British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

If Marmite had existed in the late seventeenth century, it would have summed up this exhibition. There are many art lovers who delight in the resplendent sumptuousness of the cascading satin and silk, extravagant floral arrangements, grand settings and painted courtesans. One normallly associates Baroque with the pomp and grandiosity...

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Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection

Crali was surely the quintessential Futurist painter. He embodied everything Futurism stood for; it was coursing through his veins. He was eighteen when he took his first flight in 1928 and the following year he contacted Marinetti, the founder of Futurism, and asked to join the movement. In the same...

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The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair returns until January 26

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair returns until January 26

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is back until 26 January in Battersea Park to continue to provide unique, fabulous displays of some of the best to twentieth century designs vendors can offer. If exploring spaces filled with extraordinary antiques and textiles is of interest to you, this is the...

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Palace of Westminster Tours

Palace of Westminster Tours

As election day nears, Westminster Palace is quiet. While MPs spend time in their constituencies, working to secure every possible vote on December 12, Parliament is open to the public for tours. After a quick pass through security, attendees meet their tour guide in Westminster Hall and stand on the...

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Generation Mars: Should we stay, or should we go?

Generation Mars: Should we stay, or should we go?

Since ancient astronomers first looked to the heavens, man has harboured a fascination with Mars. Named for the Roman God of war, the icy red planet has ignited the human imagination for centuries. Popular culture brims with imaginings of the planet and its secrets. From ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, to Bowie’s ‘Life...

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Women In Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate at King’s Place

Women In Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate at King’s Place

On Wednesday 6 November King’s Place played host to Women in Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate, presented by Poet in the City. At a time when extraordinary women poets are lighting up the face of contemporary poetry, Poet in the City cut to the head of the pack with...

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Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Surely an exhibition entitled ‘Gauguin Portraits’ should have been housed at their next-door neighbours in St Martin’s Place? However, the National Gallery have been busily borrowing over 50 works from all over the world, with half a dozen from private collections, never before seen in the UK. But why so...

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Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Is there is more to Antony Gormley than the rather stiff, unyielding and angular Angel of the North in Gateshead and his own body-casts plonked onto Crosby Beach on Merseyside and elsewhere? In the courtyard of the RA, there is there is a tiny sculpture of what, at first, looks...

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Youth Without God at the Coronet

Youth Without God at the Coronet

Topical theatre can operate either with a scalpel or a sledgehammer. ‘Youth Without God’, adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton, has committed so heavily to the latter option, that it’s closer to a wrecking ball. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the sledgehammer approach; in the right hands it can...

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Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

The RA seem to have an extraordinary knack of conjuring up exhibitions of ‘neglected’ artists, as though from a cupboard under the stairs. The last ‘overlooked’ artist was Felix Vallotton, still in the Sackler Galleries until 25 September, which exposed the Swiss to a wider audience. Helene Schjerfbeck’s name does...

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