A Fair Start

In 1967, two Cologne-based artists launched the Cologne Art Market. It was the first event where gallerists were invited to set up temporary booths that showcased their artists. The next year an alternative fair was started groups in Basel’s, which unlike the Cologne predecessor, was open to foreign gallerists. With these two events, the concept…

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Harmony of the Spheres

Today, when we consider live music in gallery spaces we’re perhaps more likely to think of feverishly boho Dalston or downtown New York mash-ups, if not The Velvet Underground jamming at Andy Warhol’s silver Factory (or that city’s minimalist composers getting their early exposure in loft galleries after being rebuffed by the conservatoire). But, of…

Consume Cool

A self-described ‘suburban artist’, 29-year-old Connecticut based Gordon Holden is a product of the if you can’t beat it, join it internet generation. His crudely made digital collages, that he posts on his website, depict generalised capitalist dreams cut through with something more sinister. He uses humour to expose the veneer of American consumer complacency,…

Malice In Wonderland

From 1947 to 1991, the Cold War between the US, its allies and the Soviet empire established a climate which had a significant influence on creativity on both sides of the iron curtain. While nuclear brinkmanship dominated public consciousness, the art and design of the Cold War era made radical leaps and bled into everything from Hollywood sci-fi…

Homage to Fromage

Cedar Lewisohn continues his journey into the art and food crossover in Bermondsey, and finds that, when it comes to cheese, its a feta-accompli. It’s 8am on a drizzly Tuesday in London. I’m at Bermondsey tube station. No, I’m not here to write a report on the latest South London commuter trends, I’m here for the love…

The Piano Has Been Thinking

Düsseldorf’s Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka, is not a man who does things by halves. A one-time rapper and rock band synth player, the 47-year-old has spent the last decade transforming his first instrument, the acoustic piano, over a dozen albums, into a thing of infinite sonic possibilities courtesy of numerous physical ‘preparations’ – his materials of…

Folklore Vinyl

If psyhco-geographically themed railway brass band music on limited edition, seven-inch vinyl, in a hand-printed sleeve is your idea of audiophile gold, then look no further than Manchester imprint Folklore Tapes’ latest release. Until now a cassette-only imprint, Manchester’s Folklore Tapes, which deals in “folkloric arcana and heritage of the farthest-flung recesses of Great Britain,…

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Portrait of the Artist

In the second series of interviews for Art & Music, Will Stokes paints his own portrait of the life and work of 22-year-old, Hong Kong-born composer Joanne Sy who is currently gliding onto London’s contemporary classical scene. Joanne Sy is no stranger to uniting the visual with the aural, having had compositions performed at both the…

Kicking the Mickey Mouse Out of Our Heads

The romanticised virtuousness of Disney’s ‘magic kingdom’ ill prepares us for the grim reality of adult life, says Sophie Ioannou. Why not let a somewhat less sneaky-clean, but not less iconic, American institution- namely sizzled barroom philosopher Charles Bukowski- call the shots, she suggests… Walt Disney ruled the kingdom of my childhood. As a kid,…