Death of the Author: Victor Hugo

Death of the Author: Victor Hugo

To complement our retrospective on ‘Les Miserables’ our second ‘Death of the Author’ features the larger than life self-regarding genius of Victor Hugo Whilst it is ‘Les Miserables’ that truly cemented his reputation, at the time of its release Hugo’s fame had already reached something equivalent to Beatlemania. The advance...

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Emma Kunz: Visionary Drawings

Emma Kunz: Visionary Drawings

Not knowing anything about spiritual art, drawing with a pendulum or healing, I entered the Serpentine Gallery wide-eyed, and with a fairly open mind. The exhibition of Emma Kunz’s geometric drawings is timed with the third instalment of the symposium on interspecies consciousness, The Shape of a Circle in the...

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Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain

Judging from the title, Van Gogh and Britain looked as though it would be, on paper, at least, if not exactly padded out, certainly well-upholstered. Although he did a few drawings during his three-year stay in Britain, he never did one painting, and was not really an artist at all...

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The British and Continental Pictures Auction on the 17th April at Olympia Auctions

The British and Continental Pictures Auction on the 17th April at Olympia Auctions

The British and Continental Pictures Auction on the 17th April at Olympia Auctions (www.OlympiaAuctions.com), is particularly strong in modern British pictures with works by exponents in the field including Augustus John, John Bratby, Anne Redpath and Dame Laura Knight. Works also for sale by lesser known figures such as Harry...

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The Twilight Zone at the Ambassador’s Theatre

The Twilight Zone at the Ambassador’s Theatre

  ‘The Twilight Zone’ originally ran (in flickering black and white naturally) from 1959-1964. For many of the original audience, Rod Serling’s twist-happy morality tales were their first introduction to science fiction. Whilst ‘Twilight Zone’ took some cues from earlier 50s genre works like ‘Tales of Tomorrow’! and ‘Dimension X’,...

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Ashbourne College exhibit students art in evening of creativity

Ashbourne College exhibit students art in evening of creativity

The Creative Arts event, hosted by Ashbourne College exhibited pupils work on the 26th March, displaying everything from fashion and textiles to  graphics and fine art. The students, who have been working on these projects for the whole year, proudly showed off their hard work to over 150 guests. Those...

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Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery

This will be the first UK retrospective of the artist since 1908 when Sorolla himself mounted an exhibition at London’s Grafton Galleries where he was promoted as ‘The World’s Greatest Living Painter.’ Some claim! Considering that Gauguin, Matisse, Renoir and Degas were all still alive, and Picasso had already burst...

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

The cottage industry of ‘Les Mis’ has gradually occluded Victor Hugo’s mammoth opus in much the same way as an encrustacean of barnacles cloak a ship’s hull. Over 50 years of dreaming a dream and singing the song of angry men has rendered the tale culturally wan, reduced to the...

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The Idiot at the Coronet

The Idiot at the Coronet

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot was published in 1864 and is frequently held up as one of the artistic high points of the Russian literary boom of the 19th century.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I have not read The Idiot, so I deemed it...

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Chelsea Antiques Fair Returns Following Town Hall Refurbishment

Chelsea Antiques Fair Returns Following Town Hall Refurbishment

The Chelsea Antiques Fair takes place from 20th – 24th March and returns to its venerable King’s Road venue, Chelsea Old Town Hall, after a year’s absence when the hall been restored and redecorated. ‘This has been the first time since 1950 that the fair has taken a break,’ explains...

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