We live in cruel times. I know we always have but somehow the cruelness of today's world seems to surpass that of the past. It probably doesn't, and it's only the fact that we are living these times which makes them seem worse. That and our fond rose-tinted nostalgia. With our cheese wire and knives perhaps we are only more honest about it; I doubt the Victorians would welcome sculptures of garrotted slaves and the like.
Sorry, today you've tapped into my feeling of general despair for the world.
On a more positive note, I love Ailz's hat. I have a large head and hats are a generally elusive creature, but that looks like a decent size. Do you know where she got it?
Hatoum is a Palestinian. I don't think it's any surprise her work is cruel and despairing.
It was noticeable- very noticeable- how bleak the work of the 1980s and 90s is compared to that from the early decades of the century. The earliest gallery had pictures of people taking baths and the final gallery had Hatoum's sculptures and Lucas' installation and a collection of photgraphs of car bombings.
Ailz got her hat at an antique textiles fair. I'm not sure if it's an antique, but it could be. It's very 60s. Just right for wearing round the Beatles' city.
I have trouble dealing with modern art quite often. There is so much violence of thought and discomfort. Like the world, I suppose, but I don't like being reminded perhaps.
They have Picasso's Weeping Woman on loan? Wonderful!
We haven't been to Liverpool and it sounds like we should.
The colour of those pillars is a joy to see. Why don't they paint more buildings with real colour these days? And the last photo? Perfect.
Liverpool reminds me of Barcelona. I don't think it suffers by the comparison. It has more "listed" buildings than any British city, apart from London.
The Liverpool photos are quite wonderful. Set against the despair of the 80's and 90's , the revitalization of historic old cities fills me with hope. I'm not sure our times - parts of it at least are any less brutal than others. Perhaps it's only now that we've started turning our brutality into 'art' that it seems so. On Crete the Nazi's documented their treatment of the local people. There is an exhibition of some in the Occupation Museum in Hereaklion. The dead pan matter-of-factness of them is horrifying.
Liverpool is making huge efforts to reinvent itself.
I reckon the first major artist to make human brutality his subject was Goya.
God only knows what the nazis thought they were up to documenting their atrocities.
and then there was Picasso and Guernica.
I think the photo of Ruth and Ailz is lovely. "It's bright and sunny, but it's a bit breezy and not quite bright and sunny enough ... but we are by the sea and determined to enjoy ourselves." At least, that's what it says to me.
And that was pretty much how it was.
There was an ice cream kiosk on the promenade and, though we promised ourselves ice-cream in advance, we changed our minds once we were there.
Those first two photographs are particularly wonderful. I love the pillars and the rigging.
The rigging belongs to a cargo ship called the Zebu- the last of its kind to be berthed at Liverpool.
Great pics! :-) I went to Liverpool for a weekend conference once, and got to wander round the docks and eyeball the Liver Birds and stuff before settling in on the Friday. I was very taken with the area.
Liverpool is an exciting city. Always has been I think. It's to do with the wind coming off the Irish sea- and all the multicultural comings and goings.
I call that Ailz's Best Outfit Ever. She looks smashing. :)
Cool, eh? I tell her the cap makes her look like Ringo.
Dare I say the whole ensemble is very butch? In the best possible way.