Have Faith in Cod

Harland Miller’s show York, So Good They Named it Once, including some 30 paintings, opened in York Art Gallery on 14 February and was originally due to run until the end of May, but with the museum now closed, the local audience are robbed of the chance to see these works in the flesh. The…

How I Naturally Improved

Entering this exhibition, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into a trade fare, with its sparsely populated space and temporary walls, their feet showing, dividing the works. First impressions, we are often told, count, but they can sometimes be misleading, with further engagement revealing surprising riches beyond the immediate façade. And so it…

Timing is Everything

For all his renowned skill as a cinematographer, his famed use of symbolic colour and his rare ability to tease beautifully understated lead performances from iconic rock stars-turned-thespians, film director Nicolas Roeg is perhaps best known for a counterintuitive, non-linear approach to film editing that plays fast and loose with orthodox notions of narrative time.…

Mad Men Finale

The long-awaited climax to AMC’s Mad Men (‘Person to Person’) left viewers, thankfully, with more answers than questions, bucking the trend of many modern dramas’ attempts to puzzle an audience into gleeful submission. Was the show all an elaborate coma fantasy while Dick Whitman was in a Korean War-induced purgatory? No. Was Don Draper the…

Live Forever

Elizabeth Peyton’s intimate and romantic paintings, depicting an eclectic brew of rock stars, actors and historical figures as well as more recent images of her friends and fellow artists, are among the most familiar and acclaimed portraits of recent years. David Lock presents a personal portrait of the artist. Since the mid-’90s, American artist Elizabeth…

KOKOKO

Performing in April at XOYO, London, Alex Zawadzki met with Boms Bomolo, Debruit and Makara Bianko; three members of collaborative art and music collective Kokoko!   Formed on the streets of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a lively and raw city frustrated by political instability, media gagging and the crippling outside exploitation of…

Ty Segall – Electric Ballroom

BY LIZ REVER  / I arrive at the Electric Ballroom to see Ty Segall on a cold dark night, edging out of a dangerous bout of pneumonia. The last time I saw him play in London I was sick with flu. This is either a case of lousy timing, healthwise, or perfect timing; because these…

Scotch The Rumours

BY CEDAR LEWISOHN / In the latest of his regular food columns, Cedar Lewisohn tastes some proper working class London grub, in the process discovering that Scotch eggs might just be “the new smashed avocado”.. Some friends were visiting from out of town and doing a kind of ‘old London’ food tour. I thought it…

A Manifesto for the Millennia

BY EMILY CATRICE / If there’s one person I think deserves a proper apotheosis, it’s Mary Beard. Though, fortunately, it’s much too early to be talking deification. She’ll be writing, researching and thinking critically among us for a long time to come. In this digital era when power divides are becoming clearer and long-unheard voices…