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Oct 21, 2013

rated Japanese erotica sets throats clearing at UK shows

LONDON (Reuters) – Giant genitalia in action and ribald humor take center stage at a British Museum show of erotic art from feudal Japan that runs until next January.

The museum’s “Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art” is one of three shows on across Britain dedicated to traditional Japanese erotica, pleasure and Kabuki theatre from 1600 to 1900.

Oct 16, 2013

UK’s Frieze Art Fair gets smaller, but big players still hopeful

LONDON (Reuters) – The Frieze Art Fair got smaller in 2013, but industry insiders said that would make it no less important for international players who flock to London every October to see cutting-edge contemporary works.

The world’s largest art fair combines works by household names and those from lesser known artists in a giant white marquee in Regent’s Park. This year it features 152 galleries and runs from October 17-20.

Oct 16, 2013

Man Booker winner Catton mines rich seam after gold rush tale

LONDON (Reuters) – Eleanor Catton, 28, is the youngest author and her 800-plus page “The Luminaries” the longest novel to win the Man Booker literary prize. But age and length should be no criteria for judging a work of fiction, she says.

“I don’t see why age should be a barrier in the same way that I don’t see that ethnicity should be a barrier,” the New Zealander told Reuters after she became the surprise winner on Tuesday night.

Oct 15, 2013

New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Man Booker prize

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker prize for English fiction on Tuesday for her novel “The Luminaries”, to become the youngest winner in the award’s 45-year history.

Chair of judges Robert Macfarlane described the 28-year-old Catton’s 848-page second novel set in the New Zealand goldfields of 1866 as dazzling and very, very clever.

Oct 15, 2013

Bacon, Warhol sales to test health of global art market

LONDON (Reuters) – A triptych by British post-war painter Francis Bacon and works by pop master Andy Warhol will provide a health test for the global art market when they go on sale in New York next month.

Auction house Christie’s suspects Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” (1969) could break the artist’s record price of $86 million when it goes on the block on November 12. Sotheby’s is offering Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)”, 1963, the following day with an estimate of up to $80 million.

Oct 11, 2013

Failure led Jim Crace to Man Booker nomination for “last” novel

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The idea for British author Jim
Crace’s Man Booker prize-nominated novel “Harvest” came to him
almost out of nowhere at a desperate moment in his career.

The last English writer to make it onto the 50,000-pound
($79,700) prize’s 2013 shortlist before American writers are
allowed to compete for the Booker, said “Harvest” dropped into
his head during an anxious 24 hours after his agent told him the
novel he had been writing was never going to work.

Oct 2, 2013

Home of British film launches online player

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The British Film Institute plans
to launch a digital service this month offering access to one of
the world’s richest movie collections stretching from rare
Edwardian footage to contemporary cinema.

Founded 80 years ago, the BFI will introduce its BFI Player
on Oct. 9 to a rapidly growing video-on-demand (VOD) market
worth some 243 million pounds ($393.75 million) in Britain in
2012.

Oct 1, 2013

Bridget Jones fans v. upset at Mr Darcy’s death

LONDON (Reuters) – Fans of fictional everywoman Bridget Jones have taken to social media to express their outrage that novelist Helen Fielding has killed off love interest Mark Darcy in her latest novel.

In “Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy”, the 30-something London singleton obsessed with her romantic life, weight and cigarette consumption who captured the zeitgeist of the 1990s, has become a 50-something widowed mother of two with a toy-boy.

Sep 30, 2013

Sex, spies and society scandal in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical

LONDON (Reuters) – A new musical from British impresario and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will delve into the sex, spies and politics at the heart of Britain’s biggest post-war scandal when it opens in December.

“Stephen Ward” charts the rise and fall of a high society osteopath at the center of the 1963 “Profumo Affair” which embarrassed the British establishment by exposing the decadent lifestyle of the London elite as the sexual revolution began.

Sep 27, 2013

China artist Liu Xiaodong goes local in London for first UK show

LONDON (Reuters) – One of China’s best known artists, Liu Xiaodong, headed down to the pub for inspiration for his first London show.

The soft-spoken, bespectacled 50-year-old artist has spent the last three decades capturing the lives of ordinary people in his paintings, painted-over photographs, diaries and films from China to Europe and the Middle East.

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