Wake Up Punk



Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood

“There are bits of the film that make me cringe, but they are there because I think they answer important questions. At the time, when I decided to burn all of that stuff, it was an obvious provocation to people and I expected to be attacked for doing it. People accused me of trying to get back at my father over our relationship.”

OK, I’m very much looking forward to this Joe Corré documentary, ‘Wake Up Punk’, slated for release later this year. (more…)



Sad times for Barneys



Barneys by Jean-Philippe Delhomme

It’s a sad week for Barneys, which has just filed for bankruptcy. I still remember reading about this mythical store in the early 90s, and then visiting on my first trip to New York. It seemed impossibly chic and glamorous in a 90s minimalist way; I remember buying a Prada tie with my then boyfriend from the downtown NY store and feeling at the centre of the fashion universe! (more…)



Things to see in August: John Hoyland and Ed Ruscha at Tate



Pay Nothing Until April by Ed Ruscha

Some additions to my list of things to see and do this month.

Ed Ruscha (above) is the latest artist showing at Tate Modern’s Artist Rooms gallery, in the Blavatnik building. Running until spring 2020, the free exhibition will feature work from his vast six-decade output, including the famous text-based paintings (my favourites). See more here.

Meanwhile, Tate Britain has a display of John Hoyland paintings going up (more…)