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My art week

No exhibitions nor art on telly this week but two fascinating lessons in our art course. In the first – on British art and visual culture 1950 to the present – we studied David Hockney and Francis Bacon. Hockney, though it was not compulsory, studied line at Bradford Art College and [...]

October 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Forgotten Battle (2020)

I worked up a full head of steam recently with a feminist film critic I met at the San Sebastián film festival over Paul Verhoven, the Dutch director of Basic Instinct.  She had him down as a subversive, sexually exploitative, cineaste who was now out of date. I pointed out that his earlier films [...]

October 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

Although I did not visit any exhibitions or museums this week it was a full art week. In our art course we covered Jasper Johns and his partner Robert Rauschenberg and across the Atlantic pop art. Consumerism was still the key driver. I had one of those serendipity moments on switching on Sky Arts [...]

October 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Weekend TV and radio

This was very much a mixed bag. The best programme I heard was Private Passions.  This programme – on a midday on Radio 3 – is presented by Michael Berkeley and is a fusion of interview and music, much better than Desert Island Discs.   When I switched on 5 minutes after the [...]

October 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

Looking back at my art week money seems to be the dominant theme, whether it’s the artist or the museum provider. In our art course we studied Andy Warhol the ultimate consumer painter. Walking down Fifth Avenue after emigrating from Russia he was fascinated by the marketing of consumer objects [...]

October 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

Valley of Tears – what happened?

I was very much looking forward on Friday night to the latest mega drama of Israeli TV – Valley of Tears – but searching for it on More 4 I  could find no sign of it – instead 24 Hours in Casualty was being broadcast. I have found no information why it was pulled. I do hope [...]

October 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Public School film genre

On Friday at the unusual time of 6 am I watched the 1994 version of The Browning Version.    It was originally the directorial project of Ridley Scott but then taken over by Mike Figgis. The screenplay was by Ronald Harwood (The Dresser) and the stellar cast included Albert Finney, Greta Sacchi [...]

October 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

Impressions of London

I was in London for social and professional reasons these past few days. It’s very different to the London I witnessed earlier in the year in lockdown when you could look down the length of Oxford Street and not see a soul. It’s the old vibrant London again, teeming with people with every [...]

October 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

The entrepreneur & sport

With Derby getting a massive point deduction under owner Mel Morris, Nigel Wray selling most of his stake in Saracens, Bernard Tapie dying and a podcast I listened to on disgraced financier Allan Stanford, today’s post is on the entrepreneur and sport. These are less common with sovereign wealth [...]

October 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

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