Friday, 22 May 2009

Last chance to see

The Spectator magazine alerts its readers that the Ikon exhibition ends soon.
The review can be found by clicking here.
Written by Andrew Lambrith the notice gives this verdict on the Birmingham show: "Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) was a great naturalist but he was also exceptionally observant of his fellow Northumbrians, and couldn’t resist showing their lower natures. This is what Ruskin, otherwise a fervent admirer of Bewick, castigated as the ‘love of ugliness that is in the English soul’. But in giving expression to it, Bewick made the ornamental space-filler of the vignette into a Tyneside soap opera. Remarkable."

Tale-pieces is at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham until 25th May.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Walk 2009

On 16th May the 2009 Bewick Society Walk began at Kirkheaton (pictured here) and ended with tea and cake at Kirkharle Courtyard.
More photos on the Bewick Society Flickr page. Click here.

"My grandmother's maiden name was Agnes Arthur, the daughter of a laird of that name at Kirkheaton, at which place my father was born in the year 1715, while his mother was there (I believe) on a visit to her friends."
from Bewick's Memoir, Chapter One

Saturday, 2 May 2009

More Reviews of Ikon show

Here are some more reviews of Tale-pieces at the Ikon Gallery.

"Tale-pieces is a revelation"
a welcome revival for an artist who deserves to be better known. "
How engraver Thomas Bewick made his mark on history."
By Terry Grimley - April 21st 2009.
"It is certainly the first exhibition I can recall at Ikon where magnifying glasses are issued to visitors, so extreme is the miniature scale of this work."
Click here to go to the Birmingham Post website.

"Review: Thomas Bewick Tale-Pieces at Ikon Gallery."
By Harry Blackett - April 19th 2009
"Each of the seventy, uniform, A4 framed sheets, hung in horizontal sequence throughout the gallery, features two images. Typically, one larger image floats in the top half of the page, the edges of the engraving dissipating cloudlike into the white. Below, there is a smaller image: perhaps a detail from the scene depicted above, an ornamental leaf or feather, or something more disjointed."
Click here to go to the Created in Birmingham site.

"Thomas Bewick"
review on "D'blog" 16th April 2009
"The video accompanies their current exhibition of “Thomas Bewick: Tale-pieces”, showing a selection of the humorous ‘absurd situations’ vignettes Bewick inserted into the end-papers of his books."
Click here to visit "D'blog"

"Ikon Exhibitions until 25 May"
review on "...and gazuky" 13th April 2009
"Given that the scenes are tiny (indeed, the gallery provides magnifying glasses which enhance the viewing experience) I was surprised by how moved I was by the natural beauty of the countryside depicted. I was left feeling nostalgic for a time when life was simpler, and the countryside remained unspoilt. That said, the images include a scene of drunkenness and even suicide; a reminder, perhaps, that humanity hasn’t changed that much at all."
Click here to visit "and gazuky"
Thomas Bewick at the Ikon Gallery
review by Christine Farmer
"What amazed and amused me most was the almost surreal nature of some of the imagery: a couple on a galloping horse encountering a gargantuan leaf was perhaps the most arresting, along with a monkey staring into a shaving mirror. But the one engraving I’d been really looking forward to was the one in which Bewick had carved a reproduction of his own
thumb-print as the main part of the design, and it did not disappoint. Prepared to go hunting for the hidden fingerprint with my trusty magnifying glass I was delighted as it appeared, large as you like, taking up almost the entirety of one of the smaller pieces."
Click here to visit the Christine Farmer Blog.

The exhibition is also mentioned on these blogs:
The Memoirs of the Celebrated Mrs. Woffington.
Making a Mark