Have you seen the recent film about her? It's good. She wrote into her will that her paintings can never be sold so her family still has the complete collection. There was a show at the serpentine a few years back.Gysin needs a big art book and retrospective I think. fuck knows where the paintings are now though.
Hilma af Klint (has been exhibited lately I think)
Only vaguely aware of her from a reallygood exhibition that linder (sterling, most famous for doing some of the buzzcocks sleeves) curated a couple of years ago at the Nottingham contemporary, which had some of her paintings and also a few pieces by Penny Slinger.@catalog Colquhoun was one of my gateway drugs into landscape studies. I know Cornwall gets a lot of attention because of tourism, Afx, Poldark and that cunt R Stein, but she opened its sites up like a psycho-geographical text. Same with Ireland. Having spent so much time around Tara growing up, it was her books that lit the fuse to explore what these places were about. If she wasn’t so endearingly curious, I’d never have got the bug too.
There is this whole "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" pre-welfare state vibe in the Grant piece I mentioned above. It taps into Spare's independence and self-reliance in the context of reading about him.i cant really remember the phil baker book too well but i agree with danny about him not giving any credit to the madcap ravings. although they do include some snippets and i tried to print out and read the book of pleasure a while ago and just thought, austin osman spare me.
whats weird about the biography is that he seems to live for like 200 years, it starts off and hes some velvet cloaked wretch communing with the nether under a gas lamp and then by the end of his life hes smoking fags in a post war council flat or something. that generation of children who grew up alongside domestic electricity is bizarre.
austin osman spare me.
I think I never pursued looking into her too much cos the art I saw always felt a little rigid, too precise. But looking forward to reading about her thoughts on Cornwall as a place.