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How Government Cuts are Impacting Arts Education

There is a painting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden hanging on the wall of a gallery; both are naked, save for a fig leaf. A small girl of about two or three years stares up intently at it, her hands crossed behind her back as she leans forward, nose first. Suddenly, she breaks into loud giggles which turn into peals of laughter. Everyone in the room turns around to see this small child shaking with barely suppressed hilarity at the figures’ nakedness. Adam and Eve, Lucas Cranach, 1526 (Photo: Robert Ratcliffe, Courtauld Institute) That girl, as you may have guessed, was me. My mother recalls with amusement the smiles of the elderly ladies nearby and, although I have no memory of this

In Absentia: Body Politics in the Absence of Human Form

“When you look at the imprint of our image, it is us that you will see,” Saint Symeon said to a disciple in response to a priest asking that his ill son remain in the saint’s presence. He refused the request and deflected divine power onto a clay token bearing his imprinted image, diverting attention from his person and instead instilling an ambiguous divine power within the object. Since antiquity, traces of a human figure transferred onto an object have carried enormous weight in communities of the cult. Imbued with talismanic powers, reproductions become relics and icons, worshipped by followers of particular religious doctrines – in these instances it is the relationship to a deified

The Absence of Polygnotos

Hellenistic art is defined by our academic fetishization of names. The summation of our Grecian canon relies much on the shadowy and, if you believe contemporary academics, non-existent figure of Homer. But from Homer, Phidias and Praxiteles carved, and Exekias and Kleitas painted. Of course, each name we have is defined by an adjacent absence. It seems aptly poetic – as all ancient Greek anecdotes appear to be – that the holy grail, the glittering cup that is Greek fresco painting, is defined by an absolute absence of the work itself, bar an unusually well-documented character by the name of Polygnotos. Not one of his works survive. Our fragmentary evidence of him is due largely to Pausania

Don’t Panic! Who do you think you are kidding Mr Rees-Mogg?

Firstly, let me take up where I left off last week. You may remember that last Friday it appeared that Mrs May was about to be toppled by members of her own party, with pantomime villain Jacob Rees-Mogg as ringleader. Well by the early stages of this week it became clear that Moggy’s little coup had failed – he cried havoc and let slip the dogs of war only to fall well short of the 48 MPs’ letters needed to bring about a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. How deflating! Rees-Mogg claims to have no aspiration towards Downing Street himself, but I for one think he would have had a good chance – in the general election of 1900, perhaps. Illustration by Rhiannon Powell On Wednesday

The Importance of Ambitious Political Rhetoric: The West Wing, Season One - A Review

It is not often one is able to decipher why we are drawn to the things we are, but in cases like this, it is less important to consider why and more so to accept their relevance in the context of our present situations. I was recently introduced to a show that premiered in 1999: The West Wing. A now seemingly ancient narrative, what with the incredible pace of both politics and television, I was struck by its poignance and startling relevance to the current political climate. Established in the wake of George H W Bush’s oscillating government and at the onset of Clinton’s rocky presidency, this show emerges at an imperative time for American history. Following an ensemble of characters situa

Brexagedon: “The Revolution is Eating its Children”

On Thursday this week, a senior Conservative Party source told the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, that “the revolution is eating its children.” And with that summed up some of the most dramatic days in British politics so far this year. To get to the root of this we must go back to the beginning of the week when rumours spread through Westminster that the interminable charade of the Brexit negotiation may have been about to reach a conclusion. This was indeed the case, as late on Tuesday, Downing Street announced a draft agreement (over 500 pages of the bloody thing), had been agreed by both teams of negotiators. It did not take long for staunch leavers, such as everyone’s favouri

Cosmically Curated: November Art 'Scopes

Art and culture in London can be overwhelming, especially during Scorpio season when we all have the feels ~~ Find your sign below and let the stars guide your way! Aries This is a good month for travel and personal freedom. Get in touch with your deeper self at Jane Ward’s ​‘The Reconstructed Romantic’ showing at the James Freeman Gallery until 24th November. Ward’s collages juxtapose landscapes from across the world, wetting your wanderlust and transporting you to the sublime. Taurus Money Money Money! You are rolling in chips this month Taurus. Celebrate AND support local artists at Hackney’s D.I.Y Art Market. They’ll be at The Big London Flea in Stoke Newington on 18th November. Whether

A Hidden Gem: Alvar Aalto's Stolar Chair

This week I moved into the Courtauld library. Not literally, although the number of hours I’ve spent tucked away in its nooks and crannies totalled up to considerably more than the time spent at home. If it weren’t for looming essay deadlines, however, I wouldn’t have had the chance to absorb and appreciate our star chair this week: Alvar Alto’s Stolar. Stolar, Alvar Aalto, 1935 Artek I always notice this chair when entering or exiting the library, making sure to express my dislike of it either in my head or out loud to anyone accompanying me. At first glance, it doesn’t appeal to me at all: the kitsch zebra print cover and oddly shaped wooden frame are reminiscent of ’70s interiors, usua

Ride or Die: Skateboarding the National Gallery

From the standpoint of the mirror I discover my absence from the place where I am since I see myself over there. – Michel Foucault, Des Espace Autres, March 1967 One Sunday afternoon, I joined a motley group of skaters on an impromptu race through central London. After sprinting Waterloo Bridge against the traffic (cruising by Somerset House and Duchy on the way), we embarked on a meandering path through Covent Garden towards our final destination, Trafalgar Square. By the time we threw our boards on the ledges of Nelson’s Column, a dim magenta sunset hung over Whitehall. Most often when I’ve found myself around the National Gallery it has been with a seminar group or to peruse paintings f

The US Midterm Elections: A Blue Wave but Trump's still standing

Yes, that’s right everybody, we’re only just at the halfway point of Trump’s first (and hopefully only) term in office. And that means it’s midterm election time, when all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate seats are up for grabs. Alongside this, 36 state Governors were on the ballot as well as many positions in local government. Although these votes might not be as headline grabbing as the presidential election, they’re still highly significant, as a CBS poll suggested that 65% of voters said Trump’s performance so far was a significant influence on the way they voted. The President, supposedly the most powerful Wotsit in the world (Commander in Cheese,

Beguiling Brett – what could his appointment as Justice of the American Supreme Court mean for Ameri

The past two years of American politics have shown us that the most extreme outcome is not necessarily the least likely one. The man who once tried to trademark the phrase ‘You’re fired!’ is now the president of the United States. Anything seems possible, even that the 114th Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America could be Brett Kavanaugh, a man who is currently elbowing through allegations of sexual misconduct and attempted rape which were reported even before his first day in the job. Ha! That did happen. Trump’s somewhat predictable reaction to Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s statement (the first of three women to come forward with allegations) in court was dismissive

Skeletons in the Closet: A Week of Tricks & Treats

Halloween was not the only terrifying (k)night this week, as Sir Philip Green once again reared his greasy head. You may remember the Topshop-owning tycoon from such scandals as the recent collapse of British Home Stores (BHS), which Green sold for £1 in 2015 as it began to fail – but only after he had sucked £586 million from the pension fund. Thus when BHS finally shut down there was a £571 million hole in the pockets of the now unemployed workforce. After much public outcry Sir Philip may have eventually put his hand into his pocket, but only to the tune of around £300 million, leaving many of his old employees struggling to make ends meet. Illustration by Rhiannon Powell Sounds lovely

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