Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture Features 2010/2011/2012/2013
The art world has been given a brave-new-world shake up. We've queued at the RCA Secrets, knocked elbows at the Friezes, partied at the Art Basels and scoured the Biennales, but aside from the soirées and socialising, the serious stuff has been left to inner circle. Until now. A new wave of initiatives is taking art from the hoity-toity to the hoi polloi.
As much a part of Venetian culture as gondolas and outlandish palaces, the Venice Biennale, now in its 55th year, has once again touched down in the City of Canals with a flurry of art spectacles, installations and, of course, the soirées and parties to accompany them.
Something’s been happening with theatre lately. The shift started with Kevin Spacey’s direction at the Old Vic, moved on with the cult following of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, Wayne McGregor and Mark Ronson’s ballet last year blew traditionalism sky high with its avant-garde take on the classic form. Now more than ever, the stage has been gaining some street cred.
Film is in the 2K13 air: from Utah and Palm Springs to Berlin and homegrown cinema, we getting cosy with the popcorn this January.
Art Basel Initiation
For years now we’ve been saying we need to check out Art Basel, so when we got the call that a good friend was doing an event this year, we decided that the time was nigh. What we expected: events with art. What we got: a typhoon of events (#SoBe stress), with some remarkable art that’s left a lasting impression. Here are our highlights.
When to party? What to see? Where to watch? Who to cheer? Questions, questions, and the only answer we have is to get smart and get organised. And not just with transport. If you want to make the most of London for the next two weeks, a detailed timetable is necessary – cultural offerings, sporting events, visiting the Olympic Park to see Anish Kapoor’s sculpture, AND partying. Good luck!
Jubilee here, Jubilee there, Jubilee everywhere. From Union Jack underwear and limited edition Marmite (Ma’amite, nice), to hundreds of afternoon tea parties and Fortnum Mason’s inclusion of Heinz Baked Beans on their menu, it seems like everybody’s cashing in on Queenie’s diamond anniversary. Here are UJ’s pickings for the big weekend. One more thing – corgi paraphernalia is a must.
EROTICA GETS HIP
Full frontal, a tasteful showing of breast, a well-positioned prop: whatever the style, it seems that bare-all just got fashionable. Forget exposure of the Playboy/Page 3 ilk – we’re talking about a more chic state of undress.
Britain's Got Talent
Newest US-import The Voice has proved, quite spectacularly, that the era of the talent show still isn’t going anywhere (and probably never will). It has all the necessary ingredients: blow-by-blow Twitter hype, public-friendly judges and a healthy dose of drama. But what separates The Voice from its other talent(less) primetime counterparts is its no mockery, no sob story, no novelty (apart from the blind audition part) approach. This, we like. So, we’ve decided to embrace the new-era talent show. We’ve sussed out the off-screen/new format contests looking for you Britons that really do got talent.
Toronto International Film Festival Round-Up
Late-night dance parties with Madonna and George Clooney at the Soho House pop-up, 30° September poolside weather and juicy gossip – there’s a lot to love about the Toronto International Film Festival, which is becoming one of the most important dates on the film calendar.
Not A Cape In Sight
It’s been an age since anything from the world of comics has hit our radar (aside from the unrelenting throng of “summer blockbusters”). We can’t say we’ve minded the radio silence. But it has recently come to our attention that we might have been a little brash… That’s right: UJ is doing comics. Well, sort of...
Cannes in a Can
The suits are shiny, the yachts are gold and the lips are as inflated as the egos that trawl the Croisette from early morning meeting to late night party.
See Art, Sleep Art, Drink Art
As the art needle leaps enthusiastically into the red zone this week, maybe it’s time to nudge the ol’ social life back towards the cultural corner that we’ve been skimping out on. Naughty us.
Culture Service: London Hotels Invite you to Stay-In
Raindance shower? Check. Hot water bottles in chunky knit covers? Check. A discussion with Vivienne Westwood and Lily Allen on the future of retail in the downstairs lobby? It’s only a matter of time as London hoteliers are set to become our cultural navigators.
Art For The Masses, Masses of Art
Doing the blog-rounds from the States at the mo is a YouTube clip of last Sunday’s Simpsons intro credits. So what? you ask. Who cares? Because they got Banksy’d. Well and truly. Amusing, self-referential and socially subversive – the intro certainly ticked all the Bansky boxes that we know and predict love.
Culture Label - Festival Fever!
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