Going Back to the Classics

first_imgThis week visual arts in Oxford was nowhere near boiling-point. The new exhibitions in the Ashmolean such as Spectacular Impressions and An Englishman’s Travels in Egypt, despite their promising titles, were more lukewarm than usual. The former, showcasing prints from the 15th to 17th centuries by artists such as Mantegna, Durer, Rembrandt and Van Dyck, was definitely enlightening. Every one of the images on display has been recognised internationally as to be of the highest quality, and each could probably inspire an exhibition in itself. However, to the untrained and uninformed eye, they were impressive more in terms of technical skill than emotive power. Similarly, the Englishman’s Travels in Europe though interesting in its revival of the story of Edward Lane, a renowned Arabic scholar and fine draughtsman, invited only a passing glance.In the same way, Ornamentation: drawings for the decorative arts, running in the Christ Church Gallery from 30 April to 30 July, seemed to me to be pleasant but entirely insipid, drawing on the College’s existing collection of graphic art and featuring particularly prominently the designs of Giulio Romano. Apart from a slight physical resemblance to Punch cartoons, the collection was unremarkable, offering plenty of faint drawings of ornamental vases, curlicues and seals.In comparison to these, the permanent collection of paintings in Christ Church seems much more impressive. Needless to say, the 300 odd Old Master paintings and almost 2 000 drawings are definitely overwhelming in their grandeur and scope. I particularly enjoyed the detailed work in paintings such as The Devil, where a certain Abba Moses the Indian (i.e from Ethiopia) is painted a lurid shade of green, with sagging breasts, a beard, tails, winds and bird feet in one of the Nine Scenes from the Lives of the Hermits (Tuscan Schoolc.1440- 1450). Other gems include the Fragment from a Lamentation by Hugo van der Goes (the tears on the Virgin’s face glisten with tangible emotion), and Filippino Lippi’s The Wounded Centaur, which beautifully depicts the dangers of playing with love.These, of course, are just a few examples of the wealth of delights provided by this small gallery, mentioned in every tourist guide, but under-utilised by the members of the University to whom, after all, admission is free (on presentation of a Bod card). In fact, I would recommend any bored visual arts buff to go spend an afternoon at Christ Church. More often than not, the permanent collection of the  college shows more dynamism and promise than newer arrivals to the city.ARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003last_img read more

Hasaacas Ladies ‘do-the-doo’ against Fabulous Ladies

first_imgThe first season of the maiden national women’s league ended last Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium with Hasaacas Ladies, winners of the southern sector emerging champions.Jennifer Cudjoe twice scored from the spot to give the Sekondi-Takoradi based side a 2-1 victory over Fabulous Ladies, winners of the northern sector, who pulled a goal back through Agnes Aduako.Reminiscent of their male counterparts who shout “doo” instead of goal anytime a ball enters the net, Hasaacas Ladies were with smiles and shouts of “doo” after the game.Coach of Hasaacas Ladies, Yusif Basigi told JOY Sports “the win means a lot to me. Fabulous Ladies have been beating us all the time and this time I promised to turn the table round”.Yusif Basigi’s ultimate aim will be “to continue to win the national women’s league.”Hasaacas Ladies have fourteen players in the various national women’s teams and the coach would “want to see more of the girls being recruited to serve the nation.” Sekondi Hasaacas would be ten years this year and captain Samira Suleman, who was adjudged best player of the league believes the win is a step in the right direction to give her side a befitting celebration.She told JOY Sports “this win means a lot to us. We will be ten years this year, there will be no better way to celebrate our anniversary than giving the fans this win.”Nana Owusu Sekyere is head coach of the losing finalists, Fabulous Ladies and he told JOY Sports “even though Hasaacas Ladies were the better side, they did not win on merit. We are going back to the drawing board to work on our mistakes so we can do better next season.”last_img read more