18/04/2014

Ultimate Warrior cause of death confirmed

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15 April 2014 Last updated at 08:09


The Ultimate Warrior was escorted by his daughters to the stage during his WWE Hall of Fame Induction

Authorities in Phoenix have confirmed former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease.

The wrestler died at his Arizona hotel on 8 April, days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

A Maricopa County spokeswoman delivered the findings after an autopsy was conducted by the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

The 54-year-old, whose birth name was James Hellwig, appeared at Monday Night Raw on 7 April and WrestleMania 30.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Cardiovascular disease includes all the diseases of the heart and circulation including coronary heart disease (angina and heart attack), heart failure, congenital heart disease and stroke.

It is also known as heart and circulatory disease.


James Hellwig, better known as The Ultimate Warrior, appeared at WWE Monday Night Raw on 7 April

WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) published a statement following his death which read: “WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior.”

It added: “Warrior is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.”

Other high profile names posted messages of condolence on social media when they heard the news.

“Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters,” wrote Triple H on Twitter.


Hulk Hogan, who lost to The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI, posted: “RIP WARRIOR. only love.”

“Heartbroken. My sincerest condolences go out to The Warrior’s family,” said Daniel Bryan.

He added: “Seeing how much he loved his daughters and his wife this weekend makes it all the more heartbreaking.

“The Ultimate Warrior was my favourite as a kid, and getting to speak to him this weekend was one of my favourite moments. He was so nice to me.”

Jackson mother must pay AEG’s costs

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Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, had hoped for a retrial against AEG Live, but lost her bid in January

Michael Jackson’s mother has been ordered by a US court to pay AEG Live $800,000 (£480,000) for costs defending the failed negligence case she brought against the concert promoter.

The company was cleared of liability over the 2009 death of the pop star in a five-month trail last October.

AEG Live had sought $1.2m (£720,000) to cover costs, but Katherine Jackson’s lawyers claimed it was not justified.

Both parties agreed not to challenge the court’s decision, but may appeal.

The exact amount to be paid is expected to be finalised after AEG Live submits an amended list of its costs for items such as court filing fees and travel.

AEG Live were the promoters of Michael Jackson’s This Is It comeback shows, and hired Conrad Murray to be his personal doctor for the duration

AEG Live’s lawyer Marvin Putnam said the court did the right thing “by ordering Katherine Jackson to pay nearly $1m (£600,000) spent in having to defend a matter that she should have never brought in the first place”.

Mrs Jackson’s lawyer Kevin Boyle said the costs would be borne by her and the singer’s three children, all of whom are supported by his estate.

Mr Boyle added a decision on whether to appeal the order would be made after AEG Live’s costs are finalised.

The Jackson family sued the company in 2010 claiming it negligently hired and supervised cardiologist Conrad Murray, who gave the singer a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol as a sleep aid during his planned comeback tour.

However a jury concluded the doctor was not unfit or incompetent to do his job and so AEG Live had not been negligent in hiring him.

Murray – who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the drug – was released from jail last October.

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NSA stories take Pulitzer Prize

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The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman wrote some of the NSA surveillance stories that won the prize

The Guardian and Washington Post have shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for a series of stories on US electronic spying.

Their reporting was based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Among other winners of the top prize in US journalism was the Boston Globe, for breaking news reporting.

Two staff writers of the Reuters news agency were awarded the prize for international reporting.

The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded by the Columbia University journalism school.

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In giving the top prize to The Guardian US and the Washington Post, the Pulitzer committee said the Guardian helped “through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy”.

It said the Post’s stories were “marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of naional security”.

Mr Snowden, in a statement published by The Guardian, called the award “a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government.

“We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation,” added Mr Snowden, who has been charged with espionage in the US and is currently a fugitive in Russia.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe provided “exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city”, the committee wrote of the paper’s coverage of the 15 April 2013 attack.

Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity was awarded a Pulitzer for his reporting on how lawyers and doctors conspired to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease.

Times wins two

NSA leaker Edward Snowden provided a cache of documents to The Guardian and Washington Post on the agency’s electronic spying programme

The top prize for US reporting was awarded to The Gazette in Colorado for its examination of mistreatment of wounded combat veterans, while the prize for international reporting went to Reuters for reports of persecution of a Muslim minority group in Burma, also known as Myanmar.

The editorial staff of the Oregonian in Portland won the prize for commentary for pieces explaining pension costs.

