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Leonardo da Vinci: <EM>A Bust of a Warrior</EM>, c. 1475/1480<BR>Silverpoint on prepared paper<BR>On loan from The British Museum, London <BR>© The Trustees of The British Museum, London<
Leonardo da Vinci: <EM>A Bust of a Warrior</EM>, c. 1475/1480<BR>Silverpoint on prepared paper<BR>On loan from The British Museum, London <BR>© The Trustees of The British Museum, London<
Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  10 September - 6 December 2015

Since the Middle Ages, artists have used metalpoint to create some of the most beautiful and technically accomplished drawings ever made. Interest in the medium peaked during the Renaissance when it was embraced by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Albrecht Dürer. Revived in the nineteenth century, metalpoint continues to be practiced today.

An artist working in metalpoint uses a sharp, pointed 
instrument (a stylus) with a metal tip to draw on paper, 
parchment, or wood that has been specially coated. As 
the stylus travels across this slightly abrasive ground, a 
small amount of metal is scraped off and remains behind,
 creating a line. Almost any metal can be used, though only lead, which is softer than others, can be used without a ground. When first drawn, all metalpoint lines, including those made by gold, appear gray, an optical effect that stems in part from the breaking down of the metal into tiny particles. Some metals oxidize, or tarnish, to different colors over time: silver, for example, generally turns golden brown. Others, such as gold, never tarnish and remain gray. Goldpoint appeals to some artists for this reason, although it was rarely used before the nineteenth century. Most of the drawings in this exhibition are silverpoints, by far the most common form of metalpoint through history.

Silverpoint is often considered a challenging medium. The lines can be difficult or even impossible to erase depending on such factors as the type of ground. Unlike pen or chalk, which can produce strokes of varying thickness or darkness depending on how hard artists bear down on the instrument, silver leaves a nearly uniform line. Nonetheless, the medium offers practical and aesthetic advantages: Its portability and convenience make it particularly suited for use in sketchbooks, as artists do not have to carry an inkwell or wait for ink to dry. Silverpoint is especially resistant to smearing and therefore has the added benefit of durability. Also, the precision and subtlety of its delicate lines render it ideal for capturing fine detail. Above all, it is the shimmering beauty of silverpoint that has attracted artists across the centuries

British Museum Website


British Museum
Great Russell Street

Tel: 44 (0)20 7323 8299

<P><EM>Pareja en Cinzano Bar</EM>, Valparaiso, Chile© Leonora Vicuña</P>

Pareja en Cinzano Bar, Valparaiso, Chile
© Leonora Vicuña

Voces: Latin American Photography 1980 - 2015
LONDON  •  Michael Hoppen Contemporary  •  10 October 2015 - 10 January 2016
The exhibition includes some of the most influential and recognised Latin American photographers as well as emerging artists who use the photographic medium as a form of individual expression. The show features works by artists from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Brazil. The dialogue that emerges revolves around important themes of memory and identity within a socio-political context.

Artists: Marcelo Brodsky, Andrés Durán, Nicolas Franco, Anna Bella Geiger, Jonathan Hernandez, Rosângela Rennó, Leonora Vicuna

Michael Hoppen Contemporary Website


Michael Hoppen Contemporary
3 Jubilee Place
London, SW3 3TD

Tel: 44 (0)20 7352 3649

Events in Classical Music

Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall
Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall : Musical Europe: 1550 – 1650
LONDON  •  Wigmore Hall  •  13 December 2015

Musical Europe: 1550 – 1650

Jordi Savall (viola da gamba soprano and direction)
Hespèrion XXI
Philippe Pierlot (viola da gamba alto and bass)
Sergi Casademu (viola da gamba tenor)
Lorenz Duftschmid (viola da gamba bass)
Xavier Puertas (violone)
Enrike Solinís (organ and harpsichord)
Michael Behringer (tiorba and guitar)
Pedro Estevan (percussion)

Wigmore Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

Mahan Esfahani
Mahan Esfahani
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
SOUTHAMPTON  •  Turner Sims Concert Hall  •  3 December 2015
J.S. Bach: "Goldberg Variations"

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Turner Sims Concert Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm


Turner Sims Concert Hall
Highfield Rd
UK - SO17 1JB
Southampton, Great Britain

Tel: (44) 023 8059 5151

Events in Dance

Carlos Accosta as ApolloPhoto: Angela Taylor
Carlos Accosta as Apollo
Photo: Angela Taylor
Carlos Acosta
LONDON  •  London Coliseum  •  8 - 13 December 2015

Celebrating twenty-six years as a dancer on the London stage, Carlos Acosta has put together a programme with friends from The Royal Ballet, including extracts of Vaganova’s Diana & Acteon, Bournonville’s La Sylphide, MacMillan's Winter Dreams and Balanchine's Agon.

