1 February 2024 ‘Colonialism; A Moral Reckoning’ by Nigel Biggar Book review by Neil Dunlop From the perspective of an ethicist Biggar provides a thoroughly researched and enjoyably readable romp through colonial history following attempts by other academics at Oxford university to cancel alternative views on British colonialism.  For anyone with a suspicion that currently… Continue reading ‘Colonialism’


7 December 2023 Napoleon Ridley Scott’s epic new movie. By Neil Tidmarsh Ridley Scott – the genius director of such classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator and The Martian – has made quite a few duds in recent years (see this column’s review of The Last Duel, issue 298, 28.10.21, and let’s… Continue reading Napoleon


7 December 2023 Covenant By Danny Kruger. Book review by J R Thomas This column has often suggested that for political parties to succeed they must have a well-argued core philosophy, from which a set of policies will logically spring forth.  Thus Gladstone’s Liberalism; Disraeli’s One Nation Toryism; Attlee’s radical socialist Labour; and Thatcherism.  Not… Continue reading Covenant

Klint and Mondrian- Forms of Life

Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937-42 Piet Mondrian 1872-1944 Purchased 1964 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00648

1 June 2023 Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondrian –   Forms of Life Tate Modern 20 April – 3 September 2023 Review by William Morton There are a number of reasons why the Tate has chosen to hold an exhibition covering the Swede, Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) and the Dutchman, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). They were… Continue reading Klint and Mondrian- Forms of Life

Giorgio Morandi

Still Life 1946 Giorgio Morandi 1890-1964 Presented by Studio d'Arte Palma, Rome 1947 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05782

2 March 2023 Giorgio Morandi The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art (to 30 April 2023). By William Morton This exhibition comprises 50 works by Giorgio Morandi from the Magnani-Rocca foundation set up by one of his biggest admirers. Morandi (1890-1964) lived a quiet life in his native city of Bologna, sharing a flat with his… Continue reading Giorgio Morandi

Dance Me

2 March 2023 Dance Me  Review: Dance Me, a Leonard Cohen retrospective through dance, Sadler’s Wells Theatre by An Arachnid Spector The songs of Leonard Cohen returned to stage with Ballets Jazz Montreal hosting 90 minutes of modern dance to a selection of some of the Master’s greatest hits. Dance Me blends modern ballet to… Continue reading Dance Me


The Avenue at the Jas de Bouffan c.1874-5 Paul Cezanne 1839-1906 Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs A.E. Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01074

1 December 2022 Cezanne Tate Modern to 12 March 2023 by William Morton   Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) came from a wealthy family in Aix-en- Provence . While this had its advantages, the drawback was that he had to stay on reasonable terms with his father in order to continue to receive an allowance. While he did resist… Continue reading Cezanne

Winslow Homer: Force of Nature

The Veteran in a New Field

20 October 2022 Winslow Homer: Force of Nature The National Gallery (until 08/01/23). By William Morton Ignoring the pull of the Cézanne Exhibition at Tate Modern and turning our back on the boulevards and boating at Argenteuil, it’s time for some New World realism as exemplified by the works of Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910).… Continue reading Winslow Homer: Force of Nature

Labour Conference

8 September 2022 Labour Conference Excitement Mounts by Don Urquhart The Labour Party Conference will be in Liverpool from September 25th to 28th.  Why should anyone care? It is a depressing time for those of us with a social democrat agenda.  We will only vote Labour if Starmer and the rest apologise fulsomely to Jeremy… Continue reading Labour Conference

Walter Sickert

Ennui c.1914 Walter Richard Sickert 1860-1942 Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1924 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N03846

16 June 2022 Walter Sickert Tate Britain (28 April –18 September) By William Morton Walter Sickert (1860-1942) produced a large volume of work during his life in a variety of styles. He was influenced by several artists and in turn influenced others. Although he is perhaps not particularly well-known, a number of the works in… Continue reading Walter Sickert

Surrealism Beyond Borders

24 March 2022 Surrealism Beyond Borders Tate Modern (24 Feb – 29 Aug) By William Morton Surrealism at its simplest can be described as picturing together objects not associated in the rational world with a view to triggering a different view of things and bring out the role of the sub-conscious. André Breton, the French… Continue reading Surrealism Beyond Borders

Issue 304: 2021 12 09: Hogarth and Europe

William Hogarth Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tête à Tête about 1743 Oil on canvas, 69.9 x 90.8 cm Bought, 1824 NG114 https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/NG114

9 December 2021 Hogarth and Europe Tate Britain   3 November 2021 – 20 March 2022 Review by William Morton This is an interesting Exhibition. Some of Hogarth’s works are very well-known such as the scene from the series, Marriage A-la-Mode, showing a very hung-over young husband slumped on a chair beside his restless and vapid… Continue reading Issue 304: 2021 12 09: Hogarth and Europe

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