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Realism – for and against

Today I provide links for Rusters who might be interested in either photography and/or generally to two items that appear today upon the website of the Daily Mail: Firstly, whilst some may scoff at the practice of colourising vintage photographs, here’s a report by Charlotte Dean upon a set [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Price of Everything/ Bloomsbury art

The Price of Everything is supposed to take the lid off the contemporary art world. It does not do so. Nathaniel Kahn Reason? It is confined to New York and only centres on modern art not the Old Masters. It’s really a series of interviews with the big players: the artists, dealers, auction [...]

December 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

A selection of stuff

As the festive season gathers pace – I don’t know about you – but it seems to me that external events increasingly begin flying in to disrupt our attention from things that we really ought – or want – to be doing. (And I’m not referring to Christmas shopping). In [...]

December 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Charleston Farm House

The Bloombury set is inextricably linked with that part of London once Thoby Stephen, brother of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, moved to 46 Gordon Square. Its actual origins are to be found at Trinity College Cambridge which Thoby Stephen, Clive Bell, his cousin Lytton Strachey all attended at [...]

December 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Stranger on the Shore

It’s funny how once you get a tune in your head you cannot readily dispel it. Yesterday being an unexpectedly clear and sunny day I took a long stroll by the sea. Not altogether unlinked, the instrumental Stranger on the Shore by the clarinetist Acker Bilk lodged in my brain. On the Rust we [...]

December 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Justin Cartwright

One discovers the death of someone one knows in all sorts of ways. Normally somebody closer to the deceased than I informs me. Yesterday I learned of the passing of novelist Justn Cartwright aged 73 from his obituary in the Telegraph. A few years ago I saw quite a bit of him. I was a consultant to [...]

December 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Christmas fuss about nothing?

With apologies to all Rusters who have already seen it and already formed a view, today I wished to comment upon this year’s BBC One short promotional film for Christmas which – as anyone who reads the newspapers and/or follows social media will know – has become a source of some [...]

December 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Disobedience

I was interested to see this recently released film directed by Chilean Sebastian Lelio as I had read the book by Naomi Alderman and I have family who live in the Hendon Jewish community in which it is set. The novel – Naomi Alderman’s first – won her the Orange Prize but was not [...]

December 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

“It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”

Whether one likes or loathes Bob Dylan and his music, there is no escaping the fact that he will go down in history as one of the greatest and most influential figures in popular music during the 20th Century – and quite possibly ever. It might be said that the mark of a great musician and [...]

December 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Klimt and Schiele, Howard and Russell

Yesterday was a full-on day and evening of art. In the afternoon I went to the exhibition of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele’s drawings from the Albertina Museum in Vienna. Though 28 years divided the two artists they died in the same year (1918) and both their lives were dogged by controversy. [...]

November 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

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