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.

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