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Film

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. …

Film

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 …

Art

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 …

Art Music

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 …

Music

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 …

Art

From Warhol to Webb and back again

BY CEDAR LEWISOHN / London-based sculptor Gary Webb graduated from Goldsmiths in 1997, instantly achieving the rare combination of sell out success and critical recognitions. He is an equal blend of confidence and playfulness, nonsense and genius, flirtation and curiosity- personally traits that seamlessly manifest in his work- revealed through its slick presentation and backed …

Food

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 …

Art

Talking with Ernesto Neto: Um dia todos fomos peixes

BY DIANE DINUZZO  / Understanding and connecting with a piece of art that is not necessarily a figurative object might be difficult sometimes for those who are not part of the art world. The cold structure of an installation quite often can leave the common viewer with distant, skeptical feelings about a work. Fortunately, that is …

Books

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 …

Art Food Podcast

‘When artists make cookbooks’ Podcast

BY CEDAR LEWISOHN / Listen: A&M’s Cedar Lewisohn discusses artists who make cookbooks. Why did the Futurists want Italians to stop eating pasta? Would you try Henri Toulouse-Lautrec sheep’s feet recipe? On this episode we discuss the relationship between art and food via creative cookbooks by artists and chefs. Discover some famous artists who have …