Candid Magazine's Valentine's Top Ten Love-Themed Artworks

Candid Magazine’s Valentine’s Top Ten Love-Themed Artworks

“Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing” Marc Chagall “People should fall in love with their eyes closed” Andy Warhol “The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others” Vincent Van Gogh Love, this great force...
Mud Museum - collected, created and curated mud and fire

Mud Museum – collected, created and curated mud and fire

Two London based artists, Rose de Borman and Robert Rush, have taken over a derelict delicatessen and house in Kings Cross for a week-long art exhibition of their latest collaborative ceramics project. The contents of the house and shop front has been collected, created and curated by the pair, in...
Italian Post-War exhibitions happening in London right now

Italian Post-War exhibitions happening in London right now

It’s an exceptionally good moment for London-based fans of post-war Italian art. The major auction houses are all presenting a strong showing of big name Arte Povera artists in the Contemporary sales this week and three Mayfair galleries have well-timed exhibitions of Italian artists that opened this week. Candid visited...
Zoolander 2 review: an uninspired rehash

Zoolander 2 review: an uninspired rehash

It’s fitting enough that Zoolander 2 finds Ben Stiller back to satirise the fashion industry’s vainest excesses, because it’s difficult to imagine any film this year will be a more transparent vanity project for all involved. 15 years after the cult success of clueless modelling comedy Zoolander, Stiller is back...
Glasgow – the rebellious prodigy of the UK’s contemporary art scene

Glasgow – the rebellious prodigy of the UK’s contemporary art scene

If the UK’s contemporary art scene were a map, it would appear with London as a huge domineering capital, then small pockets of buzz dotted around the nuclei. These pockets, for a long time, have been seen as a bit naïve, a bit traditional, a bit folky. The sort of...
Deadpool review: crass, childish, and consistently entertaining

Deadpool review: crass, childish, and consistently entertaining

‘Crass’ is about the best word to sum up the Deadpool experience – and your immediate reaction to the word will be the best predictor of your enjoyment of the film. Ryan Reynolds is Wade Wilson, a.k.a Deadpool, a.k.a. the Merc with a Mouth, the quick-witted Marvel super/anti-hero last on...
Restaurant Review: 24 St Georges, Brighton

Restaurant Review: 24 St Georges, Brighton

Located in the heart of Kemp Town, a bustling area of Brighton set back from the seafront, with a slightly more mature and refined atmosphere, is the modern British restaurant 24 St Georges. Sourcing local and seasonal ingredients to curate an ever-changing menu, the restaurant is putting Brighton dining on...
War, abstraction and censorship in Southeast Asia

War, abstraction and censorship in Southeast Asia

  A closer look at the Prudential Eye Awards 2016 in Singapore The Singapore Art Week 2016 is a wrap. The country’s prestigious nine-day art festival is steadily growing every year, making the city more attractive than ever for investors, art lovers and young emerging artists in Southeast Asia. One...
Luca Guadagnino interview: 'I try to make my camera as trans as possible'

Luca Guadagnino interview: ‘I try to make my camera as trans as possible’

Luca Guadagnino is not an easy man to interview. We’re discussing his latest film, A Bigger Splash, a manic exploration of desire, temptation, and The Rolling Stones on the dusty Italian island of Pantelleria, starring the enviable combination of Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, and Matthias Schoenaerts. The Italian...
Nira Alpina, Switzerland

Nira Alpina, Switzerland

St. Moritz sings of glamour with glittering pop-up ice bars, fine dining restaurants and a social scene to match the south of France. Fun, but all that razzle dazzle gets a little exhausting after a day or two. Opt instead for Silvaplana, St. Mortiz’s less exuberant, but equally charming sister...
Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick interview: 'Deadpool is a really fucked up romantic comedy'

Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick interview: ‘Deadpool is a really fucked up romantic comedy’

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have good reason to be excited when we speak. The screenwriting partners who shot to Hollywood’s attention with 2009’s blackly comedic Zombieland are just days away from the release of Deadpool, the Ryan Reynolds superhero movie with a difference. Worlds away from his abortive appearance...
Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934 – 1954 at Museum of Modern Art, New York

Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934 – 1954 at Museum of Modern Art, New York

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, numerous artists, writers, critics and scholars pushed the boundaries of social thought and practice, revolutionised the arts and thereby developed the concept of Modernism. Perceiving the cultural changes in society following the industrial revolution, and to mirror the countless social, political and...
Lucy + Jorge Orta at the new wing of Attenborough Arts Centre, opened by Sir David Attenborough

Lucy + Jorge Orta at the new wing of Attenborough Arts Centre, opened by Sir David Attenborough

British born Lucy Orta, and her Argentinian husband Jorge Orta are artists with a huge social conscience. Their multidisciplinary works that combine sculpture, sound, printmaking, fashion, photography, installation and performance to engage in the critical issues surrounding the ecology of our planet. They tackle environmental issues such as the lack...
Nikolai Astrup - Norway's Forgotten Painter

