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Compare and contrast

In the responses to the post I wrote about in praise of permanent collections it became clear that writing about art is sometimes an issue for students, especially if confronted with complex or difficult works. A better technique is to move towards a consideration of two works rather than one. By looking for similarity and difference between two works, each can reveal something of the other.

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Exhibition overload.

If you are fortunate enough to live in an area that is well supplied with Art Galleries decisions often have to be made…

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What lies beneath

Having moved to London a year ago, I am still revelling in the opportunity to compare and contrast a huge number of exhibitions that are available in the capital. For example, last weekend I accompanied an OCA group on a study day to the Hoyland exhibition at the Damien Hirst Gallery and the Auerbach at Tate Britain. This week I was reminded of our visit when I was looking at one of the permanent displays, Making Traces, at Tate Modern.

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Devils in the detail

Many local authority collections have a budget for purchasing from local artists, or indeed benefit from donations of work by local artists welcome or not. In Glasgow, which has such an important art scene internationally, the local authority museum has a small but interesting collection of work by Glasgow School of Art graduates which they regularly show with different curatorial slants…

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Strange fruit

Many of the projects and exercises in the visual arts courses with the OCA leave a great deal of room for you to experiment and develop your own responses to the issue of subject matter…

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Art_Textile Review

Rebecca reviews a recent study visit to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

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Study Visit: Alec Soth

Join OCA tutor Helen Warburton at Media Space in the Science Museum, London on Saturday 23 January. We’ll be exploring and questioning the work and presentation of renowned Magnum photographer, Alec Soth’s major new exhibition.

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Study Visit: Turner Prize

Join Wendy on the 9 January in Glasgow.

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Study Visit Review: Modern Scottish Women

On 21 November, ten students and I went along to Modern 2 in Edinburgh to see the exhibition, Modern Scottish Women Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965. It struck us that most of the artists on show were unknown to us.

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