Arts
Thomas Ruff at David Zwirner Gallery – Post-Truth American Nostalgia

Thomas Ruff at David Zwirner Gallery – Post-Truth American Nostalgia

Post-truth has been declared ‘word of the year’ by the Oxford English dictionary. It’s not exactly clear what this means but in the wake of the ‘shock’ election which allowed Donald Trump to become America’s 45th president earlier this year, is it any wonder that people are questioning what they know and how they learn...
Hair by Sam McKnight - The Man Behind The 20th Century’s Most Iconic Styles

Hair by Sam McKnight – The Man Behind The 20th Century’s Most Iconic Styles

Whether it is a punkish crop or bouncing curls, Somerset House’s new exhibition focuses on the man behind the 20th Century’s most iconic styles. From Princess Diana’s slicked back crop to Agnes Deyn’s white bob, Sam McKnight is the man behind hairs most enduring pop culture moments. A session hairstylist from Scotland, McKnight has defined the...
Bruce McLean: A Hot Sunset & Shade Paintings at Bernard Jacobson

Bruce McLean: A Hot Sunset & Shade Paintings at Bernard Jacobson

With occupations that include action sculptor, painter, ceramicist, filmmaker and performance artist to his name, Bruce Mclean’s latest solo show at Bernard Jacobson presents a warming reprieve from December in London. A Hot Sunset and Shade Paintings presents all new works made in the past year that explore light, shadows and heat. A versatile artist, well known and...
Shuby: From Street Art to Solo Gallery Show

Shuby: From Street Art to Solo Gallery Show

A half-peeled banana awash in pop colours with the subtext: ‘Your Banana Needs You’ is what first beckoned us into the world of Shuby at a patisserie in London’s Soho, but it was on the street that the artist’s now infamous bananas and rabbits first caught the eye of the art world ten years ago....
An Interview with Fabienne Verdier; Rhythms and Reflections at Waddington Custot

An Interview with Fabienne Verdier; Rhythms and Reflections at Waddington Custot

Fabienne Verdier is known for her fusion of Western and Eastern artistic values in her painting. Her practice is laced with theoretical concepts, as well as with the bodily physicality involved in creating such large-scale paintings. Fabienne, however, decided that she needed a new challenge to propel her work forward. Bruce Kovner, Chairman of the...
Anselm Kiefer, Walhalla at White Cube: A Story Doomed To Repeat

Anselm Kiefer, Walhalla at White Cube: A Story Doomed To Repeat

The last of Wagner’s cycle of music dramas, Götterdämmerung, is a German translation of the Old Norse word Ragnarok, which in Norse mythology involves a prophesied war where gods and heroes battle until the world is razed. The next generation are left to emerge from the ashes and resurrect their kingdom, repopulating the world once again...
How to Uncover the Art of Stockholm in a Weekend

How to Uncover the Art of Stockholm in a Weekend

Spanning fourteen islands linked by more than fifty bridges each braced by winds from the Baltic Sea, Stockholm is the most populous of all the Scandinavian cities, with a population of roughly 900,000. Lacking the art historical enamour of its Flemish and Dutch neighbours during their 17th century Golden Ages, which cemented their place in...
Malick Sidibé's 'The Eye of Bamako' at Somerset House - The Youth of Post-Colonial Mali

Malick Sidibé’s ‘The Eye of Bamako’ at Somerset House – The Youth of Post-Colonial Mali

Through black and white images taken on a Kodak Brownie camera Sidibé captures the dawning sense of euphoria and freedom as Mali adjusts to independence. His images show kids lounging topless by the Niger River, young adults in eccentric prints doing The Twist in city squares whilst in Les Retrouvailles au bord du Fleuve Niger...
Victoria Miro Mayfair hosts 'Sim' by Maria Nepomuceno

Victoria Miro Mayfair hosts ‘Sim’ by Maria Nepomuceno

As the winter nights draw in closer, the opportunity to attend the private view of the Brazilian artist Maria Nepomuceno was a delightful reprieve from the Autumnal gloom. The show features a number of beautiful new sculptures by Nepomuceno, whose work combines a plethora of artistic methods. Her work often starts from a small element...
Paris Photo - Highlights From The World's Leading Photography Fair

