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Interview | GeorgII Uvs | Full Circle: The Beauty of Inevitability

Driven by scientific pursuit and artistic imagination, the acclaimed Russian artist GeorgII Uvs pioneered a new approach to abstract art in which he developed a technique in painting with ultraviolet reactive pigments. Jemima Walter caught up with him in the lead up to his first solo exhibition in the UK, Full Circle: The Beauty of Inevitability, at Saatchi Gallery,...

Art News | Andy Warhol Polaroid Pictures at BASTIAN

Next month in Mayfair sees the opening of Andy Warhol Polaroid Pictures at BASTIAN, which will displaying over 60 portrait and self-portraits taken by Andy Warhol in the 1960s and 70s. It will be the inaugural exhibition in BASTIAN's new Mayfair space, which represents their first international outpost outside of Berlin, which will continue to exhibit artworks centred around...

Essay | I’ll Always Have London by Leonard Quart

I’m off to London for the first time in a couple of years. There are friends to visit, art exhibitions and plays to see, and especially the city’s parks, streets, alleys and neighbourhoods to explore—more this time out of a sense of nostalgia than expecting any new revelations. Still, there are always those moments that bring unexpected pleasure. Like...

Review | We Live in an Ocean of Air by Marshmallow Laser Feast at Saatchi Gallery

SALON at Saatchi Gallery welcomes you into a dark room illuminated by two screens, two windows into a peaceful and majestic forest. The screens are the background to a curious dance of people wearing headsets, sensors and whose movements, slow and cautious, excite your curiosity as you wait to start your own experience. What are they seeing, what will...

Art News | Zurab Tsereteli: Larger Than Life at the Saatchi Gallery

This month sees the first major UK retrospective of Georgian-Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli’s work, whose work will be on display at the Saatchi Gallery. Born in 1934 in Tbilisi, Georgia, the 85 year old Tsereteli will be displaying sculpture, paintings and enamel works from his early career until the present day, augmented with video archive footage that documents his life and...

Poetry | Hidden Time by Alan Zhukovski

They live inside the warmth of typing fingers, inside the ghostly glass of hidden years you wanted to implant inside this week. The doors and windows to expanded time are out of sight yet wait beneath your thoughts. You are content with your approximations but try to go much deeper into time that you produce but cannot see and touch. Your wells are full of timeless years...

Poetry | Michael O’Neill | A Tribute

Michael O’Neill (1953-2018) was a very gifted poet and a brilliant literary critic, who was Professor of English at the University of Durham, where he taught for nearly forty years. He published in the London Magazine during much of this time and was a friend of Alan Ross, who did much to encourage his poetic career. He published four...

Review | Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets

Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets Tupelo Press, 2018, edited by Marlon L. Fick and Francisca Esteve The news in recent months has been splashed with images of ongoing protests for and against the Catalan Independence movement in Spain. Post the 2017 Catalan Independence referendum that erupted in violent clashes between the Spanish state and pro-Catalan citizens’ dissent, there has been a more...

Essay Competition 2018 — Winners Announced!

First of all, a huge, huge thank you to everybody who shared and entered this year's essay prize! Though it was only the second time we have ran the competition, we were confident of unearthing some more brilliant writers in light of last year's winner Haleh Agar, who took the prize with her excellent essay On Writing Ethnic Stories. After much...

Review | Rough Trade Books | Series 3

The recently-launched Rough Trade Books imprint has been releasing pamphlets at a prolific rate since the summer of last year, bringing us highly collectable series' of editions that veer between poetry, visual art, essays, short story, and even tarot, all packaged in Craig Oldham's unique and distinctive designs. As I wrote here, much like the best record labels, digging...

Interview: Adriaan van Heerden — Unreal City

Adriaan van Heerden is an artist and photographer whose work has been exhibited in London, Barcelona, Kyoto and Singapore, and who was nominated for the ArtGemini Prize last year. His latest project Unreal City is a photographic exploration of contemporary London through the prism of the poem The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot. We spoke to him to find...

Interview | Amy Sackville

Back in March at the London Book Fair earlier this year, Vanessa Wheeler sat down with the author Amy Sackville to ask her about her writing techniques, and the release of her third novel, Painter to the King (Granta Books, 2018). The novel—an immersive blend of art history, sensory detail, and spatial exploration—tells the story of the complex relationship between...

