I had a subscription to Alba for more or less however long it lasted. I used to follow Peter Hills work, especially when I lived abroad. Now I sometimes read Turps Banana. Tim Hymen wrote a great essay on Tieppolo in Alba once. Z.G was a great magazine too.
I will keep you informed of what happens here. Michael Harrison runs a tight ship down at Kettles Yard and the colleges ( as you know ) are chock a block with first rate stuff. Did you ever in your career get down to what was then W.S.C.A.D at Farnham? I started as a Foundation student there in 1975. We had the most brilliant tutors and visiting lecturers.
John, I remember taking your Art History class at Alexandra Palace in 1975 - a small lecture room on a balcony above the studios if I remember correctly. Art Since Pop must have been just published.
My personal argument at the time was that as artists we didn't need art history. if we expressed the present, then there was nothing more we could do. And although I still believe that, I see now how historians and philosophers influenced my now from the beginning "lerning is a slo proces" (as Billy Bunter might have said).
So perhaps now with this link from Shaun Belcher, I can retake the class ;)
re- art education - yes I have experiences decades of its ups and downs. I could write a book but the market for it would be too small. An ex colleague of mine - Lisa Tickner - has recently written an illuminating account of the Hornsey occupation in 1968.
re illustration - I take the point but, on the other hand, probably 70 per cent of all historic art has illustrated myths, the bible, etc. After decades of harsh self censorship I decided - on resuming art making - not to reject anything in the hope that some good work would emerge amongst the dross. I want to make art that can comment on the world and is not just about adjusting red and green blocks of colour.
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