Inspiring Print Catalogue

Inspiring Print Catalogue

This link will take you to a beautifully presented online catalogue of the works chosen for the 2013 International Printmaking Exhibition at Kazanlak in Bulgaria.  Well worth looking at if printmaking is your thing.  It has excellent photographs of all the works properly described in terms of the method of printmaking employed by the artist.  Also information about the jury etc.  The deadline for submissions for the next exhibition is around April 2014 so plenty of time to work on something to submit.  There is a cost though, which I haven’t checked.  It can be quite expensive (some bienalles cost as much as R1000 and you may not even be accepted which is a bit off putting).

Do look at the book full-screen to really see the prints properly. 

I have the entry conditions etc so if you’re interested in submitting work email me and I’ll forward them to you.


Art History Online

My knowledge of the history of art is dismal. We did do it for three years during my Graphic Design Diploma course in the seventies but it was unbelievably superficial and I always feel really ignorant when the subject comes up. So I am very interested in this free online course and thought some of you might be too. This is the introduction:

“The Art History discipline is designed to develop visual arts literacy, as well as critical and interpretive thinking skills. As an Art History Major, you will receive a solid grounding in the history of western art as well as the art of certain non-western cultures. The major consists of twelve courses: four mandatory “core program” courses and eight electives.

The core program will introduce the principal terminology, methods, and questions that comprise the study of art history and will prepare you to discuss and understand the major issues of art history and the central debates of art historical criticism. Your first course, ARTH101: Art Appreciation and Techniques, will present you with an overview of the language, themes, and techniques most frequently used in art and its study as well as the tools you need to approach visual art from an art historical perspective. You will then take ARTH110 followed by ARTH111, which survey the history of Western art from prehistoric times to the present.”

I have a feeling that you can access all the material without registering which excites me. Is this a sign of lack of commitment? Anyway….if you’re interested it could be worth taking a look here.

Very interesting artist – of whom I’d never heard

Very interesting artist – of whom I’d never heard

Sue Kaplan introduced me to the work of this incredible woman who was working in the seventies doing some very interesting stuff….. and beyond.

(sorry – a little rant here – it’s quite annoying but it isn’t possible to just add links randomly in the text — or am I missing something?)

Quote from the blog post above : “In this work Messager clothed dozens of taxidermied sparrows in tiny knitted garments, then carefully laid them out in natural-history-museum-style display cabinets. Presented as if they are sleeping, cozy in their woollen wear, the little birds become an uneasy cross between scientific specimen and treasured pet.”

Annette Messager, "Le Repos des Pensionnaires", 1971-72. Centre Pompidou.

This is but one of many diverse and interesting works by Annette Messager.

Useful Resource for performance art

Useful Resource for performance art

I came across this site this morning and haven’t looked at it in detail but I think it could provide very useful information such as artists, venues, festivals, education, funding etc.  The list of artists gives you names, work style and websites for performance artists all over the world.  Of course the important thing is “are these artists well placed and inspiring or a list of wannabees”. 

Mary Sibande Opening

Sue and I went to the opening at the National Gallery last night.  It was an interesting experience.  Really good wines etc and smart waiters.  Incredible and plentiful food, even red velvet cupcakes.

Not sure if all National Gallery Openings are like this but it seemed extravagant when they are supposedly struggling to keep afloat.


The sculpture of the rearing horse is titled “Reign”.  It’s an enormous work that dominates the space as intended.  The horse is cast in resin.  The National Gallery has just bought this work with the assistance of Friends of  the Gallery.

The new work “The Purple Shall Govern” was quite disappointing.  My bad picture doesn’t help much.  Sue Kaplan has a lot of interesting observations that I will not try to repeat but hopefully she will elaborate on this blog, except to mention that an artist who sometimes works similarly is Annette Messager.  I hadn’t heard of her before but did some googling and was very excited by her work.

The Purple shall Govern

Last time I was at the Nat Gal I got into trouble for taking a pic (the rules seem to change all the time) but last night, perhaps because it was an opening, nobody was complaining.  So I grabbed the opportunity to take a shot of the installation below.  A work I just love.  Now I cannot remember the title or the artist!!!!

Natgal 1



There are quite a few lovely etchings on display near this part of the gallery.  Including Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge.

The main attraction is actually the Kevin Atkinson retrospective.  It failed to move either Sue or me, except for some interesting etchings with embossings and multiple plates on one page that provided some fresh technical ideas .  The bulk of the work, for us, did not pass the test of time too well.

Would love to hear from other BSR’s if any of you get around to visiting the gallery.

PS. Apologies if the layout is messy.  Not too familiar with the way this site works.