A Rose Reborn

Published in the South China Morning Post, September 2014 Luxury fashion houses have long courted artists and photographers to collaborate on creating a more cutting edge image for the brand and lend a bit of artistic cachet. But the last few years have given rise to another collaborative partnership, luxury brands teaming with filmmakers to…

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Allergic to Art

No sooner had we recovered from one art week and whipped up a chia seed green smoothie than we’re in Berlin Biennale week, and in Basel for yet another fair in two weeks time. Some of us are probably feeling a little art fatigued. After all this maybe an art detox will be required. In…

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Chess With Marcel D.

So, here I am recuperating from yet another sporting mishap, unable to do anything but play chess with my laptop. It’s not going well. So, into the Deep Blue digital ether I dive (see what I did there, chess nerds?) searching for inspiration/distraction when I come across the video work of one of my (many)…

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20,000 Days on Earth with a Bad Seed

For those who know his music, Aussie rocker, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer, actor, and Bad Seed, Nick Cave, needs no introduction. For those who don’t, the preceding string of nouns should give you some inkling of the man’s breadth of talent. ARIA Awards committee chairman Ed St John called Cave, “…an Australian artist like Sidney…

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Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

I look forward with giddy anticipation to every Wes Anderson film. The Texan-born director has brought us The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, and more recently, Moonrise Kingdom, each one bringing to life Anderson’s idiosyncratic vision with a cast of quirky, dysfunctional, odd-ball characters, technicolour palette, and lush cinematography…

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