Tyler Hicks of the New York Times won for breaking news photography for images captured during a terrorist attack at Westgate Mall in Kenya. Also for the Times, Josh Haner won in the feature photography category for a “moving” essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs.

Among other categories, Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch, was awarded the Pulitzer for fiction writing, while Don Fagin received the award for general nonfiction for his work, Tom’s River: A Story of Science and Salvation.

Members of this year’s selection committee included Katherine Boo, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and Eugene Robinson, a columnist for The Washington Post.

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Nazi memorabilia auction cancelled

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Hermann Goering’s passport was to be included in the controversial sale

Objects that belonged to the Nazi leaders Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering have been withdrawn from an auction in Paris, after Jewish groups objected to the sale.

The memorabilia included Goering’s passport and a wooden chest marked with swastikas, which was owned by Hitler.

The French Culture Minister had joined Jewish groups in denouncing the sale.

The auction house, Vermot de Pas, said it had not intended to stir controversy.

“We were pitching this as part of the responsibility to remember – but in no way to shock or create a polemic,” AP news agency quoted co-manager Laudine de Pas, as saying.

‘Moral indecency’

The sale on 26 April was due to feature some 40 items seized from Hitler’s Bavarian home in the last days of Nazi Germany in May 1945, according to the auction house.

Among them was a napkin bearing Hitler’s initials and a 17th Century manuscript presented to Hitler’s former deputy, Goering, in 1935.

France’s best-known association of Jewish groups, CRIF, had denounced the sale as “harming the memory of victims of Nazi barbarity”.

A napkin bearing Hitler’s initials was also among the items being offered

In a statement, the organisation said selling the objects would give them “unhealthy symbolic value that resembles cynicism and a form of moral indecency”.

Another group, the National Office of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, had joined calls for the sale to be blocked, calling it “obscene”.

French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti welcomed the cancellation on Monday, saying it was “necessary in the light of history and morality”, according to AFP news agency.

She had reportedly sent a letter to France’s auctions authority, The Council of Voluntary Sales (CVV), questioning the validity of the sale.

She referred to France’s official ban on the public display of objects linked to Nazi ideology, according to AP.

Catherine Chadelat, president of the CVV, told AFP the items were by their very nature likely to shock and that Vermot de Pas had decided to withdraw them from the sale.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27028990#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer

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Donna Tartt’s best-selling novel The Goldfinch is 784 pages long

Author Donna Tartt has been awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her critically acclaimed third novel The Goldfinch.

The Secret History author said she was “incredibly happy and incredibly honoured” by the award.

Annie Baker’s play The Flick won the Pulitzer for drama while Vijay Seshadri won the poetry prize for 3 Sections.

US historian Alan Taylor earned his second Pulitzer for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia.

Tartt’s 784-page bestseller The Goldfinch, which was named Amazon’s 2013 book of the year, is set in modern Manhattan and tells the story of a young orphan coming to terms with the death of his mother.

Columbia University, which awards the prize, said judges described it as “a beautifully written coming-of-age novel … that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.

The book, which is in the running for this year’s Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in the UK, beat two other nominees, The Son by Philip Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis.

Fans of Tartt had waited a decade since her second novel The Little Friend, which many had found disappointing after her strong 1992 debut The Secret History.

“The only thing I am sorry about is that Willie Morris and Barry Hannah aren’t here,” said Tartt, referring to two authors who were her early mentors.

“They would have loved this,” she added.

Last month it was reported by The Wrap that a film version or TV series of The Goldfinch is in the works, by the producers behind The Hunger Games.

An education

Other arts winners included Dan Fagin’s book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation in the non-fiction category, while composer John Luther Adams was awarded the music prize for Become Ocean.

Judges called his piece “a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels”.

The biography prize was awarded to Megan Marshall’s Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, about the 19th-Century intellectual and transcendentalist.

Colonial historian Taylor said writing The Internal Enemy had been an education for him.

He found documents showing how escaped slaves had assisted the British during the War of 1812 and were an important factor in the British capture of Washington, DC.

“This is a story I had known nothing about and I was supposed to be a specialist,” said Taylor.

Among this year’s journalism Pulitzer Prizes, the award for public service journalism was shared by The Guardian and Washington Post for a series of stories based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27032533#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

Mixed reviews for Strictly musical

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Strictly Ballroom: The Musical opened at the Sydney Lyric Theatre

Critics have said Baz Luhrmann’s stage musical fails to live up to the magic of his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom, with the Sydney Morning Herald saying it “sparkles but falls short”.

