All the articles posted on this website can be found here, organised in chronological sequence according to their date of writing or first publication.
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The idea of ‘public art’ has often provoked controversy. Its promoters justify their interventions in public space by talking about access and the importance of reaching beyond the confines of gallery and museum.
Nowadays, the Polish-British artist and illustrator Andrzej Krauze is well known across Europe for his drawings in the Guardian (London), Rzeczpospolita (Warsaw), Courrier International (Paris), Internazionale (Rome), and many other publications. None of this could necessarily be foreseen when he came to London in the early eighties, a time when he was largely known for drawings made in the service of the cultural opposition in Poland. I got to know him shortly after his arrival… An article prompted by the approach of a new exhibition entitled ‘A Serious Game’: 100 Drawings by Andrzej Krauze, 19 November 2007-15 February 2008, The Gallery, University College for the Creative Arts, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5BE.
‘Winston Churchill took credit for it in 1946, but the phrase ‘iron curtain’ was first adapted from the stage by a pacifist and feminist in 1914.’ Published in the Guardian Review on 3 November 2007, this article describes how the iron curtain was taken from the theatre and converted into a political metaphor by Vernon Lee and others in the early twentieth century.
A new book, published by Oxford University Press, 25 October 2007.
An appreciative afterword published in David Spero, Churches, London: SteidlMACK, October 2007.
A note on Agatha Christie’s novel, At Bertram’s Hotel.
A review of Margaret Macmillan’s Seize the Hour: when Nixon Met Mao. Published in the London Review of Books, Vol. 29, No. 16, 16 August 2007, pp. 19-20.
In June 2007 I attended a conference entitled ‘Passionate Natures’ at the Faculty of English, Cambridge University. The event, which drew together conservationists and literary commentators, was highly suggestive. Helen MacDonald was among the organisers, and this blog, recommended with some (slight) embarrassment, offers a memorable reflection on the issues at stake.