Car, body, fashion

I was 18 when I first read The Nude by Kenneth Clark. Published in 1956, it was a sort of Bible for young aspiring aesthetes. I was on my way to becoming one, so I hoped, having enrolled on a pre-grad foundation in art and design. Many of Clark’s observations have been tirelessly quoted but the one that always resonates is this simple line: ‘The relation of head to body determines the standard by which we assess all other proportions in nature.’ Even abstract shapes... Read More

Book review: London Portrait of the City

‘When a man is tired of London,’ English author Samuel Johnson famously said in 1777, ‘he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.’ And so begins London Portrait of the City preparing the reader for what is a sensory feast celebrating this city. It is easy to mock London. This giant metropolis can seem unruly at times – the transport system is little shaky, the people a little unfriendly and the weather a little unpredictable which is presumably... Read More

Jeff Koons at Fondation Beyeler

The fun pop art of American artist Jeff Koons is currently on show at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland. Inside the expected sculptures are there. Balloon dog, Tulips and Michael Jackson & Bubbles occupy the main rooms. But it is outside where the real treasures lie. At the back of the gallery you’ll find Ballon Flower (Blue). It looks like it’s floating on the surface of the water with endless reflections delighting between pond and sculpture. #gallery-13... Read More

Olympic Velodrome in action

The Velodrome by London practice Hopkins Architects combines clean lines with ecological thinking. This elegant building, created to house one of the fastest bike tracks for the 2012 London Olympics, forms one of the ‘big five’ projects in the Olympic Park – the main hub of the Games. The building was designed to be simple to construct using lightweight material. Sustainable choices range from the sourcing of wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council used... Read More

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

Edvard Munch may forever be associated with The Scream, his iconic piece of work that exists in five formats – two paintings, two pastels and a lithograph – one of which sold for a staggering $119m earlier this summer. It is therefore refreshing to see a show dedicated to the work of this Norwegian artist that does not display any version. Instead, Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye sets out to reassess the work of Munch. It proposes a dialogue between the artist’s paintings... Read More

Olympic cauldron by Heatherwick Studio

The opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics would arguably not have been as dramatic as it was if not for the cauldron. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, it was conceived as a moment rather than an object to provide the ultimate climax to the Games ceremony. #gallery-16 { margin: auto; } #gallery-16 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-16 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-16... Read More