635 posts categorized "Art & Culture"

Le Meridien's Final 'Unlock Art' Film Asks 'What's So Funny?'

Jun 16 2014

Rosler:Bringing the War Home04

House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, Martha Rosler, 2004.

I had the pleasure of attending the launch of What’s So Funny?, the final in a series of eight short films produced jointly by the Tate and Le Méridien Hotels (Starwood Group) for its Unlock Art program.

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Suzy Menkes And Fashion's Bitch Brigade.

Jun 09 2014



In her much awaited inaugural column for Vogue, former International New York Times fashion critic Suzy Menkes has taken on what she termed “the bitch brigade”.

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Welcome to Silicon Valley Dr. Dre. You'll Fit Right In.

Jun 02 2014


Dear Dr. Dre: Congratulations on your recent sale of Beats and on your new career at Apple.

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

May 29 2014


There are books that leave an indelible mark on your soul. Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is one. Romain Gary's La vie devant soi is another. And of course, Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

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Is The Art Market Ripe For Disruption?

May 26 2014

Art Market Ripe For Dispution

Given the sheer amount of money currently sloshing around the contemporary art market and the vertiginous prices achieved by the likes of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Damian Hirst and a few others, we could easily be lulled into the sense that art as an occupation offers a comfortable existence for all involved.

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Le Méridien’s “Unlock Art” Series Invites You To Explore Surrealism.

May 21 2014


René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928

“It was positively surreal.” How often do we use that term to describe an event or incident that strikes us as bizarre? It’s not clear exactly when the term was vacuumed up by popular culture to become a synonym for “weird” but it does illustrate the far-reaching impact of the cultural movement founded by French writer and poet André Breton. It is that movement that is the subject of the penultimate film from Le Méridien’s Unlock Art series.

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Robin Wright On Ageing In Hollywood.

May 20 2014

Robin-wright:ageism & sexism in Hollywood

As I’ve highlighted previously, one of the aspects of Netflix series House of Cards that gets little attention but makes it groundbreaking from a gender perspective is that the female characters are not only strong and well-developed with independent plot lines and a range of complicated emotions but they’re actually played by age-appropriate actresses.

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Time To Look Beyond The Film Industry?

May 19 2014

Cate Blanchett:Oscars

The dual topics of sexism and ageism in the film industry (arguably two sides of the same coin) seem to finally be getting some long-awaited attention from media outlets.

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The Firing Heard Around The World.

May 15 2014

Equal education and job opportunities

If you do a quick Twitter search using the words “jill” “abramson” and “fired”, the result is a feed peppered with the words “pushy”, “brusque” and “equal pay”. For many women who aspire to top management positions in their professional field, Jill Abramson's firing is not only a deeply disappointing turn of events but also a disheartening one.

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Has The Bar Been Set Too Low For "Style Icons" and Role Models?

May 13 2014


The CFDA will soon be anointing Rihanna as the "Fashion Icon of the Year" at its annual dinner this coming June. The ostensible purpose of the award is to recognize her "contribution to fashion".

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