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A Letter from Venice – Part Two: Phyllida Barlow's 'Folly'

Phyllida Barlow’s work has been seen throughout the UK recently — at the Hepworth as part of the inaugural sculpture prize, and filling Tate Britain’s Duveen Gallery and Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket. Her work is on show until late November in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Much of the work on display in Venice speaks of migration, ethnicity, and post-colonialism — I’ll cover this in other posts — but Barlow has produced a work that is concerned with traditional sculptural concerns: space, weight, scale, and so on.

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A Letter from Venice – Part One: Orientation

Truman Capote described Venice as ‘like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go’. That counts double when you’re trying to absorb a lot of art as well as admire the place. This is the third time I’ve visited the Biennale and the first time I’ve done so outside of Press Week. Frankly it was a relief to spend time looking at the work and not searching for free food and/or Prosecco.

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It’s not just black and white

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Petherbridge’s work in the flesh before. There’s a patient, meditative quality about the meticulous ink drawings she makes…

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Deanna Petherbridge

‘Drawing is […] the most democratic and the most apparent of media’ Join OCA tutor Bryan Eccleshall on the 22 April.

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Study Visit: Rauschenberg

Painting tutors Emma Drye and Bryan Eccleshall will be leading a Study Visit for Level Two and Three students on Saturday 10 December at Tate Modern. It should be a challenging and enjoyable experience for all of us. OCA will be running a second visit to this for Foundation, Level 1 and any students who cannot make the above on the 21 January 2017.

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Conversations at the Georgia O’Keeffe study visit

When a large multi-disciplined group gets together and starts to talk about art – especially when in the presence of powerful work – a lot of conversations arise.

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Getting the most from your tutor

If you are returning to education after a prolonged break or are new to Higher Education it can be daunting to send your work to a tutor you barely know for them to go through it with a fine-toothed comb.

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Study visit: Georgia O'Keeffe

There’s a statement in the promotional material devoted to the Georgia O’Keeffe show currently on at Tate Modern: ‘with no works by Georgia O’Keeffe in UK public collections, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for audiences outside the US to view the exceptional beauty and skill of her remarkable paintings’. That’s reason enough to make the effort to see the show, don’t you think?

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Study visit: Stanley Spencer

Join me on the 3 September at the Hepworth in Wakefield to see the Stanley Spencer show. As a bonus, there is also a show of objects, paintings, and sculptures from the fabulous Kettle’s Yard collection on display. It’s a great chance to see works by Alfred Wallis, Constantin Brancusi, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo…

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Study Visit: Bridget Riley and Abstraction by Women Artists

Join OCA tutor Bryan Eccleshall on the 28 May at Graves Gallery in Sheffield. We will see a set of Bridget Riley paintings from a period during which she represented Britain at the Venice Biennale.

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