Toasting Sir Josh

Today marks the 294th birthday of one of my favourite English rococo portraitists supreme, Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (1723-1792). We’ll leave that Gainsborough character out of this. To celebrate, here’s the rundown on one of his most intriguing depictions of eighteenth-century upper-crustiness. Reynolds’ paint handling here is as flawlessly polished as ever, rendered…

Dohalicious

BY CEDAR LEWISOHN – In his regular column, our art and food specialist Cedar Lewisohn tucks into some Arabian perfection. I was recently in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for a project. I thought I would splurge and go for dinner at the Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Museum of Islamic Art – but before…

So Sketchy

Where do old sketchbooks go to…enjoy an active retirement? I can’t be so morbid as to say  “to be put out of their misery,” because at New York City’s Brooklyn Art Library, inked-over and expressed-upon sketchbooks can still enjoy the promise of scoring plenty of paging-through action in their golden years. The Sketchbook Project is…

A Pearly Day in History

11 July 1893 — Kokichi Mikimoto cultures the world’s first semi-spherical pearl. Born in Toba, on Japan’s Shima Peninsula, Mikimoto grew to be a man who nursed a passion for safeguarding local Akoya oyster populations from being over-scavenged for their naturally occurring pearls. He had a fondness for the luminous spheres, with their ancient connection…

Seeing Out Loud

Born utterly colourblind and so over humdrum greyscale surroundings, what’s a boy to do? How about a healthy dose of brain modification? They say legally-recognised cyborgs have more fun… Such was Neil Harbisson’s game plan, who sought out doctors from Eastern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula to give him a cyberkinetic leg up against his troubles with…

Search the Streets

Finding Banksy art in London , or anywhere, really, is like trying to dig a needle from a haystack. Certainly, everyone knows it’s lurking sarcastically somewhere nearby, but very few people can actually point to it or root it out. Though Banksy’s been a steadily trending character in today’s street art world (a fact I can only…

Björk Digital

Björk Digital opened at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) during the same week the Icelandic artist participated at Sónar 2017 with an exclusive four-hour DJ set, prempted by a conversation with Brandon Stosuy of Pitchfork. Every year Sonar organises a large, articulate series of talks and conferences framed as Sónar+D, where art…

Tatler's English Roses 2017

Tatler magazine has commissioned the acclaimed photographer David Burton to create an exquisite portfolio of photographs of the most exciting, interesting and beautiful young women in Britain right now. Even better, there will be a multi-media exhibition of these glorious images held in association with Michael Kors at the Saatchi Gallery from 30 June to…

Black Realism in Film

BY SEAN STEADMAN / Italian Neo-Realism paved the way for what would later be termed ‘realist’ directorial approaches to making films. Leaders of the movement, such as Vitorrio di Sica, Luchino Visconti and Roberto Rossellini carved out the traits of realist depictions with films such as Bicycle Theives (1948), La Terra Trema (1948) and Rome, Open City (1945). Visual…