Paris Photo – Highlights From The World’s Leading Photography Fair

Today, Paris Photo, the world’s leading photography fair has closed its curtains for the 20th time at Grand Palais. This year’s entrants have been a noteworthy set, with 153 galleries and 30 publishers and specialised art book dealers all under one majestic glass-and-iron domed roof – the 2016 version didn’t disappoint. To give you a taste...
Africa My Africa - Connecting Boundaries at GAFRA

Africa My Africa – Connecting Boundaries at GAFRA

This week, the Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) in collaboration with Lahd Gallery, opened their joint exhibition, Africa My Africa – Connecting Boundaries. The show features four male artists of African heritage. The venue in Mayfair was packed with attendees, who mingled well into the night; admiring the works of Edward Akrout, Patrick Altes, Olayanju...
Contemporary Istanbul - The Ingredients of a Great Fair

Contemporary Istanbul – The Ingredients of a Great Fair

In the year 1970, there were a grand total of 3 art fairs happening across the globe. Fast forward to 2016 however, and we have 270. And that’s just the major ones. Contemporary Istanbul, which is now in its 11th year, is the latest in a slew of fairs to try and set itself apart...
Beyond Caravaggio: Dark Matter and Salivating Detail

Beyond Caravaggio: Dark Matter and Salivating Detail

  The National Gallery’s winter blockbuster is here – and it isn’t one to miss. Beyond Caravaggio is the first major UK shows that explores the pure power that Caravaggio exerted in his works, and how this went on to influence his contemporaries in Rome, and further afield, turning Baroque on its head and inventing...
Nostalgia - A Political Notion; Vanessa Albury presents Arctic, Future Relics

Nostalgia – A Political Notion; Vanessa Albury presents Arctic, Future Relics

In Vanessa Albury’s show, Arctic, Future Relics the photo-based artist weaved together carefully chosen materials to describe the concept of decline. Composed of seven art pieces on view at NURTUREart in New York between September and October, her show asked an audience to use nostalgia to reflect on the future, and not the past. Each...
The Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea: Regeneration Done Right

The Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea: Regeneration Done Right

The city of Swansea in Wales isn’t the first place that springs to mind when one thinks of fine art. The industrialist town has been rather depleted on its luck in the last few decades; a decline in jobs first caused by the closure of the mines and now by the steel plants, which has...
Music, Sex, Drugs, Art and Politics; You Say You Want A Revolution at the V & A

Music, Sex, Drugs, Art and Politics; You Say You Want A Revolution at the V & A

The ’60s are back in a big way, and the hints are everywhere if you just know where to look. The drive to emulate a different time is not, however, something new. It is in fact a recognised reaction to times of unrest, and manifests in the adoption of trends and approaches to life in...
Björk Digital at Somerset House - What Does a Broken Heart Look Like?

Björk Digital at Somerset House – What Does a Broken Heart Look Like?

What does a broken heart look like? What does it sound like, dress like, feel like? Only Björk, the Icelandic singer-songwriter cum performance artist, who shot to fame with All So Quiet back in the nineties, could attempt to aestheticize the intimacies of her personal life. ‘Björk Digital’ currently on view at Somerset House this...
Pedro Paricio and Halcyon Gallery - Pop Meets Dreamy Surrealism

Pedro Paricio and Halcyon Gallery – Pop Meets Dreamy Surrealism

Pedro Paricio is a Spanish artist hailing from Tenerife, who has been creeping up on the contemporary painting scene in recent years, with great acclaim. After finishing an education in Fine Arts at art school in Barcelona, Paricio embarked on a series of global shows, including a solo exhibition at the Seyhoun Gallery in Los...
Spotlight on Kallos Gallery at Frieze Masters

Spotlight on Kallos Gallery at Frieze Masters

  With a dazzling  premises on Davies Street in Mayfair, Kallos gallery announced itself with a big fanfare a just two years ago, hoping to blow away the cobwebs from the creaky doors and knock “ring for entry” signs off of the stuffy world of antiquities. Specialising in Ancient Greek art, Kallos was born out...
An Interview with Touria El Glaoui, founder of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

