Alex Colville

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Friday, 5 July 2019

Dead Poets Live: Poetry should be read aloud

Part of poetry’s magic lies in it being a time capsule, with simple lines on a page, “a fragile chariot” according …

By Alex Colville

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Europe at the Donmar – the best play about Brexit is from 1994

London theatre is currently working out how best to portray Trump and Brexit. The approach varies. Some productions are top-down, …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 21 June 2019

How to be modern - Lee Krasner at the Barbican

In 1974, Lee Krasner, an outstanding force in abstract expressionism, but generally known as “Mrs Jackson Pollock”, began tearing up …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 14 June 2019

Lost Classic: My Father and Myself, by J.R. Ackerley

You may be forgiven if JR Ackerley doesn’t ring many bells. He was literary editor of The Listener, the great …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 31 May 2019

Can robots create great art?

If you believe in first impressions, the Barbican’s AI: More Than Human is disappointing. Start with MakrShakr, the robot bartender …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 24 May 2019

The Queen at rest

The Queen sat in the dark staring at an ultra-violet crucifix, the air awash with the incense of a Soho …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 17 May 2019

Whatever happened to Scandinavian art?

Scandinavia is internationally renowned for its literary heritage. Ibsen and Strindberg are well-known to the popular imagination, as are Kierkegaard …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 10 May 2019

European immigrants made 18th century London the capital of the world

In the popular imagination, the 18th century is when Britain began being great. After emerging, battered and bruised, from the …

By Alex Colville