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 The venue had its license withdrawn following a violent altercation between staff and a customer.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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Merry Christmas from the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall are thanking everyone – from audiences to performers – who contributed to making 2014 a record year, with 397 events in the main auditorium, 400 beyond the main stage and more than 1.7million visitors. With special thanks to Vocalize, the choir from Sedgehill School, Lewisham, for our Christmas...

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How to be a genius

Einstein maintained that “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. He should know: he got off to a slow start and was known as ‘dopey’ at school. It was...

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Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960 National Portrait Gallery Until 11 January 2015 Tickets £14 www.npg.org.uk As with most exhibitions these days, exiting through the shop has become part of the overall visitor experience, not only so that everyone can have a ‘shopping opportunity’, but that the...

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Hogarth’s London

  Charles Lamb, the great English essayist, who was born in London a decade after Hogarth died in 1764, 250 years ago, said of him: ‘Other pictures we look at – his prints we read’. Hogarth, too, was a Londoner, and was one of the great chroniclers of the City,...

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Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude

Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude The Courtauld  Gallery Until 18 January 2015 Admission £8.50   At least Schiele bemoaned the fact that he, “certainly didn’t feel erotic,” whilst doing his raw, in-your-face drawings of spindly young girls with their legs apart and rouged nipples. There is a perfectly reliable...

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Moroni is a curious surprise at the Royal Academy

Just when one thought there were no surprises left in the art world, then along comes Moroni at the Royal Academy to blow your pantaloons off. I knew Portrait of a Tailor from the National Gallery, a moody portrait of a brooding but confident young man, but little else about...

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New book reveals a glimpse of Unseen London

All Londoners who join Peter Dazeley on his epic photographic journey of their great city will be surprised at the secrets which his book reveals. Unseen London was launched at the historic Freemasons’ Hall, in Great Queen Street, last month. Their exotic Indian Temple, featured on the dust jacket of...

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Cairo to Constantinople: Photographs of the Middle East

Cairo to Constantinople: Photographs of the Middle East

The first photographs ever taken of a Royal Tour are displayed in this exhibition. This medium had only been in existence for just over 20 years and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were very interested in it. In 1862 the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII), eldest son of...

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