Review | The Triumph of Cancer by Chris McCabe

The scientific language used by doctors to describe cancer—the uncontrollable growth of a single cell—is often mystifying and alienating. Can the experience of cancer better be expressed through poetry? McCabe’s latest poetry collection The Triumph of Cancer, a work searching for ways to articulate his father’s brain cancer, and in turn his own grief, attempts to deal with this...

Essay | Living in London: Highgate by Jonathan Raban

Jonathan Raban is an award-winning writer, author of among many others, 1974's Soft City, an early classic of psychogeographical urban writing. In February 1970 he wrote the following essay for the "Living in London" essay series, of which this was the fifth instalment. Jonathan Raban Living in London: V .....The best place to commit suicide in north London is from the top...

Fiction | The Mercedes by Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan (name at birth Helen Woods) is most famous for the psychological, otherworldly fiction of Asylum Piece (1940) and Ice (1967), and was called "De Quincey's heir and Kafka's sister" by the science-fiction writer Brian Aldiss. The following short story was originally published in The London Magazine in February 1970, just over a year after her death in 1968,...

Review | Space Shifters at the Hayward Gallery

An unmitigated treat if you love conceptual art installations and sculptures, SPACE SHIFTERS features twenty artists exploring our perception of space and 'optical' minimalism. Spanning a period of roughly fifty years, the works are broadly grouped into two categories: those that play with perception using reflective materials, ranging from stainless steel to engine oil; and those constructed of translucent materials,...

Review | Hansel and Gretel at the Royal Opera House

The operatic Christmas mainstay Hansel and Gretel, by Humperdinck, makes a long awaited return to the Royal Opera House; it’s first time since January 2011. The opera equivalent to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker in terms of Christmas wonder and that indefinable seasonal splendour, although in the UK it hasn’t achieved that in-demand revivability. Although Oliver Mears, the relatively new head of...

Review | Charlotte Prodger and Forensic Architecture — The Turner Prize Exhibition at Tate Britain

In The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age, Allucquére  Roseanne Stone discusses how our consciousness is altered by the way we’re immersed in technology. For Stone, technology recreates representations of time, space and being. She believed that virtual environments allow the terms self and body to mean different things, legitimising multiple forms of...

Essay | The Bazooka Girl — A Note On Anna Kavan by Rhys Davies

The following piece is taken from The London Magazine, February 1970. It was written by Rhys Davies, a close friend of Anna Kavan's, and was published alongside the short story 'The Mercedes'. Biography from Penguin: "Anna Kavan was born in 1901, the only child of a wealthy British family. She began publishing under her married name, Helen Ferguson. During this time, she...

Essay | The Wild Side of Town by Alexis Self

There are millions of miles of Montessori walls filled with quotations about the virtues of sharing. But you don’t want to get to your favourite restaurant and find you have to wait for a table. In the stifling urban environment it’s only natural to crave a no man’s land. This is how I feel about Wormwood Scrubs. I’ll extol...

Interview | Trate | Emotive Brutes

Canadian artist Trate is causing a stir in London’s art world, and this will intensify next year when he holds his first U.K show. Digby Warde-Aldam tracked him down to his east end lair, Trate Studios on the Regent’s Canal, to find out who the hell he is... It is a miserable Thursday evening in...

News | The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year

Adam Weymouth was announced as the winner of The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award last night, at a reception at The London Library in St. James' Square. The annual prize seeks to reward the best work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by British and Irish authors under the age of 35, and is...

Review | Krzysztof Gil: Welcome to the Country Where the Gypsy has been Hunted at l’étrangère

On view at l’étrangère gallery in East London is the first ever UK solo exhibition by the Polish Roma artist Krzysztof Gil. Entitled Welcome to the Country Where the Gypsy Has Been Hunted, the show takes as its point of departure the contested practice of ‘Heidenjachten’, literally – gypsy hunting – the legally sanctioned hunting of Roma people for...

Review | Shitstorm by Fernando Sdrigotti

Shitstorm, Fernando Sdrigotti, Open Pen, 2018, £4.99 Among four equally alluring others, Open Pen’s new series of “novelettes” features Fernando Sdrigotti’s latest story Shitstorm, which delves into the unsettling nature of viral news and online scandals. His perceptive insights, coupled with often crude but amusing satire, lead one through a dizzying and chaotic cultural landscape that is disturbingly akin to...

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