Month: October 2016

Halloween: Costume inspiration

Posted by Published on October 30, 2016

  What are you planning to dress up as this Halloween? A ghost? A pirate? A witch? How unoriginal. Here are some ideas from the movies and beyond.   Day of the Dead The opening scene of  the new Bond movie is set in Mexico on the Day of the Dead, and whose timely, late-October release may have contributed to an increased interest in traditional…

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Lest we forget: the politics of war

Posted by Published on October 20, 2016

  On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,  the First World War ended.  Each year we mark this day on the second Sunday of November: Remembrance day.  With the centenary of the armistice in two year’s time, remembering the significance of the war and the lives lost is as important as ever. The impact of World War I was felt throughout…

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There has been a large focus on artists from Africa or of African descent happening in the last few years in the art world: from an Africa specific talk program at Art Basel, African artists participating at the Venice Biennale, high value sales at Auction houses, London’s Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House and many exhibitions in large and small galleries. Many current up-and-coming…

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Each year the Oktoberfest (colloquially known as “Wiesn”) officially starts with the mayor of Munich’s words “O’zapft is”, meaning that the first barrel of beer has been officially tapped. Here is everything you need to know about the famous Bavarian beer festival.     The Oktoberfest is based on traditions – from food and clothing to the opening parade. Even though there is no official dress code,…

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The Statue of Liberty: 130 Years

Posted by Published on October 1, 2016

October 28th of this year marks the 130th anniversary of the day the 22nd (as well as the 24th) President of the United States Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” (otherwise known simply as The Statue of Liberty), resides on Liberty Island in New…

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Top Art Exhibitions: October 2016

Posted by Published on October 1, 2016

This month, numerous exhibitions around the world are focusing on artist collaborations and influences. From Van Gogh and Gauguin to Giacometti and Nauman, discover some of the finest artworks art history has to offer Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant 6 Oct – 8 Jan 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, US The Swing (Les Hasards heureux de L’Escarpolette) (detail), 1767 (oil on canvas), Jean-Honore Fragonard / ©…

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10 Baddest Witches

Posted by Published on October 1, 2016

  Apparently it’s Hallowe’en this month?? Again?? Here are some independent women that the patriarchy just couldn’t handle… awards based on badness and relevance to Beyonce songs.   10. Horned witch. I dig the horned coif, this witch is fierce. Pat your weave, ladies (carefully because it’s sharp)!   9. Circe: best Freakum Dress   8. Brujas. These honeys are making money with their shop full of creepy stuff….

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