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Art Blart

Art Blart is a mainly photography based art blog that around since November 2009. The blog was created as a form of cultural memory, to record the passing of so many photography exhibitions, to make comment on them and to archive the postings for future reference and research.

The blog posts excellent quality images from all the major galleries around the world and reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia. The blog has a readership of between 3-4,000 people a day with over 3,500 Likes on Facebook.

There is an archive of all blog posts both international and Australian with lots of my own writing and research under BUNYAN (Writing).

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Exhibition: 'Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins' / New York, until 17 February 2019

What is interesting to me is not just Atkins choice of the new medium of photography to describe, both scientifically and aesthetically, the beauty and detail of her collection of seaweeds; but within that new medium of photography, she chose not the photogenic or calotype process, but the graphic cyanotype process with its vivid…


Posted on December 26, 2018 at 8:00

Review: Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855 / London: The Queen's Gallery, 9 Nov 2018 - 28 Apr 2019

This portrait (below) shows Captain Alexander Leslie-Melville (1831-57), known as Lord Balgonie. He was the eldest son of the 8th Earl of Leven, a Scottish peer. Lord Balgonie served in the Grenadier Guards during the war, and died only a couple of years after returning to Britain. At the time, his death was attributed to the hardships of the war. Fenton has photographed him…


Posted on April 3, 2018 at 10:30

Exhibition: 'Into the Woods: Trees in Photography' / London, Victoria and Albert Museum, until 22 April 2018

I grew up on a farm for the first thirteen years of my life. I played in the fields and forests of England, and wandered the cart paths with my brother. I saw him for the first time in thirty years last August, after the passing of my father. We went back and walked those very same paths where we grew up and looked at the magnificent trees planted along the edge of the…


Posted on March 26, 2018 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Display: 'Stan Firm inna Inglan' at Tate Britain, London

November 2017: This was the best photography exhibition which wasn't an exhibition - because it was a "display" - that I saw on my recent trip to Europe. Why was it the best? Because this is what strong, insightful photography can do: it can capture life; it can document different cultures; and it can be a powerful agent for social change.

I remember London in the 1970s. I lived in Clapham (Claiff-ham Heights) and Stockwell (we called it St. Ockwell)…


Posted on November 22, 2017 at 10:00

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