Serious Moonlight

From a degree in Chemical Physics to a career as a chef, Alex Bailey’s orbit has been a curious one, coming full circle when he signed up to study Astronomy at UCL. His sublime photographs of the Moon are achieved with nothing more elaborate than a ten-inch telescope and an iPhone. We caught up with…

START

  Returning to the Saatchi Gallery this September, START Art Fair is set to build on last year’s success with 56 galleries from around the world participating. For some artists taking part, this will be their first experience of showing in a contemporary, museum quality space. Bringing both new art scenes and emerging artists together…

Get Physical

Simon Callery’s paintings take a range of different forms, often jutting out from the wall, encouraging the viewer to experience them from different angles. Painting stretchers are used as supports for bold-coloured canvas that drapes over, or is wrapped around them, drawing attention to their physicality. Here, Dominic Beattie talks to the artist ahead of…

Newport of Call

Newport Street Gallery in Lambeth was originally a terrace comprising several buildings – purpose built as theatre scenery workshops. Now this newly-converted space, occupying an entire section of the street, is flooded with natural light and will be ome to a rolling exhibition programme of Damien Hirst’s own collection. Damien Hirst built his early career…

When I think of beautiful music

Max Richter The Blue Notebooks (Deutsche Grammophon) ‘When I think of beautiful music, I think of vinyl music’, Max Richter told journalist Paul Morley in an interview leading up to last year’s live premiere and anniversary vinyl reissue of Richter’s 2002 debut LP Memoryhouse. Now it’s the turn of its successor, 2004’s The Blue Notebooks…

Much to-do about nothing

Trying to impose order on the chaos of our ever-busier, ever more distraction-filled modern lives, often feels like an impossible task. Happily, points out Sophie Ioannou, there is one constant, consistent presence hovering reassuringly above the randomness of our existence on whom we can always rely. Life is messy: I realised the accuracy of this…

Continental Film Night

Dada got a new Bugs bwand. Our resident film critic, Peter Wix, on the lost lunatic fringe of cartoon comedy Bugs Bunny is a successful marketing icon with an efficient portfolio in beta-carotene supplement firms. But he was once the iconoclastic “What’s up, Doc” star of a cartoon comedy cabal that hid social stick behind…

Angling for Readers

Ciaron Melia talks piscine literature, self-publishing and the joys of bunking off work with James Gilbraith, in celebration of his debut novel, Terminal Chancer, illustrated by Daniel Davidson. When Art & Music thrust a copy of James Gilbraith’s book, Terminal Chancer into my hand, I was dubious. It was a book supposedly about fishing and…

Lunar Tunes

From its role as a blue symbol of sorrow in a 1934 Rogers and Hart standard, to a wistful destination of escapism for Frank Sinatra and a source of romantic lighting for Thin Lizzy and, er, Toploader, the Moon has inspired songwriters across the generations. Indeed, there have been thousands of compositions for which our…

Black Honey

I was recently invited to participate in a two-week rural B.residency in Wellingore, near Grantham. I had planned to make a series of drawings and some wood carvings. In the end, the written word seemed the most appropriate form to capture what I saw during my time in the British countryside. Below is an account…