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(December 2012)


Museum Doors Shut & Galleries Close: The Impact of COVID on the Art World

Illustration by Himarni Brownsword As the ongoing epidemic of coronavirus has been internationally felt, the British government and public wavered between two extreme sentiments: war-time effort or denial of the pressing reality. New measures have been announced to limit non-essential contact and unnecessary travel in order to slow the spread of the outbreak in Britain as the global death toll increases. UK citizens (and Courtauld students) are experiencing the effects of the virus with the announced shutdown of museums and libraries. Museums and libraries have started to close for the protection of the health and wellbeing of visitors, staff and the general public. There is a growing relian

Picasso and Paper at the RA: The paper seduced me

Banner of the Picasso and Paper exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (25 January – 13 April 2020) (Image by Ellie Perry) This is not the first large scale Picasso exhibition to come to London. 47 years after his death the artist remains one of the most loved and sought-after artists of the modern world. The amount of people attending the latest showcase of the infamous artist’s work also suggests it certainly won’t be the last. This year the Royal Academy has curated a huge show spanning the artist's career, from paper cut-outs at the age of seven to his final self-portrait at 90. This temporal range offers an ominous warning of the sheer length of the show. The Academy promises a

A Visit to the Consulate: A Lesson in Absurdity

Illustration by Rebecca Marks A long corridor with windows on one side and a row of uncomfortable plastic chairs. I look at my watch, which says I have been sitting in the same spot for the past two hours. I wonder how many more I have left. The lunch and coffee I had earlier are just a faint memory now. I have been entertaining myself reading Regarding The Pains of Others by Susan Sontag and thinking if she ever considered writing about the pain caused by bureaucracy. Maybe I should have brought Kafka’s The Trial with me instead because this visit to the Polish consulate felt dangerously similar to Josef K.’s experience. Why did I choose to spend my Thursday afternoon waiting around and won

A Case for Art in the Moment

Illustration by Himarni Brownsword The major gallery shows in London broadly shape culture and taste, meanwhile smaller events are not given the same value but are equally as important. Art on a community-scale and experimental events have always had a greater impact on me than any exhibition at the Tate or Royal Academy, and I have found greater inspiration at live events or club nights than with a beautiful sculpture or painting. Those institutions are beginning to appeal more to youth cultures and Millenials with an increasing number of gallery ‘lates’ which are more instantly gratifying with the multi-sensory experiences on offer. One example of a move in the right direction is Turner-Pr

Bora Aksu: When Fashion Imitates Art

The Turkish-born designer Bora Aksu, who has built up a loyal following for his romantic and fanciful dresses, has returned to London Fashion Week for the fourteenth time. His latest collection to debut continued this whimsy legacy as he drew inspiration from the revolutionary abstract artist Hilma af Klint. Illustration by Grace Han Born in Sweden in 1862, Klint developed an early interest in painting and drawing before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. She completed classical training and embarked on a career as a traditional painter of landscapes. Her epiphany came in 1896 following the death of her sister; tired of conventionality she turned to spiritualis

An Assortment of Identities: An identity crisis at 20 years old

Illustration by Vitoria Mendes I’ve told myself thus far that I am finding myself. ‘I should have taken a gap year to find myself’, ‘I’m just figuring out who I am’. Truth is, I think that is a narrative that will follow me through my life, and I have found peace with that. Growing up, I was the quiet one. Coming from a family of 18 cousins on one side, I learned many things. I learned that it is in fact essential to book a restaurant when your family comes to stay, because people tend to look slightly baffled when you ask them for a table for 19 on a Saturday night. But I learned that I am comfortable observing, I am comfortable feeling like part of a group whilst not necessarily saying eve

Courtauld versus Courtauld: Or the most frustrating hour of my life

Illustration by Grace Han ​The UCU and Senior Management Q&A held Thursday, 13 February felt a lot like divorce court. Both were part of an elaborate game of He said, She said. Neither was willing to admit any flaw or failure. And nobody was paying much attention to anything the “kids” had to say. From this student’s point of view, two key questions went unaddressed, even though they were asked several times, in several different ways: Will the strike be effective? Most students are concerned about whether the strike will lead to an improvement in Courtauld employees’ working conditions. Yet the union representatives could not explain why this fifth year of striking would accomplish somethi

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