2018

Modigliani – The Eyes Have It

Modigliani – The Eyes Have It I’ve updated this video looking at the recent Tate Modern exhibition on Modigliani. Rather than simply copy different works, I’ve concentrated on a study of his mastery of eyes : Modigliani – The Eyes Have It Enjoy the video. It’s only a couple of minutes. Art-Tales is a magazine blog site following the journeys and reflections through the art world of artist, sketcher, art historian and critic Al Beckett. Merely to amuse, inform and entertain, Art-Tales is aimed at people who simply wish to dip a toe into the art world, share an insight, smile at a joke and maybe even be informed a little. Al regularly visits the major galleries in the UK and whenever possible, mainland Europe and the USA. He keeps up to date by subscribing to many periodicals, viewing documentaries … Continue reading Modigliani – The Eyes Have It

Bruegel Kunst Historisches Vienna

Peasant Wedding (Detail)

Bruegel Kunst Historisches Vienna . I was fortunate to obtain a timed ticket to see this world renowned exhibition of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. I’d never much identified with him or his work, but now I’m converted. Bruegel Kunst Historisches Vienna                   Joining the well managed audience, I was able to study all of Bruegel’s works.             Two hours later I was left awe-struck by the virtuosity, talent and enigma of this artist and the empathy engendered within my psyche. Details of the little known facts of Bruegel’s life can be found easily (for example), my experience concentrated on appreciating the development of his style and an attempt at understanding his depiction of his subjects and my interpretation. Much work it could be said, is fairly straight-forward eg … Continue reading Bruegel Kunst Historisches Vienna

RAF Museum London

RAF Hendon - a snap sketch

RAF Museum London (Hendon) RAF Museum London History, nostalgia, fantastic engineering, skill, bravery. The war in the air. Devastation, the futility of war. Security and protection. The destruction of evil. The loss of life. The enormous cost of human suffering, to the economies of all involved. The scars and wounds, the pride. Scientific developments, steps forward and back in human development. Humanity, barbarity. Man’s inhumanity to man. Comradeship. Partnerships between countries. Unions forged. Geo-political transformations. Eco-structures destroyed and developed. The effects of war are endless. Personal perspectives examined. Political leanings enhanced. A visit to museums such as RAF Hendon bring all this to mind and can leave one with a mind-whirl of confusion: determination for peace and co-operation between humans and countries. Understanding, tolerance, flexibility. Protection for the vulnerable, standing up to bullies, security, peace and prosperity for future generations. … Continue reading RAF Museum London

Brig O’Turk Ruskin Glasgow Boys

Brig O'Turk Tea Rooms

Brig O’Turk Ruskin Glasgow Boys Brig O’Turk Ruskin Glasgow Boys. In the Brig O’Turk village in the Scottish Trossachs, a delightful 1930s tea rooms is situated, here illustrated. In the 1939 version of ‘The 39 Steps’ featuring Kenneth Moore, the tea rooms were centrally featured as a location for part of Richard Hannay’s escape from the police.           Until very recently the tea rooms were run by Csaba & Veronica Brünner, but unfortunately their lease has run out and the owner (adjoining property) wants to sell. A very sad loss as the tea rooms provided an excellent pre or post walk watering stop and the Hungarian goulash was to die for. Progress!? I understand the Brunners now run a restaurant in nearby Callander. Good luck to a most deserving couple. Meanwhile, the tea rooms remain desolate and … Continue reading Brig O’Turk Ruskin Glasgow Boys

Thames Barrier

Thames Barrier

Thames Barrier and Greenwich Yacht Club                     Primacy Eye is a magazine blog site following the journeys and reflections through the art world of artist, sketcher, art historian and critic Al Beckett. Merely to amuse, inform and entertain, Primacy Eye is aimed at people who simply wish to dip a toe into the art world, share an insight, smile at a joke and maybe even be informed a little. Al regularly visits the major galleries in the UK and whenever possible, mainland Europe and the USA. He keeps up to date by subscribing to many periodicals, viewing documentaries and the news in general. Al paints and sculpts himself and frequently sketches in-situ. He has written a book ‘The Primacy of Your Eye’ designed to give people some insights to enhance their … Continue reading Thames Barrier

Studland Dorset UK Joe’s Cafe

Joe's Cafe Studland Dorset UK

If ever you’re in Dorset UK, make a trip to Studland and enjoy a coffee & lunch at Joe’s Cafe on the beach overlooking The English Channel, the Solent and Isle of Wight. Bournemouth is in the background on the horizon. Studland Dorset UK Joe’s Cafe According to many pundits – it’s part of the best coastline in the world. Why travel to the Med, Caribbean, Indian Ocean – or wherever when you have this splendid coast on the doorstep – if you’re in Southern England that is.                   Dorset Studland UK         Primacy Eye is a magazine blog site following the journeys and reflections through the art world of artist, sketcher, art historian and critic Al Beckett. Merely to amuse, inform and entertain, Primacy Eye is aimed at … Continue reading Studland Dorset UK Joe’s Cafe

Henry Lamb Exhibition Salisbury Museum

The PBI (Poor Bloody Infantry) 1941

Henry Lamb Exhibition Salisbury Museum. It was quite a revelation to discover an English artist who’s contribution to this country’s art has been in the shadows for too long. A retrospective at Salisbury Museum is to be congratulated – and it ends too soon – 30 September 2018. Henry Lamb was a leading figure in the early 20th century, perhaps overshadowed by his contemporaries Stanley Spencer, Augustus John and other members of the Bloomsbury Group in London.                 Lamb was a founding member of the pre WW1 Camden Town Group of artists that amongst others consisted of Walter Sickert (who helped Winston Churchill with his painting), Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis and Lucien Pissarro.                 Lamb’s work is figurative and excels in capturing the essential essence of … Continue reading Henry Lamb Exhibition Salisbury Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC – Just after opening, enthusiastic art lovers enjoying a reviving coffee and maybe also a pastry, before venturing forth to enjoy the exhibitions. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art contains numerous permanent collections from the ancient world through to modern history. Visitors can also enjoy frequently changing temporary displays.             Whilst we were there, a thoroughly imaginative display featured various designers’ takes on Catholic Church garb, on manikins, within the medieval galleries and statues. this against the background of Michael Nyman’s ‘Time Lapse’ Stunning.                                                           Primacy Eye is a magazine blog site following the journeys and … Continue reading Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC