DARREN COFFIELD: TALES FROM THE COLONY

The Colony Room Club has an unrivalled place in modern British art: opened in the heart of Soho, London, just after the war, it hosted the likes of Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and the Young British Artists. Artist Darren Coffield has been plotting its history through an unprecedented range of conversations with its members and visitors, and is now looking to bring them together in a new book, Tales from the Colony – here’s how you can be involved.

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In the Frame: Salvator Mundi

As the gavel struck on Wednesday at Christie's, New York, history was made as a new record was set. Salvator Mundi, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci depicting a serene looking Christ draped in blue and holding in one hand, a crystal orb, symbol of Christianity's power; the other hand raised in benediction. Portrayed with a misty, delicate sfumato of smoke-hazed tones, the 'saviour of the world' gazes unwavering out toward the viewer. This Christ, manifesting five hundred years before us, seems to hold a world of secrets. It is one of some twenty surviving paintings by Leonardo da Vinci in existence, and one of the last by Leonardo to be held in private hands.

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ALEXANDER JAMES: THE DEATH OF THE DREAM OF DEMOCRACY

For over three decades, British artist and photographer Alexander James has created meticulously crafted sculptural scenes from an array of carefully selected mediums and explored them in relation to the mechanics of water. The result is a body of work in which each piece magnificently fuses the practices of photography, sculpture and painting into single unedited image. Never before in his long career however, has James been inspired to engage so directly and so profoundly in political critique as in his latest artistic project, ‘The Death of the Dream of Democracy.’  

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