Thursday, July 10, 2008

life class

Here's the scenario: You discover an author whose work you love, then find out her latest (2007) novel is full of themes that are tailor made for you (art, war/history, London, love, social alienation and change) and wait for it to appear at the library. Actually reading it turns out to be somewhat anti-climactic, though. I'm still not sure why Life Class ("Barker uses three artists' lives to bear witness to the brutality of the trenches") was a bit of a disappointment for me, so I had a look at a few reviews ~ which were uniformly positive. The one that best describes the book for me, though, is this one, neatly summed up in these words: " is rendered with the quick hand of a sketch rather than the textured layering of an oil painting." I was looking for a Guernica I guess, something full scale and meaty. I definitely recommend it, though, as I believe my expectations were a little unrealistic.


I have some links from Rudy stashed away for summer browsing. Enjoy.

Painted Billboards from Pakistan:

Painted Trucks also from Pakistan:

Rice Paddy Art from Japan:

"Artlog is part social network, part gallery directory, and part portfolio display case"

Historical photos from the Smithsonian:

Photographing Light:

Really big drawings:


Blogger Ellen said...

My head is spinning from all that eye candy. Rudy does it again. (noticed the 2009 Vancouver Sculpture Biennale - let's go when it gets here!)

I started 'The Underpainter' (Jane Urquhart) for the same reason, it was well reviewed and about an artist, art, love, history, all good themes. It's been 3 years and the bookmark hasn't moved. I dust it more than read it.

10/7/08 12:39 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ellen: It's a date! Meantime, I have this thick book to read while I'm away next week...

11/7/08 6:35 a.m.  
Blogger Kikipotamus said...

Thank you for the excellent links!

12/7/08 10:29 a.m.  

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