Category Archives: Art

Huxley meets Spencer

In the secondhand bookshop.

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Face to face

At the Royal Academy for America After the Fall. It was much more crowded inside the gallery. The Russian revolutionaries downstairs have way more space.

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Stanley Spencer’s gravestone, Cookham.

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Dante & the hermaphrodite

At The Wallace Collection yesterday. My first-ever visit. I had no idea there was so much more to the place than “The Laughing Cavalier”

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Andy Warhol x 2

“Warhol’s art has a shattering and mysterious authority,” says one reviewer. Really? When I walked around the Ashmolean’s exhibition, all I detected was the stale aura of yesterday’s celebrity obsessions.  “Look, there’s Paul Anka! Is that Pia Zadora portrait supposed to … Continue reading

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David Litvinoff: the man who knew everyone

In the Times, my review [£] of Keiron Pim’s  biography of the enigmatic outsider who had his portrait painted by Lucian Freud, gave musical advice to Eric Clapton and worked as a fixer for the Kray Twins: Pim certainly homes … Continue reading

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Best of 2015

I’ve already posted my favourite world music, folk and jazz albums. Here are some other highlights of the year. Best experience at a gig. Sitting a few feet behind Bill Charlap at Ronnie Scott’s as he hurtled through “Cool” from … Continue reading

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Musée d’Orsay

A Sunday morning visit, June 2015.

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Remembrance Day

‘The Last Muster: Sunday at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea” by  Sir Hubert von Herkomer.  Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral [HT: @DrLivGibbs]

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Stanley was handed an extra bandolier of fifty rounds, but it was the anticipation of hand-to-hand fighting that filled him with apprehension…  “I felt a kind of disagreeable gloominess and taciturnness settle on my spirits as the night wore on. … Continue reading

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