Power Hour

We in the cultural sector enjoy a good diatribe about soft power. That is, patrimony’s uncanny ability to attract rather than coerce affections and followings. It’s become a sort of catchphrase employed when attempting to justify the sway of the arts to more skeptical others; just how massively music, imagery, literature, cinema, sports, cuisine et al. have shaped, and continue…

Making Merry

‘Tis still the season for plenty of family fun! Kids little and all grown up alike will delight in BRICKLIVE Christmas, a festively hands-on LEGO® extravaganza at the Saatchi Gallery until 7 January 2018. BRICKLIVE Christmas offers a unique experience with plenty of activities and interactive art workshops based around the beloved brick. You can wonder at…

Forever Louise

The French-American maîtresse of confessional art, Louise Bourgeois, was born on Christmas Day 1911. Of her own inconveniently timed birth she said, “I was a pain in the ass when I was born. All these people had their oysters and champagne, and there I came. My mother was very apologetic and the doctor said, ‘Madame Bourgeois, really,…

A Perfectly Peculiar Read

A Place Both Wonderful and Strange is a new anthology that brings together the work of thirteen international photographers in an alluringly odd narrative, inspired by Twin Peaks and the work of David Lynch. Edited by Fuego Books, the design of this photobook repeatedly presents the concept of duality so present in Lynch’s universe, beginning with something…

Walking in a Winter Weirdland

Winter is here. To celebrate the chilliest season and something Game of Thrones fans have known for a while now, it feels right to turn to the work of Eyvind Earle (1916-2000). An American practitioner of Magic Realism, his name maybe isn’t as terribly well-known as it ought to be, though his landscapes infiltrated childhoods the world over and set the…

Shaken, Not Stirred

BY EMILY CATRICE / What made the Belle Époque so memorable? The answer may vary depending on one’s drink of choice; it must have gone by awfully fuzzily for a certain fast-living lot. If there’s a single art historical misfit-bon vivant really known for reveling hard in the spirit of the age, it’s Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. A stranger to neither the…

Flavour of the Day

BY ALICIA COSTAS / Enjoying a banana split so close to the Winter Solstice has never felt so right. That may have something to do with the less-than-frigid temperatures inherent to Museum of Ice Cream‘s newest location in Miami Beach, which officially opened its doors to the public yesterday. This is the museum’s fourth inauguration in fifteen…

Ultra Violet All the Way

The verdict is in, paint it all PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet in 2018. It’s a highly motivated choice, more so a philosophical choice, by a colour institute perhaps most widely known for its annual prophecies regarding what’s hip on the visible spectrum. Pantone isn’t just trying to sway spring runways or whims of interior design, it’s…