Archive for June, 2006


Undercover Surrealism explores the ’subversive climate’ of the dark undercurrent within Surrealism in the late 1920’s spearheaded by Georges Bataille. The exhibition draws together work by Picasso, Miro, Masson, Giacometti as well as imagery from the magazine Bataille edited from 1929 to 1930 called DOCUMENTS :

“..a shocking and bizarre juxtaposition of art, ethnography, archaeology and popular culture in such a way that overturned conventional notions of ‘primitive’ and ‘ideal’. Bataille described himself as Surrealism’s ‘enemy from within’… ”

The exhiition is running at the Hayward Gallery till the 30th July.

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“Anything sharp or severe is called a Satyr” : Cocker’s English Dictionary 1704.

“..an exhibition of visual satire produced in and about London over three centuries. In this period the form of satire has changed radically, from popular individual engravings to newspaper cartoons and television.

Some images are produced by amateurs, others by leading artists such as Hogarth, Gillray and Rowlandson. Some are mildly humorous, others vitriolic. What links them is their depiction of the comic and their visual commentary on vice and folly, human foibles and unsociable behaviour.

A rare perspective on life in London from a street level perspective imbued with popular opinion.”

The exhibition runs from 1 April to 3 September 2006 at the Museum of London.

Print Print Two

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Ring – Koji Suzuki 


Published in 1991 – the book behind the cult movie/s. Has been since translated into English and published by HarperCollins.

The guardian review referred to this as 'postmodern japanese terror' – well however you choose to phrase it – it was certainly that. Postmodern – perhaps because there are no gory scenes – certainly nothing to compare with the usual fare of the 'horror' genre (and suzuki has been referred to as the japanese 'Stephen King'..) – instead this i would say is coldly terrifying. Much more spine-chilling than the conventional gore-filled horror. There is something about the tightly written script that inspires dread and that prickling feeling .. Delicately ambiguous, fast-paced and tense, it grips you all the way to the shattering conclusion. The Ring is the first book in a trilogy that has been hugely succesful – Spiral and Loop are the others.

Read more here – Interview with author

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Agitated Images: John Heartfield and German Photomontage 1920 – 1938 is currently exhibiting at the Getty Center. An illustration of the power of images and imagery. Heartfield worked in Germany and Czechoslovakia between the World Wars, using his medium to represent the chaos – social and political instability of the time.

The exhibition is running till June 25th.


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Ordinary Liberty

The Cold War Studies Centre and the Institute for the Study of Americas at LSE presents a public lecture by Orlando Patterson who is Professor of Sociology at Harvard, this evening at 6:00 p.m. The lecture focuses on the relevance of what people actually mean by ‘freedom‘ and how these underlying ideas impact on race issues, immigration and multiculturalism in the USA.

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gardensThis is the one weekend in the year when many of London’s private garden squares and other gardens open their gates to welcome visitors. A number of special activities will take place at some of the gardens and this year Loire Valley Wines are offering free wine-tasting at selected gardens.

 The Japanese inspired roof garden at SOAS  (School of Oriental and African Studies) is well worth a visit. 


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summer house

from the blurb on the back cover:

Rose Fell’s friends think she’s taking a big risk when she leaves the security of home and career to move to the beautiful but isolated village of Grosso, near Genoa. But after a year of emotional turmoil Rose no longer has any ties back home, and she relishes the challenges of a new start.

Making a home, however, in the ravishing, haunted landscape of Italy’s riviera coast, turns out to be lonelier than Rose had anticipated. And it is only when she is asked to write a profile of one of her reclusive neighbours, the once-glamorous film star Elvira Vitale, that Rose feels her new life is really beginning.

But when a young girl’s body is found on the local beach, and the following day Elvira’s cleaner, Ania, goes missing, Rose finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation that threatens the idyll she has worked so hard to establish.

–an interesting tale –she paints an evocative picture of the landscape–

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beautiful bodies – laura shaine cunningham

painfully honest and reflexive. i don't often read too many books that deal honestly with certain aspects of 'female friendship' – the group dynamics, peer pressure, the bully of the group that no-one actually likes but are too kind and diplomatic to do anything about. it reveals the frustration that results from having stressful friends ( who needs enemies when your friends stress you out eh?)

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Painted in 1866 – Oil on Canvas.

Regina Cordium translates as "Queen of Hearts" and the model – Alice Wilding- was one Rossetti painted frequently. 

From the BBC's Painting Flowers virtual gallery. 

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exploring victorian london...

a wonderful find ( via Metroblogging London who got it via Boing Boing)..i’m particularly interested in old maps and street names and architecture so this is a real treasure.

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