An Interview with Touria El Glaoui, founder of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Africa is a vast and multifarious continent where authoritarian regimes coexist with functioning democracies. It’s a melting pot of civilisations, traditions and art and despite the social and political instability rife in many countries; the cultural exchange taking place in the nexus of Africa is undeniable. “The global reception of African art has morphed from...
Rachel Maclean - Sugar-Sickly Scottish Video Art at HOME, Manchester

Rachel Maclean – Sugar-Sickly Scottish Video Art at HOME, Manchester

HOME Manchester is adding another explosion of a show to its roster, this time in the form of Scotland’s Rachel Maclean. The gallery, which opened in 2015, has already been as a beacon for boundary pushing – defiantly displaying some of the most provocative art the UK is currently producing. Maclean, who has been selected...
Food for thought? Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food, at City Gallery, Peterborough

Food for thought? Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food, at City Gallery, Peterborough

Lucy +Jorge Orta are the sort of socially conscious artists the world needs more of. Their collaborative practice examines the issues that challenge the 21st century’s population; migration crises, water-pollution, plant and animal extinction, food waste – the list goes on. Based in a Parisian converted paper mill that is currently being converted in to...
The Infinite Mix – Contemporary Sound and Image at Hayward Gallery; The Strand

The Infinite Mix – Contemporary Sound and Image at Hayward Gallery; The Strand

Since the Hayward Gallery closed its doors on Southbank for a two year renovation, there seems to have been a lack of exciting contemporary art projects in London. Nothing that has reached the enjoyment levels of Carsten Höller’s carnival of rides and automata has really happened; everything has all felt a bit serious amongst the...
Incidents of Travel in the Multiverse – HOME in Manchester, Pushing the Boundaries

Incidents of Travel in the Multiverse – HOME in Manchester, Pushing the Boundaries

HOME, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art, film and theatre, is the epicentre of the city’s creative hub. Opened in 2015 as the fusion space of Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse, it provides a home for Manchester’s creatives. Part cinema, part gallery, part theatre, part were not quite sure what, it’s a multifaceted twenty...
Fluxland - A Floating Centre to Inspire Debate on the Thames

Fluxland – A Floating Centre to Inspire Debate on the Thames

This month, a new conceptual work by the artist Cyril de Commarque floats down the Thames. The artwork takes the form of a barge, covered in angular mirrors – a floating sculpture that acts as stage for performance, interaction and debate. The 25 metre long former freight boat that has been a year in the...
Dubrovnik - Europe's Hip and New Art Capital

Dubrovnik – Europe’s Hip and New Art Capital

Croatia, for several years now, has been the hippest European destination for the younger crowds. It’s turquoise seas; UNESCO world heritage towns and vibrant arts and culture make it a great destination for both a hectic weekend city break, and the relaxing beach trip. The city of Dubrovnik is perhaps the jewel of Croatia –...
London Design Biennale – Utopia by Design at Somerset House

London Design Biennale – Utopia by Design at Somerset House

Opening this week, the first ever London Design Biennale launches at London’s Somerset House. 37 countries spanning 6 continents have pitched their pavilions, representing the foremost design by architects, scientists, artists and writers. Spread throughout the building, each pavilion offers visitors the chance to interact with brand new works, examining the theme of utopia. The...
An interview with South African Graphic Artist Jamy van Zyl

An interview with South African Graphic Artist Jamy van Zyl

Jamy van Zyl’s art is one that truly speaks to the soul. He reconnects disparate youthful desires and manias, and his art is not only aesthetically pleasing but allows the gap of personal experience to be bridged, and encourages true flavour to flourish. His pains and joys are so evident on his canvases that it...
An Interview With David Shirley, About Flying Tiger Copenhagen

An Interview With David Shirley, About Flying Tiger Copenhagen

The chain of high street shops known at Tiger, are the purveyors of all things fun, kitsch and affordable – experts at making you buy things you never knew you needed or wanted, but that definitely make you smile. They are going through a rebrand at the moment, soon to be launching as “Flying Tiger...
Antarctic Biennale – Art for Humanity in Frozen Lands

Antarctic Biennale – Art for Humanity in Frozen Lands

Launched in February 2016, the Antarctic Biennale is a new intercultural and interdisciplinary platform, for artists from across the world to come together, and explore one of the last expanses of uninhabited land through creativity. By placing the participants within an extreme environment, they have limited resources, outside interaction, confined spaces, unfamiliar landscapes – the...



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