, amongst piety, peasantry and the older ways of doing things. Her family had been manufacturers of textiles, and from the start this huge retrospective of her work at Tate Modern embeds her deep in tradition … Continue reading Dancing with Saint Peter ***