Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway at Dulwich Picture Gallery

One is tempted to wheel out that old chestnut about naming ten famous Belgians; most people can come up with half a dozen, although two of those usually mentioned, are characters from fiction. On the other hand, name some famous Norwegian painters, and you will most likely get Edvard Munch,...

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Don McCullin at Tate Britain

Don McCullin at Tate Britain

  There should be a warning before entering the Don McCullin retrospective at Tate Britain, stating, ‘Brace! Brace!’ This extraordinary photographer has covered most major conflicts in the world for the past sixty years, including the Berlin Wall in 1961, Biafra, Cyprus, Republic of Congo and Vietnam, all in the...

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Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

  The problem with this play, and it is a problem, is that it doesn’t know what it is. Is it a comedy, a courtroom drama, a piece of polemic journalism, or a political satire? Laughter may have driven the original rhetoric and William Hone’s own defence two hundred years...

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Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions Book Fair

Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions Book Fair

Come on out and relive those childhood stories you grew up with at the Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions book fair. There will be some of the U.K’s finest specialist book sellers and some of the most beautifully illustrated books. Come and see the first edition covers up close,...

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Housing Crisis on hold?

Housing Crisis on hold?

Whilst the Brexit fiasco continues, the ongoing crisis in housing the UK’s population fails to receive adequate government focus or funding. The National Health Service has a new ten-year plan which will inevitably have priority finance, as will education and policing as they are more newsworthy vote winners.  Is it...

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Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint at the Estorick Collection

Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint at the Estorick Collection

The flyer for this exhibition opens with the line, ‘The harmonious and delicately-poised work of Fausto Melotti (1901-1986) is revered in Italy, yet surprisingly little-known in the United Kingdom.’ This is perfectly true; he is rarely shown here, and, indeed, this is the first institutional show to be dedicated to...

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This is America: James Ellroy’s Perfidia

This is America: James Ellroy’s Perfidia

There are some authors whose public persona are so outsized that they can’t help but overspill into their fiction. Generally these writers are dead: the ‘great men of letters’ seem to have been a decidedly pre-#MeToo phenomenon. The hard drinking lives and frequently unpalatable beliefs of authors like Hemingway or...

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Self empowerment through creativity: an exhibition by homeless artists

Self empowerment through creativity: an exhibition by homeless artists

Eighty eight London artists affected by homelessness have participated in our unique annual art competition. A record number of more than 150 entries were received and the 20 finalists will be exhibited at the Hampstead School of Art on 5 March. The exhibition features cash prizes for the artists who are...

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Vice

Vice

Comedian cum-Late Night host Stephen Colbert famously complained that ‘reality has a well-known liberal bias’; a blithe statement to be sure, but one which has become something of a rallying cry for all distressed by the truth-averse populists increasingly in the driving seats of our democracies. Certainly writer-director Adam Mckay’s...

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Retrospective: Heart Of Darkness

Retrospective: Heart Of Darkness

Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness is only 40,000 words long; a novella so slim that I picked up my first copy as a free give-away that came with a newspaper. However according to Harold Bloom  those 40,000 words have been dissected and analysed more than any other work of literature...

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