It premiered at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, telling the tale of a ballroom dancing couple who defy convention by dancing their own steps in a major competition.

The Hollywood Reporter said the musical featured “an unruly opening act”.

The Guardian added it “somehow lacks the emotional tug of the film”.

But Australia’s Daily Telegraph praised the “crowd involvement” and said the stage production “packs way more sensory punch than the film ever could”.

The Sydney Morning Herald added: “From the get-go, Strictly Ballroom the Musical shows a tendency to milk applause rather than earn it.

“Luhrmann’s opening shot – ballroom dancers splashed across the stage – is a stunner. The show’s promise is encapsulated in that moment. It is too quickly released, however. Within seconds, the stage is a restless, often indecipherable whirl.”

But it was among several publications to praise the costumes by Catherine Martin, Luhrmann’s long-time collaborator and wife, describing them as “a flashy eyeful”, adding they “deserve every second they get in the spotlight”.

Baz Luhrmann and Kylie Minogue, who had a small part in his film Moulin Rouge, posed for the cameras

The Guardian’s reviewer complained that “despite fact that the glitz is laid on with a trowel, Strictly Ballroom the Musical takes a long time to ignite”.

‘Excess of dancers’

It said that it was not until the lead, Thomas Lacey as Scott Hastings, sang Shooting Star “that the show offers some emotional engagement, and starts to feel like a musical rather than a collection of gaudy set-pieces”.

The Hollywood Reporter added that the on-stage spectacle detracted from the storytelling, saying “all that eager-to-please busyness leads to an unruly opening act in which an excess of dancers and their attendant backstories clog the plot”.

It compared it unfavourably with the film, and said: “Much of the sly humour found in the film’s send-up of its self-serious milieu is swamped by screechy theatrics.”

The songs were described as “an eclectic mix of heartfelt love ballads, all-in, high-kicking showtunes, and comedic riffs” by Hollywood Reporter, while Broadway World.com said: “In terms of its songs, Strictly Ballroom the Musical isn’t quite the traditional musical full of big numbers and music that feels consistent but then that is Baz, he doesn’t follow; he leads.”

Broadway World.com reserved its praise for the supporting actors rather than the stars of the show, saying: “Thomas Lacey (Scott) and Phoebe Panaretos (Fran) were solid in their respective roles but it was the supporting characters that really stole the show. “

Strictly Ballroom started life in 1984 as a 25 minute play, written by Luhrmann when he was at drama school and was the first in his Red Curtain Trilogy of films, followed by Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!

The trilogy has been described by Luhrmann as following a specific filmmaking technique, with each featuring a theatre motif that reappears throughout the film.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27019999#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

Jeremy Kyle Show breaks Ofcom rules

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The Jeremy Kyle Show has been broadcast on ITV since 2005

ITV’s Jeremy Kyle Show has been found in breach of Ofcom rules for failing to inform viewers about the care and safety of a teenage participant.

An episode broadcast last September featured a 17-year-old girl who had “failed” a lie detector test when questioned about stealing.

A viewer complained to the regulator, concerned about the subsequent distress the girl displayed during the show.

Ofcom said ITV should have explained to viewers how it protected her welfare.

The 17-year-old appeared visibly distressed during the edition which showed her being confronted by her older sister over apparently stealing items from their mother.

The teenager was shown at times shouting, crying and breathing heavily both backstage and in front of a studio audience.

‘Exceeded expectations’

Ofcom said the “degree of humiliation and distress” displayed by the younger sister “exceeded the more typical editorial content of this programme” – which is known for its confrontational style.

It added the edition would have “exceeded the expectations of the audience, unless sufficient context had been provided to minimise or avoid this offence”.

The regulator said while it was satisfied ITV provided sufficient counselling care and support to all its participants before, during and after production, it was not referred to in the broadcast.

It said statements made at the end of the programme by Kyle, offering support to the family, were not clearly extended to the younger sister to reassure viewers “regarding her welfare and to minimise the offence caused by her humiliation and distress”.

Ofcom concluded it was not ITV’s intention to mislead audiences regarding the safety, welfare and dignity of the teenager – who would likely have appeared to viewers as vulnerable – however it should have provided sufficient information to viewers as to the steps it had taken to limit her distress.

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Hunger Games leads MTV Movie Awards

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Johnny Depp presented the best film award to Hunger Games stars Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took the prize for best film at the MTV Movie Awards, as well as best male and female performance for actors Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence.

