Sunday, November 19, 2017

Art

Art

Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize review – the unflinching gaze of a worthy winner

A handful of politicians, several refugees, various awkward adolescents, two skinheads, the inevitable young girl holding a furry animal and, breaking with tradition, an android – it’s the Taylor Wessing time of year...

Image of determined 16-year-old migrant wins Taylor Wessing portrait prize

An arresting photograph of a solemn 16-year-old migrant from Mali taken after he had been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea has won a major portrait award. The Spanish photojournalist César Dezfuli was named winner...

Mark Bradford: the artist and ex-hairdresser forcing America to face ugly truths about itself

Mark Bradford created one of the most talked about displays at the Venice Biennale earlier this year. The artist from South Central LA piled up stones and gravel outside the US pavilion, to...

The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983-1992 by Tina Brown review – ‘the heart of the...

Almost 20 years ago I bought a book in a charity shop purely because of the author: it was Life As a Party, by Tina Brown, published in 1983. I was starting to consider journalism...

Shepard Fairey: 'I’m not going to be intimidated by identity politics'

There are inherent contradictions to being a commercially successful street artist, and Shepard Fairey will be the first to tell you. “I critique capitalism, yet there are works in here for sale,” he...

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool: the tragic life of Hollywood sensation Gloria Grahame

In the late 1970s, Peter Turner was a young actor living in digs in Primrose Hill. One of his fellow lodgers in the London flat was Gloria Grahame – you know, the girl...

Pioneering work by female entomologist goes up for auction

A rare first edition of the 300-year-old book in which the entomologist, artist and explorer Maria Sibylla Merian details the insects of Suriname is expected to fetch up to £120,000 when it is...

Network review – Bryan Cranston is mad as hell in blazing staging of Oscar...

I am normally wary of people ransacking the movie archive to make plays, but this version of the Oscar-winning Network is an almost total triumph. Lee Hall has kept the best of Paddy...

Jazz's freethinkers take centre stage as old Europe and new America spark

Jazz in Europe has come a long way since 1919 when the Times dismissed a London variety orchestra’s interest in the new genre as a flirtation with “one of the many American peculiarities...

How we made the original Murder on the Orient Express

Richard Goodwin, producer It was difficult to persuade Agatha Christie to sign over the rights. She’d hated the film version of The ABC Murders. But she trusted us. Sidney Lumet was directing, even though...

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Why Africa owes debt of gratitude to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

But now they barely speak, and he has subjected her to blistering public attacks. Why? She has said to him, according to reports,...