David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 at the Royal Academy

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 at the Royal Academy

So, what is all the fuss about? David Hockney’s status as National Treasure, Britain’s favourite living artist, Grand Old Man of Art, and most influential British artist of the 20th century, has grown and blossomed since other contenders fell off their perches. This artist has never stopped innovating ways to...

Read more
Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle

Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle

For centuries after the Enlightenment, the forward march of civilisation occurred unabated and unquestioned. Underpinned by the intellectual pursuits of logic and reason, a cosmopolitan West emerged. Convinced that its own development represented a blueprint for social progress, it  swiftly set about systematically disseminating this blueprint around the world. Today,...

Read more
The Making of Rodin

The Making of Rodin

The first time I saw Rodin’s The Gates of Hell was in 2006 in front of the Royal Academy, and I was completely blown away. Too monumental to go inside Burlington House, it suddenly appeared in the Annenberg courtyard at the opening of the Rodin exhibition. It was a sensation....

Read more
Tudors to Windsors at the Royal Maritime Museum

Tudors to Windsors at the Royal Maritime Museum

This classy exhibition, mounted at the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich by the National Portrait Gallery, while their own building is under re-configuration, is the first since the lockdown finished, and runs until the end of October. It traces an unbroken line of 500 years of British monarchy, apart from...

Read more
St Vincent: Daddy’s Home

St Vincent: Daddy’s Home

As a woman who took her stage name from a line in a Nick Cave song about “where poetry goes to die” (the hospital where Dylan Thomas breathed his last), Annie Clark, St Vincent to her fans and foes, knows a thing or two about artifice. The seven albums that...

Read more
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

The exhibition starts off in a pretty conventional mode, with faded old photographs, letters, original handwritten manuscripts and objects in vitrines, and an audio tape of a rowing boat paddling upstream on the Isis from Oxford to Godstow, on that ‘golden afternoon’ with the three Liddell sisters on board, with...

Read more
Mute: The instrumental variations by The Blackheart Orchestra

Mute: The instrumental variations by The Blackheart Orchestra

Mute: The instrumental variations by The Blackheart Orchestra. Release date 25th June 2021 Mute is available now as a limited edition CD exclusively from The Blackheart Orchestra’s Bandcamp site at https://theblackheartorchestra1.bandcamp.com/merch and from June 25 will be available to download and stream everywhere Given that one of Blackheart Orchestra’s defining...

Read more
Bow Street Police Museum

Bow Street Police Museum

Much like religion, taxes and the macarena, the police feel like a perennial concept in human society, dating back into the shadows of prehistory. In reality however police forces as we understand them only started in the furnace of the Industrial Revolution. The Bow Street Police Museum is an interesting...

Read more
Palm Springs

Palm Springs

A person reliving the same day over and over again in an endless purgatorial cycle doesn’t exactly sound like cinematic catnip but, rather fittingly, it’s been repeated enough times to make something of a cottage industry. According to the confusingly actually existent Wikipedia page, a ‘list of films featuring time...

Read more