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Two Ways With Lotus Root, My Spirit Vegetable

Lotus root is my spirit vegetable. Its little holes look like portals into eternal happiness.  We all watched in awe at that episode of Chef’s Table when zen chef Jeong Kwan tinted the holy discs while in a deep meditative state, with natural hues of turmeric and beetroot, laying them out in little bowls for…

What Is Zenga?

Recent years have seen essential work being done to reframe and rearticulate narratives of art history that are more nuanced, layered, and intersectional. We have witnessed ever more vital considerations that reckon with periods of erasure and artists’ work that has previously been unheeded, even as it revises our thinking of mainstream movements including Art…

Sport and the Arts Meet at This One of a Kind Training Camp

Grand Cayman welcomes an international group of sprint and hurdle athletes united in their pursuit of peak performance for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers. Dedicated to full-time training, they balance track workouts at Cayman National Stadium with strength and flexibility sessions at Palm Heights Athletics. Under the mentorship of renowned coaches and therapists Stuart McMillan and…

Something for the Week, Issue 7

Welcome back to Something for the Week — your weekly selection of things to look at, read, listen to, and experience across the arts. If you like what you see, consider subscribing to the Something Curated newsletter. Richard Serra: Six Large Drawings at David Zwirner, London Dubbed the “poet of iron,” American artist Richard Serra…

Interviews

Interview: Artist Prem Sahib Finds Resistance in Pluralism

London-based artist Prem Sahib’s sculptures, installations, and performances evoke emotional reactions through a highly choreographed and honed language of minimalism. Often erotically charged, the artist’s works draw on personal and communal histories, eloquently dissecting the architecture of public and private spaces. Sahib is set to premiere their new work, Alleus, at Somerset House Studios’ experimental…

Interview: Soufiane Ababri Challenges the Dominance of Weste...

Opening on 13 March 2024, Moroccan-born artist Soufiane Ababri’s first solo institutional show in the UK is set to transform the Barbican’s Curve gallery through a site-specific and cross-disciplinary presentation of work. Based between Paris and Tangier, Ababri’s practice spans drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance. His works borrow ideas from philosophy and sociology, as well…

Interview: Andrew Pierre Hart Discovers the Rhythms of Paint...

Andrew Pierre Hart’s practice explores the symbiotic relationship between sound and painting, incorporating aspects of sculpture, language, performance and film. His abstract compositions draw on sources as diverse as the murals of the Gurunsi people in Burkina Faso, Yoruba divination codes, graphic musical scores, and digital coding. It’s been a busy month for Hart, who…

 

An Expert’s Guide to Coffee in Paris

Unpacking the differences between London and Paris is by now akin to pretending to your child that the Channel Tunnel has glass walls to see the fish: boring and quite sad. The differences between London and Parisian coffee culture, however, track with the factors that make Paris’s greatest restaurants great. Its most exciting cafés, like…

Guides

The Ultimate Guide to Eating Bagels in NYC

Several years ago, a friend in London texted me a photo of what appeared to be a bulging bread roll stuffed with chocolate frosting, like some sort of mutant maritozzo. I couldn’t puzzle out what was going on, but then I read the caption: “Nutella bagel on Brick Lane.”  London has its own distinct bagel…

Something for the Week, Issue 6

Welcome back to Something for the Week — your weekly selection of things to look at, read, listen to, and experience across the arts. If you like what you see, consider subscribing to the Something Curated newsletter. Pipilotti Rist’s Prickling Goosebumps & A Humming Horizon at Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine, New York This is your…

Something for the Week, Issue 5

Welcome back to Something for the Week — your weekly selection of things to look at, read, listen to, and experience across the arts. If you like what you see, consider subscribing to the Something Curated newsletter. 2.0: Jorinde Voigt & Xiyadie at P21, Seoul 2.0 is an exhibition that explores the physical and theoretical potential of…

 

Rustic Rhubarb Pie in the Provincial French Style

This morning when I popped my head into the local La Fromagerie in Highbury Barn, the French lady on duty was kind enough to gift me two kilos of forced rhubarb since it was close to losing its mojo, its commercial value all but nil. Great news for me and this particular tarte: rustic in…

Behind the Biennale: A Greenlandic Artist Will Represent Denmark in Venice for the First Time

Overseen by Brazilian curator Adriano Pedrosa, the 60th Venice Biennale, titled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere, endeavours to give space and visibility to historically marginalised voices through an ambitious and multidisciplinary programme. Ahead of the International Art Exhibition’s launch — open to the public from 20 April 2024 — Something Curated introduces a new series,…

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