Monday, 27 April 2009

"Thomas Bewick's cheeky woodcuts"

Read Adrian Searle on the Ikon show: click here to go to the Guardian page.

"The Tale-pieces are like ballads or snatches of folk song; but at their best they offer much more. In one, an entire scene is obliterated by Bewick's inky thumbprint, carefully drawn and engraved between a cottage and an approaching rider. A visual equivalent to the sorts of authorial gags Laurence Sterne played in Tristram Shandy, it is a marvellous, timeless, magical joke ."

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