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…

Who are the Neo-Dada Organizers?

The Neo-Dada Organizers’ destructive activities, often centred on the demolition of art objects, prompted critic Yoshiaki Tōno to coin the Japanese term “han-geijutsu,” translating in English to “anti-art.” In 1960, Japanese conceptual artist Masunobu Yoshimura founded the controversial art collective. Widely abbreviated to Neo-Dada, the group would meet at Yoshimura’s studio in Shinjuku, Tokyo, to…

London Chef Mitshel Ibrahim’s Most Cherished Objects

The journey of Mitshel Ibrahim’s Ombra – a small Italian trattoria on the corner of Vyner Street in east London – is unique, a restaurant which in 2023 is defined by its extraordinary dynamism and adaptability through the COVID-19 pandemic. Before March 2020, Ibrahim ran a successful neighbourhood Italian restaurant, whose most notable moment had come after…

In My Kitchen: Joké Bakare

During the course of the last three years, Adejoké – Joké – Bakare has emerged as one of London’s most important chefs. Her restaurant brand Chishuru, which came to life in Brixton Market in 2021, after the chef won a competition, has helped to deepen the city’s understand of Nigerian cuisine, specifically, and West African culinary culture…

Me and My Things: Missy Flynn

Missy Flynn is the co-founder of London restaurant Rita’s – a brand which began life in residency at iconic Dalston nightclub Birthdays in the early 2010s, evolved to its first permanent premises on Mare Street in Hackney by late 2013, before moving through various iterations and evolutions, including as a sandwich shop in King’s Cross, and a…

In My Kitchen: Monica Lee

Three years after Monica Lee closed her legendary Los Angeles restaurant, Beverly Soon Tofu, she still gets calls about green onions. Lee, who is 70, used to wake up at 4 am to call the big produce markets and secure the best ingredients, rather than rely on a delivery. If she found a good deal…

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