Joining Carlos Acosta on stage are Marianela Núñez, Zenaida Yanowsky, Yuhui Choe, Tierney Heap, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Thiago Soares, Valeri Hristov and Nehemiah Kish.

Sadler's Wells Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
Tel: (44) 20 7863 8222

Matthew Bourne’s <EM>Sleeping Beauty</EM>
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
LONDON  •  Sadler's Wells Theatre  •  1 December 2015 - 24 January 2016

Sleeping Beauty sees Bourne return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of ballet masterworks that started with Nutcracker! and Swan Lake.

This timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years, was turned into a legendary ballet in 1890. We meet our heroine, Aurora, at her Christening, when fairies and vampires fed the gothic imagination, before the story moves forward a century to the modern day. Featuring designs by Olivier Award-winners Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) with sound design by Paul Groothuis, which will take the audience into the heart of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score in specially recorded surround sound.

Sadler's Wells Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Sadler's Wells Theatre
Rosebery Avenue
Tel: (44) 0870 737 77 37

Russell Maliphant Company — <EM>Conceal | Reveal</EM>
Russell Maliphant Company — Conceal | Reveal
Russell Maliphant Company
LONDON  •  Sadler's Wells  •  26 - 28 November 2015

Russell Maliphant Company

This year marks the 20th year of the collaboration between choreographer Russell Maliphant and lighting designer Michael Hulls. Conceal | Reveal is an evening of both new and classic work including the iconic Broken Fall with music by Barry Adamson and danced by Maliphant's company of exceptional dancers. The company will also perform new creations including a quintet and a solo for former Royal Ballet dancer Dana Fouras. With a commissioned score by Mukul and costumes by Stevie Stewart.

To mark this special occasion, these performances in London will feature guest appearances by Munich's Bayerisches Staatsballett bringing a commission created in 2014 titled Spiral Pass, including principal performers Lucia Laccara and Marlon Dino.

Sadler's Wells Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue,
London, EC1R
Tel: (44) 20 7863 80 00

Events in Jazz

Georgie Fame with the Guy Barker Big Band
LONDON  •  Ronne Scott's Jazz Club  •  26 - 28 November 2015
Georgie Fame with the Guy Barker Big Band

Ronne Scott's Jazz Club Website

Detailed schedule information:

First House: 6:00 pm

Second House: 10:30 pm

Contact: Ronne Scott's Jazz Club
47 Frith Street
London W1D 4HT
Tel: (44) 020 7439 07 47

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
LONDON  •  Victorial and Albert Museum  •  13 June 2015 - 31 January 2016
This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. It considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes.

Victorial and Albert Museum Website

Contact: V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0)20 7942 2000

Teddy Ferrara.: By Christopher Shinn
LONDON  •  Donmare Warehouse  •  2 October - 5 December 2015

Christopher Shinn: Teddy Ferrara.

It's Gabe's senior year and he's going to make the most of it. He’s the chair of the LGBTQ Students Group, and he has one eye on a future in politics and one eye on Drew, the editor of the university newspaper.

But as Gabe and his friends throw themselves into campus life, unexpected events reveal a darker, lonelier world inhabited by a freshman called Teddy Ferrara.

Dominic Cooke directs the UK premiere of Christopher Shinn’s play which, inspired by real events, explores society’s uncomfortable embrace of the outsider.

Donmar Warehouse Website

Contact: Donmar Warehouse
41 Earlham Street
London WC2H 9LX
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 844 871 76 24

Waste: By Harley Granville Barker
LONDON  •  National Theatre  •  3 November 2015 - 16 January 2016

Harley Granville Barker: Waste

Backstage at a hung parliament, visionary Independent Henry Trebell is co-opted by the Tories to push through a controversial Bill. Pursuing his cause with missionary zeal, he’s barely distracted by his brief affair with a married woman until she suffers a lethal backstreet abortion. Threatened by public scandal, the Establishment closes ranks and coolly seals the fate of an idealistic man.

Famously banned by the censors in 1907, Harley Granville Barker’s controversial masterpiece gathers a large ensemble to expose a cut-throat, cynical world of sex, sleaze and suicide amongst the political elite of Edwardian England.

Charles Edwards (This House, Strange Interlude) plays Henry Trebell.

National Theatre Website

Contact: National Theatre  
Upper Ground
London SE1 9PX
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 7452 3000

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