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La Llorona, Guatemalan movie, Jayro Bustamente
La Llorona (Film review)
Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

The title translates as ‘weeping woman’ which may well be a metaphor for a weeping nation in Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante’s haunting political drama which captures the trial of an ageing General Enrique Monteverde (Julio Diaz) accused of genocide. There are parallels with Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Rios Montt, who went from general to absolute […]

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Art

  • Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    The Gagosian Gallery presents a Picasso fascinated with his Spanish bullfighting heritage and featuring works from childhood dated as early as 1889 and up until his death in 1971. It’s easy to associate the complex, strong-spirited artist with this dramatic and gory spectacle. Born in Malaga in 1881, his childhood memories are steeped in the […]

  • Michelangelo & Sebastiano (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    Michelangelo was already scaling the heights of High Renaissance painting and sculpture and engaged in a rivalry with Raphael when he met Sebastiano in Rome in 1511 and took him under his tutelage. They met while Michelangelo was working on the Sistine Chapel vaults 1508-1512, establishing the Mannerist style which would dominate Italian art. The […]

  • A London Gallery Lover’s Guide to Art Terminology
    Posted in: Features, Galleries & Museums

    Confused by all the art movements which emerged from every significant aesthetic development since classicism? Does the ‘neo’ and ‘faux’ labels prefixing every new offshoot leave you flummoxed? Here’s an A-guide to the most commonly used terms and a list of the London galleries where you can see displayed examples. Abstract: This refers to art […]

  • Exit from Aden: New Works by ALO (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    Three years after his Hail to the Loser debut show at the Saatchi, Italian artist ALO returns bearing the fruits of an urban expressionist style developed from street art and studio work. Now based in London since 2011, this journey also took him to Paris where, no doubt, the inspiration for A French Gypsy Lady […]

  • March 7: Birthdate of Piet Mondrian
    Posted in: Features, Galleries & Museums, People

    Our Artists in London series looks at how one of the founder members of the Association Abstraction-Creation drew inspiration from his visits to the capital. It was in Paris in 1931 that this movement was formed but this Dutch artist’s creative journey would have an international flavour forced by the onset of the Second World […]

  • The Calder Prize 2005-2015
    The Calder Prize 2005-2015
    Posted in: Shows & Exhibitions

    The Calder Prize 2005-2015 at the Royal Academy building, Mayfair was the biggest art party in town on Feb 11th. Organised by Pace London this private view celebrated the work and influence of American sculptor Alexander Calder but this time through the interpretations of previous winners of his Calder Prize. Although teeming with guests on […]