Brut, My Beauty: Jean Dubuffet and Jean-Michel Basquiat

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  This weekend’s your last chance to catch Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty in the Barbican Gallery in London.  It is the first major UK exhibition of French artist  Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) in over 50 years. One of the most provocative voices in postwar modern art, Dubuffet rebelled against conventional ideas of beauty, hoping to capture the poetry … Continue reading

Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography

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  Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography  (3.5 stars) Barbican, London til May 17th Despite its title, there’s little in the way of liberation on display in this exhibition, leaving the subtitle hanging there like a question. But perhaps that’s the point: to generate questions, debate on that complex subject of the significantly pluralized ‘masculinities’. What makes … Continue reading

Michael Clark : the British iconoclast who brought punk ballet to the masses : in Conversation with Les Child

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  Hailed as “British dance’s true iconoclast”,  the most notable of all his successes of queer Scottish choreographer Michael Clark who emerged in the 1980s as a prodigy at London’s Royal Ballet School, was bringing punk ballet to the masses.   The list of the people he has collaborated with since then reads like an inevitable … Continue reading

Soheila Sokhanvari : Rebel Rebel

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  Rebel Rebel, the first major UK commission by Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari, celebrates and commemorates feminist icons from pre-revolutionary Iran. Sokhanvari transforms the Curve into a devotional space, populated with exquisite miniature portraits of glamorous cultural figures from Iran. The project spotlights the rarely told histories of these women, who pursued creative careers in … Continue reading

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