NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: ARAKI AMORE

In the wake of the tradition of ‘shunga’, a 1600s sexually explicit version of ukiyo-e, the 76 year old photographer has long been recognised for his works exploring the underbelly of Japanese society. His focus is firmly centred on the great fault line between public and private, proper and inappropriate, sleazy and respectable. The blurred distinction between art and porn has caused more than a headache to the artist and various curators and museums whenever his pieces have been exhibited in the West. Whilst in the past he has found himself criticised broadly for…

PUNK IN BRITAIN

TIME FOR MAGIC, LOOK TO THE FUTURE, LESSONS FROM THE PAST - JAMIE REID

’Punk: From Chaos to Couture’ at the Metropolitan Art Museum in 2013 had already driven the message home: punk is dead. I should have kept that in mind before visiting ‘Punk in Britain’ at the Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan. Born as a parallel movement in the USA and Britain around 1976, the punk movement was not just a reaction to the mainstream rock scene which had become tame and unassertive. It also represented a rejection of the nostalgia of the 1970s. The aggressive pursuit of a liberating new identity…