Recommended: Goldfinger’s House

In the affluent London neighbourhood of Hampstead, a trip to a historic building brings to light the story behind a famous fictional Cold War baddie. 2 Willow Road was the family home of the Hungarian-born architect, Ernö Goldfinger. But the modernist design of his 1939 building proved unpopular with other Hampstead residents, including author Ian Fleming. The creator of James Bond objected to the demolition … Continue reading Recommended: Goldfinger’s House

What & Where: Brixton’s Nuclear Dawn

What: Nuclear Dawn mural by Brian Barnes and Dale McCrea Where: Carlton Mansions, 387 Coldhabour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8QD, UK For over 30 years, inhabitants in one corner of London have experienced a daily reminder of the fear and paranoia of the Cold War. The eye-catching mural, Nuclear Dawn, was painted between 1980 and 1981 by local resident Dale McCrea and English mural artist Brian Barnes, as a potent call … Continue reading What & Where: Brixton’s Nuclear Dawn

What & Where: Lenin goes Abstract

What: Portrait of V.I. Lenin with Cap, in the Style of Jackson Pollock III by Art & Language Where: Tate Britain, London, UK Uninitiated visitors to Tate Britain have been left scratching their heads while contemplating Portrait of V.I. Lenin with Cap, in the Style of Jackson Pollock III. It is one of a series of paintings by Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden, British artists operating under the … Continue reading What & Where: Lenin goes Abstract

Monument to The Unknown Political Prisoner

In January 1951, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London announced an international sculpture competition to create a monument to The Unknown Political Prisoner. Intended ‘to pay tribute to those individuals who, in many countries and in diverse political situations, had dared to offer their liberty and their lives for the cause of human freedom’, the competition was seen by the Soviet Union as provocative … Continue reading Monument to The Unknown Political Prisoner