Nikolai Astrup – Norway’s Forgotten Painter

It is likely that you have heard of Edvard Munch. If you have not heard of him, you are likely to have heard of his most famous artwork, The Scream; and if that doesn’t jog your memory, the image would certainly be familiar Whilst Munch was painting the finishes touches...
Painting the Modern Garden – A Bourgeois Utopia

Painting the Modern Garden – A Bourgeois Utopia

The Royal Academy’s recently opened exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, is aesthetically stunning, however, its true beauty lies within the encrypted messages hidden beneath the surfaces of the 120 exhibited canvases. Superficially, the exhibition, arranged thematically into nine rooms, details the role of the private leisure garden...
Shore Projects: Bespoke Watch Combination Bar

Shore Projects: Bespoke Watch Combination Bar

At a recent exclusive VIP launch event at Soho house, we discovered up and coming brand Shore Projects. The idea first came about in the hands of a group of close friends in search of a classic, durable and simple British look in their watches. Clearly, they had spotted a...
Miss Hokusai review: a bizarre but beautiful journey

Miss Hokusai review: a bizarre but beautiful journey

  The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan’s most recognisable artworks, almost synonymous with the country’s history. Despite that pedigree, Miss Hokusai does not take the esteemed painter as its focus,  but is about his equally talented daughter, their relationship, and the art they have...
The Bull Inn, Sussex

The Bull Inn, Sussex

Nestled in the foothills of the Sussex Downs, just a few miles from Brighton and the beautiful Sussex coast, is The Bull Inn – an idyllic country pub, bookable through the website Inn Places. It’s quintessentially cosy; everything you could want downstairs from a large log fire to comfy sofas and...
Trumbo review: flashy, fun Hollywood biopic

Trumbo review: flashy, fun Hollywood biopic

Trumbo is the fun, pacy, and rather insubstantial story of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s struggle to be recognised for his work despite his political beliefs, battling betrayal from other film industry communists, time in prison, family conflict, artistic compromise, and oscillation between wealth and bankruptcy. Blacklisted for his communist politics,...
Brydon Brothers: The Only Belt You'll Ever Need

Brydon Brothers: The Only Belt You’ll Ever Need

Every year in fashion you have the stand outs, the pieces that really define the season – Burberry’s AW14 monogrammed capes are an example, or however skinny and rock-fuelled Hedi Slimane has decided we should be under our Saint Laurent biker jackets – and then there are the things that...
Burleigh – The British Pottery Company Fighting Back

Burleigh – The British Pottery Company Fighting Back

Staffordshire is a microcosm representative of pockets of industry throughout the United Kingdom. During the nineteenth century these industrious towns up and down the country flourished on coal, textiles, ceramics and so on, yet as the industrial revolution died down and production slowly moved abroad for cheaper labour and land,...
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft - The Home of British Arts and Crafts

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft – The Home of British Arts and Crafts

Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of East Sussex, some 8 miles in land from Brighton at the foothills of the South Downs, lies the inordinately pretty village of Ditchling. Because of its proximity to both London and the coast, as well as its idyllic surroundings, it was chosen by the...
Craig David at The Electric Ballroom

Craig David at The Electric Ballroom

It seems 2016 is going to be Craig David’s year. After a series of surprise appearances, including teaming up with BBC UK Garage spoof People Just Do Nothing, and covering Justin Bieber songs for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Craig is back in the spotlight after almost a decade of...
50 Days by Albert Adrià at Cafe Royal

50 Days by Albert Adrià at Cafe Royal

Café Royal, member of The Set hotels, is set to occupy London’s gastronomic scene for the next ten weeks with renowned chef Albert Adrià’s 50 days residency, marking the five star luxury hotel’s 150th anniversary. For a limited-time only, the Domino Restaurant and prestigious Oscar Wilde Bar will welcome culinary royalty...
Deep Red on Blu-ray: grisly giallo gore

Deep Red on Blu-ray: grisly giallo gore

Deep Red (or Profondo Rosso, to use its infinitely more ominous Italian title) is rightly regarded as one of the seminal works of Italian giallo maestro Dario Argento – still best known for Suspiria – and one of horror’s pivotal works. Pianist Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) is the unfortunate eye...
Spotlight review: simple, powerful investigative thriller

Spotlight review: simple, powerful investigative thriller

There’s a quiet power to Spotlight, an investigative journalism thriller that has the confidence to ditch the melodrama, step back and just let its story do the hard work. Under the influence of a new editor, in 2001 The Boston Globe began a lengthy investigation into allegations that the Catholic...
Restaurant Review: The Colony Club, Mayfair

Restaurant Review: The Colony Club, Mayfair

High-end restaurants that cater for different types of cuisines in the same kitchen are a very rare breed in London. One such venue is The Colony Club in Mayfair, which offers 6 different expertly prepared cuisines. The restaurant and bar is situated above the ground floor in the Colony Club’s casino....
ZSL Animal Photography Prize Exhibition

ZSL Animal Photography Prize Exhibition

The ZSL London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo, having opened in 1828. In recent decades it has become increasingly difficulty for zoos to maintain positive PR. They have come under attack for their treatment of animals – there is a lack of empathy for anyone who puts a wild...
Singapore’s art scene - Art for the sake of what?

