Dark Rides

I recently went to the Tate Britain for the first time while some friends from the States were visiting.  I enjoyed our walk around its placid galleries–a wonderful way to spend a cloudy afternoon.  But I admit it wasn’t the most compelling collection of art I’ve ever seen, though there are a few standout pieces. … Continue reading

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The Ice Bear

I don’t know if you’ve ever carved an ice sculpture. Neither had I until last Saturday, when my flatmate dragged me out to the London Ice Sculpture Festival at Canary Wharf. The large ice sculptures around us gave an overarching impression of grace and majesty, like silent statues of dancers. This did not in any … Continue reading

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Anthropological Anxieties

I’ve been watching Grayson Perry’s series on the English class boundaries around ‘taste’ (titled helpfully ‘In the Best Possible Taste’). His research was ultimately aimed towards creating six large tapestries, but as the techniques he’s using to do the research are largely anthropological in nature it brought home for me again some of the anxieties … Continue reading

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Painted Women

I am absolutely in love with this new BBC series, “Desperate Romantics.”  It’s about the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the Victorian period.  It’s being told in the voice of Frederic George Stephens (Fred), a writer portrayed in the series as a moth to the dazzling personalities of the artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman … Continue reading