My year in 10 art exhibitions and films.
Art that had a silver lining in 2020 – a once-in-a-century year of pandemic challenge.
It was a long and tumultuous year for London. People stormed the streets to demand a fair, non-racist society, to protect the NHS and defend human rights. Extinction Rebellion protesters spoke out loud for the safety of our planet. There were unlawful arrests and protest halts but in November hundred of protesters were given the… Continue reading 10 best art exhibitions of 2019 (London)
Photography and the medium of film had a dominant place in major London galleries and art museums in 2018 – a year fuelled with political uncertainty in UK due to its impending exit from the EU. Major works by a number of powerful artists of unparalleled vigour from across the globe were shown in the… Continue reading The 11 best art exhibitions of 2018 in London
In London an exhibition uncovered an entire lost history – and brilliance – of the sorrowful, shattering art of black power in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Tate Modern. Music and immediacy dominated EVERYTHING AT ONCE, the ambitious group exhibition presented by Lisson Gallery and The Vinyl Factory… Continue reading The 11 best exhibitions of 2017
From London to Copenhagen, Hanover and the town of Lyssarea in Arcadia, here’s a roundup of the year’s best exhibitions and best young festivals. We’ve brought together two new documentary festivals that merged new forms of documentary and art – one that launched for the very first time this year and the other in its… Continue reading The best exhibitions of 2016
Guerrilla-style distribution brings back experimental film in cinemas across UK. The Artists Cinema, a collaborative project by LUX and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) returns this year with its unique form of distribution. A selection of five new commissions will be presented with mainstream feature films in cinemas, guerilla-style. The films will be paired up… Continue reading The Artists Cinema 2016
Gallery | We mark the film's birthday with some painterly images and behind the scenes shots with the cast and crew, as selected by 11Polaroids desk. 11Polaroids desk Barry Lyndon (1975) is Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Victorian novel about the rise and fall of an 18th century Irish adventurer (performed by Ryan O’Neal).… Continue reading Barry Lyndon: 40th anniversary
Revealing creative dialogues in nonfiction films, a playful act between filmmaker and subject as early as 1950, are evidence that documentary filmmaking is the art of collaborative conceit. Last June Robert Greene’s Actress and Måns Månsson’s Stranded in Canton had their UK premieres at London’s blossoming Open City Documentary Festival. Both films use models… Continue reading Making it real together
To celebrate the general release of director Mike Leigh's film Mr. Turner, we've compiled a list of films, biopics of artists from the 1930s to the present day. The last years in the life of English Romantic landscape painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is the subject of director Mike Leigh’s latest film starring Timothy Spall,… Continue reading Films about artists