Singapore’s art scene – Art for the sake of what?

Singapore’s art scene is finally freeing itself from financial markets – Candid’s resident Asian Arts correspondent Peter Schmike investigates. When Singapore became an independent country 50 years ago, the prospects for success seemed very gloomy. However, the young nation has transformed into the economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia by strategic...
Angelo Savelli - Basically White

Angelo Savelli – Basically White

Basically… yes. A gem surrounded by other treasures such as Alexander McQueen and Tiffany’s on Old Bond Street, M&L Fine Art has succeeded in curating an exhibition that not only encapsulates the most visually relevant work of an artist, but contextualises it with that of others in his era. To...
Russell Young's Superstar at Halcyon Gallery - dazzling yet dangerous

Russell Young’s Superstar at Halcyon Gallery – dazzling yet dangerous

The Halcyon Gallery is one of the superstars of its generation – it knows its market perfectly – it has the taste of its clientele down to a T. It’s not everyone’s tastes, with their art quite often being the 3 B’s (Big, bold and brash). But it works, and...
Liima at The EDITION Hotel

Liima at The EDITION Hotel

  Liima are the most exciting thing to come out of the Nordic music scene in recent years. A recent gig at The EDITION Hotel Basement in London proved just how exciting and energetic lo-fi can be. Their set twisted and turned through melodic ripples, in the intimate space, with...
The Big Short review: chaotic financial farce

The Big Short review: chaotic financial farce

Based on the book of the same name, The Big Short follows four denizens of the high-finance world as they predict – and ultimately seek to profit from – the 2007-2008 housing market crash. Whilst the big banks, the media and the government are greedily blinded by the glare of...
Bar Review: The Gibson, Shoreditch

Bar Review: The Gibson, Shoreditch

It’d be fair to say that there’s some understandable pressure surrounding the opening of The Gibson. EC1’s latest trendy cocktail bar comes from Marian Beke, formerly bar manager at Nightjar, just down the road, for five years. Nightjar quickly became one of London’s most talked about bars, earning cred not...
London Art Fair - Candid Magazine's top things to see and do

London Art Fair – Candid Magazine’s top things to see and do

It is hard to believe that the London Art Fair is now in its 28th year. The Modern and Contemporary British art fair continues to feel fresh and exciting – as well as impeccably curated – and its 2016 incarnation is no exception. Here are a few of the must-see...
The Assassin review: meditative, matchless filmmaking

The Assassin review: meditative, matchless filmmaking

The Assassin is a film of curious restraint, and perhaps a perfect expression of the power such restraint offers. Opening with a prologue shot in black and white, with a constrictive, boxed-in aspect ratio, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s film takes its time before bursting into rapturous colour, the screen awash with rich...
Opening: 100 Wardour Street, Soho

Opening: 100 Wardour Street, Soho

January is set to end on a high note with the launch of new lounge and club 100 Wardour Street in what was once the renowned Marquee Club, which, between 1964 and 1988, hosted pop and rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. Opening on Thursday 28th...
Alejandro Iñárritu interview: 'I would not change anything'

Alejandro Iñárritu interview: ‘I would not change anything’

Alejandro Iñárritu has a lot to be pleased about when we meet at Claridge’s to discuss his latest film, harrowing frontiers survival epic The Revenant. The visually spectacular film is the tale of frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead in the frozen...
LCM AW16 Round Up: Candid's Verdict

LCM AW16 Round Up: Candid’s Verdict

Back to work after the Christmas break and straight into London Collections: Men the same week is now the norm for us fashion types, but it doesn’t make it any easier. We require a good old shake to wake us out of our turkey-induced daze and make us fail in...
The Revenant review: jaw-dropping sensory overload

The Revenant review: jaw-dropping sensory overload

‘Gruelling’ is one of the few words that almost adequately describes The Revenant, in which Leonardo DiCaprio fights through 200 miles of frozen North American wilderness in pursuit of bloody vengeance. Birdman director Alejando G. Iñárritu is back with his latest effort at Academy gold, this time loosely adapting the true story...
Heman Chong – An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories at SLG

Heman Chong – An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories at SLG

South London Gallery is a small but perfectly formed bastion for the contemporary arts. Its latest show, by the artist Heman Chong, is an exploration of exchange – how ideas and information are passed consciously and unconsciously between participators. The main room of the gallery exhibits a piece entitled Monument...
Restaurant Review: The Modern Pantry, Finsbury Sq.

Restaurant Review: The Modern Pantry, Finsbury Sq.

