Tuesday, April 29, 2008
So much has been written about how these apparently decorative patterns are based upon mathematical concepts of the infinite, yet on seeing the original works I was surprised by just how beautiful they are. I particularly liked The Puddle (1952, lithograph printed from three blocks), Three Worlds (1955, lithograph) and Rippled Surface (1950, linocut) which all seem to have a distinctly Japanese influence. The symmetry drawings on squared paper in pencil and watercolour (Eagles) were also really lovely, as were the colour woodcut prints of tessellated animals, and the large and rather dramatic black and white woodcuts of beetles, ants, serpents and grasshopper.
Monday, April 21, 2008
After Rome (indeed Italy as a whole) distinguished itself by being one of the few European capitals to have totally ignored Al Gore's global call to action and last summer's Live Earth concerts, it's refreshing to see that Rome will instead be joining other cities across the planet to celebrate Earth Day with a free concert at Campidoglio featuring Cesaria Evora and Vinicio Capossela amongst others.
The concert will be transmitted live on LifeGate Radio