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5.7.08

no pens or pencils allowed

Interesting Sketchbook P5

i know the ngv went through this a while ago. i know they've got some good reasons for it (mostly financial, really), but can i just say that i'm fucked off that i won't be able to take a pen or pencil in to sketch their winter masterpieces Art Deco show next week? i'm a student and will be taking advantage of their extra discount, but what's the point in encouraging students to see the show, if you can't actually learn from the show in a way that is helpful: ie, writing about and sketching about the show? ok, so as i write that, i can see that there are other ways to learn from the show, but as an artist and a student of art, architecture, design, craft, etc. [ie, all the good stuff of the art deco era], i get the most out of an artwork when i can stand in front of it and draw it. i process it on a very deep level and can learn by imitation from master artists and craftsman.

if a public institution is serious about having educational quality, surely allowing people to learn on this level is important? or am i just being selfish?


UPDATE: this says it all, really

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6 Comments:

At 05 July, 2008 10:03, Blogger Charles Frith said...

You're being completely selfish. Now have I told you about my male net stalker? I mean. What do I do. Let them ravish me? ;)

 
At 05 July, 2008 11:29, Blogger lauren said...

no question charles - let them ravish you. it's IP love all the way.

 
At 05 July, 2008 14:21, Blogger Stan Lee said...

I still don't understand why you can't take a photo without a flash. As for no drawing, that's just ridiculous. It makes me want to boycott the show, except I really wanna go!

PS: Went to a great retrospective of the Turner Prize in a brilliant gallery on the 54th floor of a building in Japan. The entry cost also included a trip up to the rooftop of the building which was the highlight of the trip.

 
At 05 July, 2008 16:15, Blogger lauren said...

i understand the no photo thing - shows like this cost SO much to put on here that they need to encourage people to buy a postcard, or a catalogue, or some kind of merchandise to help offset their expenses. sad, but fair enough. add that to the risk of dodgy reproductions and possible flash (from dickheads who don't know how to work a camera) and you get a no photo policy. that bit i get.

but no drawing? not even in pencil? it's absurd! i went to exhibitions in europe that contained works that are far more valuable and a whole lot more delicate than most of this 20th century stuff and not only was i allowed to draw, but was encouraged to do so - the security guards there wanted to see the sketches afterwards!

i'm taking a pencil and my notebook anyway - i don't care. i'll say i'm a journalist if i have to.

 
At 05 July, 2008 16:15, Blogger lauren said...

and stan - i'm completely jealous about that turner prize exhibition. damn you!

 
At 25 September, 2008 14:37, Anonymous Cheap Pens said...

Lauren,
I think you're right. Its not as effective [learning/developing-wise] when you can take notes or sketch and i think this is unfair and even angers me abit. I guess if a catalogue is available that is quite alright, so no photos is alright, but pencils and pens?!

Great post!
Cheers,
Dianne

 

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