Scottsboro Boys

Scottsboro Boys Garrick Theatre In Alabama in 1931, nine black teenagers, ages ranging from 13 to 19, were pulled off a train and accused of the gang rape of two white women. The trail was a farce, the witnesses’ evidence was full of holes, the boys were not given proper...

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Hockney Uncovered

Julia Cave interviews Randall Wright, director of the acclaimed documentary Hockney, about what it takes to capture the life of such a vibrant artist.   “Every day until I was tall enough, I asked my mother to lift me up so I could see out of the kitchen window. When...

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Miro and The Red Cross

Last month, The British Red Cross organised the spectacular Exhibition The Miro Tapestry and Red Cross Catalonia Collection at the Royal College of Art, which was part of their Art for Life 2014 project. The exhibition brought to London a fine collection of art by famous Spanish painters with a...

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All Hail The Christmas Book

Excitedly tearing away shiny wrapping paper, ripping off crisp sheets of tissue, peeling away sellotape, to reveal…. A book. A classic, and (whisper it), slightly boring choice? Since the invention of iEverything, books are dangerously close to ranking amongst socks and chocolates as predictably ‘safe’ Christmas presents. A book can...

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In praise of book collecting

The Inaugural Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize was awarded to Hazel Wilkinson (in absentia) at the twenty fourth Antiquarian Book Fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall, last month. The fair was organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) with Graham York as Chairman of the fair committee for this year...

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Rembrandt – The Late Works

Rembrandt – The Late Works National Gallery Until 18 January 2015 Admission £18 www.nationalgallery.org   The last big show of Rembrandt’s work in London was Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle at the British Museum in 1992, and what a stunner that was. This one, comprising 90-odd drawings, prints and...

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The France Show 2015

  From January 23rd to 25th London is being given the chance to leave its traditional animosity behind and embrace and revel in the culture of France. The France show will be running at Olympia Central, Hammersmith offering “the best of France in a day”. The event will have cookery...

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Introducing The Works on Paper Fair

The Works on Paper Fair has been running since 1999 bringing great artwork into people’s homes. It is now in its sixth year in the science museum and is known for bringing friendly knowledgeable art dealers together with both well experienced and budding art collectors. Offering a wide array of...

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Frank Phelan: Review

Frank Phelan Messum’s 8 Cork Strteet Until 24 December 2014   Frank Phelan is a rare artist, conjuring up light and space from thin air. It’s like going into a darkened room and throwing open the French windows to let the spring sunshine pour in. His abstracts also have a...

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Save Soho Campaign enlists celebrities

Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serkis have joined calls to save Soho from gentrification. After the closure of Madame Jojos last month, the campaign was started by singer-songwriter Tim Arnold . The venue had its license withdrawn following a violent altercation between staff and a customer. Campaigners are worried...

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