How to Keep a Villa in Arcadia: On the Venice Biennale

How to Keep a Villa in Arcadia: On the Venice Biennale

The curious meeting of death and rustic revelry in Poussin’s Et in Arcadia Ego has been branded as utopian at least since Panovsky’s seminal critique.[1] If we follow its theme back to its classical roots, we are led to re-read Virgil's Eclogues , w...
Drawing and the Third Dimension at Perry Green

Drawing and the Third Dimension at Perry Green

The planes of Henry Moore's sculptures convey a plasmic organicism. They seem to curve around you as you approach and to spin like a barrel on an axle as you move away. The skill in controlling our impression of these planes is the sculptor's manoeuvre....
Robert Wilson's 'Walking'

Robert Wilson's 'Walking'

Near the end of the twentieth century, Milan Kundera wrote about ‘a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting’. Kundera’s paean to considered action, Slowness , was written in 1995, the year the dot-com bubble began...

Practising Every Day: Musical Acts in Our Daily Lives

The following is an edited transcript of a lunchtime talk that Nicholas G. Brown gave at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich on 20 May, 2010. The event formed part of an exhibition titled, The Artist’s Studio , which ran from 9 Feb - 23 Mar, 2...
By the Magician's Hand

By the Magician's Hand

The following is an edited version of programme notes written for a performance of Stravinsky's Petrushka by the Trinity College of Music Symphony Orchestra, London. The performance took place at Blackheath Halls, London on 27 March, 2008, conducted...

Notes on ROSA, an opera on film by Peter Greenaway & Louis Andriessen

The following programme notes were written for the U.S. film premiere of The Death of a Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama, at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, New York on May 3, 2004. The event formed part of 'Sonic Evolutions: A Louis Andriessen...