Delhi’s annual International Art Fair last weekend provided a classic example of how India produces order out of chaos, but does not quite meet its potential. Some 80,000 people arrived at the fair in the south of the city by car on chaotically crowded and sometimes gridlocked highways, or squashed into unbelievably crowded metro trains [...]
Fela Kuti, Jewish food and The Great Gatsby are just some of the reasons why the rainy weather ahead ain’t keeping us in this weekend – so throw on the wellies and head out to tuck into this cultural smorgasbord of music, ballet, exhibitions, film – plus a curious late night at the Wellcome Collection that’s nothing to be “sniffed” at.
We’ve got a pretty broad spectrum of arty events for your delight this weekend, from the glossy Sundance festival at the O2 to an indie food & flicks night around the east side and an ingenious exhibition popping up in Camden
Just as the temperature drops, a brand new film festival dedicated to flicks from the colder climes of Europe sweeps into town, while Somerset House are giving ice skaters another reason to visit thanks to the dazzling couture of Valentino. Elsewhere, this weekend is a great chance to check out Alan Yau’s new Thai [...]
Fresh off the back of last month’s London film fest comes a foreign film takeover this weekend, with exciting festival programmes from Korea, Russia and Africa expected to entertain and inspire the capital’s self-respecting cinephiles. Elsewhere, there’s a quirky fest dedicated to tea and coffee, a weekender exploring new technology and a new “rock n roll” ramen bar making its much anticipated debut, just in time for winter.
In late October, the tattooist Alex Binnie will create the second of two tattoos upon the skin of my hands, in a live performance called Departure (An Experiment in Human Salvage).
We’ve dedicated the next three days to the pursuit of remarkable art – whether it’s heading to the mighty fair that’s Frieze, checking out the Barbican’s new indoor rain installation, watching a critically-acclaimed film, or getting acquainted with six robots named Paul who are offering to draw your portrait for free this weekend.
Outside of the art world, the Turner Prize seems to be a byword for work that is self-indulgent, ‘easy’ to produce and generally laughable. Most years, it serves as an excuse for anyone who fancies it to make uninformed, unfunny jokes about Tracey Emin’s unmade bed. However, with a lack of such easy targets this year, could this change the way people see the beleaguered competition?
What makes a great dog portrait? Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder? When is a portrait of your pet considered to be naff and when is it art?
By Joanne Good and Anna Webb | | Sunday, 12 August 2012 at 4:00 am
Anyone who has walked through East London is bound to have spotted a pair of enormous white teeth propping up a wall, poking round behind a lamppost, leaning against a corner…these grins belong to Sweet Toof, one of the city’s most vibrant and instantly recognisable artists.
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