Art: in bottles, on bumper cars and bringing midcentury New York to life
00:00 / 00:00
26 May 2017
Photo: The Other Richard
Matt Alagiah is joined in the studio by Matt Wolf, theatre critic for the ‘The New York Times International Edition’, and Nancy Durrant, commissioning editor for ‘The Times Arts’, to discuss the week in London theatre and art. Plus: we take a dodgem ride around an arts festival by the Thames and we take a whiff of some olfactory art.
26 May 2017
Photo: The Other Richard
Matt Wolf takes us to the theatre for Richard Twyman’s much-praised take on ‘Othello’ at Wilton's Music Hall and Trevor Nunn’s ode to his late friend, the playwright Peter Shaffer, with a new production of ‘Lettice and Lovage’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Share chapter 1
Down by the Thames in London, the annual arts festival Merge Bankside is currently taking place. Boasting all sorts from an installation on dodgems to Latin and jazz music performances and a classroom full of robots, Merge borrows elements of art, music and performance to create an entertaining line-up that explores the area’s rich history. Monocle 24’s Holly Fisher meets some of the people behind it and gets behind the wheel of their bumper cars.
Share chapter 2
Photo: The Art & Olfaction Institute
Olfactory art is becoming more, shall we say, visible. There’s Hugo Boss prize-winner Anicka Yi’s ‘Life is Cheap’, currently at the Guggenheim in New York, which integrates smell into complex conceptual installations. Or Peter de Cupere’s ‘Smoke Flowers’, a site-specific work that ran the opening week of the Venice Biennale. This art isn’t perfume, though perfumers may create it. As the discipline develops, questions about composition, categorisation and collection arise. Susan Stone met some in the olfactory art world recently in Berlin who are working on the answers.
Share chapter 4
Want more radio episodes like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle's email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
The Monocle Arts Review - latest episodes
We meet the man helping physically disabled people play musical instruments. Plus: Renaissance insults, Nelson Mandela’s favourite food and the weekend papers.
We discuss the 133 Dambusters and meet creative director Tom Hingston. Plus: the Curious Arts Festival, weekend papers and cocktails with a view.
We discuss pop art with an artist and a gallerist, and look at the life of Dorothea Lange. Plus: feminist saints, weekend papers and Korean food.
Via London’s annual public-art programme, we look at how art affects your mental health. Plus: Hector Macdonald on truth, an exhibition on teeth and Michael Carr on Restaurant 92.
We discuss how conflict can change and affect artwork, and profile the life of Frida Kahlo. Plus: MP Jo Swinson, the weekend papers and chef Martha Ortiz.
We discuss how the world is changing and meet the owners of a new London gallery. Plus: the history of factories, Bengali cuisine and weekend papers.
We discuss the lives of the Windrush generation and talk bespoke album artwork. Plus: meet the minds behind Remote Contact, Poet in the City and the American Bar.
We discuss the appeal and power of large-scale art. Plus: artist Tom Hammick, the differences between UK and US English and chef Mini Patel on the return of the British café.
We look at a play bringing back cabaret banned by the Nazis and discuss a visual opera coming to London. Plus: James MacManus on the affair between General Eisenhower and his driver in the Second World War and we discuss…
We take a trip around the world as we hear about a cultural festival in Palestine, recap last night’s Eurovision and head to Cannes. Plus: we preview some upcoming Apsley Lates and learn how to train our brains.
We discuss how artwork can impact and influence diplomacy. Plus: how cities are adapting to our changing workplaces, how reading helped one person tackle anorexia and the evolution of the gastropub.
As the art market moves increasingly online we discuss whether traditional auction houses are a dying breed. Plus: we visit London’s most infamous recording studio, check the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and…
We speak to Steve Lazarides – a colleague of Banksy for more than a decade – who tells us how artists can reinvent a genre and remain hidden in the process. Plus: sound art with Tamar Harpaz, Claire Cock-Starkey’s library…
We look at whether art can encourage social change, explore why we immortalise musicians and speak with LA-based forward-thinking musician E Ruscha V about his album ‘Who Are You’. Plus: Jane Robinson on the women’s march…
Get under the skin of art as we look at artists’ personalities, get a glimpse into Picasso’s personal life and reflect on the heart through art. Plus: we preview EstLitFest and try some Indian cuisine.