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This blog will soon be a year old. For this reason the fifty-second post took on a certain weight of significance for me recently. What to do for that post that would be a landmark.

Luckily that decision has been made for me. I have learned of two important and impressive achievements made by two of my old friends. It seems perfectly appropriate to use this post to point outwards in the direction of their work.

The first is the release of The Winters’ first album “Riches”. I have heard it in advance and I’m proud and happy to be able to recommend it.

Get it on itunes here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/riches/id628107001

It’s a beautiful album.

The second is a fascinating exhibition curated by my friend Brian Dillon at the Turner in Margate. Details being:

Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing

A Hayward Touring exhibition curated by Brian Dillon

Organized in collaboration with Turner Contemporary, Margate, and in association with Cabinet magazine

From the Turner’s website:

Exhibitions > Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing
24 May 2013 – 15 September 2013

Enter a world of wonder, fascination and inquiry. Experience the spectacular and the bizarre, the startling and mysterious, contemporary art alongside historical artefacts, as the gallery becomes a cabinet of curiosities.

‘Like the cabinet of curiosities of the 17th century, which mixed science and art, ancient
and modern, reality and fiction, this exhibition refuses to choose between knowledge
and pleasure. It juxtaposes historical periods and categories of objects to produce an eccentric map of curiosity in its many senses’ says Curator Brian Dillon.

So think Tom Waits meets Bruce Chatwin travelling through history.

Learn more about it here:

http://www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/curiosity-art-and-the-pleasures-of-knowing

It looks very exciting.

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