From Bauhaus to nest of spies

Every building tells a story: from its conception and birth, to adolescence and maturity, to eventual demise, or in this case protected status as an icon of its day and Grade I listed for preservation. Few, though, can match the most extraordinary tale of the Isokon building in Belsize Park,...

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Marlene Dumas: The image as burden

Tate Modern Until 10 May 2015 Admission £16 www.tate.org.uk   Back in 2000 I went up to the Camden Arts Centre to view a show entitled MD, hung in the Grade II listed Victorian building that used to house Hampstead Central Library, before it expanded widthwise and ended up in...

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Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary collections of the industrial North West

Great wealth came to the industrialists in the North West of England, bringing in its wake harsh working conditions. Yes, these mill-owners were greedy for wealth and power, but they were often philanthropic too. They built schools, hospitals and orphanages for the poor. These industrialists also built stately homes and...

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Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love

Describing something as ‘a great reunion album’ tends to be as backhanded a compliment as describing an acquaintance’s plastic surgery as, “barely noticeable,” if you can tell at a glance, it probably wasn’t worth it. Sleater-Kinney have somehow managed to defy this particular piece of damning faint praise by unleashing...

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Review: Venus In Furs

Venus in Fur by David Ives English Theatre, Vienna 26 Jan – 7 March 2015   Saturday 28th February 2015   ****   A powerful, highly charged foray into the origins of S&M and the arguably more controversial area of gender power-struggles.   In spite of the fact that Venus...

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Statues: Lord Baden-Powell

Lord Baden-Powell Queen’s Gate Sculptor: Donald Potter Standing outside Baden Powell House at the corner of Cromwell Road and Queen’s Gate is a rather austere and creepy granite statue of the founder of the Boy Scouts Movement and World Chief Scout, Robert, Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell. He stands 3m. high...

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Blue Plaque: Thomas Hardy

The novelist and poet Thomas Hardy was honoured with a Blue Plaque by London County Council in 1940. It was erected at 172 Trinity Road, Wandsworth, London. It is surprising to learn that he lived there with his first wife, Emma, from 1878 to 1881 because he was deeply involved...

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Blythe Road

The online sales at the cooperative of auctioneers 25 Blythe Road, has grown with the introduction of photographs specialist, Arnaud Delas. Delas is an established specialist in the world of photographs, with particular interest in 19th and 20th century themes of travel, exploration, science, portraiture and nudes.  He founded Galerie...

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Heatherley’s School of Fine Art

January 29th marked the beginning of Heatherley’s School of Fine Art 170th anniversary celebrations with their second annual Staff Show at the Bankside Gallery on the Southbank. The evening opened with a speech from Sir Alan Parker, CBE, director of such classic films as Midnight Express and Mississippi Burning who...

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Whiplash

Whiplash opens on a black screen with a drumroll. There is really no other way the film could have begun. The relentless hungry rattle of the snare; here more of a hurricane destroying all in its path than a rousing call to arms, is sewn into every inch of this...

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