Reading in Reading

Reading International is pleased to present ‘reading in Reading’, a series of events and exhibitions by David Raymond Conroy, Ghislaine Leung, Cally Spooner and Jesper List Thomsen, who have been invited to respond to Reading through the use of various narrative structures, closely related to aspects of the town’s contemporary culture. Collectively, the artists have…

Fragile Melodies

Chris Funk of The Decemberists is no stranger to snooping around for unusual, rarely heard sounds. When his trail led him to Williamsburg, Virgina in the USA he sought out Dean Shostak straighaway, one of the last true masters capable of playing the glass armonica – an enchanting instrument lost to time. First devised in…

LOVE ART Competition

In celebration of its imminent ten-year anniversary, The Saatchi Gallery Magazine: Art & Music announces LOVE ART, a competition open to any artist with a genuine creative passion aged 11-29. With six thousand pounds-worth of art-related prizes provided by competition partners Cass Art and Christie’s Education, LOVE ART welcomes entries in any visual medium, with…

Dancing Queen

Fancy footwork and fine couture set in a mid-century goes modern editorial fantasy. Step across the pages of a recent fashion spread with prima ballerina Maria Kochetkova, commissioned by Melina Chen for Vogue Taiwan. Frozen poses pop against decadently patterned, almost animated, backdrops, arresting the eye with stop-and-go movement and swaths of pleasingly contrasted peculiar colours. Photographed by JUCO,…

Maria, Maria

Maria Primachenko was born on 12 January 1908, in a small village known today as Bolotnya, Ukraine. She began creating pictures as a young girl, soaking up the customs, dress and legends intrinsic to her rural world, injecting them with imagination and spilling them out in giddy gouache colours onto paper and canvas. Throughout her…

Primetime Pomp and Circumstance

BY NICOLE PARKS / Her Very Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will regale the peoples of television-viewing dominions with an hour-long fairy tale from her own experience this weekend. A tale complete with flowing ermine, a nerve-wracked stomach jolting along atop gilded carriage axles, a fleet of prancing Windsor Grey ponies, an Abbey of some…

Not So Silent Night

BY MITCHELL COOPER / Just in time for the Epiphany and the wandering in of those three wise guys, comes the holiday documentary few were expecting, and which the humane side of humanity just might need. The Altnernativity, available in full just below, is the byproduct of the union of black humoured old Banksy and Danny Boyle-ish…

Release the Hounds

It’s a classic tale of good versus evil, of four-legged fecundity and enviable spots, of great escapes and the struggles of housebreaking. And now 101 Dalamations has received a digitally illustrated update, courtesy of Saint Petersburg, Russia-based artist Varya Kolesnikova. The action from Dodie Smith’s mid-century novel and Disney’s successive films is re-imagined with a glossy sheen, and…