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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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Revolutionary art lost in skewed history

February 25th, 2017|art, Reviews, revolution|0 Comments

This year offers an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of artists in response to the 1917 Russian Revolution and many were looking forward to the Royal Academy’s show in London as part of a year-long series of events to […]

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