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Ligne Claire: Reading and Pictorial Promise

Back in June I shared an article on Facebook about Ilya Milstein’s illustrations. I hadn’t known Milstein’s work before, but many would find it as familiar as I did then. The illustrator based in NY has drawn repeatedly for magazines like the New Yorker and brands such as Spotify and Red Bull, all in a memorably colourful, flat and cartoony style. Figures are rendered simplistically characterful, whilst backgrounds are rich in detail and everything is coloured harmoniously within palettes of pastel pinks and autumnal ochres.

@thewhitepube: The Duo Redefining Contemporary Art Criticism

by Hannah Sayles   The art world today is one of the most elitist and white industries in Britain. Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad are two Central St Martins Fine Art graduates who met in 2005 and began to write about the contemporary art world on their own terms. Their collaborative identity, The…

Spin It Round: The Moody Blues’ “Days of Future Passed” Cover Art

The Moody Blues released their second album, Days of Future Passed, in 1967, at the height of psychedelia. The title suggests a never-ending cycle of days, as travelling forward into a future that is already gone is an ungraspable play on delineations of time. The song titles chart the progression of a day, and some have subtitles taken from the lyrics, giving a more specific mood to the songs, and a narrative quality to the titles.

Palimpsest Surfaces: Destruction or Preservation?

Palimpsest: the catalyst for this post began with the title of this journal and my curiosity to discover what a word concerned with literature might reveal about art. Historically, the term palimpsest referred to the method of recycling writing surfaces by effacing the old text to make room for the new…

Making Art by Accident

By Noah Schmutz   I went to Tate Modern this weekend. Among the paintings displayed on the walls, there was a notice, different from the usual notice of the paintings, some kind of advertisement for another level of the art gallery: “Can a work of art be made by accident? Discover more on level…” (I…

Teju Cole’s Instagram Art

by Anna Shave       Our consumption of art in the contemporary moment has, without question, been altered by the growing and pervasive influence of Instagram. We are more inclined to be searching for that perfectly ‘Instagrammable’ shot to capture and upload when surrounded by art, potentially fed by a desire to gain ‘likes’…