LONDON (Reuters) – New York’s contemporary art scene is undergoing a major shake-up this year, with Britain’s hugely successful Frieze Art Fair opening its inaugural U.S. edition on Friday just weeks after the established Armory Show closed its doors.
Organizers of both events sought to play down the element of competition, although the Armory admitted it had felt obliged to up its game this year, knowing a rival upstart was moving in on its turf.
LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Three Kanye West albums have
made it on to the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine’s
authoritative “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list, placing
him among the greats of popular music.
The new ranking, which combines a 2003 list (updated in
2005) with a later survey of the 2000s, saw two Radiohead
records join the elite club, while long-established names
including Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan also had albums added.
LONDON (Reuters) – Actor-director Robert Redford aims to bring the spirit of independent American cinema to Britain this week with Sundance London, transporting the film festival held annually in Park City, Utah, across the Atlantic for the first time.
The inaugural Sundance London Film and Music Festival will showcase several small budget features and documentaries as a counterweight to Hollywood blockbusters which tend to dominate cinema theatres the world over.
LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – William Shakespeare may well
have worked with contemporary playwright Thomas Middleton when
creating “All’s Well That Ends Well”, Oxford academics believe,
adding to evidence that the Bard collaborated frequently
throughout his career.
But rather than detract from Shakespeare’s reputation as an
unrivalled genius, such partnerships should enhance our
appreciation of the titan of theatre, they argued.
LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – “Escape From Camp 14″ makes for
grim reading. Journalist Blaine Harden’s account of a young
man’s life in and escape from a labour camp in secretive North
Korea has drawn parallels with the Soviet gulags and Nazi
One big difference is that North Korea’s political prison
camps, holding an estimated 200,000 people and handing out their
own brand of extreme cruelty, are still operating.
LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – Reports of a falling out
between Simon Cowell and ITV, partners on ratings juggernauts
“Britain’s Got Talent” and “The X Factor”, have been blown out
of proportion, his spokesman said on Friday.
Cowell’s televised talent competitions are among the
commercial channel’s biggest draws, generating millions of
pounds in advertising income and helping it compete with rival
BBC’s increasingly aggressive reality TV drive.
LONDON (Reuters) – Bert Weedon, whose “Play in a Day” guitar guide set some of the biggest names in rock and roll on the road to greatness, has died. He was 91.
The man who also inspired millions of others to pluck away at the strings in their bedrooms died at his home in Beaconsfield, southern England, in the early hours of the morning after a long illness, his agent and long-time friend Johnny Mans told Reuters.
LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – The silver cup given to the
winner of the marathon at the first modern Olympic Games staged
in Athens in 1896 sold for 541,250 pounds ($860,000) in London
on Wednesday, breaking the auction record for Olympic
Breal’s Silver Cup stands just six inches tall and was
offered for sale at Christie’s auction house by the grandson of
the victor, Greek athlete Spyros Louis.
LONDON (Reuters) – British singer-songwriter Adele was nominated for four Ivor Novello Awards on Tuesday and female acts dominated the shortlist for the coveted songwriting honors.
Adele, who conquered the 2011 charts with her second album “21″ and swept all before her at the Grammys and BRITs earlier this year, was nominated for best song for “Rolling in the Deep” which she co-wrote with Paul Epworth.
LONDON (Reuters) – A seventh century gospel discovered in a saint’s coffin more than 900 years ago, and the oldest European book to survive fully intact, has been acquired by the British Library for nine million pounds ($14 million), the library said on Tuesday.
The manuscript copy of the Gospel of St. John called the St. Cuthbert Gospel was produced in the northeast of England in the late 7th century and was placed in the saint’s coffin on the island of Lindisfarne, probably in 698.