Gleanings
4 January 2024 | 10:07 pm

It wasn’t the best picture in the exhibition. The Impressionists on Paper was in part curated around capturing the tempo of the early modernist world, the City – the City being Paris mainly – and sketches that caught moments “imbued with our surroundings, our sentiments, the things of our age” (Edmond Duranty). Degas’ ballet dancers, … Continue reading "Gleanings"

Bodies and Faces/Passages and Rubens
13 October 2023 | 7:47 am

Passages is a v good fuck-about-and-find-out 3-hander. Was it Agnes Varda who said that film is all about faces? If it was she said it better, but ever since I heard it I notice it, both in film and as a qualifying aspect of television. It’s not just about size of screen, or rather the … Continue reading "Bodies and Faces/Passages and Rubens"

A Spain Diary – Day 2: Vignettes and Mercado
10 September 2023 | 11:15 am

The Mercado in Cádiz is a glorious place. Its central cool and covered courtyard the place for all the fishmongers, with specialists for shellfish, cuttlefish and squid, gilt-head bream (dorada, so often mistranslated), and of course the gold of Cádiz, red tuna, whose main season is May and June. Around the outside of that thronging … Continue reading "A Spain Diary – Day 2: Vignettes and Mercado"


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