Day: May 21, 2022

Exhibitions to see in May

Discover our curator’s top exhibitions to visit in London during May.

By Phin Jennings | 05 May 2022

Last month, The Venice Biennale’s International Art Exhibition opened to the public. This year’s title, The Milk of Dreams, is taken from a children’s book by artist Leonara Carrington. It is set in a fantastical world where everyone and everything is in a state of constant flux: identities are not fixed and characters constantly re-imagine themselves and their surroundings. The Biennale’s curator Cecilia Alemani describes her exhibition as an “imaginary journey through metamorphoses of the body and definitions of the human”. For those of us in London – decidedly less enchanted than Venice – I hope that these three exhibitions that explore folk tales and fantasy might bring something of the sense of wonder at this year’s Biennale.


6 – 25 MAY

Once Upon a Time… at Flora Fairbairn (image courtesy of

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Art Franklin, first Black man to anchor primetime news in Birmingham, begins a new chapter

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s not the end for Art Franklin. It’s only the beginning.

Franklin, the first Black man to anchor a primetime news broadcast in Birmingham, signed off from CBS 42 for the last time on Friday. He said he will remain in the Magic City, though, continuing to tell the stories of community members and empowering them to change the world around them for the better. A Detroit native with a decades-long track record of thoughtful, dogged journalism, Franklin said there’s much more he hopes to accomplish as he moves forward.

Motown memories

Annie Franklin knew her seventh child would be special. She spoke it into existence. Seven is God’s number of perfection, she’d tell Art, and “God has a hand in your life.”

He didn’t doubt God’s presence, but Art Franklin knew his parents, too, had a hand in shaping his future. Franklin grew

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Best Charcoal Sketch Sets for Drawing –

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From early cave painters to Pablo Picasso to Roberto Longo, artists have long loved the expressive potential of a soft charcoal pencil or crayon. Each sweep of charcoal offers intense black color and easy blending for preliminary studies, lush landscapes, or photorealistic portraits. There is a wide variety of artist’s charcoals on the market, each with its own unique set of properties and ingredients. Compressed charcoal is a soft block or stick, often created from burned birch, clay, and black pigment. Charcoal pencils are similar to graphite pencils; they’re often used to render crisp, detailed drawings. There are also delicate charcoals made from burning willow twigs and grape vines. Buying charcoal implements in a set is a nice option, giving you tools for an array of effects from the

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Chicago alt-weekly survives column clash, going nonprofit

CHICAGO – The Chicago Reader, the city’s famed alt-weekly, is expected to become a nonprofit this month after the sale was nearly derailed over a co-owner’s column opposing COVID-19 vaccine requirements for children.

The publication was on track to be sold to the new nonprofit last year until the November printing of defense attorney Leonard Goodman’s column headlined “Vaxxing our kids” prompted allegations of misinformation and censorship.

Goodman agreed to step aside in late April, allowing the sale to go through. Still, the standoff among the alt-weekly’s managers left staff members in limbo for months, wondering if the Reader would be shut down after surviving multiple previous sales and the coronavirus pandemic.

In the column, Goodman wrote that “feverish hype by government officials, mainstream media outlets, and Big Pharma” made him question whether his 6-year-old daughter should be vaccinated.


Critics including former and current Reader staff quickly blasted his

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