SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Miguel Cullen

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August 25, 2016
Under the Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today South London Gallery, until September 11 In what remains of middle-class Argentina, everyone is an artist. There is a studied indifference – or a contained pride, at being good at self-expression – when oils are displayed, or a poem excavated from a superannuated laptop. Looking deeper,
July 28, 2016
JT LeRoy – whose mussed hair, punk band T-shirt and unnerved, potent expression captivated writers at first introduction – was in many senses a puppet, whose various aspects relied on consistent control: constant twitches of Geppetto’s strings. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (15, 111 mins, ★★★★) tells of how an American female writer pretends that her Southern
July 21, 2016
A company is seeking to bring The Lost Sheep, a tale of adultery and redemption, to London for the first time
July 07, 2016
Georgiana Houghton’s Spirit Drawings, which form a new exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, coincides with a new swing towards the spiritual in contemporary art. Spiritual art’s leading light, Hilma af Klint, exhibited all the polytheism of a New Age shaman at the Serpentine Gallery: gilt-leaved suns; pyramids; crucifixes. Raven Row showed Channa Horwitz’s yogi-inspired minimalism.
June 09, 2016
Embrace of the Serpent (★★★★★, cert 12A, 125 mins), an Amazonian epic set in the early 20th century, is a story about the uncontacted tribes of the Colombian jungle, rubber-baron interlopers and uncomprehending clashes between the whites and the tribes. It touches on themes of property, personal identity and connection with one’s soul. The film
May 12, 2016
Davide Quagliola, whose Laocoön show is at One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, has created a way of approaching Classical and Renaissance masterpieces with a geometric formula. The Renaissance works that he inhabits are like inviolable landmarks: Las Meninas; Michelangelo’s St Peter’s dome. The surfaces of these distort in a Cubist-style discord, splintering the landmarks
February 25, 2016
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art National Gallery, London, until May 22 Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, at the National Gallery, examines the influence Eugène Delacroix has had on the art of the late 19th century and 20th century. For me, Delacroix has always been a myth – my parents inherited a
January 14, 2016
A small exhibition of portraits of Aubrey Beardsley at the National Portrait Gallery, Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete, reveals a touching detail involving the socialite illustrator’s premature death. There is a picture of him in the Hotel Cosmopolitan, in Menton, France, where he died of tuberculosis aged 25. To the left is a crucifix: Beardsley
January 14, 2016
A new exhibition charts Aubrey Beardsley's journey from 'Decadence to Catholicism'
December 17, 2015
Windharp Edited by Niall MacMonagle, Penguin, £20 The Irish poetic tradition stretches back to the first fili, a class of elite poets that existed until the Irish caste system was demolished by the English in the Renaissance. Top-ranking fili were known as ollams – the first Chief Ollam of Ireland was Amergin Glúingel, whose status
December 01, 2015
Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 17 Panorama Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 10 When Peter Lanyon flew in his glider, he yearned to be intimate with the air as it rushed over his vessel: suspending, hoisting, buffeting him in the sky, like the contact of a living being. He
December 01, 2015
Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 17 Panorama Courtauld Gallery, London, until January 10 When Peter Lanyon flew in his glider, he yearned to be intimate with the air as it rushed over his vessel: suspending, hoisting, buffeting him in the sky, like the contact of a living being. He
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