Johnny Depp gave the popcorn-shaped award to two of the film’s stars, Hutcherson and Sam Claflin.

Jonah Hill won best comedic performance for The Wolf of Wall Street.

Jared Leto presented Mila Kunis with the best villain prize, while Channing Tatum won the trailblazer award.

Hutcherson remembered his late fellow cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this year of a drug overdose, and said: “I know that if Philip were here, he would think this is really cool.”

Shailene Woodley won the prize for favourite character

Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a young adult film about an oppressed society fighting back, has earned more than $850m (£508m) globally and was the second-biggest US opening of last year, behind Iron Man 3.

The final part of the story, Mockingjay, has been split into two films that will be released in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The movies are based on Suzanne Collins’ hugely successful dystopian fantasy novels.

Kunis won for her performance in Oz the Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi’s fantasy film which pays homage to The Wizard of Oz while Tatum, star of 22 Jump Street and Jupiter Ascending, was the first male winner of the trailblazer prize, after Emma Stone and Emma Watson.

“You just made my 12-year-old self dream come true,” said Kunis, who added: “And I just realised I’m the only woman nominated and I won.”

Favourite character of the year was a surprise win for Shailene Woodley, who played Tris in Divergent, beating Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss in The Hunger Games. They each received more than 9 million votes.

The Fast and the Furious actress Jordana Brewster introduced a special tribute to the film’s late star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash last November. He won the MTV movie award for breakthrough male performance in 2002.

“I witnessed the generosity of his heart every day I was with him,” she said. “He wanted to make a difference in this world. His charm, wit, spirit and his beautiful smile will live on.”

Co-star Vin Diesel added in a video clip: “I’m always going to be here for you even when you tell me to go. That’s who Paul Walker was.”

Mark Wahlberg, star of The Fighter and the upcoming Transformers film, collected the generation award.

“I know what this really means,” he said, “you’re done.”

“Many people have gotten this award before. Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston… and you know what they all have in common? They’re all old. This is the too old to come back award,” said Wahlberg.

Rihanna and Eminem performed The Monster

“But it was as great run! I’m a lucky guy to have gone from being incarcerated to having a one-hit rap career to having an underwear modelling career to… I’m about to cry in a minute,” he joked.

Rihanna won the prize for best cameo performance in the comedy This is the End and she later performed The Monster with Eminem.

Ellie Goulding sang Beating Heart, from the soundtrack of young adult thriller Divergent.

The MTV ceremony also recognises some non-traditional categories: Zac Efron won best shirtless performance, while best kiss went to Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter for a scene in their road-trip comedy We’re the Millers.

The awards are also an opportunity for the film industry to showcase upcoming summer films and their stars.

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 introduced a clip of their new film, featuring Garfield’s Spider-Man encountering the blue villain Electro (Foxx) in New York’s Times Square.

Ellen Page, one of the stars of X-Men: Days of Future Past, presented a clip from the forthcoming blockbuster, in which the X-Men join forces with their younger selves.

Mark Wahlberg joked he had won the “too told to come back” award

Orlando Bloom was greeted by a sea of fans

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is starring in Godzilla, gave Orlando Bloom the award for best fight, for a sequence in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, where Bloom and co-star Evangeline Lilly took on the brutal Orcs.

The awards, hosted by US television presenter, comedian and writer Conan O’Brien, will be shown on MTV UK at 21:00 BST on Monday, 14 April.

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EastEnders actress Dore dies at 92

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The actress starred as Mo Butcher on EastEnders from 1988 to 1990

Actress Edna Dore, who was best known for her role as battleaxe Mo Butcher in BBC soap EastEnders, has died aged 92.

Her agent, Belinda Wright, told the BBC News website she died peacefully in her sleep on Friday.

The actress played Mike Reid’s on-screen mother between 1988 and 1990 – a role which saw her character diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

As well as her soap opera stint, she also starred in Mike Leigh’s High Hopes and Gary Oldman’s Nil By Mouth.

Ms Wright paid tribute to Dore saying: “I’d known her for more than 30 years and she was a wonderful actress and great fun.”

Born Edna Gorring and raised in Bromley, Kent, she began her career as a chorus girl with the Entertainments National Service Association during World War Two before spending almost 20 years in repertory theatre, as well as another decade at the National Theatre.

In the 1960s and ’70s she also appeared in the West End, playing Mrs Sowerberry in Oliver! at the Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre) and Mrs Crabtree in Billy, starring Michael Crawford.

