the fashion world of jean paul gaultier – brooklyn museum

A well-worn teddy bear (Nana, circa 1957) with a drawn-on face and pasted on cone-shaped breasts that the five-year old Gaultier constructed out of newsprint greets the visitor in one of the first displays in the new Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. A wardrobe with vintage women’s undergarments, a 1950s black and … Continue Reading

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masculine / masculine

‘Masculine/Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day’ is a current exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris which at its opening, naturally stimulated plenty of conversation in both press and society. Why? Because it is actually one of the first exhibitions to focus completely on the male nude form. The artwork … Continue Reading

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filth – review

If you weren’t a fan of James McAvoy’s already impressive credentials it’s most definitely time you let yourself be moved from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other by his performance as Bruce Robertson, a detective sergeant in Jon S. Baird’s feature film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Filth. McAvoy has been working … Continue Reading

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shunga: sex and pleasure in japanese art – review

An intensely rich feast for both eye and mind is currently showing at the British Museum where 170 works ranging from paintings, sets of prints and illustrated books from UK, Japan, Europe and USA feature ‘Spring Pictures’, the erotic art of Japan from 1600-1900 or in other words, Shunga. These works of art were developed … Continue Reading

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blue jasmine review

I never want to see Blue Jasmine again. But if you love Woody Allen’s movies, you must see it and if you hate Woody Allen’s movies, you should see it. He’s not in it which is the first indication it’s not a comedy but his acerbic observation of the frailties of all of us run … Continue Reading

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circumstance by formento & formento

Catch it if you can, the evocative, moody collection of photographic work ‘Circumstance’ by Formento & Formento, currently being featured at Society Club Soho. Stylish and yet dark, these powerful images reminiscent of the bleakness of Edward Hopper also bring with them a cinematic quality of light as if freeze-framed from a David Lynch film. … Continue Reading

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impermanence (the single) by othon with ernesto tomasini

If you are a fan of Othon and already have the album Impermanence, you will be familiar with the title track being released today as a single. However, if you are new to this incredible talent, allow yourself to be wooed as the introductory bars of music gather you as might a fugue or cantata … Continue Reading

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book review: a moment by j. l. nash

A book of poetry is a like a little box that contains an obscure ocean where strange fish and other creatures swim about. The poet dives into this dark ecosystem and reveals it to the reader. That’s how I would sum up my experience of reading Jane Nash’s A Moment, her debut poetry volume. The … Continue Reading

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being in the bunker

Descending the solid concrete stairs of the usually silent White Cube gallery at Mason’s yard one is immediately confronted by an altogether unusual sight. The often austere lower ground floor has been transformed into a site specific installation, an abstracted city-like construction, whose minimal structures are poised and ready for the of the perceiving spectator. … Continue Reading

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lingering whispers review from l’officiel hellas

L’Officiel Hellas Issue No30, June 2010

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