The art of the scandalous nude

The nude as a concept has made waves on the digital sea ever since the infamous 2007 nude leak, when Disney stars like Vanessa Hudgens became the victim of a scandalous violation of privacy. But this sensationalised pop culture phenomenon…

Steve McQueen: Year Three – mighty and tender ★★★★★

Steve McQueen’s staggering career has led him to win both an Academy Award and the Turner Prize before the age of forty-five. Returning to primary school may not seem to be a natural next step, but this is exactly what…

The Academia and the City of Sighs

Nicknamed ‘La Serenissima’ after repeatedly described as ‘serene’ by people of high importance, Venice is one of the most historically and culturally preserved European cities. The title is well-deserved, especially in winter, when there are few loitering, selfie-hungry tourists who…

Carlos Peñalver: Conjuring art and environmental activism at LSE

Over the last few weeks Carlos Peñalver, a young Spanish artist, has been transforming the Central Building’s white walls into a large-scale, inclusive, and lively work of art. As students paced in and out of the building, the lower ground…

Polka Dots, Mirrors and Pumpkins

Managing Editor Morgan Fairless renders a personal account of his evolving interactions with the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. I have purposefully avoided learning much about Yayoi Kusama throughout my appreciation of her art. This was a way of preserving the…

the art of old films

Old doesn’t mean the hard hitting box office slams of the 2000s or the love stories to the tune of Norah Jones albums from the 90s. It means black and white, shadows looming on walls, female protagonists delicately and dramatically…

Everything At Once: An Exhibition of Escape

There are times when life feels overwhelming and uncontrollable. We become plugged into a reality in which everything is a click away. Communication a constant stream; time and space feel boundless and formless; what should be manageable becomes something we…

problem child

When she was little she screamed. Shrieks stabbed at his ears in the nights and in the days he drank coffee. Cups and cups of coffee. He walked stumbling and talked mumbling and when he sat his eyelids clawed themselves…

The Balenciaga Exhibition: A Cultural Journey through Fashion

The Victoria and Albert Museum is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the revolutionary work of the fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga named Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. The futuristic designs and extraordinary patterns bedazzle the viewer with the possibility of him or…