Life Between Islands Lights up Tate Britain

Life Between Islands at Tate Britain is a large show, so give yourself time to peruse the wealth of Caribbean-British art from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition opens with the old guard artists, who came to settle in Britain between the late 1940s and 1970s.  Aubrey Williams’s expressionist art grabbed my attention in the first…

‘The Power of the Dog’ – an intense, disturbing psycho-drama

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is generally known for playing urbane Englishmen. In his latest role, in Jane Campion’s powerfully compelling film The Power of the Dog, he dons a Stetson and riding chaps to portray Phil Burbank, a tough, hardbitten cowboy who, with his brother George, runs a wealthy ranch in remote Montana.  As is…

Picture This: Anne Crabbe, photographer

Photography has been a large part of my life for the past 60 years. I have usually worked and exhibited in series; portraits and stories of evacuees of WW2, staff and students at a Cambridge college, local townspeople, book groups, younger family members in my old clothes or still lives of flowers and mantelpieces. These…

Announcement : ‘Picture This’ – a new occasional series

Dear artists and photographers ArtMuseLondon is launching a new occasional series entitled ‘Picture This’ to showcase original works by artists and photographers. You are invited to choose one of your own favourite works (a photograph or painting) and to comment on it in no more than 300 words. We want to hear why you chose…

ENO Riding High with Wagner’s Valkyrie

Opening night at the English National Opera’s Valkyrie and the auditorium was full. The excitement was palpable and understandable – it was ENO’s first stab at Wagner in fifteen years. I was thrilled to be able to attend such a landmark event and all credit to ENO for going ahead with the Valkyrie project. Wagner operas are a rarity in…

Stephen Hough Releases Chopin’s Nocturnes

As winter approaches why do classical music lovers tend to whip out the nocturnes? Chopin’s nocturnes conjure up cosy evenings by the fire, home concerts, cigars and cognac. When I was a child, record covers of Chopin, certainly propagated this image. This is probably why Chopin’s music seems accessible, approachable. A little too accessible at…

Album release: Georgia Train, ‘Needles & Pinches’

Here is a singer-songwriter confessional that blasts new energy into the genre. Violently resistant to any cliché, the entire album walks a tightrope between the accessible and avant-garde: unflinching, uncompromising and ultimately unforgettable. Georgia Train has already built up a rich back catalogue. I first heard her music as one half of duo Bitter Ruin…

Hogarth and Europe. A rewarding show at Tate Britain

               Hogarth’s ‘Marriage-A-La-Mode 2 – The Tête à Tête 1743 I am always happy to revisit Hogarth’s work. His irreverent paintings and prints seem more alive today in our age of political correctness.  Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain contains sixty Hogarth works, some of them new to the…