Archive for the ‘Art’ Category


Shaun Ryder retains folk hero status in Manchester. Pic by Edwin Stemp.

Shaun Ryder sits himself down, with a double Remy Martin in one hand, while the curl of cigarette smoke wafts from the other.

There’s no disputing the attitude and he still sways with that familiar swagger.

Meet the hellraiser and extraordinaire frontman of the Happy Mondays.

He’s back with an autobiography, Twisting my Melon, which records his addictions, bankruptcy, violence and near-death experiences.

Ryder’s also been quietly crafting an album and plotting a series of solo gigs to support it.

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Berlin street art influenced by Warhol's sleeve for the Velvet Underground and Nico.

A previously unseen silkscreen print by the Pop artist Andy Warhol is causing a stir among fans of his work.

Eggs, 1982 will show in Britain for the first time this autumn, as a star exhibit of The Indiscipline of Painting.

The new show is opening at Tate St Ives in October alongside work by Gerhard Richter, Bernard Frize and Bridget Riley.

Some critics say the print uncovers a new side to the painter who used art to make Campbell’s soup tins famous.

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The hiss of steam has been replaced by the burblings of automated public address systems.

Britain is a quieter place according to a study of the sounds of cities and suburbia compiled by the UK public.

The audio has been kept at the British Library from the 1940s to the present day.

The study concludes that new technology, the lost art of whistling and pedestrianisation have rendered the British urban soundscape more peaceful.

It also revealed the chirp of sparrows, cheerful whistling and the hiss of steam engines have been replaced by the discordant bleep of supermarket tills, and the territorial calls of grey squirrels.

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Posted: January 31, 2011 in Art, News, Opinion
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The heart, and what it means to me The Independent on Sunday

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Art, News
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