Memories and Falsehoods

memories

It’s a sad truism in one’s life that a lot of our memories are partly fabricated by the mind. Of course there are disagreements as to the extent of this fact, and some people have better memories than others, but it still doesn’t alter the fact that, as one moves through life like a leaf … Read more

How Useful Are Classifications?

Renaissance, Romanticism, Modernism: we often label any given movement, artist or work according to an overreaching label for the sake of classification. But how useful are these terms, if at all? How much authority should be given to them? It’s 2nd August 1492. Two farmers meet, somewhere in Spain, after a hard day’s labour. The … Read more

Art for art’s sake: James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Whistler

Aesthete. Idiosyncratic charmer who had a habit of making enemies. Sometimes friend of Oscar Wilde’s. Sometimes impressionist, sometimes advocate of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. James Abbott McNeill Whistler had a large range of sources and reformed his style many times throughout his career. But what makes his art so appealing to this day? Like so many … Read more