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The Pipwick Papers

Art all over

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There’s no Sunday Papers this week as RPS continues to sleep off its Christmas dinner, so here’s a Pipwick Papers from the Supporter program archives.

Last week I finally took a holiday and it was glorious. I went to see a bunch of cool art exhibitions and projects as well as finally catching up on some sleep. This edition of the Pipwick Papers is going to be a smattering of the things I read and saw while pottering about – there’s a lot of art!

  • There’s this storymap of the Chagall Window at the United Nations headquarters in Stockholm. It’s a stained glass work dedicated to peace which acts also acts as a memorial. I’d say the map doesn’t really move you around the window much (that will make more sense once you’ve clicked the link) and it doesn’t really talk much about the specific motifs and so on but I liked the idea even if the execution was a little odd.
  • The National Gallery has a really wonderful Goya exhibition on at the moment which focuses on his strengths as a portrait painter, his changing relationship with the country’s leadership and his more personal relationships. Of the paintings on display I think I had the art equivalent of being starstruck by his portrait of the Duchess of Alba, while his painting of his closest friend, Martín Zapater was truly touching.
  • There was also this fantastic honey bee paper cut artwork at the Holburne Museum in Bath. The museum website doesn’t really have a lot in the way of explanation or illustration so you’re probably better off going straight to the artist, Nahoko Kojima, and clicking through the gallery on her site. Here’s a close-up I took while there:
  • The Finding Dory trailer also came out but I’m a bit… meh about it all. Dory was a decent enough sidekick but I don’t relish the idea of spending a whole film focusing in on her:
  • Meeri Kim has written about Cotard’s syndrome for the Washington Post. The illness makes the sufferer think that he or she is dead. The explanation put forward in the article relates to a lack of emotional response to stimuli which previously provoked a reaction. It’s such a peculiar and horrible thing but some of the explanations and cases in the article are fascinating.
  • Finally, Benedict Evans has a piece called “Mobile, ecosystems and the death of PCs“. The headline makes posting it here seem provocative but actually I liked it as an exploration of what “mobile” actually means.
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