Author: Olympia Shipley

Man Booker Prize 2017: The Interweaving Narratives of Paul Auster’s ‘4 3 2 1’

4 3 2 1 is a book that dominates your bookshelf. Built to replace any doorstopper you might have considered purchasing, it contains eight hundred and eighty-six pages and is the longest novel on the Man Booker shortlist. I must admit that, when it arrived in the post, I was quite intimidated. The exterior appearance gives nothing away. Atop a dark background sits a large crowd in muted tones with bursts of red. I knew little of this book (and indeed of Paul Auster) before I started reading, only that this was a novel following one particular man, Archibald...

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Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

Visiting the National Gallery feels like visiting old friends. Not because I get to visit enough that I’ve become a regular (if only) but, because the pieces inside are so fixed as icons of art history that I feel like I have seen so many of these works before, and that I already have a semblance of understanding. From Holbein to Van Gogh, these are works I am familiar with from books, films, and even pop culture institutions like The Simpsons. However to my pleasure, I recently walked into the gallery to see an exhibition of unfamiliar works. At this moment, the National Gallery are showing Weaving Magic, an exhibition...

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A Yorkshireman in London: David Hockney at the Tate Britain

While walking into Tate Britain, my companion commented how much she would like someone to record all the things that children say while walking around art galleries; sure enough, the new Hockney exhibition provided such entertainment. As we walked into a tightly packed first room, a parent was comforting a small crying child who commented, “Daddy, I don’t like it!” Such a strong reaction (aversion) elicited smiles and giggles from the surrounding people, who had been busy intently examining the tensions, humour and exuberant colour of the art. This exhibition, displaying until the 29th May, chronicles Hockney’s life’s work,...

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An Interactive Afternoon at The Hepworth Wakefield

More than any other art form, sculpture engages and confronts us directly. We are obliged, in a way we are not with wall-based 2D work, to share our own space with it; we have to move around it, look over, through or into it. And since we negotiate an object-based physical world every day, we are already primed for the bodily experience of sculpture. Simon Wallis, 22/10/2016 I never tire of the interactive nature of sculpture. I love the opportunity artists take to use any materials to create their pieces, from everyday objects to marble, and I love seeing...

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