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Arlington and Arnolfini                                                            illusory, and language as visual material. The partici-
                                                                                         pants all live, work or study within the Bath, Cardiff,
                                                                                         Cheltenham triangle. The exhibition includes work
                                                                                         by students showing for the first time, and to anyone
                                                                                         who has been through the art school mill, one thing
                                                                                        immediately noticeable is the improvement in the
                                                                                         quality of work being done in our art schools compar-
                                                                                         ed with that of ten years ago. Two students, David Gash
                                                                                        and Anthony Stokes, are showing works done in their
                                                                                        first pre-diploma year and they are of a quality which
                                                                                         would have been out of the question under the Inter-
                                                                                        mediate system. Gash shows two 'op' paintings, one
                                                                                        in black and white, the other in colour gradations of
                                                                                        red, which investigate the interference effects of
                                                                                        vertical stripes. Anthony Stokes shows six drawings
      At the opening of the Arlington Mill exhibition— left to right, dom Sylvester Houédard, Pete Brown,   of texts from the Book of Daniel which have been
      Bob Cobbing, and Dr Ernst Jandl                                                   used as the   basis for an intricate network of designs
                                                                                        reminiscent of lace or of those beautiful Renaissance
      To hold an exhibition of experimental poetry, Con-  form, namely, that it is 'anti-human' seem to come   plans for military fortifications. The works involving
      crete, Visual, Spatial, call it what you like, in a   from voices that equate number of words used to   actual movement rangefromthe restrained classicism
      renovated mill in a village which, if not exactly tucked   emotional and spiritual content, which is like rating a   of Alisdair Robertson's On the Tigris, the Carnally St
      away, certainly has no tracks that are particularly   picture by the amount of detail in it.   pop of Richard Loncraine's Control Stack  and Flip-
      beaten, may sound like a crazy idea. It is a crazy idea;   The work of the Germans has a crystalline, Bauhaus   machine, and a harmonograph drawing-machine made
      but it is an appealing kind of craziness. The inhabi-  quality when set beside the positively Hapsburgian   by Ken Cox, to the frozen movement of Peter Green's
      tants of Arlington may not have piped water yet, but   Austrians (the exhibition was opened, by the way, by   Paint Mill.
      they have got plenty of words, until the end of   Dr Ernst Jandl, from Vienna, who will I'm sure be   For the rest, we have works by two of the exhibitors
      September, at least, and I hope that they make the   flattered when I say that he looks exactly like the good   in the recent Structure show, Laurie Burt and Henry
      most of them. For those of you who don't live in   soldier Schweik in civvies), while the strength of the   Clyne, a Harkness fellow, and a concrete poetry by
      Arlington, which is about eight miles from Ciren-  French contingent lies, appropriately, in their contri-  the German, Hansjorg Mayer, who recently taught for
      cester, this is the village that has, according to   bution to phonic poetry, especially in the work of   a term at Corsham Court, and thirty beautiful types-
      William Morris, the most perfect row of cottages in   Chopin and Heidsieck.       tracts by the Benedictine monk, dom Sylvester
      England, therefore in the world; but Morris didn't   Great Britain, a late starter in this field, is well repre-  Houédard.
      have to live in one.                     sented, and even stands a good chance of winning                      John Furnival
       There are over sixty representatives from twenty-  the cup, while perhaps the most encouraging sign of
      one countries, including two from Eastern Europe, in   all is the strong contingent from Czechoslovakia, in-
      an exhibition which is a logical follow-on from the   cluding Kolar, Novak, Hirshal, Valoch and others, and
      Between Poetry and Painting  exhibition at the I.C.A.   the loner from East Germany, Carlfriedrich Claus.   Oxford Art Museum
      last year, and which proves that the movement is no   And, of course, Diter Rot, now back home in Iceland
      flash-in-the-pan, but one that is rapidly consolidating   from the U.S.A.         Oxford's new Museum of Modern Art came into being
      its foundations. One of the interesting things to                                 last January. After its beginnings in a small ware-
      emerge is that, for a form that is supposedly cold,                               house gallery, the Museum is now expanding into a
      intellectual, de-personalized etc., there are as many   The Golden Mile exhibition at the Arnolfini Gallery,   larger building in Pembroke Street. The Director,
      regional variations here as there were in Gothic archi-  Bristol, until Sept. 28 (the title is a reference to amuse-  architect Trevor Green, has been working on the pro-
      tecture. In fact, the criticisms that are levelled at the   mentarcadia) concerns itself with movement, real and   ject for some time and has designed the new building
                                                                                        which will have three floors and a total floor space of
                                                                                        9,000 square feet. The upper gallery will house large
                                                                                        temporary exhibitions and will be ideal for sculpture
                                                                                        or environmental work. The central floor will consist
                                                                                        of a reception area, an expanded publications section,
      Two of the exhibits at Arlington Mill—right, a poem                               administration offices and the permanent collection
      by Ian Hamilton Finlay, and below, a text by dom                                  itself. In the lower gallery there will be a library and
      Sylvester Houédard, done in linocut by                                            lecture theatre.
      Simon Verity                                                                       The Museum is administered by a governing coun-
                                                                                        cil assisted by an advisory body which includes
                                                                                        Henry Moore, John Piper, Terry Frost, Harold Cohen,
                                                                                        R. Kitaj and Prunella Clough. These artists have given
                                                                                        or lent work to the Museum.
                                                                                         It is planned that the upper and middle galleries will
                                                                                        open in October. The first show will be in two parts:
                                                                                        an exhibition of large drawings, models and full-size
                                                                                        inflatable tensegrity structures illustrating recent
                                                                                        developments in experimental architecture (organ-
                                                                                        ized by the Archigram group in association with
                                                                                        B.A.S.A.) will be staged at the same time as the New
                                                                                        Generation 66 exhibition from the Whitechapel Gallery
                                                                                        in London.
                                                                                         At the end of the year the Museum will stage exhibi-
                                                                                        tions organized by its own people and the first of
                                                                                        these will be called 'Space-Place'.  The Museum will
                                                                                        also stage its own retrospective exhibitions. It is
                                                                                        planned that a suitable site will be found in Oxford by
                                                                                        1970 and that a permanent new building will be
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