DAVID BECKHAM: THE MAN

David Beckham Damien Hirst

Despite eliciting only raised eyebrows every time I suggested visiting ’David Beckham: The Man’ at Phillips in Mayfair, I found myself hopelessly lured to it like a moth to a flame. Managing to sneak in on my own just before the gala party for the auction, I was so caught up in the mediatic whirlwind generated by the evening that I found it very hard to focus and judge the photographs purely on their artistic merit. Since the brand Beckham relies almost entirely on being seen to maintain an iconic status,…

HAS PROTEST ART LOST ITS BITE?

Tom Molloy

In January 1937 the Spanish Republican Government commissioned the exiled painter Pablo Picasso to paint a large mural for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne at the World’s Fair in Paris. After reading an eyewitness account of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica on 26 April 1937 by the German Air Force, the painter set to work at a large mural size oil painting which would become simply known as ‘Guernica’. In the 1950s he turned his attention to creating tapestry reproductions of…