This essay was published in Insights E-Journal, University of Durham, 15 (2015) (invited): uploaded 2016. Uploaded here on 16 June 2020. Find the original article at or download here.

View the original articleDownload J. M. W. Turner, 'Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. The Author was in this Storm on the Night the Ariel left Harwich,' 1840

A driving day. Highways in Puglia are a bumpy strip of speedsters for whom the limit is entirely advisory despite the regular warnings of velocità elettronica for which, unless they are using drones, there is no technology of enforcement. On the right, inner lane is a regular stream of old Pintos, Pandas and Cinquecentos, often driven at moderate speed by […]

Artist Profile: Joanna Lamb

April 17, 2020 in Australian and WA Artists
Joanna Lamb was born in Perth and studied at Curtin University. Her work is held by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, TarraWarra Museum of Art and Artbank. Australian Art Collector voted her one of ‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists’. Joanna is also a member of Art Collective. Her take on suburbia really stands out…

Dangerous Waters

April 17, 2020 in Personal Writings
Six random encounters with water in which the author almost died. 1. Wolverhampton Metropolitan Town Baths Perhaps when I was about 14 I used to visit these baths in my home town in the English Midlands. I have only ever heard them mentioned once outside of Wolverhampton. That was in…

‘Art Today’: Stokes, Pound, Freud and the word-image opposition

April 17, 2020 in Adrian Stokes
The subtle, difficult and neglected English twentieth-century art critic Adrian Stokes developed a complex and original if somewhat eccentric 'semiotic' theory of the relationship between words and images by synthesizing two antithetical authorities: Ezra Pound and Sigmund Freud. Art Today: Stokes, Pound, Freud an the word-image oppositionDownload

Trajective Art Criticism: Boats (Trains, Planes) and Home in the Era of Retreat from Democracy

April 16, 2020 in Academic Publications
As an academic art historian, I usually aim for tightly reasoned arguments, but on this occasion I’ll follow trains of thought where they lead me. Both before and after I retired, my feet, and various forms of transport, took me to art galleries in many countries. Last year I visited about fifty in eight countries, this year slightly less elsewhere. If this is a boast then I will suffer for it by the end. My first train of thought is about travel and the second is about home. The final section puts ‘home and away’ together in a bid to explore the implications of anti-democratic popularist movements for art criticism. Trajective Art Criticism - Richard ReadDownload

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