Still Animal: Francis Bacon
Bacon in his studio, Jane Bown ,1985
On an airless white soundstage, shutters scream up. A man steps in. He walks with brass dignity, a hand in his pocket, wearing the colours and contours of Berlin; black turtleneck, grey blazer; mouth ajar like the eyes above it have found something tasty in a trap. Another man waits for him, suited, with the aspect of someone who could wait forever. Not a w...
5 Artists Defending Ukrainian Identity
A screenshot from Marynka Dovhanych's animation. The blue symbols that double as the soldiers' eyes also double as the Ukrainian trident.The culture war between Russia and Ukraine has been playing out for decades. As always, one of the key battlefields is language. Russian was the de facto official language of the Soviet Union and it wasn’t until 1989 that Ukrainian was declared the official l...
Louise Bourgeois and the Woven Child: Fabric, Art and Feminism
There is no natural light in the Hayward Gallery. The artworks are illuminated in a soft, artificial glow, similar to the flat light of dusk. Gallery visitors creep around in the crepuscular gloom and I watch their shadows flit across the weave of Louise Bourgeois’ fabric children.
These creations are curious and malformed. They invariably slouch or hang - anything but stand up straight - as...
NFTs: What's Worth Obliterating?
We are talking about an online auction that is notable because the highest bidder would walk away not only with a piece of physical art in digitised form, but also the ability to destroy the original physical piece.
Album Review: Weather, Tycho
Great art so often comes from dark, restless places. Creative trailblazers channel inner turmoil into their work as a cathartic measure, exorcising demons through the stroke of a paintbrush or punch of a piano key.
Do Some Books Defy Cinema?
Today, a novel isn’t held back by visual demands (in other words, penny pinching), but much less earthly limitations of the work itself.
Artist Profile: Finding Robert Pattinson
A strange case of someone who started as a franchise poster boy, ducked out to make art films, and is heading back to the mainstream.
Album Review: =, Ed Sheeran
For the record, I’m not saying Ed Sheeran is abhorrent. He’s fine. He plays an instrument. He does Glasto on his todd and has cool tricks with a pedal