Gaga goes Google

“The web is what you make of it.” And so is the new Google Chrome advert with Lady Gaga. It would be incorrect to say that the Chrome advert features, or even stars, Lady Gaga; it’s really a Lady Gaga advert – promoting her new single, The Edge of Glory and the image of her as an internet-savvy superstar – with a … Continue reading

Bridesmaids

Don’t believe the chick flick packaging. Bridesmaids is ballsy stuff. There’s toilet humour, fast cars, questionable belches, and weird sex stuff with sandwiches. On paper, these might sound like the ingredients of a testosterone-filled film. Given its audacious, raucous and, at times, filthy behaviour, it’s no surprise that Bridesmaids has been dubbed The Hangover for women. Though … Continue reading

Treasures via Budapest

Treasures from Budapest. The very title of the Royal Academy’s grand exhibition carries with it dreams of magical art, fresh from the vaults of Hungary’s forgotten history. One thinks immediately of powerful paintings depicting the rigorous realities of Budapest, a city born from a civilisation’s political and religious disarray. Wandering through the exhibition, one expects … Continue reading

From Russia, With Love

A night at the museum is what I expected when I went to the V&A’s ‘Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes’ exhibition but, I was delighted to find, a night at the theatre is what I got. For those unfamiliar with this unlikely lord of dance, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev was perhaps the … Continue reading

Ways of Seeing

Our eyes register thousands of images everyday. Advertisements, photographs, still pictures and moving pictures invade our metropolitan lives. John Stezaker’s vision in his debut exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery leads the way and makes us look – and think – twice with his unique collection of re-doctored photographs that propose new readings of old images. Stezaker’s works take … Continue reading

A Fashionable Art

The art world is an exclusive, strictly members only club which one can only dream about setting heeled-foot inside. It is a closed sphere, designed by insiders for insiders. Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World is an outsider’s saving grace. It is our name on the guest list, our means of almost unlimited … Continue reading

Invisible

There is no New Yorker quite like Paul Auster. The city is Auster’s literary terrain; the stage with 176 zip codes where he performs fast-paced crime scenes, uncovers skin-tingling discoveries, and plays out thrilling games and riddles. Auster’s fifteenth novel reads as a metropolis of vast possibilities where literary dreams are fabricated and sordid, sexual … Continue reading

Midnight in Paris, sometime around 8pm in New York

Anyone who has ever fallen in love with a place, a person, a time period – or just fallen in love (if you can say falling in love is just something) – will fall deeply and inconveniently for this astonishingly sexy, funny film. Midnight in Paris is the stuff literary dreams are made of or, … Continue reading