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One man’s quest for the truth

This is the story not just about the artefacts of a revolution, but about one man’s dedicated struggle to restore the truth of what happened in the Soviet Union during and after 1917.

David King, who died last year, was […]

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Challenging perceptions of Lenin

On the Woodstock Road into Oxford lies one of the most renowned of England’s public schools – St Edward’s (or Teddies).  Its Victorian quadrangle and chapel exude privilege and establishment values.

But here’s a surprise. Celebrating its tenth anniversary – […]

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Not really Impressionism – how France’s loss became England’s gain

If only the curators had given Impressionists in London a different name: “How some artists crossed the channel to escape from war-torn Paris with some sculptures and stunning riverscapes by Monet and Derain thrown in at the end”.

If only […]

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Young, gifted and Black – art’s power for the people

Outside the door opening up to the Soul of a Nation exhibition at Tate Modern screens offer vintage news footage of Black leaders Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, James Baldwin, Malcolm X and Angela Davis.

These men and women – […]

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The art of the fake

The Horse's Arse by Laura GascoigneCurators at London’s Tate Modern may be worrying about the work they want to include in their Modigliani show planned for this November.

On […]

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Sargent’s watercolours – before the storm

June 22nd, 2017|art, Visions|0 Comments

Dulwich Picture Gallery’s display of John Singer Sargent’s watercolours – the first in the UK in nearly a century – provides a tantalising glimpse of this still controversial artist.

Sargent’s unrivalled virtuosity in reflecting the rich back to themselves as […]

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German expressionism’s night at the embassy

May 3rd, 2017|art, Reviews, Visions|0 Comments

For the countless artists who enter open submissions, Samuel Beckett’s Worstword Ho may spring to mind: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

But for Frances Aviva Blane there was a kind of serendipity when her painting […]

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Realising a postponed future

April 29th, 2017|art, Reviews, revolution|0 Comments

Contemporary Ukrainian artists, film-makers and writers pay tribute to earlier generations who created a futuristic moment in 20th century art in the Postponed Futures show at London’s GRAD gallery.

What was their future is now our distant past – but the future […]

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Confession: how I became complicit in anti-immigrant policy

Last night I thought I was going to see a play – Incoming/Exodus. But as I was ushered in with the rest of the ‘audience’ I became aware that we were taking up the roles of immigration officers whose […]

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Vanessa Bell the pioneer

April 24th, 2017|anti-war, art, Reviews, Visions|0 Comments

With Vanessa Bell, Dulwich Picture Gallery, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, continues to shed light on women artists of the last century. They include Winifred Knights, Emily Carr and this October, Tove Jansson.

Before reaching the spaces dedicated to […]

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From private parkland to people’s playground

April 4th, 2017|art, Reviews, Visions|0 Comments

Celebrating its 40th birthday this year, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is going from strength to strength.

Today’s 500-acre site once belonged to the aristocratic Wentworth family. They fought for the King against the Parliamentarians and were rewarded for their services after the restoration. […]

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Dark Matters

March 20th, 2017|art, Poetry, Trump|0 Comments

Legendary jazz musician, composer and poet Joe McPhee visited London earlier this month.

He played with Rodrigo Amado, Chris Corsano, Kent Kessler at Cafe Oto in Dalston.  A few days later, he gave a sell-out performance at the Tank music space […]

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