SPLENDIFEROUS! – AN INTERVIEW WITH VILLAIN

There seems to be a recurring theme of me being always in the wrong place at the wrong time. So, while I duly attend all sort of tedious and lacklustre shows, I missed out on the opening night of Villain’s solo show ‘Fantabuloso’ at the Atom Gallery in Hackney. I got to see his works only the morning after, when Super Fu*@!ng Gay caught my attention on my daily slog to work. Given the historical lack of diversity in superhero comics, I was surprised to see how many of them…

ANDY WARHOL: ELUSIVENESS AND UBIQUITY

GUN - ANDY WARHOL, 1981

Like London buses, you wait for one for ages, and then two come along at once. Both Firstsite and the Alcyon Gallery have an exhibition on Andy Warhol. Whilst he is credited for coining the expression ’15 minutes of fame’, this could not be less true of his enduring and ubiquitous popularity. A reminder, if one was ever needed, of the undiminished relevance of his work in the contemporary art scene. He introduced a bold and genial rite of observation and fast consumption of art, building on his early experience as a commercial illustrator,…