The Making of Rodin

The Making of Rodin

The first time I saw Rodin’s The Gates of Hell was in 2006 in front of the Royal Academy, and I was completely blown away. Too monumental to go inside Burlington House, it suddenly appeared in the Annenberg courtyard at the opening of the Rodin exhibition. It was a sensation....

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Tudors to Windsors at the Royal Maritime Museum

Tudors to Windsors at the Royal Maritime Museum

This classy exhibition, mounted at the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich by the National Portrait Gallery, while their own building is under re-configuration, is the first since the lockdown finished, and runs until the end of October. It traces an unbroken line of 500 years of British monarchy, apart from...

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St Vincent: Daddy’s Home

St Vincent: Daddy’s Home

As a woman who took her stage name from a line in a Nick Cave song about “where poetry goes to die” (the hospital where Dylan Thomas breathed his last), Annie Clark, St Vincent to her fans and foes, knows a thing or two about artifice. The seven albums that...

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Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

The exhibition starts off in a pretty conventional mode, with faded old photographs, letters, original handwritten manuscripts and objects in vitrines, and an audio tape of a rowing boat paddling upstream on the Isis from Oxford to Godstow, on that ‘golden afternoon’ with the three Liddell sisters on board, with...

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Mute: The instrumental variations by The Blackheart Orchestra

Mute: The instrumental variations by The Blackheart Orchestra

Mute: The instrumental variations by The Blackheart Orchestra. Release date 25th June 2021 Mute is available now as a limited edition CD exclusively from The Blackheart Orchestra’s Bandcamp site at https://theblackheartorchestra1.bandcamp.com/merch and from June 25 will be available to download and stream everywhere Given that one of Blackheart Orchestra’s defining...

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Bow Street Police Museum

Bow Street Police Museum

Much like religion, taxes and the macarena, the police feel like a perennial concept in human society, dating back into the shadows of prehistory. In reality however police forces as we understand them only started in the furnace of the Industrial Revolution. The Bow Street Police Museum is an interesting...

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs

A person reliving the same day over and over again in an endless purgatorial cycle doesn’t exactly sound like cinematic catnip but, rather fittingly, it’s been repeated enough times to make something of a cottage industry. According to the confusingly actually existent Wikipedia page, a ‘list of films featuring time...

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An Abstract Sense Of Life  – Afshin Naghouni- exhibition 21 May – 30 June

An Abstract Sense Of Life – Afshin Naghouni- exhibition 21 May – 30 June

Born in Iran in 1969, Afshin Naghouni (Ash) immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1997 and lives in London where he works as a visual artist.Considered a child prodigy he started his oil painting training at the age of nine and won a number of regional and national painting competitions...

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Art for the head and the heart: Tribal Gathering Gallery

Art for the head and the heart: Tribal Gathering Gallery

Whether the artist intends it to be or not, all art is a window into the lives and culture of the people who make it. This is especially true when it comes to tribal art from the African continent. Whilst there can be no unified trends across such an enormous...

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