Pittura Analitca group

Sometimes, art movements are just too avant-garde for their own good. This seems to be the case with the high-minded, 1970s Pittura Analitica group which, until now, has been rather under the radar in the UK. Mazzoleni gallery in London has remedied the situation, with a comprehensive 21-piece exhibition dedicated to the minimalist art group (until 23 July)…..

The Art Newspaper

The Donald Trump of Art, Jeff Koons

Koons’s ambitions are crass and he has achieved them all – he has turned his art into business and, boy, has he made it big in that business. He is the Donald Trump of art. In what is now a pretty long career, Koons has done more than any other human being to destroy taste, sensitivity, and the idea that striking it rich as an artist has anything to do with talent. He has also inspired an ambitious young man from Leeds to follow in his golden footsteps.

The Guardian

Jodie Foster as film director

“I’m not a spokesman for anything – I know nothing,” Jodie Foster declared in Cannes on Wednesday, in front of a room of press attending her Kering Women in Motion talk. But over the course of her hour-long conversation with Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh, she proved herself wrong, passionately advocating on behalf of fellow female directors…..

The Guardian

A new biography of Nietzsche

Autobiography’ was what Nietzsche wrote ‘in order to see who he was’.
On the evidence adduced here, what he was was a mummy’s boy. As late as her son’s undergraduate days, Franziska Nietzsche was still lecturing him on what coat and trousers to wear in the rain…..

The Spectator

The Revenant: is it so good?

…Iñárritu’s revenge thriller is so intense and immersive that it makes you wince, shudder and duck for cover. Towards the end, though, it might make you check your watch a few times too…..



Ted Hughes

Among those who knew Ted Hughes — friends, rivals, lovers, wives — it was universally agreed that, his other qualities notwithstanding, he was very, very good-looking. Six feet tall, broad-shouldered, and floppy-haired, his face lantern-jawed and slightly concave, he was almost a caricature of manliness…..

Harper’s Magazine

Information Overload

Our society is supposedly drowning in a flood of information brought on by the frenzied pace of technological change. A tour through history, however, shows us that these concerns are nothing new…..

The American Interest

Classical music; the lost art of listening

There is a conventional wisdom that you come to classical music later. Maybe you have a road-to-Damascus moment, in which Beethoven finally speaks to you. Or perhaps it is something more mundane: as you become an older thing yourself, you come to prefer other older things (although, ironically, much of the musical canon was composed by young men, with Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Mendelssohn all dying in their 30s)…..

The Monthly