Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí: two titans of modern art who might appear to have little in common. One is the father of conceptual art, who turned his back on the commercialisation of that world in favour of playing chess; the other is famous as a painter – and just as famous for embracing fame, a dandyish personality who knew how to sell himself. Continue reading “Dali and Duchamp: these mischievous mavericks shaped the 21st century”
I reviewed W. Sydney Robinson’s biography of Ronald Harwood for the TLS
I did an interview with Denise Gough for the New York Times. Full profile here.
I interviewed Sir Nicholas Hytner for a piece for the New York Times on the opening of his new Bridge Theatre, Young Marx, and why new writing needn’t be worthy.
“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore”: the rallying cry from Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 film about Howard Beale, a news anchor who loses it on-air, has become a much-quoted meme, as the film seems only more prophetic with each passing year.
She is known as ‘the most painted woman in the world’: around 225 artists have captured the captivating likeness of Suzy Solidor, including Tamara de Lempicka, Jean Cocteau, Francis Bacon, and Man Ray.
So this is what happens when the manic pixie dream girl grows up: she’s just as annoying as she ever was.
It’s a welcome return for David Greig’s family musical version of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax. An environmental, anti-capitalist fable delivered in surreal Seussian rhymes could sound a chore – but Greig’s handling manages to be both cartoon-bright and subtly shaded.
I wrote several new area guides for Time Out London, including Vauxhall, Paddington and Stockwell.
a play that sugars its analysis of the internal struggles of the Labour Party with an extremely high gag rate.