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Review: Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

Review: Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

Marina Abramović’s art is undoubtedly compelling and innovative, yet it does not always touch or move me. However, this film, and its depiction of the artist, moved me utterly. The HBO production, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present centres on a retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern...
Life: Revisited

Life: Revisited

The title of David Eagleman’s book Sum, recently adapted by Wayne McGregor and Max Richter as an opera at the Royal Opera House, is no accident. Eagleman deliberately chose the term for three reasons: it is Latin for ‘I am’; it relates to the Latin term for a peak, or...
A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous Method

While the multiple BAFTA-winning The Artist is a triumph of reticence, A Dangerous Method appears to champion verbosity. I have seen both films in quick succession, and am left with the impression that A Dangerous Method’s scriptwriter seems unaware that, remarkably, brevity is more effective than redundancy. A Dangerous Method,...
Fiction, Truth and the Photograph

Fiction, Truth and the Photograph

The recent sale of Andreas Gursky’s Rhine II for $4.3m (£2.7m) set a new world record for a photograph. What interests me most about this is not so much the price tag or the aesthetic value of the piece, but the fact that the photograph is, at least partly, a...
Rothko in Britain

Rothko in Britain

The exhibition Rothko in Britain recently opened at the Whitechapel Gallery, and focuses on his first solo exhibition in Britain in 1961, held in the same space. The original exhibition, 50 years ago, happened when Rothko was the greatest living American artist of the time. Such success, and money, came...
The Haunch of Venison: Giuseppe Penone and Richard Long

The Haunch of Venison: Giuseppe Penone and Richard Long

The Haunch of Venison is one of my favourite London spaces: a gallery wholly conducive to art’s potential to inspire the aesthetic experience. The current exhibition – a pairing of the work of the internationally acclaimed Italian artist Giuseppe Penone with that of one of Britain’s most important artists and...
The Stuff of Objects

The Stuff of Objects

Symbolic representations of love, romance (and consumerism) are everywhere. It is February 14; upon us is the day we celebrate/endure Valentine’s Day (which has long lost its original saintly prefix, being removed from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969). The cupid adorned handmade card, once exchanged as a token...
The King's Speech

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech opens in 1924 with a speech that does not quite happen. It closes in 1939, with another speech, which does. In the intervening fifteen years, the story of the Duke of York’s stammer (from which he suffered from the age of five,) and its eventual cure, unfolds. We...
Enemies of the People

Enemies of the People

Twenty-six years after the release of Roland Joffe’s seminal film The Killing Fields, the story of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge returns to the screen. Enemies of the People (directed and produced by Thet Sambath and Rod Lemkin) opens with the shocking statement that almost 2 million died in the...