What Did Dora Think?

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Pablo Picasso’s Femme Assise, Robe Bleu (Seated Woman in Blue Dress).

A bit of a daft one, today. We were all sitting around Jammy Toast last night watching the news when an item came on which caught our attention. It featured the story of one of Pablo Picasso’s best-known portraits being sold at auction in New York for £35m. Seated Woman in Blue Dress features a portrait of one of Picasso’s many lovers, Dora Maar. The picture has a long history including, during World War Two, the Nazis seized the painting but were intercepted on their way from Paris to Moravia by French Resistance fighters.

Banksy On Brexit

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Jammy Toast’s friend Banksy has finely shown everyone his thoughts on Brexit. His latest work shows a workman removing a star from the EU flag and is situated near Dover’s ferry terminal. The mysterious artist is known for his political pieces. His latest comes as the UK heads towards a general election and prepares to leave the EU. While some discredit the work as being “too obvious” others focussed on the subtle cracks, not the chiselling. Here at Jammy Toast we just love it!

Egginanoo’s Drawings #1

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Hello everyone, my name is Egginanoo Bear and I have not posted anything here on Jammy Toast for ages. I love art and usually do drawings and even have a gallery of my work here on Jammy Toast put just lately I seem to have been side-lined. I have said before that I think that the only reason I have my gallery is so they can post something on the days they can’t think of anything to write about. This has kind of backfired on me because they have been very busy posting things and there is no place for ‘writer’s block’ here at Jammy Toast – they are a very creative bunch.

Shirley Baker

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Specials thanks to Art.Com for the photographs used in this post!

If you check the Bear Music page you will notice a song from John Cooper Clarke entitled “Beasley Street” based on life in Salford. When we originally featured the song on the old Jammy Toast site we featured a picture by the late, great Shirley Baker to accompany it. At the time we were asked if the photograph was of Beasley Street and we had to admit it was not. We are not sure where the photograph was taken other than it was taken by Shirley Baker who, like John Cooper Clarke, comes from Salford and took photographs of Salford and Manchester during the slum clearance programme of the 1960s. I always think her photographs go so well with John’s poems because they are more or less telling the same story.

Is The Banksy Hunt Over?

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Here at Jammy Toast we are great fans of Graffiti Artist Banksy while we also love Hip Hop group Massive Attack – now it appears they may be one and the same person. Or, more accurately, it is being proclaimed that Banksy may in fact be Massive Attack founding member Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja or at least he is leading a group of people producing Banksy artworks. Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, the founding member of the Bristol based band, has been accused of being the guerrilla graffiti star because art keeps appearing near their gigs. Investigative journalist Craig Williams has started the claims that the artist could be Mr Del Naja.

Banksy Gives School A Present

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Jammy Toast’s favourite street artist, Banksy, has left a half-term surprise “present” on the walls of a Bristol primary school. The elusive artist composed the mural at Bridge Farm Primary after it recently named a school house after him. It was discovered as teachers returned from the half-term break along with a letter saying “it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission”. A spokesman for Banksy has confirmed that the artwork is genuine.

The Tipping Buckets Of Liverpool

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If you venture around the back of James Street Railway Station you will come across the craziest sculpture you could ever wish to meet. I can roughly remember it being built in the 1960s and I have to confess to being a big fan of the “Tipping Buckets”. However, others were not so keen and likened the noise they made to that of a lavatory flushing. Years later they have become one of the marvels of Liverpool. It often amuses me how Liverpool people hate new things being thrust on them, for example the Superlambanana; it was despised when it was purchased by Liverpool City Council and then there were nearly riots in the streets when the same council decided to return it to the Japanese artist who created it.