Henry Moore: Seeking Shelter In His Drawings

The sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) began his Shelter Drawings as a private project. He worked on them in secret for months, telling no-one but his wife Irina. The Shelter Drawings are a series of sketches made of the Londoners that slept in the underground stations during the Blitz. Moore was first confronted with the subject…

Punchdrunk’s Kabeiroi: A review

Night has fallen outside Euston station and I don’t have much time. She said she’d be back in touch in five minutes; I have already had three of them but I badly need a cigarette. I make a beeline for a man who is sparking his own. He hands me a Marlboro Gold and I…

A Hemingway Holiday

Five years ago I was sat on the eighteenth floor of my university’s library, as the Glasgow rain lashed violently at the window, when my phone buzzed to interrupt my study (of memes). It was a text from my father: ‘Liddy. Greetings from Havana. I’m in La Floridita drinking daiquiris like Ernest Hemingway. Ha. Dad…

Jeff Koons X Louis Vuitton: The Emperor’s New Bag.

Jeff Koons’ recent collaboration with Louis Vuitton is hideous. In fact, it is so hideous that the bags and accessories could be used as a pilot suitability test: if they are thought of as attractive the applicant is either colour blind or has severely impaired judgement. Either way, they are not fit to fly. The…