IT CANNOT BE OFTEN that the work of a septuagenarian artist goes viral. Patrick Hughes, a trompe l’oeil specialist from the UK has just opened an exhibition in the art Mecca of Chelsea, New York, one of several held here during his long career. But he comes on this occasion trailing clouds of digital glory. Continue reading “Nineteen-Sixties Pop-Artist Gains Digital Media Breakthrough” »
Dateline: Aubais, Southern France – IT’S NOW MORE than a week since I ventured first to Paris, ahead of President Donald J Trump, and then on down to the Département du Gard.
Like many French citizens, and those of many countries, I expect, I was pained but not surprised by Trump’s use of the Fête Nationale to posture for the world’s media – his attempt (you might say) to impersonate a world leader. Continue reading “Turning to Art in Europe to Counter ‘Sad’ Imagery” »
OF COURSE George Orwell’s dystopian political fable 1984, first published in 1949, has strong relevance for our age. It has relevance for all ages.
It’s no surprise that the book leapt to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list the weekend that our current US President was being inaugurated. Or that the very word dystopia has also leapt into such common usage – and for many people has switched in application from describing some fantastical future to labeling our real life-present.
In its newly-opened (June 22nd) dramatization at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway, the sheer bloody horror in Orwell’s story is played up strongly. Continue reading “A New “1984” – Visceral Horror and Neat Framing Bring Depth and Relevance” »
“THIS WILL HAVE BEEN another Happy Day … after all” is one of the many repeated and deeply ambiguous refrains that we hear. It forms a rough, hemp-like strand running through Samuel Beckett’s horribly ironic, indeed cuttingly satirical play Happy Days.
A new production of this notorious piece (or at least dauntingly hard to stage) was opened tonight by the Yale Repertory Company, under the illuminating direction of James Bundy. Continue reading “Bleak AND Hilarious – A Show to Conjoin Contradictions” »