Friday, April 27, 2012

Sarah Uldall Editions 1920

Very interesting local printmaker with an exhibition currently showing at Northampton Art Gallery and Museum.

Uldall uses good old-fashioned lithography to achieve ultra-modern results.  She doesn't have much of a web presence, unfortunately, so I can't post a helpful link, but you can buy prints via the Primrose Gallery, which is a site well worth a look.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Orange Prize Shortlist

The literary prize fest continues with the six nominees for the women's fiction Oscar.  They are:-
  • Former Orange winner Ann Patchett for State of Wonder
  • Booker winner Anne Enright for The Forgotten Waltz
  • Multiple nominee Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues
  • Georgina Harding, Painter of Silence
  • Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
  • Cynthia Ozick, Foreign Bodies
Miller's novel is a debut and really is set during the Trojan War.  I shall be looking out for the paperback.

Winner to be announced May 30.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Walter Scott Prize shortlist

Hot on the heels of the Orwell shortlist comes this, for historical fiction.  And the nominees are:
  • Sebastian Barry, On Canaan's Side - a young couple flee to America to escape the Irish Civil War, partially linked in with other Barry novels, including the Booker-shortlisted The Secret Scripture (2008)
  • Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers - homicidal siblings in the Wild West, shortlisted for the 2011 Booker Prize
  • Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues - shortlisted for many awards, including last year's Booker, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, about the search for a black German musician who vanishes in Paris in 1939
  • Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child - his first novel since the Booker Prize-winning The Line of Beauty (2004), about a fictional WW1 poet
  • Andrew Miller, Pure - already won the Costa Prize, set in pre-Revolutionary Paris
  • Barry Unsworth, The Quality of Mercy - follow-up to the Booker Prize-winning Sacred Hunger (1992), a tale of piracy and slavery
The winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in June.  I am assuming, given that the venue is Melrose, that Borders refers to the region rather than the once ubiquitous bookseller.

The prize is worth £25,000 and is therefore well worth winning.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Speed (1922)

This magnificent linocut was made by Claude Flight (1881-1955) in 1922.  I particularly admire the way he has cut the policeman and pedestrian on the left to echo the ogee of the bus speeding by on the right.  Apparently this is Regent Street, London.  I wonder how many stages there were to the printing process.

Flight was a pioneer of linocutting in Britain and wrote an influential handbook in 1927.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has one of his 1929 images of racing cars at Brooklands on its website, which is well worth looking at.  You can find it here.

Anyway, the print of Speed is for sale at Bonhams' forthcoming auction of avant garde British Printmaking.  The estimate is £20,000-£30,000, which strikes me as extremely ambitious.  Previous Flight prints, admittedly not so attractive as this, only seem to make in the region of £3,000-£4,000.  Still, they clearly know what they're doing.