With four former members of The Fall constituting four-fifths of Brix and the Extricated, comparisons with the post-punk band which spanned four decades until the death of frontman Mark E Smith this year, are inevitable. Their first album, Part 2, included some Fall songs, but Breaking State, the Extricated’s second, puts some clear water between […]

One of the best things about living in London is that this fabulous capital never ceases to surprise and delight. There is always something new to discover and this week I found endless delight in the art on display at the ARTHOUSE1 gallery in Bermondsey. Only distinguishable from the terrace of Georgian houses by a […]

At first glance you might wonder what the Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell and musician, writer and artist Patti Smith have in common, but an intimate exhibition alongside the first ever major retrospective of Bell’s work at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, helpfully shines a spotlight on the radical and uncompromising nature of Bell’s life and work. […]

For those of us of a certain age, the music of Prince probably forms at least part of the soundtrack of our lives. I remember seeing him on Top of the Pops performing When Doves Cry, dancing with my best – and now longest-standing mate – to You’ve Got the Look at art college, the […]

The intensely physical draughtsmanship, erotic subject matter and tragically short life of Viennese artist Egon Schiele have combined to make him a perennial favourite of art students. Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude at the Courtauld Gallery in London casts an intellectually robust eye over a substantial collection of his drawings and watercolours of nudes tracing […]