Zoamorphosis Updates: February – April 2011

While there have been several new additions to the Zoamorphosis site, I’ve fallen behind a little with this newsletter. As such, this one will bring everything up to date for February-April 2011.

News

In the news, February saw the opening of a new display at Tate Britain, Watercolour, which includes several works by Blake and looks at the impact of this medium over 800 years. Also in the art world, a display of Blake’s works curated by John Frame at the Huntington Gallery, Born to Endless Night, accompanies an exhibition of his own sculpture and writing, much of it inspired by the Romantic poet and artist. At the end of March, a series of New Testament watercolours was added to the Blake Archive, and in April there was a round up of new exhibits and performances, including the opening of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem to rave reviews on Broadway and a new play by Mickle Maher, There is a Happiness that Morning is, which uses Blake’s poetry to explore sexual relations between two academics.

New reviews and articles.

The sole review during this period is a two-hander, covering two musical releases by Fernand Péna and Guy Pearson, both of them extremely talented and wonderful musicians who approach Blake’s poetry from completely different angles – one rock, the other classical.

In Arts and Culture, there were articles by Jason Whittaker on a new BBC series, Outcasts, which made use of Blake’s “The Tyger”, as well as the comic “My Pretty Rose Tree” by Jason Franks and Luke Pickett, and some observations on the use of the hymn “Jerusalem” at the Royal Wedding. Roger Whitson contributed two excellent articles on Mike Carey’s series The Unwritten and an extremely thoughtful piece on the appearance of Blake in various forms of paraphernalia as the new phenomenon of Blakesy.

We also welcome two new contributors to Zoamorphosis. Tristanne Connolly provided two extremely authoritative pieces on Blake and Jim Morrison: L.A. Woman, A City Yet a Woman, and some answers to the question of how much Morrison knew of Blake’s work. Finally, Tom Mayberry provided an overview of his Blake-inspired work at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

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