Dore’s television roles began in 1959 and over the decades she appeared as a character actor in a diverse number of shows including Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars, Open All Hours, The Bill, Casualty, Doctor Who and Shameless

She also appeared in BBC bingo comedy Eyes Down, which ran for two series in 2003 and 2004.

Paul O’Grady, who starred opposite Dore in the sitcom, paid tribute to the actress on his BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday, describing her as “a remarkable lady”.

“I’ve never had so many laughs, she was just a bundle of fun,” he said.

“We got sent home from rehearsals one day for laughing. I won’t tell you why but Edna said: ‘In my 70 years in the business, I’ve never been sent out of rehearsals’.

“She had a remarkable career. She might be gone but she’s not forgotten by me. I had a ball with Edna, what a laugh she was.”

Edna Dore starred a Mary the cleaner in BBC bingo hall comedy Eyes Down

Dore’s appearance in EastEnders coincided with her performance in Leigh’s 1988 film High Hopes, for which she was named best supporting actor at the European Film Awards.

At the ceremony in Paris, she was called to the stage as “Edna Door”. As she left clutching her prize she muttered: “You’d think that at least in Paris they’d pronounce my bloody name right.”

She worked with Leigh twice again, taking small roles in his 2002 film All or Nothing and 2010′s Another Year.

As well as Oldman’s Nil By Mouth, Dore’s other film appearances included Les Miserables (1998), Tube Tales (1999), Goodbye Charlie Bright (2001) and Ray Winstone drama 44 Inch Chest (2009).

Writing in The Guardian, the director said the actress “swore like a trooper, smoked like a chimney… and didn’t suffer fools”.

“She initially approached the rehearsals for High Hopes with a healthy scepticism, but once she trusted having no script, improvising in character, and me, she entered into the spirit of the thing with unbounded enthusiasm, even playing some scenes with her teeth out.

“She was very funny – her filthy jokes were legendary. We will all miss her no-nonsense wit, her generosity, and, above all, her uniquely truthful acting.”

The actress married fellow actor Alexander Dore in 1946. He died in 2002.

She is survived by their son, Michael.

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Matisse exhibition hailed by critics

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The BBC’s Helen Drew takes a look inside the exhibition

Critics have praised one of the largest collections of Henri Matisse’s “cut-out” artworks ever assembled, for an exhibition opening at Tate Modern.

The French artist cut out paper shapes for collages when ill-health prevented him from painting, producing famous pieces such as The Snail and Blue Nude.

The Daily Telegraph said the London gallery must know it has a “winner” with its “outstanding” exhibition.

“I eat it with my eyes and never feel sated,” said The Guardian’s critic.

Many of the items will be seen together for the first time in the exhibition, which opens on Thursday and features about 130 artworks from the latter stage of Matisse’s career.

Blue Nude [1] is a key example of the artist’s skill with collage

The Telegraph said that “the joy of the cut-outs is their simplicity”.

The paper’s critic said the artworks were made from “modest materials” using “basic techniques” but that the artist “reduces art to the essentials of colour, shape and pattern”.

“Yet precisely because they offer us instant visual gratification, it is easy to forget how innovative they actually are,” he wrote.

The Guardian added that the show was “ravishing, filled with light and decoration, exuberance and a kind of violence” adding that it was “about more than just pleasure”.

‘Very sophisticated’

“Matisse created a universe that filled the room around him, spilling from the walls to the floor.”

Matisse worked from a wheelchair after treatment for cancer and the exhibition compiles work dating from 1937 to 1954, when he died aged 84 of a heart attack.

Sir Nicholas Serota, the Tate director and co-curator of the show, told the BBC the works displayed great skill.

“Cut-out sounds a bit simplistic, they are very sophisticated objects.

‘Intense, brilliant’

“The brilliance is that he took the method of a child and deployed it with all the sophistication of an artist who had been painting for 60 years.”

He said that the artworks were “incredibly influential” on a generation of American painters in the 60s and 70s.

“The colour is really intense, the colour is brilliant, it’s really not quite what we associate with the immediate post-war years in Europe. He’s really on his own.”

The Economic Voice added that the exhibition “re-examines the cut-outs in terms of the methods and materials that Matisse used, and their double lives, first as contingent and mutable in the studio and ultimately as permanent works through mounting and framing”.

The exhibition will be at the London gallery until 7 September before it travels to New York’s Museum of Modern Art in mid-October. It can also be seen by cinema-goers from 3 June with the launch of Matisse Live.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27024200#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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