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Stanley Spencer's wives, the damage to culture in Beirut, Angie Cruz

Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer; the cultural destruction of Beirut; novelist Angie Cruz.

The Wives of Stanley Spencer are the subject of a new exhibition Love, Art, Loss at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham, Berkshire. Artist and illustrator Siân Pattenden reviews.

The explosion in Beirut two weeks destroyed thousands of buildings in the Lebanese city, including many of the art galleries and museums. Sursock Museum Director Zeina Arida and gallery owner Saleh Barakat consider the damage done to the city's culture as well as its infrastructure.

Continuing Front Row's interviews with all the authors shortlisted for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction,Angie Cruz discusses her novel Dominicana. Ana is a schoolgirl muddling through adolescence on a small farm in the Dominican Republic, but her mother marries her off to a man twice her age, whom she sees as the ticket to America for the whole family. Ana, fifteen, with no English, no money and no autonomy, arrives on a false passport to begin a new life in cold, grey New York.

Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jerome Weatherald

Image above: Portrait of Patricia Preece, 1933 by Stanley Spencer

(C) Estate Stanley Spencer & Bridgeman Images, London
Courtesy Southampton City Art Gallery

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Stanley Spencer

Stanley Spencer

Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer is at the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham, Berks until Autumn 2021.

Images:

Main image above: Portrait of Patricia Preece, 1933
Oil on canvas
(c) Estate Stanley Spencer & Bridgeman Images, London
Courtesy Southampton City Art Gallery

Image to the left: Stanley Spencer painting in the Cookham churchyard 1958

Image credit: courtesy of Stanley Spencer Gallery Archive

Beirut

Beirut

Image: The Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon before the huge explosion on 4th August 2020.

Image credit: (c) 2015 Joe Kesrouani

More information on the Saleh Barakat galleries

Angie Cruz

Angie Cruz

Angie Cruz's book Dominicana is out now in hardback, softback, as an eBook and an audio download.

It has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020.

Image: Angie Cruz

Image credit: Erika Morillo

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