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What I’ve been looking at…

What I’ve been looking at…

This is the first is a new series of ‘What I’ve been looking at…’ columns by Claudia Massie. CultureKicks also has a ‘What I’ve been reading…’ column by Emily Rhodes, a ‘What I’ve been watching…’ column by Peter Hoskin, and will soon add a ‘What I’ve been listening to…’ one [...]

by × April 16, 2013 × 0 comments

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The art of seeing

The art of seeing

A dozen teenagers hover around easels, taping up cartridge paper, fumbling sticks of charcoal, blethering. A teacher—me, as it happens—directs two heaters towards an empty stool at the centre of the studio in opposition to the Winter chill. A small woman with long hair enters, naked beneath a dressing gown. [...]

by × January 28, 2013 × 0 comments

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A mystery made of paper

A mystery made of paper

When Georges Simenon visited Edinburgh and saw the great gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott that rises from Princes Street Gardens, he is reputed to have said in astonishment, ‘They built that to a writer — to one of us!’ But Edinburgh, which has a fair claim to being the cradle [...]

by × April 1, 2012 × 0 comments

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Art Attack

Art Attack

On December 29th, a painting by American artist Clyfford Still was subjected toan unusual assault in a Denver museum. The target, ‘1957-J-No. 2’, is a typical example of Still’s abstract expressionism, a blocky patchwork of flat colour and punchy brushwork. What motivated Carmen Tisch to tear it from the wall, [...]

by × January 19, 2012 × 0 comments

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Taki, Munakata and me 

Taki, Munakata and me 

Taki Mita was a Japanese kid at my school. We were good friends and spent a lot of time hanging around the school art room, listening to Bob Marley and Naughty By Nature, drawing (me) and settingfire to spray adhesive (him). He taught me the Japanese alphabet, how to write [...]

by × January 18, 2011 × 0 comments

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Why I Love… Hergé

Why I Love… Hergé

Steven Spielberg is currently working on a new Tintin film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, adapted from the book of the same name. Jamie Bell will play the boy reporter and Andy Serkis Captain Haddock. It’s going to be a motion-capture film, with a CGI Snowy, [...]

by × September 17, 2010 × 0 comments