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Great works: Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1953, 153cm x 118.1cm by Francis Bacon
Friday 05 July 2013
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Saturday 18 May 2013
As it did 250 years ago, Velázquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X peers into the gloom at Houghton Hall. It is an extraordinary image in an extraordinary space.
Friday 19 April 2013
The Colony Room Club in Dean Street closed its doors in 2008, but Sophie Parkin's engrossing, 300-page portrait of it brings that small, smelly, green upstairs bar-room into vivid life again. Opened in 1948, and presided over by Muriel Belcher, a bisexual Brummie, it was “far away from the maddeningly normal crowds outside.”
Saturday 16 March 2013
There is such a thing as too clever.
Wednesday 13 February 2013
It was a "healthy" night of sales at Sotheby's yesterday evening as a contemporary art auction brought in more than £74 million - the auction house's second-highest total for a February sale of contemporary art in London.
If we really want to show Danny Boyle our appreciation for the Olympics opening ceremony, a knighthood isn't the way
Sunday 16 December 2012
The Oscar-winning director has turned down a knighthood, and publicly. Good on him
Thursday 06 December 2012
She will join a panel of 'experts' helping the public sell antiques
What To Do, See & Buy: Tate Liverpool; Life Story; Natural History Museum's 'Treasures' gallery; skiing in Scotland; Barbour; Gin & It
Saturday 24 November 2012
Friday 23 November 2012
Main image: Arctic hare, £120, The Shop Floor Project; frames, from £5, John Lewis
Friday 17 August 2012
The first time I went to Edinburgh was in 1986 when I was at The University of Kent and we did a musical version of Aristotle’s 'Lysistrata'.
L'heure espagnole/ L'enfant et les sortilèges, Glyndebourne, East Sussex
Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, London
The Francis Bacon Opera, Camden Arts Centre, London
Sunday 12 August 2012
Glyndeborne's double bill of Ravel operas captures the composer's delicate touch and ability to combine laughter and pain
Tuesday 12 June 2012
Masterpieces by the likes of Constable, Renoir and Bacon, together valued at more than £200 million, were assembled today for a free temporary exhibition.
Monday 19 March 2012
It might seem that everything is crashing down around us in Austerity Britain, but judging by the bumper sales figures disclosed by one London auction house, now could be the perfect time to cash in on those artistic masterpieces gathering dust in your attic.
Friday 16 March 2012
Friday 16 March 2012
We are taking refuge in the past, whether it's 'Call the Midwife' and 'Downton' on TV, Coward and Rattigan at the theatre, or neo-Romantics in the galleries. Where's the sensation, asks Philip Hoare?
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
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- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2