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The Folio Society is to publish the first ever illustrated edition of Mario Puzo’s genre-defining gangster novel The Godfather, a brilliant and brutal story of Mafia feuds in post-war New York. This sensational new title is lavishly illustrated with atmospheric artwork by Robert Carter and an exclusive introduction by Jonathan Freedland. One of the best-selling novels of all time, The Godfather’s impact on popular culture since its publication in 1969 is immeasurable. From Francis Ford...

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Graffiti artist Banksy has lost a legal battle over one of his most famous artworks with a greetings card company. The artwork, known as Flower Thrower, depicts a masked protester throwing a bouquet of flowers. It first appeared on a wall in Jerusalem in 2005, and was appropriated by a UK-based card company, Full Colour Black, for use on greetings cards. Banksy successfully applied for an EU trademark for the work in 2014, and in...

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Terence Conran, designer, businessman, philanthropist, and founder of the Design Museum, died on Saturday 12th September at the age of 88. Through a series of parallel careers, Sir Terence Conran had a greater impact than any other designer of his generation, revolutionising everyday life in contemporary Britain. Born in 1931, Terence Conran studied textile design at London’s Central School of Art. Leaving studies in 1948 to seek full time employment, he set up a workshop...

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Dame Diana Rigg, who has died at the age of 82, enjoyed a long and distinguished acting career on stage, in film and on television. She is probably best remembered as action girl Emma Peel from The Avengers, but the range of her work spanned everything from Shakespeare and James Bond to camp comedy. Praised portrayal Born Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg near Doncaster in 1938, she was brought up in India where her father worked...

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Aston Martin is celebrating the release of the 25th James Bond film with two exclusive 007 special editions inspired by the cars featured in No Time to Die. This new collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, delivers exciting new 007 editions of the Aston Martin Vantage and DBS Superleggera. See also: Remembering Dame Diana Rigg, from The Avengers to Shakespeare No...

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There’s no doubt that the global luxury goods market has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic – but how are manufacturers planning to bounce back when it’s all over, and what changes will they have to make? A recent Euromonitor report estimated that the global luxury goods market would decline by about 18 percent during the coronavirus crisis – the question is, can it ever regain its previous heights, and if so how long...

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The Arts Society has announced Abigail McGourlay, 20 from Sheffield, as the winner of the national Isolation Artwork Competition for young artists during lockdown with her painting titled Brewing. Abigail’s winning artwork alongside the other seven shortlisted artists can be viewed as part of a virtual art exhibition here. Brewing is a self-portrait which shows Abigail drinking a cup of tea in the bath, two things she says she has found comforting during lockdown. She...

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London Art Week is launching with a new online platform for Summer 2020. London Art Week Digital will take place from 3rd – 10th July 2020, with a Private View on Thursday 2nd July. The format enables London Art Week to retain its unique community of international art dealers, auction houses, museums and sponsors, all working together in the creation of a special event online. London Art Week Digital has been created to augment the...

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Tate Britain has announced that all four of its galleries will be re-opening on July 27th after the coronavirus lockdown. Highlights of the revised programme will include Andy Warhol, Aubrey Beardsley and Steve McQueen. In a statement issues on June 30th, the Tate said: “We’re excited to let you know that all four of our galleries will be reopening on 27 July. “We’ve been working hard to welcome you back safely, so you’ll see a...

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Critically acclaimed artist, musician, song writer, and esteemed Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood will collaborate with country estate and stately home Ashridge House on a unique summer exhibition this August. Ronnie Wood x Ashridge House will see Ronnie present a considerable collection of original artworks including some of his most treasured paintings, a series of sculptures and a selection of etchings within the extraordinary interiors of Ashridge House in Hertfordshire. See also: Black Sabbath Rock...

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