There’s nothing more modern than multiculturalism, at least if The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square is anything to go by. The London-born restaurant’s take on contemporary cuisine draws influence (and ingredients) from across the globe, smashing them together in a sort of intercontinental hodgepodge that works far more often than it...
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Clouds advanced over a ripple of green hills, the horizon flecked with silhouettes of barren trees. We made our way through Hampshire, home to boundless parks, quaint villages and the New Forest, surrounded by postcard views of British countryside in winter; bleak and beautiful all at once. In the distance,...
Lee Miller: A Woman’s War at the Imperial War Museum, London

Lee Miller: A Woman’s War at the Imperial War Museum, London

Lee Miller’s career was by any standards extraordinary. But it was also beset by contradictions – one of the most fundamental being that the Second World War, though it gave her the opportunity to become a supremely talented and courageous war correspondent and photojournalist, left her emotionally and physically exhausted,...
Creed review: a boxing drama with heart

Creed review: a boxing drama with heart

Creed is the seventh movie in the Rocky franchise (now apparently called the ‘Rocky legacy’), but it is by no means a cash-in.  This is a strong film with a script, acting and cinematography that hit all the right marks, standing tall on its own merits rather than merely trading...
Restaurant Review: Dishoom, Carnaby Street

Restaurant Review: Dishoom, Carnaby Street

If you don’t typically crave Indian food the moment you wake up, then you probably haven’t been to Dishoom for breakfast. Dishoom “from Bombay with love” pays homage to the Irani cafés that populated Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1960’s and have since diminished, much to the dismay of locals....
Aristide Najean's glass sculptures - a new modernity in chandeliers

Aristide Najean’s glass sculptures – a new modernity in chandeliers

When one thinks of Venetian glass, images of grand pastel coloured chandeliers I strict symmetrical forms are what usually comes to mind. However one man, Aristide Najean has set out on a mission to literally smash the mould. Chandeliers are objects of both form and function – they represent as...
Thyme Hotel, Cotswolds

Thyme Hotel, Cotswolds

Since Kate Moss’s fairy-tale wedding was leaked to the papers in 2011, the beautiful village of Southrop has found itself at the centre of Cotswold’s cool, and Thyme along with it. First launched as an “exclusive use” eight-bedroom, 17th century country house on the sweeping Southrop Manor Estate (owned by the...
Joy review: Jennifer Lawrence props up a flat drama

Joy review: Jennifer Lawrence props up a flat drama

Director David O. Russell is back once again with his dream team of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, this time throwing the pair into the true story of Joy Mangano, frustrated housewife turned millionaire inventor of the Miracle Mop. Even before the first shot Russell is quick to establish the...
Winter Cocktails at The Vault, Milroy's of Soho

Winter Cocktails at The Vault, Milroy’s of Soho

  There are speakeasies, and then there’s The Vault at Milroy’s of Soho. While there’s no doubt that London has been blessed with an abundance of these clandestine drinking dens over the last few years, their selling point has traditionally been seclusion and secrecy. But in this rather crowded marketplace, The Vault is one establishment...
The Danish Girl review: Alicia Vikander dominates mannered drama

The Danish Girl review: Alicia Vikander dominates mannered drama

The Danish Girl arrives in cinemas with no shortage of baggage. Director Tom Hooper is hoping to replicate the back-to-back critical and commercial successes of The King’s Speech and Les Misérables. Leads in the film will help with that: Eddie Redmayne is fresh from Best Actor wins at the Oscars,...
Restaurant Review: Bombay Brasserie, Kensington

Restaurant Review: Bombay Brasserie, Kensington

Indian cuisine in the U.K. might still dominated by the takeaway – greasy naan and a chicken tikka masala are some of the first things that come to mind for most – but that’s not to say that fine Indian dining is scarce in the city. Enter Kensington’s Bombay Brasserie...
In the Heart of the Sea review: lightweight Moby-Dick tribute act

In the Heart of the Sea review: lightweight Moby-Dick tribute act

It’s man vs. nature in Ron Howard’s grisly survival epic In the Heart of the Sea, which pits a motley crew of whalers up against the biggest, meanest whale this side of Free Willy – and a couple thousand miles worth of the Pacific Ocean. Thor and Spider-Man share some screen...
The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London

The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London

The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London exudes British charm. The building – despite being based on a French Chateau – feels every bit the quintessential English hotel. Staff are polished and attentive, and the decor is luxurious yet understated. Rooms feel refined, with sumptuous beds and high ceilings. It’s the...
JAKL review - one to watch for 2016

JAKL review – one to watch for 2016

Candid Magazine went to check out hotly tipped musician JAKL in London to see their show, and catch up with the man himself, Hughie Gavin to speak to him about the concert. London based artist JAKL has announced the upcoming release of his debut single ‘The Jackal’. The track offers the perfect insight into the...
Alexander Calder at Tate Modern - a New Modernity for Mobiles

