The Mask of The Artist

Two movies about artists were shown on free screens recently, released a year apart in 1960 and 1961, The Rebel, with Tony Hancock, and The World of Suzie Wong with Nancy Kwan and William Holden. Both are interesting for their attitudes to what being an artist meant or still means. Holden in TWOSW plays RobertContinue reading “The Mask of The Artist”

Lester Prize’s Saloon of Refuse

The Lester Prize (formerly Black Swan portrait prize) has struggled a little with its Salon des Refus├ęs in recent years. Or if you can’t be bothered wrestling the keyboard for French words or accents, Saloon of Refuse. The original version in 1863 was to intended to set rejected “radical” works against the conservatism of theContinue reading “Lester Prize’s Saloon of Refuse”