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London Art News previews art exhibitions in London and reports on anything of special interest in the visual arts worldwide, from ice sculpture to body painting.
CLICK). BBC News, which is obsessed with Glastonbury, has posted photos of the show: CLICK. I can't fathom why anyone wants to go to this mud fest. I wouldn't go if it were free.
CLICK). Cheltenham Borough Council could issue a stop notice to halt the removal of the work. Damaging a listed building is a serious criminal offence which carries a maximum prison sentence of two years or an unlimited fine. Also, as Mr Jones claims, the council may own the face of the party wall (CLICK).
CLICK). Dennis Hopper wasn't the best photographer in the world - this photo of Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda on their wedding day in 1965 is overexposed -, but he was there, among the movers and shakers, snapping away to capture a record of that era. Admission to the show costs £10 for adults, £9 for silver surfers. CLICK for a BBC slide show of some of his photos.
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CLICK). The exhibition travels to the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, in the autumn and to the Guggenheim Bilbao in summer 2015. Today's ArtDaily has posted a collection of photos from the exhibition (CLICK). Shown is Antiquity 3, 2009-11.
CLICK). But this was just his NHS victims. We still haven't received the report into his activities at holier-than-thou BBC. It was the BBC that made Savile into a "star", first as a radio DJ and then on TV with Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix it, which ran from 1975 to 1994. I never liked him in any of these roles. I always thought he was a stupid, narcissistic bighead. So many BBC TV presenters are. Who the hell selects them for BBC stardom?
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CLICK). When you consider the cast of seven good guys Eli was up against, he had to come across as extremely dangerous in order to keep the plot from descending into farce. That he succeeded brilliantly shows what a fine actor he was. That movie - based on Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) - is one of the greatest westerns ever made.
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CLICK). For the first time in its history, portraits by a husband and wife have been selected for the show: Tim Hall and Henrietta Graham. They share a studio outside the fishing village of Mousehole in Cornwall (CLICK).
CLICK). One of the most outstanding paintings of the show will undoubtedly be the ironically entitled Paths of Glory by official war artist Christopher Nevinson. These two corpses were deemed too realistic for home consumption and the painting was banned. But it was bought for the collection of the Imperial War Museum. BBC war correspondent Allan Little mourns these two young soldiers and others like them (CLICK).
CLICK). This is the first solo show in London by self-taught Malaysian artist Chang Fee Ming, whose intricate watercolours of vanishing cultures are collectors' items. Shown is In Khadijah's Garden (2013). Obviously the patterns attracted him, rather than the headless figure. To emphasize Ming's importance, on Thursday evening the show will be officially opened by The High Commissioner of Malaysia to the UK (CLICK).
CLICK). The good news is that the UNESCO committee of bureaucrats in Doha, Qatar, has finally got its collective finger out. Yes! Chauvet is now being called the "Prehistoric Sistine Chapel" (CLICK). For tourists there is even better news: a full-scale replica of the cavern with its 1,000 drawings is under construction nearby and will open to the public next year.
CLICK for details.) All it needs now is a realistic paint job from Madame Tussauds™. When will they abandon their callipers for 3D printing (CLICK)?
CLICK)! The good news is that Mauritshuis boasts a new website that allows you to explore high quality images of its collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings online. Sadly the website is tortuously slow (CLICK). Teething problems? Shown is Vermeer's brilliant Girl with a Pearl Earring (c.1665).
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CLICK), BBC News has posted an interesting article on colour blindness. This beautiful, eye-catching painting is by colour-blind artist Justin Robertson, who has a problem with flesh tones and used to avoid them (CLICK). I know one severely colour-blind man who cannot tell the different between the colours of traffic lights. He has to judge by their position. If you want to check your own vision, CLICK for a colour blindness test.
CLICK). Whacky or what? Humanity has created at least 2,500 deities. We create them. They don't create us. Why do we bother?
CLICK for a list of events in the UK. London venues include the National Portrait Gallery, V&A Museum, Foundling Museum, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Forty Hall & Estate, Design Museum and the Photographers' Gallery.
CLICK). Shown is Camille Pissarro's The Avenue, Sydenham (1871).
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CLICK). The total cost for reburial in the new pine-box design, released today, is estimated at £2.5m (CLICK). That's inflation: quality goes down, price goes up.
CLICK). Is that inflation or what? And where does Scottish independence fit in with this fiver? So far the "debate" has been between Alex Salmond's sunny optimism and the scaremongering gloom of the opposition. Where are the hard facts? How can The Royal Bank of Scotland retain its royal status if it belongs to a foreign country? And who will back up its currency? Alex Salmond?
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CLICK). Giorgio Olivetti's Poster for Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, is estimated at £10,000 – £15,000. The film had busty Anita splashing about in Rome’s Trevi Fountain and won the Palme d'Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. And look out for Hollywood's paranoia over the rising tide of American feminism ATTACK OF THE 50FT. WOMAN (1958) which spawned various imitations and a remake in 1993.
CLICK). Blatter resign, you old fool. Does anyone know if the paint is non-toxic?
CLICK). Shown is Lisa (2006). The models are cast from life with such sensitivity that even the imprint of their knicker elastic is captured. John inserts their pubic hair by hand, one at a time. The show runs until 31 August. If Britons knew who their MEPs were, we could ask their opinions of the show, but we only get to vote for parties!
CLICK). Treat yourself to Banksy's video of his residency.
CLICK). Twombly is not the first appallingly bad American "artist" to leave tripe to Tate in his will. Mark Rothko did the same. I guess Sir Nick butters them up.
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