Sons of Denmark

Sons of Denmark

In the years immediately following the 9/11 attacks, Islamic terror was viewed as much as an existential threat as a literal one. Neoliberalism had assured us that the West’s benevolent secular liberalism was supposed to reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah! But if history was as ended as we’d been...

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A Modest Masterpiece

A Modest Masterpiece

This year’s Stirling Prize, the highest accolade in British architecture, has unusually been won by a housing scheme; even more unusually, affordable housing. A dozen years ago Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawley won the commission from Norwich City Council for 105 affordable houses and flats, now known as Goldsmith Street....

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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: Ghosteen

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: Ghosteen

For more than four decades Nick Cave has spun out a lyrical universe that has ensnared countless fans like flies in a web. At the beginning of his career his songs were cracked Faulknerian operas, complete narratives full of crazed priests, consumptive prostitutes, whiskey and murder. As he wore on,...

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Rembrandt’s Light at the Dulwich Picture

Rembrandt’s Light at the Dulwich Picture

A great deal is made of the supposition that, if Rembrandt were alive today, he may well have been a film-maker rather than a painter. When this was put to the award-winning cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, who helped in laying out and lighting the exhibition, he neatly side-stepped the old chestnut,...

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Lucien Freud: The Self Portraits at the Royal Academy

Lucien Freud: The Self Portraits at the Royal Academy

Could this be the Year of the Selfy? Gauguin at the National, Rembrandt at Dulwich and van Gogh at Tate Britain. In the RA show there are over 50 examples of Lucian Freud’s self-portraits, many of which have never been on show before, and certainly not seen together. What constitutes...

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The Coming Community at Freedlands Foundation

The Coming Community at Freedlands Foundation

Freelands Foundation presents The Coming Community, an exhibition envisaging alternative ways of living together in the age of climate change and political division. This November, Freelands Foundation presents The Coming Community, a multimedia exhibition featuring works by two artists and one collective from diverse backgrounds – Andrea Zittel, Grace Ndiritu...

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Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Surely an exhibition entitled ‘Gauguin Portraits’ should have been housed at their next-door neighbours in St Martin’s Place? However, the National Gallery have been busily borrowing over 50 works from all over the world, with half a dozen from private collections, never before seen in the UK. But why so...

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A History of Water in the Middle East

A History of Water in the Middle East

Kareem Samara sits alone at the front of the Royal Court Theatre’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, quietly playing several instruments and filling the room with a calming energy. Beside him, a screen projection displays a map and the show’s title: A History of Water in the Middle East. While the Middle East region...

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Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Is there is more to Antony Gormley than the rather stiff, unyielding and angular Angel of the North in Gateshead and his own body-casts plonked onto Crosby Beach on Merseyside and elsewhere? In the courtyard of the RA, there is there is a tiny sculpture of what, at first, looks...

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Smiley’s Files: Declassified MI5 files at the National Archives

Smiley’s Files: Declassified MI5 files at the National Archives

Looking through declassified MI5 files in the National Archives at Kew doesn’t feel a million miles away from being in a spy drama yourself. Whilst looking through the vast array of microfilm at a (potentially literal) murderer’s row of informants, targets and infiltrations, it feels almost perverse to not be...

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