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Favorite Art: Tapies, ‘This is a Body’

Posted in FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2009 by echostains

tapies-1964

 

 

tapies-1964

I thought I would start a new catogory to intersperse with my Altered book work, the Echostains paintings and the general musings.  The criteria for this section is that it has to be art that I LOVE, and where possible, art that I have actually seen in the canvas.

this-is-a-body-tapies

 

 

this-is-a-body-tapies

It is the invisibility: what we can’t actually see, that give us the urge to communicate.  ‘ I saw ‘This is a Body’ by the artist Antoni Tapies  (b. 1923 Catalonia Spain) at the ‘Encounters’ exhibition in 2000.  The image is exactly that:  just part of a body or the outline of a body which has been scratched into a marble dusted layered surface that has been built up.  But it is the way that the image has been carved into the surface: the deliberation of the artists hand that comes across, and the narrative that the body has with the surface, that communicated with me on an emotional level.  The experience was like a wave – a sudden wave of empathy, understanding – reciprocal and felt between painting and viewer.

tapies_greyochre-1958

 

 

tapies_greyochre-1958

Note: ‘This is a Body’ is a photo taken from my dissertation ‘The Artist as Magician’.  Nothing can do justice to seeing the real thing.  I think this applies to any artwork, a reproduction will always be and look a reproduction. 

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Kubla Khan Killer Cocktail: Don’t try this at home

Posted in ART with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by echostains
Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett

Today I came across a book I hadn’t seen in a while.  Funnily enough I was writing about the author in my post ‘Bohemians at heart? or an Ass in Bohemia?’  The author is Nina Hamnett, Queen of Bohemia: the title is ‘Laughing Torso’.  The book is a first edition 1932 and contains reminiscences of Hamnett’s Bohemian life in Paris and London, where she knew  Amedeo Modigliani, Roger Fry , Augustus John and  Walter Sickert among many others.

the-little-tea-party-sickert 1915 16

the-little-tea-party-sickert 1915 16

  Besides being a good read, it has  an interesting recipe scribbled in pencil in the margin of page  174  It is in the Chapter entitled ‘Back to Paris and celebrities’, where she talks about Magician Aleister Crowley inviting some friends back to his place to try out a new cocktail he has just invented.

 I would absolutely LOVE it if Hamnett had actually scribbled down this cocktail herself in this actual book (dictated by the Great Beast Crowley!)  Alas, there’s no way of knowing who the recipe scribbler is.

The Great Cocktail Shaker

The Great Cocktail Shaker

 By the way, the actual recipe of this cocktail is not listed in the book: this makes the pencil version all the more intriguing.  Incidentally Hamnett and Crowley once involved in a Law suit together  in later years – which Crowley lost.  Artist Hamnett was known for her wild ways and her drinking and was quite a character in Soho.  This woman posed for Henri Gaudier Brzeska and Sickert and the   titleof the her book ‘Laughing Torso’ refers to when she was Brzeska’s model.

torso-of-a-woman-1930-cast-henri-gaudier-brzeska
torso-of-a-woman-1930-cast-henri-gaudier-brzeska

 Kubla Khan a drink supposedly invented by Aleicester Crowley

1 part Gin

1 part Cavados

half tsp Creme de Menthe

20 drops laudanum  (a tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug)

Filter through ice

Sit back and er …enjoy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley

 

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/modigliani/

http://www.tate.org.uk/archivejourneys/bloomsburyhtml/bio_fry.htm

http://www.utopia-britannica.org.uk/pages/AJohn.htm