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern – a New Modernity for Mobiles

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was one of the truly ground-breaking artists of the 20th century and, as a pioneer of kinetic sculpture, played an essential role in shaping the history of modernism. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture brings together approximately 100 works to reveal how Calder turned sculpture from a static object...
Daddy's Home review: a predictable Will Ferrell comedy

Daddy’s Home review: a predictable Will Ferrell comedy

What happens when the pedantic, frustrated everyman meets his opposite, the wild, unpredictable alpha male? Exactly what happens in every other film with the same premise, according to Daddy’s Home. This end-of-the-year comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg will have a hard time opening along some of the most...
Seven Stylish Last Minute Men's Christmas Gifts

Seven Stylish Last Minute Men’s Christmas Gifts

Okay, so time isn’t on your side, but when is it ever? The man who has everything is the last one on your Christmas shopping list, and you’re stumped. iTunes vouchers seem like such a cop out – and they are, however useful – but you can’t face another aimless...
Restaurant Review: Bó Drake, Soho

Restaurant Review: Bó Drake, Soho

Bó Drake is one of the more unusual additions to the crowded restaurant scene on Greek Street in Soho. You might not normally associate BBQ with east Asian countries, and even the most well-travelled food lover would struggle to name a similar restaurant in London. Bó Drake has a particularly...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: dizzying, joyous and triumphant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: dizzying, joyous and triumphant

Carrying with it an almost suffocating weight of expectation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be the most anticipated film since The Phantom Menace stumbled into cinemas, slurring as it went about its disappointing way. There’s no small thrill then in reporting that Episode VII sees the series back at...
Neville Salon's Charity Event for Nepal

Neville Salon’s Charity Event for Nepal

Londoners gathered at Neville Salon on the 3rd of December to support “Neville for Nepal,” a dedicated charity event. Neville Salon, a beauty mecca located in Belgravia, welcomed guests for an evening of pampering and prosecco, including haircuts, manicures, blow-dries, and more at discounted rates. All proceeds from the event benefitted the Early Childhood Development...
Lifestyle Christmas Wish List 2015

Lifestyle Christmas Wish List 2015

Ah, Christmas: you spend all year wanting things that you probably don’t need, and when the festive fervour arrives, you’ve suddenly forgotten them all. To spare you from racking your brains for something other than socks, here’s what we’re hankering for this season. Santa: take note (please).   Icons of Men’s...
The Forbidden Room review: bonkers and genius

The Forbidden Room review: bonkers and genius

Guy Maddin claims he has “finally figured it out, this filmmaking business.” The writer and director has made eleven feature-length films but it is his latest, The Forbidden Room, that seems to have brought a long, diverse career to an ecstatic high. Will this be the exhausted but triumphant hilt...
Hanbury Manor: A British Retreat in Hertfordshire

Hanbury Manor: A British Retreat in Hertfordshire

Nestled among 200 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, the Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club is an idyllic and ideal setting for those wanting to escape city living. Breathtaking views surround the five-star, stately manor: rural countryside; fragrant, walled gardens; winding paths; and flowerbeds boasting a myriad of colours. Impeccable service,...
Candid talks to light-installation artist Aowen Jin

Candid talks to light-installation artist Aowen Jin

Aowen Jin does not fall into any pre-conceived notions you may have for an artist. There is no clichéd beret in sight and she is neither timid nor boastful about her remarkable achievements. You get exactly what you see: an enticingly intelligent woman, excited about her ideas and refreshingly open...
Art Basel Miami Beach: an NYC Curator's Experience

Art Basel Miami Beach: an NYC Curator’s Experience

It’s that time again, when the world’s leading Modern and Contemporary art galleries, artists and art fanatics alike descend upon Miami. This will mark the 14th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach – which continues to be the most distinguished art fair in the western hemisphere – with 267 galleries all...
Mad About The Boy: A New Exhibition

Mad About The Boy: A New Exhibition

Mad About The Boy Fashion’s obsession with youth transcends fads. It isn’t confined to just a handful of young designers who like to imagine they are dressing themselves, and is present at the pinnacle of luxury fashion. From Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent to Saint Martin’s graduate shows, the teenage boy...
Krampus review: frustratingly flat Christmas creature feature

Krampus review: frustratingly flat Christmas creature feature

Screenwriter Michael Dougherty makes his directorial follow-up to 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat in Krampus, once again delivering a dark, comedic horror that takes glee in drawing out the darker side of the season. Much as Trick ‘r Treat explored the threat lurking beneath some familiar Halloween rituals, Krampus finds a...
Anne Hardy's 'FIELD' is a new, immersively compelling installation

Anne Hardy’s ‘FIELD’ is a new, immersively compelling installation

Modern Art Oxford has been a bastion for contemporary art outside of the London bubble. Celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, the gallery pulls a roster of acclaimed artists under the leadership of its current Director, Paul Hobson, to take over the city-centre space drawing even the hardiest of crowds...
Lucien Freud - A Closer Look at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark - A touching insight

