February 26, 1989 |
The scope of the problem first hit me one afternoon when I lost my way in Earl's Court. Stopping a friendly looking East Pakistani, I asked: "Pardon me, sir, but is this the way to the Royal Shakespeare Company?" "What is this Shakespeare?" he replied. And I had my lead. Oh, all right--I made up the Pakistani. But the incident certainly could have happened.
September 3, 1988 |
The archbishop of Canterbury, Robert A. K. Runcie, on Friday announced his support of Roman Catholic calls for Christians to boycott a new American film about Jesus Christ. But a conservative London newspaper praised a ruling by a senior government law officer that the film, "The Last Temptation of Christ," does not violate Britain's blasphemy law. "Christians have been under attack for almost 2,000 years," the Daily Telegraph said in an editorial Friday.
July 24, 1988 |
If you look at a cross section of summer films, you can't help but be struck by the opportunities that British actors have, playing characters of interest and substance at relatively young ages. Jodhi May, portraying a 12-year-old South African schoolgirl in "A World Apart"; James Wilby in "A Summer Story" but especially in "A Handful of Dust"; his co-star in "Dust," Kristin Scott Thomas, and Imogen Stubbs, whom audiences will find as a farm girl in "A Summer Story."
July 23, 1988 |
Britain said on Friday it had dropped a bid to acquire one of the world's greatest private art collections, belonging to Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, after hearing that he had provisionally agreed to lend most of it to Spain for 10 years. British Arts Minister Richard Luce told Parliament that the government had withdrawn its proposal to house the private collection, rated in the art world as second in importance only to that of Queen Elizabeth II.
March 13, 1988 |
England has long been in love with American black music. The Beatles adored Little Richard. The Rolling Stones worshiped Chuck Berry. Joe Cocker idolized Ray Charles. And everyone--Elton John to George Michael--swears by Motown. But there's something different about a new crop of British pop stars who are enthralled with American black music. Unlike the hit-makers of the past, these artists are themselves black.
January 31, 1988 |
When Donald Ballentyne saw how much interest the Los Angeles community seemed to have in Great Britain and how enthusiastically the city responded to the Los Angeles Festival, his decision two years ago to coordinate a British arts event was made much easier.
January 31, 1988 |
George Bernard Shaw may have made his tart joke about Britain and America being divided by a common language. But in practical fact, the shared language has led to an interrelationship in arts and letters between two powerful nations that is without exact parallel in the world. In the early years of the Republic, an Englishman sneeringly asked, "Who reads an American book?"
January 7, 1988 |
The British are coming! From Feb. 4 to April 30--beginning with a major David Hockney retrospective at the County Museum of Art and ending after the final West Coast premiere performance of the full Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Orchestra--Los Angeles will be experiencing a major new, and probably one-time-only arts festival.
January 3, 1988 |
What's up on the art scene for the new year? An auction of another late Van Gogh painting, pushing his record prices further into the stratosphere? Another spate of new galleries in Santa Monica? An art boom in Culver City, Hawaiian Gardens or El Monte? The debut of another 22-year-old genius? Such things can't be predicted with any degree of certainty. What we do know something about is exhibitions.