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Gill's sculptures at Broadcasting House, London

Posted by Vittorio on August 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM Comments comments (0)

I was watching a well made BBC documentary last night which highlighted Eric Gill's sculptures at the front of the Headquarters of Broadcasting House, London." height="150" style="BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 1px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-LEFT: 1px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1px; VERTICAL-ALIGN: bottom; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 1px; BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid" />


Quite correctly it was mentionned that many people have come to believe that the sculptures represent God and man. However, it was added that the intention of Gill was to represent Prospero and Ariel from Shakespeare's The Tempest. This seems confirmed by the website:


This is another instance where intention matters and has shades of the public's misunderstanding of the statue in Piccadilly Circus as Eros, whereas it represents Anteros.

Saatchi and the Stuckists

Posted by Vittorio on August 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM Comments comments (0)

Something you may find interesting...

There has been a disagreement over the showing of a portrait of Charles Saatchi. The argument of its inclsion in the show was down, according to Stuckist Founder, Charles Thomson, to the intention of the artist. Read more form Evening Standard Online:



CHARLES Saatchi likes his artists to make the headlines while he keeps a low profile but he is currently finding himself at the centre of controversy in Maddox Street.

An image of the art dealer by Paul Harvey was being used to promote the Stuckist group’s show Clowns Doing Their Dirty Work at the Artspace Gallery. But the gallery manager has taken the work down on the grounds it is "too controversial for the area".

"I do not think this painting can be seen as offensive, nor was that the intention of the artist, who wanted to make Saatchi look friendly and human with symbols such as lemons because he likes lemonade," says Stuckist founder Charles Thomson...

The Fourth Plinth

Posted by Vittorio on August 21, 2010 at 1:54 PM Comments comments (0)

One story that has received a lot of press coverage recently is the shortlist of artists who have submitted their proposals for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.  Models of the artists' work can be seen at present at St. Martins in the Field Church which is oppossite The Square. Can I suggest a google search for the accompanying written proposals. What is so interesting is that these avant-garde artists have had to give an account of the intention of the work. Whether this was a political decision or whether the Mayor's advisors on matters of the arts decided on this is not really the point. What is of interest is that there was felt a need for the public to know the mind behind these creative gestures.


An art installation model entitled 'Untitled(ATM/Organ)'  by U.S. artist Jennifer Allora and Cuban artist Guillermo Calzadilla is displayed during the unveiling of the six shortlisted proposals for Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London,  Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010.



First Intentist Review

Posted by Vittorio Pelosi on August 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out the new 'review' section of the website.

Intentist Sydney Heighington comments on the John Madejski Rooms Exhibition for Deceased Artists.

It's a thought provoking piece on a somewhat misdirected exhibition.

Watch this space for more Intentist reviews soon!

Forthcoming Intentist interviews

Posted by Vittorio on July 26, 2010 at 12:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview a couple of distinguished art critics.

The first is with Mark Irving who has a longstanding record of published articles in most broadsheets and specialist subject area magazines. The second is with Julian Stallabrass who is a Reader at The Courtland Institute and writes for many magazines including Art Monthly, Modern Painters, RA Magazine, Tate, The Evening Standard and The New Statesman. Both interviews discuss the role of intention in the arts and will appear as videos in the coming days.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Posted by Vittorio Pelosi on July 25, 2010 at 9:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Syd Heighington, James Sirrell, Vittorio and Luciano Pelosi visited the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition to review the work of a number of artist's from an Intentism perspective. It was surprising to read so many references to the artist's intention in the introductory comments written for each art collection. The art triggered some thought- provoking discussion and critical debate which will will emerge as a number of reviews available to read on this website some time in August. We hope they will be the first of many Intentist reviews accessible online. In the mean time, visit the exhibition - it is worth it just to discover that in the eclectic art jungle of 'creatures' vying for our attention at the Royal Academy, the 'Coat hanger Gorilla' reigns supreme.

Intentist Interview with Mark Fisher

Posted by Vittorio Pelosi on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out the interviews' hyperlink under 'media' to read our recent interview with Mark Fisher.

Mark Fisher is former editor of The List magazine (2000-3) and former chief theatre critic for The Herald. He is a contributor to The Guardian, The Sunday Times Scotland, Variety, The Herald, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman and other titles.

Get together at Syd Heighington's

Posted by Vittorio on June 26, 2010 at 4:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear All,

We have another get-together at Syd Heighington's home this Tuesday evening. Please try and come as, amongst other things, we will have Professor William Irwin's answers to the questions re:intentionality that we collectively posed to him.

If you need further details please email at:[email protected] and we will be happy to answer them.

Best wishes,


Adrian Haak's drawings

Posted by Vittorio on May 26, 2010 at 2:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone,

If you get the chance please check out Adrian Haak's drawings under the 'member's portfolios' link above.

They are beautiful and elegant.

Intentist Architectural exhibition

Posted by Vittorio Pelosi on May 25, 2010 at 4:21 AM Comments comments (0)

Rex Henry an architect and Intentist is having an exhibition at the Collyer Bristow Gallery in Holborn from 6pm Wednesday the 26th May.



The urban landscape is one of fragmented and diverse visions. Those of town planners, architects, engineers overlaid with the messy reality of human interaction and use. In this exhibition we look at the work of twelve artists whose work involves architecture. Each artist in the exhibition employs architectural motifs or subject matter in their works. From the sculptural structures of the collaborative team of artist and architect, Henry Seaton (Graham Seaton and Rex Henry) to the fantastical 'Empire' of 'oozing site-specific creations' by artist Sally Barker; this exhibition covers the clean lines and blocks of Utopian dreams alongside the decorative, lyrical, fanciful and absurd. The exhibition considers how central or otherwise architecture is to each artist's practice and whether architectural language is a significant and necessary player in the creative process.


The exhibition is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010 ( .


Urban Fragment : imagining architecture

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 at 18:00

Collyer Bristow Gallery

4 bedford row holborn

Please come along if you're free!