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  I’m a diehard Billy Wilder fan, brought up by a mother who absolutely adored film. Along with my brother, I was introduced at an early age by mama to the likes of Hitchcock, Curtis, Mankiewicz, Hawks, Powell and Pressburger, classic filmmakers who visited our home on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, making magic in … Continue readings

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  Early summer at the Jerwood Gallery sees it hosting a major retrospective of the work of renowned Anglo–German artist Paul Feiler, the first since his death in 2013. Spanning sixty years of work, the exhibition includes figurative pieces from the 1940s, abstracts from the 1950s and 1960s and Feiler’s more geometric work and perspex … Continue readings

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  In March 2017, on a visit to Venice, artist Kate Gritton found herself wandering the corridors of the Jewish Museum. Turning a corner, she came face-to-face with a photograph of a group of people, one the spitting image of her father. The exhibition featured British soldiers in World War II during liberation, but as … Continue readings

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  ARTIST, STORYTELLER, FEMINIST, WOMEN’S ACTIVIST, wife, mother, Dame, the labels are many and varied for Paula Rego. The Boy Who Loved the Sea and Other Stories, Rego’s first major UK exhibition in 10 years, opened at the Jerwood Gallery in October 2017. The show’s title comes from a short story by Portuguese writer Hélia … Continue readings

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  PIER OF THE YEAR AND NOW the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Award 2017 – the accolades just keep coming for Hastings Pier. A community-led project, designed and restored by London-based architects dRMM (Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan), the pier is, in RIBA president Ben Derbyshire’s words, a … Continue readings

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  The Exbury Egg is a thing of beauty and, after a somewhat epic journey along Britain’s highways, byways and waterways, it has come to rest in the courtyard outside the Jerwood Gallery. Artist Stephen Turner, whose work often challenges the relationship between natural and human-constructed environments, says, ‘an egg is crucial as a way … Continue readings

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  IN THE LIGHT OF SURREALISM #2 and INVERSE REFLECTION, the two exhibitions opening at the Arts Forum this week, draw, consciously or unconsciously, on tenets of surrealism. One of the most influential cultural movements of the twentieth century, surrealism continues to inspire artists today. But what does it mean? ‘I think the word is … Continue readings

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  Each picture told a story; mysterious often to my undeveloped understanding and imperfect feelings, yet ever profoundly interesting.” – Jane Eyre   WHAT IS IT ABOUT JANE EYRE? What makes the book and, indeed, Jane herself so beloved by so many people? Certainly, the themes of love (bordering almost on obsession), madness, abuse and … Continue readings

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  ‘I DON’T WANT TO PRODUCE WORK that is a pleasant distraction, then you move on to something else. I would actually like it to … stop their day. To make it an encounter,’ comments artist Marcus Harvey. And, without a doubt, that’s what his art has done since Myra (1995), his portrait of Myra … Continue readings

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  WE WERE REMINDED OF THE SPLENDOUR OF GEORGE STEVENS’ GIANT the other day when we were reviewing Brown-Eyed Girl, the fourth and final book in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘Travis family’ series. It perhaps may seem odd to link a contemporary romance, albeit a very good one, with an iconic 20th-century film by such a great … Continue readings

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  SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, while listening to BBC 6 Music early in the morning, I had one of those rare magical moments, when you hear a song and its lyrics and melody are so mesmerising that they touch something deep inside and make the world, even for a few seconds, a better place for hearing … Continue readings

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  Francis Cugat’s striking cover illustration ‘Celestial Eyes’, commissioned for the 1925 edition of The Great Gatsby, is probably one of the most iconic images in literary design history. The haunting eyes, painted in gouache, peering out of a deep blue background, float ominously above bright red lips and a glowing cityscape. Each eye features … Continue readings