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kidneyhawk
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I have just today received my copy of Cockney Visionary and will write more about it elsewhere on this site.

I'll look forward to this, Paul. I was gifted with this book for Christmas and it is glorious.


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michaelclarke18
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Doubtless a better space would have helped; however, it wasn't available. I would have preferred to have seen more pictures, but again the space wasn't on offer. I thought that bearing in mind what WAS on offer, the exhibition was great. This was despite the limitations you mention, and I was extremely sorry that it had to come to an end.

I actually thought there was too much work on display - hence my earlier comments.

More examples don't necessarily mean a better exhibition, yeah? I think having less work, but a more meaningfull selection and arrangement could well have been a rather more effective solution.


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michaelclarke18, clearly, I'm sure, you are much better placed than any of the blundering fools involved in producing the AOS exhibition, to judge what would have been best.

Too many Austin Spare pictures in one place is obviously a sign of incompetence, how stupid of them to do this in the first ever monograph show since his death.

Until the day comes when your unique gifts are appropriately appreciated, we mortals will have to simply make do with this sort of rubbish. Those of us lucky enough to live within reach of London, that is - of whose number I am regrettably not one.

Count your blessings that it happened at all.


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michaelclarke18
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michaelclarke18, clearly, I'm sure, you are much better placed than any of the blundering fools involved in producing the AOS exhibition, to judge what would have been best.

Too many Austin Spare pictures in one place is obviously a sign of incompetence, how stupid of them to do this in the first ever monograph show since his death.

Until the day comes when your unique gifts are appropriately appreciated, we mortals will have to simply make do with this sort of rubbish. Those of us lucky enough to live within reach of London, that is - of whose number I am regrettably not one.

Count your blessings that it happened at all.

I get the distinct impression that you are erring toward sarcasm...


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:

michaelclarke18, clearly, I'm sure, you are much better placed than any of the blundering fools involved in producing the AOS exhibition, to judge what would have been best.

Too many Austin Spare pictures in one place is obviously a sign of incompetence, how stupid of them to do this in the first ever monograph show since his death.

Until the day comes when your unique gifts are appropriately appreciated, we mortals will have to simply make do with this sort of rubbish. Those of us lucky enough to live within reach of London, that is - of whose number I am regrettably not one.

Count your blessings that it happened at all.

I get the distinct impression that you are erring toward sarcasm...

Sarcasm? Moi ?!

😀


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James
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I visited the exhibition a number of times managing to enjoy different selections of pictures on multiple occasions I do understand MC18's reservations about the WWI pix being 'in the gods' but needs must when the devil drives, I suppose. Personally this was not an exhibition that I would see at the galleries around Trafalgar Square but was placed in a place where Spare lived and moved through. Psychogeograpically the location gives something that a larger gallery elsewhere could not give.
Like Michael Staley I also meandered up to the IWM to see the AOS' canvas'es there in a more official location. There they are part of the legacy of WWI with Paul Nash et al. On Walworth Road they are part of AOS' magic(k)al universe, and thus of a different 'as if'.


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