The Art of Food

Cedar Lewisohn meets his culinary hero – star Catalonian chef Ferran Adrià, and finds that food transcends all language barriers. I was lying in bed, paying my rent … when a message popped into my inbox. The interview is on. Today, 2 o’clock. If anything could get me out of bed, it was this; a…

The Song Remains The Same

Laura Veirs When I was 16, I would occasionally sneak out of my room at night and rendezvous with my friends in a nearby park. We would often bring vodka stolen from our parents’ liquor cabinets. We would get drunk and run through the sprinklers and listen to cassettes on battery-powered boom boxes. One drunken…

The Girl in Red

Our Friends in the North

The Blackburn foundation course is well known for being a creative springboard for budding art students from around the North West, with an enviable reputation for its state-of-the-art facilities and an innovative, ‘baptism by fire’ approach to teaching. A&M was invited to the foundation show’s opening by its (completely unbiased) course leaders, Jamie Holman, and…

Will The Real Gavin Turk Please Stand Up?

He’s ‘been’ celebrity icons such as Sid Vicious and Elvis, Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara and art superstars Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, but who is the real Gavin Turk? Patricia Ellis meets the artist, the brand, and Hackney’s own thinking person’s YBA, to discuss bright lights, appropriation and lobsters. Patricia Ellis — Your studio is…

Art Party

Patricia Ellis has tea with one of Hackney’s most recognized artists, Bob and Roberta Smith, at the (distinctly un-Hackney-like) Ruskin Café on Museum Street, in Bloomsbury. What better place to talk about art, history and politics? Bob orders a pot of English Breakfast, surely a most appropriate beverage with which to toast his Art Party, which…

Continental Film Night

Without any pretence at front-line criticism, Peter Wix presents a quarterly digest of armchair observations to help in your search for the best of old and new movies. KES- Ken Loach 1969 The star movie revisit for this column goes way back to the beginning of the career of Ken Loach, who we can currently…

Venice Biennale 2013

With ‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ (The Encyclopedic Palace) curator Massimiliano Gioni has expanded the customary roll-call of established and emerging artists to embrace more liminal figures, adroitly evading any binding definition of Outsider Art through a generalised notion of the ‘inner image’. An intriguing side-effect is that it casts its eye over the modernist period through…

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Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra

In C (Invado) Portishead guitarist and all around event-garde music aficionado Adrian Utley is not the first figure from somewhere close to the popular music mainstream to have tackled Terry Riley’s 1964 photo-minimalist composition In C, nor is he the first to attempt it armed mainly with an arsenal of electric guitars. While it may not…

The Americans

I was born in November 1989, just a few days after the fall of the Berlin Wall; the event placed in the popular collective memory as the end of the Cold War. While it took a few more years for the dust to settle and the former Eastern Bloc to establish democratic governments, the removal…