Derek Jarman

Moving Pictures of a Painter

Month: October 2013

Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks
By Thames & Hudson

The detailed and beautifully produced book Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks is an intimate portrait of the artist. It reveals a story about Derek Jarman and shows in details how he gathered, shaped and made his ideas. Containing Jarman’s poetry, drawings, pressed flowers, photographs, scripts and notes. It reveals the detailed planning, creative and emotional engagement of his filmmaking process . This book has 196 illustrations, where 187 are in colour. There are two editions of this book. One is the standard edition with 256 pages, for £28.00:

The other one is a deluxe edition in hardback also with 256 pages but limited to 500 copies, with the price of £150.00. Both books are edited by Stephen Farthing and Ed Webb-Ingall and published by Thames & Hudson.

Stephen Farthing is the Rootstein Hopkins Research Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts, London. Ed Webb-Ingall is a film producer who holds a research position at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.

Both books can be bought online on the Thames & Hudson website on this link.

Tate Modern – Derek Jarman: Blue

Between 21st October 2013 and 5th October 2014 the film Blue has been screened at Tate Modern on the 20th Anniversary of the film’s release.

In 1974, after seeing a monochrome painting by Yves Klein at the Tate Gallery, Derek Jarman was inspired to make a “blue film” dedicated to the French artist. And indeed, he made the film Blue using only this colour, an ultramarine pigment solution, Klein patented as “International Klein Blue”.

Years later, when Jarman started losing sight and the medication against Aids was causing him to see as if through a blue filter, he came back to the idea of the “blue film”. The colour blue interpreted and understood with melancholy, water, infinity, mysticism and others, was the perfect interpretation for Jarman’s mental, physical and emotional state of mind, caused by the terminal illness. Finally, the film was made in 1993 with a little help of many friends. The script is recited by actors like Tilda Swinton and by Derek Jarman himself, the soundtrack by Simon Fiser-Turner includes choral singing, time-marking sounds like ticking clocks, chimes and gongs, as well as music by Brian Eno, Coil and Erik Satie among others.

For the information, under this link.