It is easy to work up a smile while writing about Andrew Lanyon. To anyone vaguely familiar with his work, he invokes predecessors that invite the offhand and maybe patronising classification of ‘artist-eccentric’. One thinks of Lewis Carroll with his madcap humour, verbal ingenuity, interest in photography and the absurd; Heath Robinson with his stupendously […]
Andrew Lanyon’s photograph of Man Ray against the chess board on which he played Marcel Duchamp 1964 was declared by Man Ray that it was his favourite portrait of himself. A print of it owned and inscribed by Man Ray, given in 1966 to Jean Petithory (owner of a bookstore and publisher of Mannequins, a […]
This review covers Von Ribbontrop in St. Ives, The Daughters of Radon, The Only Non-slip Dodo Mat in the World, Bifurcated Thought, The Musings of Creatures in a Barren Land. Read it here. One of the many remarkable things about Andrew Lanyon’s series of books on accessing the imagination is how perfectly their form and […]
‘I must congratulate you on a magnificent example of book production. Setting, binding and the unique use of colour reproductions have amazed the Australian friends who have now seen it.’ – Arthur Wilson.
‘Delightfully irreverent’ – Jennifer Martin. ‘Superb book. I chuckled and admired every page of it. My favourite I think, is Roger on one leg’ – Nancy Wynne Jones. ‘Another very fine book…the postcards themselves are fascinating, many having a tremendous feeling of a Lanyon painting.’ – Sue Larkin. ‘Word for word, picture for picture it […]
A year after the publication by an American institution of Vera’s paper on wisdom, she was approached by them regarding another of her ‘follies’. Follies is what for years The English Psychoanalytical Society (EPS) called every one of Vera’s papers. She learnt this from the Society’s secretary, Zelda, who also acted as Vera’s spy in that ‘Nest of Angst’, as she referred to the EPS.