Lucien Freud – A Closer Look at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark – A touching insight

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark recently showed a collection of etchings by one of the greatest British artists of the last century – Lucien Freud. The etchings give a heart-warming insight in to Freud’s charming mentality and affection for his sitters through carefully crafted lines that circumscribe...
Artist and Empire at Tate Britain - Imperial Art at it's best

Artist and Empire at Tate Britain – Imperial Art at it’s best

With the opening of the Tate Britain’s winter exhibition, Artist and Empire, Britain’s rather shady Imperial past is thrown firmly back into the limelight. While Imperial art traces a journey of cultural awakening and appropriation we may not be entirely proud of, it nonetheless is a journey that has profoundly...
Hugh L. Beattie – ‘London Ancient & Modern’

Hugh L. Beattie – ‘London Ancient & Modern’

Hugh Beattie’s recent paintings, currently exhibited at the Royal Opera Arcade in Mayfair, are a paean to the creative and enterprising spirit of London. There are few other cities in the world that have such a long history and yet are so open to bold, cutting edge architectural projects; the...
Sunset Song review: uncontrived and uncompromising

Sunset Song review: uncontrived and uncompromising

Sunset Song sounds unbearably quaint: the title is saccharine and practically nonsensical, and the trailer doesn’t help – all gold scroll-like font, tinkling music and a prettification of the Scottish countryside. Both belie the film’s real beauty and force. Terence Davies’s film is an adaptation of a 1932 novel by...
Restaurant Review: Jar Kitchen, Covent Garden

Restaurant Review: Jar Kitchen, Covent Garden

A cosy, comforting island nestled between Covent Garden and Holborn, Jar Kitchen is a refreshingly down-to-earth restaurant that opened earlier this year in May. True to its name, jars are a prominent element of the décor, whether used for storage or re-purposed as lampshades and tealight holders. Stripped wooden floors...
Garcon Jon shoots The Leisure Club by Original Penguin

Garcon Jon shoots The Leisure Club by Original Penguin

Continuing their partnership with celebrated British photographer, Jonathan Daniel Pryce, and Chris Benns, Hunger Magazine’s fashion editor, Original Penguin launches the Leisure Club collection. Selecting five creative who are leaders in their particular fields, contributing to London’s creative scene, was the starting point for Pryce and Benns to showcase this...
Bridge of Spies review: impeccably produced Cold War drama

Bridge of Spies review: impeccably produced Cold War drama

It’d be unfair to claim that Steven Spielberg has been making bad films over the past decade or so, at least if we choose to be merciful and forget (though not forgive) the huge misfire of the fourth Indiana Jones. However, what’s striking about his recent filmography is the absence...
Seven Dials and St. Martin's Courtyard Christmas Shopping event  in London

Seven Dials and St. Martin’s Courtyard Christmas Shopping event in London

London’s leading shopping destinations Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard are hosting an exclusive, free shopping party on Thursday 3rd December. For one night only between 5-9pm, over 100-fashion stores, beauty brands, hotels, bars and restaurants will offer a 20% discount as well as a mixture of free experiential activities....
The Happy Hippo Family bring Swedish rock to London

The Happy Hippo Family bring Swedish rock to London

Last Wednesday The Happy Hippo Family came all the way over from Sweden to perform two sets in London. The Swedish band brought their cool vibes to the Old Queen’s Head, where they played an energetic and cheerful set, which included their new single Two Blocks Down. The Happy Hippo...
Peter Blake: Portraits and People at Waddington Custot Galleries

Peter Blake: Portraits and People at Waddington Custot Galleries

While you might know him for his iconic cover design for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, British artist Peter Blake’s career expands well beyond this emblem of the 1960s. Though he is often called a Pop artist, Blake has turned his hand equally successfully to realist...
Black Mass review: Johnny Depp returns to frightening form

Black Mass review: Johnny Depp returns to frightening form

There’s nary a silly hat in sight in Black Mass, widely touted as Johnny Depp’s return to form. After a recent filmography that’s been more miss than hit, it’s refreshing to see the character actor set frivolousness to the side and take relish in a truly dark turn – though...
'A Year in Paper' at The Beaumont Hotel

‘A Year in Paper’ at The Beaumont Hotel

When The Beaumont appeared on London’s hotel scene last November, we knew it wasn’t just any old place. Perhaps it was the quiet sophistication of the interiors, perhaps the stark addition of Anthony Gormley’s one-off sculptural suite. A year on, The Beaumont has proven its commitment to innovation and old-world...
British Fashion Awards 2015: The Winners

British Fashion Awards 2015: The Winners

It was a definitely a night of celebration for British fashion at last night’s British Fashion Awards, for one designer in particular. J.W. Anderson scooped both the menswear and womenswear designer of the year awards, marking a stand out year for the Northern Irish designer, who also helms Spanish label,...
Restaurant Review: Four Hundred Rabbits, Crystal Palace

