Having viewed last week the Matrix exhibition at David Krut (at Montebello) I’ve come away with a renewed respect for great printmaking artists.  The plates (and sometimes series of proofs) alongside the final prints serve to illuminate the artists’ respective processes. Artists represented are Deborah Bell, William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Stephen Hobbs, Senzo Shabangu and Mary Wafer. After seeing the linocuts of Shabangu, Hobbs and Kentridge, I am quite interested to start exploring this medium. It seems to produce the flat, thick dark lines and surface areas that I am interested in but cannot achieve with the drypoint etching I am doing.

The list of printmaking terms (including visual examples) provided by the website is very useful – have a look here.



Financing the arts.

Interesting article in the New York Times today on how artists are to make a living, with some proposals on how to solve the problem:

I also enjoyed Tim Worstall’s response in Forbes, just because he is so contrary (and perhaps more realistic).

Would love to know what you all think!




Henry Darger.

I came upon Henry Darger via  Grayson Perry, who mentioned him in his final Reith lecture.   Darger was an “outsider artist” – a janitor who lived in a one-roomed apartment in Chicago, and who wrote (amongst other things) a 15,000 page novel, rather marvelously called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. To illustrate the story he created hundreds of illustrations composed of collage, tracings, and painting.realmsunreal


More of images of Darger’s art can be found here.

A documentary on his life. (Quite long – 80 mins, and I found the little girl narrator’s  voice a little irritating after a while, but it is worth a watch).

About the novel.

Other “outsider artists”  that interest  me are Agnes Richter (of the embroidered jacket) and Judith Scott (fibre objects)

Joseph Cornell

I have just finished this biography on Joseph Cornell: Utopia Parkway (imagine such an address!)



This is a link to  the documentary Worlds in a Box (1991 ) about Cornell’s life and work.

A fantastic archive of his papers in the Smithsonian’s  Archives of American Art:

Links to some of his amazing boxes and collages:

These two links are aimed at younger students:

His surreal movies (some of which he made by splicing together strips of old movies, others he made by employing a camera man and sometimes an actress and walking with them directing “scenes”) are not as well-known, but worth watching. Here are two:   (Rose Hobart)  (Nymphlight)