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About Alice Mansfield

A graduate of the Slade, Alice has painted and written about art all her life. With her children now having now grown up and departed the nest, she recently took up sculpture. More Posts

THE YBAs

Yesterday in the art class we studied the Young British Artists headed up by Damien Hirst. We started though with Gilbert and George. They are similar to Hirst in their brilliant self promotion. They wear the same suits, always lived in the same house in Spitalfields, dine in the same restaurant [...]

March 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Art and the counterculture of the fifties and sixties

Yesterday in our art course we studied the gay British artists Francis Bacon, Robert Colquhoun, Robert MacBryde and Keith Vaughan. Our teacher is proficient in putting art in context, she will often prepare a time line of dates of key events and is knowledgeable on philosophy too. So we began with [...]

February 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

David Hockney

Yesterday to some confusion we studied in our course on British Twentieth Century Art, pop art in Britain. I say confusion as our teacher had clearly scheduled Bacon, Freud and the Colony Club and I brought along my copy of Martin Gayford’s Mavericks and Modernists which I displayed [...]

February 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pierre Bonnard/ The Colour of Memory- Tate Britain

There are some artists who do not justify their reputation, others who merit a greater one, but Pierre Bonnard is in a class of his own- no one can agree on his reputation. Picasso was scornful of him, Matisse regarded him as one of the greatest. The modern day critic Waldemar Januszcak – [...]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

He’s the Man

Administrators in the world of art and museums often spend a greater proportion of their time under fire for their apparent lack of acumen, ingenuity and inspiration than perhaps they should. Good intentions are fine, but in the modern world of political correctness, challenging economic [...]

February 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Back to school

This week spring term began in our local adult learning centre and I signed up for the art course on British modernism. I like our teacher immensely. She has become a friend, coming over for dinner with her husband, a jazz drummer. I could scarcely believe she was 76. With her blonde hair, [...]

January 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

A serendipitous evening

It’s fair comment that the Rust is pre-occupied with the difficulties of ageing in a confusing and confused world. It therefore gives me much delight to inform our readers that last night I invited a couple of 80 (Ron) and 76 years Jackie for a drink and light supper and they were outstanding [...]

December 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Klimt and Schiele, Howard and Russell

Yesterday was a full-on day and evening of art. In the afternoon I went to the exhibition of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele’s drawings from the Albertina Museum in Vienna. Though 28 years divided the two artists they died in the same year (1918) and both their lives were dogged by controversy. [...]

November 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Visit to Tate Britain

Yesterday I went on a curated art tour of Tate Britain as an accompaniment to our course on British twentieth century art. In my opinion there are three ways to enjoy public art and one way not to. The three ways are a viewing at a dealer, at an auction house and the standing collection of museum [...]

October 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

My art week

There is always one in every class and we have our resident know-all in our British modernist course. He identified Hitler, Churchill and Daladier in Mark Gertler’s anti-war carousel picture. The only problem it was painted in 1916. Yesterday we studied Paul Nash. Nash was a considerable [...]

October 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

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