Restaurant Review: Four Hundred Rabbits, Crystal Palace

Sometimes, simple pleasures are the best, and it’s easy to think that the founders of new restaurant Four Hundred Rabbits agree. Pizza, beer and ice cream aren’t always seen as the most sophisticated culinary exploits, but when done well, they’re undeniably hard to beat. And Four Hundred Rabbits does them...
Titian to Canaletto – Drawing in Venice at the Ashmolean in Oxford

Titian to Canaletto – Drawing in Venice at the Ashmolean in Oxford

Venetian art, from a historical perspective, has a reputation for being bright, bold and dramatic. Many of the best Renaissance artists emerged from the palazzo filled lagoon, and helped push drama in to art to forge the Baroque. Yet the latest show at the brilliant Ashmolean Museum in Oxford starts...
Pop-up barbers Burleigh Gentlemen's Club in Soho, London

Pop-up barbers Burleigh Gentlemen’s Club in Soho, London

The famous pottery company Burleigh, are opening the Burleigh Gentlemen’s Club on Greek Street in Soho this week – and it’s a pop-up with a conscience. To coincide with Movember – the movement that has taken the upper lips of Britain’s men by storm, the store is offering wet shaves...
Love review: graphic, sentimental and occasionally moving relationship drama

Love review: graphic, sentimental and occasionally moving relationship drama

Sentiment and sex go hand in hand in Love, the fourth feature film from acclaimed director Gaspar Noé. Best known for bringing violence and depravity to the screen in Irreversible and Enter the Void, the director mostly sets his darker tendencies to the side here, offering a surprisingly sweet and...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 review: a rousing, nail-biting finale

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 review: a rousing, nail-biting finale

The Hunger Games finale arrives with aplomb, showcasing its two main strengths, innovative deaths and political commentary, all wrapped around a teen romance. For those who haven’t kept up to date with the films (or books), Mockingjay – Part 2 centres around Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who has unwittingly become the face...
Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Sanderson, one of the most iconic hotels of this millennia, is as well known for its Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea as it is for its glittering clientele and star-studded parties. Part of Morgans Hotel Group (counting Mondrian London and the recently revamped St Martins Lane as its sister...
Aqua Kyoto’s New 'Food as Art' Menu

Aqua Kyoto’s New ‘Food as Art’ Menu

The aqua Restaurant Group has a penchant for views, specifically, for great sparkling cityscapes. Their base in Hong Kong has a panorama from a 30th floor outpost beside the harbour, while in London they have three venues on Regent Street, including aqua kyoto, and one in The Shard. And while the...
Tangerine review: a ferocious, frivolous onslaught

Tangerine review: a ferocious, frivolous onslaught

Wending its way through a sun-drenched, sleazy West Hollywood, Tangerine is a one-trans-woman mission to track down her philandering, affianced pimp. Just out of jail, as the holiday season reaches its height, Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) goes hard. When her long-suffering friend Alexandra (Mya Taylor) let’s slip about Sin...
Exhibition On Screen launches ‘Goya - Visions of Flesh and Blood’

Exhibition On Screen launches ‘Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood’

Open-air screenings of opera and ballet have become something of a summer event. With their popularity clear to see from the crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square, it is no wonder that the National Gallery should jump on board. They first collaborated with Exhibition On Screen back in 2012 to film...
The Hallow review: lean, tense modern horror

The Hallow review: lean, tense modern horror

Setting aside the Leprechaun franchise (though why anyone would ever want to set aside treasures like Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood is beyond me), Irish folklore remains curiously untapped by the film industry, and it’s with that in mind that Corin Hardy took to it for his debut feature, The...
Lalique and Patrón: a most sophisticated tequila

Lalique and Patrón: a most sophisticated tequila

  Think “tequila,” and you might recall debaucherous nights with blurred edges and a salt and citrus aftertaste. But we like to think we’ve grown up, and so too has our old friend – well, Mexico’s premier tequila distiller Patrón certainly has done anyway. A partnership with Lalique, masters of...
An interview with the artist Rebecca Grant

An interview with the artist Rebecca Grant

Rebecca Grant is a woman in high demand. She’s currently starring in the hit play “Dinner with Saddam” at the Menier Chocolate Factory and I caught up with her coming off the stage. Rebecca is a singer, dancer, and actress, but she is more than just a triple threat. She...
The Amazing World of MC Escher, Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Amazing World of MC Escher, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Organisation of the work of MC Escher is a highly intriguing concept, and one that I imagine the curators of this touring show took extremely cautiously, as the work itself defiantly avoids classification. At the start of the exhibition, on now at Dulwich Picture Gallery, the introductory panel states that...
Mission Bar & Woodford Reserve's Olive Oil Old Fashioned

