Talented students across Westminster hold Exhibition on Kings Road

21st November – 24th November, 2017

Tanya Baxter Contemporary 436 Kings Road, London, SW10 0LJ 

London has long been dewxribed as one of the major art capitals in the world and now students from across state and private schoiols in Westminster have come together to produce an exhibition of a very high standard of work. Tanya Baxter Contempoary is a leading dealer in modern and contemporary masterpieces from Europe, United States and Asia. Giving these young talented students a platform to exhibit is a great opportunity both for the students and for the public wanting to spot rising stars.

Exhibition: 436 Kings Road, London SW10 0LJ, T: 020 7351 1367 / 07961 360 407

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Bad Day at Kennington Cinema Museum?

After several years of “meaning to go” to the Cinema Museum in Kennington, I went to last night’s screening of Bad Day at Black Rock. What a wonderful place the Cinema Museum is but possibly not for much longer.

The landlord is the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and it is planning to sell to a developer. Losing the museum would be a tragedy. This dispiriting affair fits in with the loss of the Carnegie Library and threats to Dulwich Hamlet. There’s a petition to save the museum here.

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Summer reading? Poe of course.

There is something about oppressive hear, when the air thickens and the sunlight bears down like a thing with mass. Movement slows and becomes more deliberate. Hurry is pointless.

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Peter Cushing: From Dulwich to the Death Star

“I was forty years old and a failure as an actor when the opportunity to play Dr Frankenstein was offered to me. Despite years of endeavour both in America and in British television, I could see no future and was about to give up acting to design scarves for a living.”

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Visit to the house of Karloff

It’s a sultry summer night, 23 July 1977. After much pleading, the thirteen year old me is allowed to stay up for the first half of BBC2’s double bill of horror. The film is Son of Frankenstein and I am sucked in by the heavy gothic atmosphere, the weird, expressionistic sets and lighting, the haunting music played by Bela Lugosi’s Ygor and finally, Boris Karloff’s monster.

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The Lodger; Hitchcock with piano, band & choir

From the back of the church comes rhythmic clapping and percussion. On screen, Mr and Mrs Bunting, landlord and landlady of a boarding house, go the door. It’s the police, led by Joe, the detective investigating the serial killer called The Avenger. Joe speaks; “We’ve come to have a word with your lodger”. They go upstairs as the tempo picks up and into the lodger’s room. The suspect is kissing Daisy. She is the landlords’ daughter and Joe’s girlfriend. Add a comment

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Book Review: Humanity in the shadow of brutality

The Cultural Revolution was a particularly brutal period in Chinese history. In 1966, Chairman Mao unleashed a torrent of violence and ignorance that aimed to purge the country of revisionists, the bourgeois, the traditional and the capitalist.

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Giacometti at Tate Modern

Walking around the Giacometti exhibition at the Tate Modern there is an unmistakeable intensity in the air. It’s always been there since our first encounter in the sculpture garden of The Maeght Foundation, Saint-Paul de Vence in the South of France. Giacometti achieves something in his creations many other sculptors can only dream of; he imbues them with the fiction of life. The sensation of presence lasting only a split second, a first glance, emanates from the work in front of you. Add a comment

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Margo as friend and grandmother (Part 2)

Yesterday would have been Margo Durrell's birthday. There was always a little bit of confusion about her age because she used to chisel off a year here and there. She died in 2007 at an agreed age of 87. So to commemorate her 97th birthday I have written this short piece. Add a comment

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