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I'm a fan

You might be a football supporter, love Elvis’s music, read comics, enjoy charity shop purchases or simply be an ardent fan of a local band. Whatever your interests, someone, somewhere will have made a fanzine about it. You may have not come across many fanzines as they tend not to make it onto the bookshelves […]

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The Typographic Hub

The Typographic Hub has just been launched as a new initiative by UKType and Birmingham Institute of Art & Design to promote the history, theory and practice of typographic design. If you’re a typographic geek like myself, or just somebody with a passing interest then the website is well worth a browse. The Typographic Hub […]

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Profit in art?

Francis Ford Coppola recently made an interesting statement in an interview about whether artists (in the broadest sense of the word) should be paid for their work. Here’s the relevant paragraph: ‘You have to remember that it’s only a few hundred years, if that much, that artists are working with money. Artists never got money. […]

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The curious images of John Stezaker

Like many collage artists before him, John Stezaker is fascinated by what happens with you bring together found images to create unexpected meanings.

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Disposable photographs

Toilet Paper is hardly an auspicious name for a photography magazine. Reflecting on the title of this new commercial and advertising magazine and the reasons why an editor would choose to imbue their publication with such clear derogatory connotations, I remembered what Eileen, a keen contributor to this blog, said to me at the Brighton […]

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It's complicated being artistic …

A recent piece in the magazine Frieze about the concerns contemporary artists have caught my attention, and made me wonder what preoccupies those OCA students who are striving to be better artists? The article contends that artists’ main preoccupations are to have the space in order to do whatever comes next.  But then, what does […]

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An Art poster for Christmas?

I have been musing that looking at the popularity in the sale of art posters might help to understand the insistence of the general public in favour of figurative art of a particular sort (rather than a whole range of types of contemporary visual arts ). So, what is it that makes people ‘flash the […]

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