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    If anyone has Amazon Prime, this documentary (while extremely low budget) is worth a watch

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-White-B.../dp/B079K7X3WR

    Oh I've found it on YouTube too


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    Re: the exhibition - I almost certainly will go, but I actually don't find that Blake's paintings improve all that much in the flesh, seeing as they tend to be very small and easily reproduced in print. But i guess there'll be a lot of stuff other than the paintings there.

    Saying that I saw some of his engravings at the Tate recently and they're fantastically detailed, well worth seeing at a larger scale than you'd find in a book:



    This is an illustration for The Divine Comedy

    Agnolo Brunelleschi was a thief whose punishment was to be attacked for all eternity by a serpent. Their two bodies merge into one another, so that Brunelleschi’s appearance befits his sin.

    Blake shows the moment at which the serpent begins to inhabit Brunelleschi’s body, as its jaws engulf his head and it sinks its claws into his skin.
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    Iain Sinclair visits William Blake's grave and discusses the spiritual visions that made up such a significant part of his life and work. Filmed at Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, London.

    Sinclair says here that Blake was in a zone which other people have to take peyote to get to. I've heard that somewhere before.
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    shut up corpsey
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    There's another of those Sinclair vids.


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    thanks for posting those sinclair vids - i'll check em out. yeah i've often been disappointed as well when i've seen blake pieces in a gallery, as they're often tiny and a bit blurry. a lot of the books have this issue as well. i think it's to do with the printing? as in, they are reproductions off plates, and the versions we've got are from plates that have been overused. so there will be some amazing versions in existence, but often the ones shown in galleries might have been printed off a plate that had already been used lots of times and thus degraded a little. check the credit slips to see if it was blake's own printing, or one by someone else. there was a recent show at tate liverpool and all the actual prints were credited to someone else ie someone had bought the blake plates and made prints from them.

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    Anyone been to the exhibition yet? I forgot it existed!

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    I went, it really was as good as i had hoped - had pretty much everything you'd want to see. I suppose one of teh surprises was just how vibrant the colours were - also how small many of the famous images are.
    The downside is always just how crowded the exhibition was - making it difficult to see everything.

    one thing i found a bit odd i suppose was the trigger warnings about some images containing images of slavery -it's not like anything in Blake's work would ever suggest anything other than absolute abhorrence.

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    I've been twice but not been able to enjoy it yet. I bought the book. Grapejuice went(on opening day 11th september) and wondered if it mightnt be the counter magic to 9/11 send the world spinning in the right direction again

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    would you recommend the book?

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    Stay there don't go anywhere I'll photograph it

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