Author: Jim

Ian Dury and Elaine Sturtevant

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   On the way to see Ian Dury’s show at the Royal College of Art, I dropped into the Serpentine Gallery where…

Tate Britain is Changing

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   I went to Tate Britain to see ‘King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid’ (1880-84), Edward Burne–Jones, having just read Fiona McCarthy’s…

Knock out show

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Jim Cowan reports on a brilliant show of an artist little known in Britain. ‘George Bellows, member of the Ashcan School,…

Dancing with Duchamp

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date. Richard Mutt was a pseudonym used by one of Marcel Duchamp’s friends. When he presented Duchamp with a urinal to show at…

Manet disappoints

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Once again there are lengthy around the block queues at London’s Royal Academy. Their publicity department has done its job to…

Who’s Afraid of Appropriation?

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   The OCA’s Level 6 course on Professional Practice will, when its launched, have much to say about copyright. Ever since William…

The Perfect Place to Grow

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   In 1837, the year that Queen Victoria came to the throne, The Government School of Design was opened in Somerset House.…

A Transport of Delight

Frank Pick, Harry Beck and Edward Johnston are names to conjure with, their efforts held in high regard by Graphic Designers and Illustrators. Their work can be found in the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden which celebrates the technology…

Intensity and truth

OCA tutor Jim Cowan reports back on the Victorian Avant-Garde blockbuster. The Pre- Raphaelites have always been massively popular among the gallery going public and this exhibition, the first for a number of years, is no exception. It attempts to…