Katy Grannan

2 05 2012

Katy Grannan. Such bizarre photos. Staged. And yet open. Dramatic. A kind of tug of war between age and beauty. And fear. There is always fear. Time, like a serial killer. Stocks everyone.

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Grete Stern

2 05 2012

Like many women artists Grete Stern had an interesting life. Choosing the life of an artist was difficult for men, but for women there were many more obstacles including the chauvinism of their colleagues.

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Grete Stern was an emigre from Nazi Germany who moved to England and finally to Argentina. The images in her work grow into new images. I find her work exciting and very clever. If I had seen her work when I was young I would have said that she had a great influence on me. Many of her(visual) ideas are similar to my own. But I only discovered her recently.Although much of her work had a commercial/utilitarian purpose, illustrating dreams of readers of a woman’s magazine, the images stand on their own without explanation.

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Clarence John Laughlin

2 05 2012

It seems that artists like Laughlin must have felt very peripheral in their time. Were these hobbies? Passions?

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He was called the first surreal photographer in America. Most of the collages are staged and then photographed. It makes for some very interesting work.

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Egon Schiele

2 05 2012

No artist that I have looked at recently has made his obsession seem so unpleasant. Not to say I don’t love this guy’s work. It is marvelous. And I imagine that his sexual interests must have created quite a controversy. Still you can see that the artist seems to be of two minds about sex. Certainly his work is not erotic. At least not in the fantasy level of Playboy magazine for example. These are not the girl next door.

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The film version of the 1998 stage production “The Featherstonehaughs Draw on the Sketch Books of Egon Schiele”

Composer: S Blake
Director: L Anderson & K McKiernan
Producer: N Boulter for ACE/BBC
Venue/Site: Film – BBC