An upbeat view of Africa

What started out as a small offshoot African art fair at the time of the Frieze has quietly grown and placed a very big African footprint on this London show. From a few rooms on one side of Somerset House four years ago, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair now fills almost the entire building. What…

Spotlight on African art at Saatchi

Charles Saatchi isn’t simply grabbing the headlines with Nigella, he continues to hunt down the next big thing in the art world. This time his cavernous Saatchi Gallery in South London turns its focus on Africa and South America with Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (until 31 August). The title Pangaea refers…

The Nose - Met Opera Live

Overwhelming absurdities – The Nose

The Nose. It must be the most unromantic title for an opera, or a story for that matter, because Shostakovich’s opera started out as a short story by Gogol. It’s an unromantic opera. But it’s clever and crazy and utterly zany. This Russian classic is essentially the magic of making comedy out of absolutely nothing.…

Kentridge gets Tate’s Tanks working

South African artist William Kentridge is featured in a touring show from the Hayward Gallery, which travels across the UK but also in what seems to me the first really successful use of the circular walls of the Tate Modern’s Tanks: I am not Me, the Horse is not Mine (until 20 Jan). In Kentridge’s…