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Interview: Reina Sugihara on Spatial Memory and the Mono-ha Movement

Tokyo-based artist Reina Sugihara’s paintings are at once viscous and static, depicting haptic moments in which objects and the body become abstracted and reconfigured through the lens of memory. Sculptural in her approach, Sugihara’s works emerge over months, and sometimes years, through a committed process of layering and experimentation. The artist is set to show…

Something for the Week, Issue 2

Something for the Week, our new column, returns. From a London Fashion Week first to Hmong-American photographer Pao Houa Her’s latest book, we highlight the events, exhibitions, films, and more that we think you, our readers, should know about. If you like what you see, subscribe to the Something Curated newsletter. DI PETSA at The…

An Expert’s Guide to the Wine Bars of Paris

Not much changes in Paris when it comes to wine bars and that’s a good thing. My favourite thing over the years has been to crawl from wine bar to wine bar cushioned by a lunch and/or dinner reservation and experience what a lot of cities around the world miss or get wrong. In places…

48 Hours in Naoshima, Japan’s Sublime Art Island

Peppered across Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, a constellation of unassuming islands plays host to one of Asia’s most ambitious and unique art initiatives. Around three decades ago, Japanese businessman Tetsuhiko Fukutake, along with then mayor of Naoshima, Chikatsugu Miyake, had the idea to create an arts centre as a way to attract tourists to an…

Interviews

Damsel Elysium Wonders, “If a Tree’s Voice was S...

London based multi-instrumentalist, composer, experimental sound and visual artist, Damsel Elysium utilises double bass, violin, piano and original field recordings to explore intangible connections between humans and the natural world. Having collaborated with artists including FKA twigs and Celeste, performed at London’s Southbank Centre and Tate Modern, and worked on commissions for the likes of…

Anastasia Samoylova’s Seductive Images Document the Fragilit...

Moscow-born Miami-based artist, Anastasia Samoylova has been photographing Florida intensively since 2016 — from the Keys to the state borders. A stark place, culturally, politically, economically, and climatically, Samoylova’s probing images tell a complex story. The artist makes her photographs on wandering road trips, often encountering the most telling subjects by chance. Her images are…

 

Something for the Week, Issue 1

Welcome to Something for the Week, a new weekly column by the editors of Something Curated in which we highlight exhibitions, books, events, restaurants from across the world and reading material from across the internet (or in print) which we think you, our readers, should see, try, visit, or just check out. If you like…

How Venezuelan Artist Jesús Rafael Soto’s Immersive Installations Redefined Kinetic Art

Born in 1923 in Ciudad Bolívar, southeastern Venezuela, Jesús Rafael Soto began his artistic career as an illusionistic painter. Today, he is best known for his large-scale immersive sculptures that consist of numerous suspended elements, through which viewers can physically navigate — or as he puts, “penetrate.” Soto’s ingenious environments manipulate the interaction of solidity…

Where to Eat Like a Local Through the Castle Towns of Segovia

Segovia is a province of juxtapositions. The vast open plain is constantly interrupted by sharp ravines, craggy rockfaces, and castle towns that spiral tightly upwards. Its long, harsh winters give way abruptly to fierce summers beneath scorching blue skies. Culinarily, it’s famous for long unctuous lunches of milk-fed lamb and suckling pig, but this overlooks…

Available Works Art Book Fair Returns to Downtown Manhattan this Weekend

Art book fair, Available Works, returns to downtown Manhattan this weekend, following the popularity of its inaugural edition last September. Presented by Water Street Associates (WSA), Something Special Studios* (SSS*), and Wrong Answer, the two day event will take place within WSA’s imposing surrounds — the recently opened cultural hub unfolds over 31 floors of…

Guides

A Culinary Tour Through Tabanan on Bali

A 30-minute bike ride from the bustling atmosphere of Canggu beach will transport you to the tranquil charm of Tabanan, a town in central Bali widely acclaimed for its captivating rice paddies and natural vistas. This region sprawls along the western coastline, providing a serene retreat with unassuming places to eat and cozy coffee shops….

7 Exceptional Cantonese Dishes to Try in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, you are never more than a few metres away from a street stall, snack shop or local eatery. Eating is no exception in a city known for its efficiency – it’s a quintessentially Cantonese experience for your meal to be cooked, served and eaten within fifteen minutes. For where to grab a…

The Best Places for a Group Meal in Hong Kong

While the practice of sharing food feels deeply ingrained across Chinese culture, eating separately was actually the norm until the Song dynasty, because food was scarce and needed to be evenly distributed. Once the expansion of rice cultivation helped alleviate these issues, a cultural shift towards sharing food was set in motion – a ritual…

 

Interview: In the Studio with Tammy Nguyen


Vietnamese American artist Tammy Nguyen’s work oscillates between painting, drawing, printmaking, and various publishing projects. The artist is behind Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent publisher collaborating with scientists, journalists, writers, and other artists to create politically astute and, crucially, widely accessible content. Nguyen’s collaborative, research-driven approach is exploratory, delving into history, scrutinising the present, and…

An Expert’s Guide to Drinking Good Coffee in LA

If the Something Curated guide to London’s best coffee is about excitement moreso than bestness, then this Los Angeles edit is even more personal – I’m not afraid to admit that these are, simply, some favourites amassed over repeated visits to a city that one day in the future I hope to call home. It…

The Best from Mexico City Art Week 2024

Mexico City Art Week 2024 comprises a busy line-up of exhibitions and events held by the city’s galleries and cultural institutions, bolstered by the presence of Latin America’s leading art fairs, including ZⓈONAMACO, Feria Material and Salón ACME — all of which take place over the span of just a few days and attract a…

The Story Behind Salvador Dalí and the Anteater

Muses — protectors, predators, companions and food — animals have appeared in artworks since the beginning of art production. Since ancient depictions of bison in early cave paintings to the works of the Surrealists, and contemporaries beyond, creatures big and small have inspired some of the greatest artists of all time. From the reoccurring presence…

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