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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.
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…Continue
Posted on April 3, 2018 at 10:30
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…Continue
Posted on March 26, 2018 at 10:00 — 1 Comment
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)…Continue
Posted on November 22, 2017 at 10:00
As documentary evidence, the photographs attest to the lives of the disenfranchised. They mark the lives of individual people as that most valuable thing, a human life. In this sense they are important. But I find this photographic documentation of Britain's imperial history of empire…Continue
Posted on December 5, 2016 at 9:30