LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – Suave, sophisticated, sexist -
James Bond has meant many things to many people since he first
hit the screen 50 years ago. A new exhibition marking the big
anniversary looks at another side of the fictional secret agent
- his role as trend-setter.
“Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style” opens at London’s
Barbican Centre on Friday and traces the importance of fashion
and design in the 22 official Bond movies released so far.
LONDON (Reuters) – Contemporary artists have big business and social unrest in their sights in a politically charged exhibition that presents a far from flattering picture of Britain, and London in particular, in the run up to the Summer Olympics.
“The London Open”, which opens at the Whitechapel Gallery on Wednesday, comes as the city gears up for the sporting showcase and just weeks after spectacular Diamond Jubilee celebrations marked the queen’s 60th year on the throne.
LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Eric Sykes, one of Britain’s
best-loved comedians who forged a career in entertainment by
writing for others, has died, his manager said on Wednesday. He
In a career spanning over 50 years he was a regular
collaborator on the popular 1950s radio comedy programme “The
Goon Show” and became a leading personality after starring in
his own television series, “Sykes and a…” in the 1960s.
LONDON (Reuters) – An important work by British landscape artist John Constable at the centre of a bitter feud within a Spanish aristocratic family sold for 22.4 million pounds ($35 million) at Christie’s on Tuesday, a new auction record for the painter.
“The Lock” is one of a celebrated series of six large-scale canvases that also includes “The Hay Wain”, arguably Constable’s most famous work that hangs in Britain’s National Gallery in London, and had been expected to fetch 20-25 million pounds.
LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – A new play being staged at an
experimental theatre in east London aims to get behind the
headlines and tell the world what it has really been like living
in Iraq before and since the 2003 invasion.
Conceived by Dina Mousawi, the hour-long piece is based on
her experiences as a girl being brought up in Baghdad who later
moved to England at the age of eight.
LONDON (Reuters) – More than 10,000 diamonds go on show at London’s Buckingham Palace this week to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, in a dazzling display of gems gathered over the centuries as objects of beauty and symbols of power.
The exhibition, which runs from June 30 to July 8 and then from July 31 to October 7, was designed to coincide with the queen’s diamond jubilee this year, and features jewels she wears regularly at official functions in Britain and abroad.
LONDON (Reuters) – Author Grace McCleen won the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction published in Britain on Thursday for “The Land of Decoration,” although she has already announced that her budding career as a writer is almost over.
The book, published in Britain by Chatto & Windus, centers around the deeply religious 10-year-old Judith McPherson, who with her father belongs to a religious sect and who is scorned and bullied at school.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – How do you stage an Edvard Munch
exhibition without featuring the work for which he is renowned
the world over – “The Scream”?
Four versions of the haunting, swirling image exist of which
three are in museums and unlikely to travel, while the fourth
just sold at Sotheby’s New York for $120 million, the highest
price ever paid for a work of art at auction.
LONDON (Reuters) – The Spice Girls reunited for a few hours on Tuesday to launch a new musical based on songs that made them one of the biggest bands of the 1990s, but there was time for plenty of laughs, avowals of mutual love and even the odd catty aside.
“Viva Forever!”, written by British comedian Jennifer Saunders and produced by “Mamma Mia!” mastermind Judy Craymer, opens at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End on December 11.
LONDON (Reuters) – The worse things get for Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei at home, the greater his reputation as an artist and activist becomes abroad, a point campaigners say Beijing may want to bear in mind as it seeks to muzzle him.
The thick-set, bearded 55-year-old was back in the headlines this week when he left his house for the first time in a year without having to report his whereabouts to police.