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EXHIBITION PREVIEW: I Can Not Be Me Without You – Library, Covent Garden


By Maryam Philpott Often the world surrounding the creation and discussion of art can feel elitist and forbidding; it’s full of elaborate terms, impenetrable explanations of meaning and confusing symbols that seem to exclude the majority from understanding it. Sweep all of that aside, however, and what you’re left with is the work, and whether you have art history degrees ...

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PREVIEW: What Lies Beneath – Hospital Club Gallery, Royal Opera House, London


Photographer: Rick Guest Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Covent Garden is the primary home of ballet in London with The Royal Opera House on the western side and the Coliseum to the east. Appropriate then that this dancers’ province should be the location of Rick Guest’s new photography exhibition of ballerinas that opens at the Hospital Club Gallery on 22 January. ...

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PREVIEW: 3045 Variations on The Feast of Venus – Hay Hill Gallery, London

3045 Variations on the Feast of Venus

By Maryam Philpott   ‘Sampling’ is something we usually associate with music in the modern world and since the 1990s has become an increasingly popular way to reference sections of earlier material that fit with the particular style and beat of a new song. But this form of homage is far from new and was something practiced by artists as long ...

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PREVIEW: Dressed by Angels: 175 Years of Costumes – Old Truman Brewery

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As a major new exhibition prepares to open, celebrating 175 years of the entertainment costumier Angels, Maryam Philpott donned her finest and peaked behind the doors to see what Dressed by Angels will offer.   A costume makes a character instantly recognisable, from Batman to Game of Thrones' John Snow, Cleopatra to each incarnation of Dr Who, their outfit becomes ...

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The Power of Poison – Old Truman Brewery, London


  Curator: Mark Siddall Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Our knowledge of poisons is almost entirely driven by detective fiction. Supposedly a ‘woman’s weapon’ it accounts for the demise of a number of characters before the hero, be it Poirot, Marple or Holmes, deduces the killer. Yet we first encounter poisons as a child in fairy tales like Snow White and ...

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Exhibition Review: Magna Carta (An Embroidery) – British Library, London


  Artist: Cornelia Parker Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   On the 799th anniversary of Magna Carta – 15 June 2014 – artist Cornelia Parker printed the Wikipedia page about this famous contract signed by King John and marking the beginning of constitutional democracy. Now, almost a year later an embroidered version of that very page has gone on display at the ...

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