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Booker’s Birthday

Today marks the birth of James Booker. Quite recently while looking for a fresh image of Booker I stumbled across the work of Cheryl Anne Grace. What’s particularly appealing about her work is that it doesn’t suffer from that Jackson Square/Pirate’s Alley schlock (Confederacy of Dunces) look. Cheryl’s work is palpably affectionate and the stylish iconography adds a very…

William Christenberry

Obituary and NYT profile William Christenberry’s work is a poetic evocation of a haunted countryside.  . . .  [that it] really says it all, because it [his work] deals not only with the Southern landscape of beauty and wonderment, but also the side of it that is haunted with memory and sadness. AlabamapaintingphotographyWalker PercyWilliam Christenberry

Eric Ravilious

One of my favorite artists — catch this exhibition if you can. In addition to the reviews posted on the gallery’s site, see this article in the NYRB. Ravilious reminds me of Rockwell Kent, another favorite. The Dulwich Gallery is somewhat inconvenient to get to (I used to train it) but it’s well worth the visit…

John Everett Millais’ Mariana

Having just viewed the Tate’s fantastic pre-Raphaelite exhibition I thought I’d share my favourite piece, the highly erotic Mariana by John Everett Millais. Oil on Wood 59.7 x 49.5 cm Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate in 1999. aestheticsDante Gabriel RossettiJohn Everett MillaisMarianapaintingpre-RaphaelitePre-Raphaelite BrotherhoodTateTate Britain

Marshall Baron

I want to bring your attention to someone I knew some 35 years ago – Marshall Baron. I never forgot Marshall: thanks to his sister Merle, she has done a terrific service to the world by bringing Marshall’s work to a wider audience via the web. Moreover, for us who were so privileged to have…