Mind Your Manners

Renaissance Italy was a hotbed for fruitful thinking, and that is a major understatement. How lucky we are today to still see how Medici money, Filippo Brunelleschi and a bunch of red bricks could transform the Florentine skyline, to realise just how bright and lasting the Venetian painters could mix their pigments, to merely appreciate…

A Marvelous Comeback

“They are just so much fun, these films. You don’t have to have any preconceived intellectual qualification to enjoy it. You just have to be alive to have fun and have a sense of humour and have a pair of eyes that are delighted by spectacle. These kinds of films are part of why I became an actor…I…

1066 And All That

History. It’s known to repeat itself, it’s written by winners, it’s unattainable no matter how intensely it’s studied. Just narrow that down to British history, the kings and queens, the Saint Georges and the dragons, the reformations and incarcerations at the Tower, the gunpowder, treason, plots and Margaret Thatchers — there’s enough there to keep most…

Now on View: Painters' Painters

The Saatchi Gallery is pleased to present its latest exhibition Painters’ Painters, a celebration of the age old medium of painting and how it is being both preserved and transformed by a selection of nine living artists. Briefly encounter each talented member of our line up and their vastly differing styles below, and be sure…

Music Nevermore

When it comes to aural pleasure, my musical preference knows no bounds of age or genre. On any given day, you could easily catch me goosestepping to Aqua, crooning along with jingly 50’s barbershop quartets like Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, wearing excessive denim to Tears for Fears or trampling strangers in a mosh pit to…

Back to Bazille

While reaching our thirties might come with a dose of dreadfulness that forces us to set more serious and realistic goals for ourselves, it seems to be the complete opposite for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Currently celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the institution isn’t ready to settle for the same patterns. The museum’s latest exhibition, Frédéric Bazille, The…

Cheers to the Past

Visual Culture has friends in high and low places. The upper echelons are powerful and necessary, the forces that be and the fonts of learning that command the eyes and mindsets of those “in the arts.” University systems, smash art fairs, the bidding floor at bluechip auctions, the politics of biennials. Though there’s no ignoring…

Curator Wanted: Lisbon Architecture Triennale

For its fifth international edition to be held in Lisbon, Portugal from October to December 2019, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale seeks a Chief Curator or Curatorial Team. For complete information and deadlines concerning submission requirements, please visit the Triennale’s website here.   Applications from individuals or collectives of any nationality and country of residence are openly invited.…