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Hiroshi Nagai

Ever heard of City Pop? Hiroshi Nagai painted the artwork for those soundtracks in the 80s. Whenever I listen to Broken Wings by Mr Mister, I have this vision of a warm sunny Saturday afternoon in 1994, drenched in vivid colours. Little did I know that aesthetic had already existed a decade before thanks to […]

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King Alphonso by Jean Michel Basquiat

Yes, the anniversary of his death was yesterday but everyday should be a celebration of Jean-Michel Basquiat. That’s the line I’m going with anyway. I won’t pretend I knew about him for years. He was a name I’d heard but not explored further than occasional utterances. Then I went to see his Boom For Real exhibition at […]

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upendo

Upendo Taylor is a Californian artist “who made New York his canvas”. The artist has worked with the likes of Adidas, Burton, Gatorade, Stones Throw Records, and Black Milk. UPENDO ART

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Pablo Picasso, Bust of a Woman (Dora Maar), 1938

Unpopular opinion: Picasso was overrated. I studied graphic design at college and frequented the art department where his work was copied and analysed. My opinions of him then were neutral. But as my interest in modernism has grown, my thoughts on his work have gone in the opposite direction. His depiction of women began to […]

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World's Largest Mondrian

The Hague is hosting the “world’s largest Mondrian painting” on the façade of its City Hall. It’s in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the founding of De Stijl, a Dutch modernist movement. Piet Mondrian was a chief progenitor who inspired the likes of Maarten Baas, Joris Laarman and Piet Hein Eek, who are still influenced by the […]

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kintsugi

One of my favourite forms of art, kintsugi is the idea that anything broken can be repaired with added beauty. The concept extends beyond pottery or objects and speaks to our humanity. We go through life feeling happiness and sorrow but dwell on the bad times more than the good. Metaphorical cracks form and we […]

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Keith Haring in his Pop Shop

A half-hour documentary about Keith Haring, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. This documentary, called Drawing the line: a portrait of Keith Haring, was produced by Elisabeth Aubert in conjunction with Biografilm. Keith Haring’s artistry moved went from New York subway graffiti to the art galleries and walls of the rich […]

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