Mission Bar & Woodford Reserve’s Olive Oil Old Fashioned

Daunting concept aside, the Olive Oil Old Fashioned is a surprisingly easy drink to get along with. It’s one of the latest creations of Marcis Dzelzainis, the head bartender at Bethnal Green’s Mission, and formerly of fine cocktail pedigree including 69 Colebrooke Row and Satan’s Whiskers, just around the corner...
Brooklyn review: immaculately acted, cloyingly sentimental

Brooklyn review: immaculately acted, cloyingly sentimental

In one scene in Brooklyn, a young woman, Eilis, (Saoirse Ronan) goes to lay flowers on the grave of a loved one.  The music swells; the shot lingers for one second too long, perhaps, on the bunches of violets on the ground; and the camera gets so close to Ronan’s...
Kill Your Friends review: desperate to shock

Kill Your Friends review: desperate to shock

Based on the novel of the same name, Kill Your Friends is an interesting peek into the music industry and the representatives who are trusted to find the latest hit. What you find is a mix of alcohol, drugs, debauchery, murder, blackmail and somewhere in between someone makes a song....
Limor Gottlieb in conversation with the artist Secundino Hernández

Limor Gottlieb in conversation with the artist Secundino Hernández

Everyone Wants A Piece Of Secundino Hernández. The artist’s career is taking off fast, and his work has attracted strong international interest over the past years. Over the course of his career, Secundino Hernández developed his style – a mix of action painting that elicits former artistic works from El...
Drawing Blood: Graham Humphreys' macabre posters find new life

Drawing Blood: Graham Humphreys’ macabre posters find new life

Graham Humphreys draws blood. Lots of it. With poster designs for horror classics The Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street, along with countless B-movie gore fests, he’s made his name for himself as an illustrator of viscera. Surveying the current exhibition of his work at Proud Galleries in...
Under Milk Wood review: a striking, stylised adaptation

Under Milk Wood review: a striking, stylised adaptation

“To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters’-and-rabbits’ wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea.” Under Milk Wood was written as a BBC radio play in 1954 by legendary...
Old Harry Captains Our Favourite Autumn Knitwear

Old Harry Captains Our Favourite Autumn Knitwear

British brand Old Harry only does one thing; knitwear. Doing one thing perfectly was their aim when they launched this autumn, inspired by the British seaside. Their first collection, for both men and women, is designed in Britain and made with 100% high quality cotton, perfect for those days that...
Frank Auberach at Marlborough Fine Art

Frank Auberach at Marlborough Fine Art

With a highly appraised retrospective currently open at the Tate Britain – the first major exhibition to showcase Frank Auerbach’s work since A New Spirit in Painting at the Royal Academy in 2001, and an exhibition running simultaneously at Marlborough Fine Art, the humble artist, known within the art world...
John Armstrong: Paintings 1938-1958 - An Enchanted Distance at Piano Nobile

John Armstrong: Paintings 1938-1958 – An Enchanted Distance at Piano Nobile

John Armstrong’s paintings are an enigma. Over a period in which many artists turned to abstraction, Armstrong remained firmly figurative, yet his spaces are hard to define and his symbolism elusive. Perhaps best known for his participation in the short-lived movement ‘Unit One’, founded by Paul Nash along with Barbara...
Rachel Maggart's New Britannia: Reinventing British Iconography - a punk two fingers up at painting metaphors

Rachel Maggart’s New Britannia: Reinventing British Iconography – a punk two fingers up at painting metaphors

New Britannia: Reinventing British Iconography is a series of ten painted collages on display from 12 October at Roast Restaurant in Borough Market by Rachel Maggart. Born in Rochester, NY, but raised in Knoxville TN, and educated in Dallas TX, Paris, France, and New York City, Rachel had a unconventional route...
Candid's top ten things to do in Paris during FIAC

Candid’s top ten things to do in Paris during FIAC

For those of you who haven’t had enough of art after Frieze week in London, and have hopped on over to Paris for the French equivalent, FIAC (Fiore Internationale d’Art Contemporain), Candid Magazine have compiled our handy  guide of ten things to do around town to give you a break...
Spectre review: classic Bond brought into the modern day

Spectre review: classic Bond brought into the modern day

Brash, muscular and operatic in scale, Spectre is a Bond film roaring with confidence, but masking some uncomfortable flaws that separate it from the character’s best. An extraordinary opening sequence set during Mexico City’s Day of the Dead celebrations quickly establishes director Sam Mendes’ lofty ambitions. A long tracking shot follows...
Listen to Me Marlon review: a hypnotic, heartbreaking documentary

Listen to Me Marlon review: a hypnotic, heartbreaking documentary

Crafted primarily from audio recordings made throughout his lifetime, Listen to Me Marlon is a rare thing: a posthumous, autobiographical documentary, as Marlon Brando details his life and career in his own words. Brando’s recordings come from a collection of hundreds of hours of personal audio diaries, offering a frank...
Camden Arts Centre ‘Edgelands’ exhibition - Ben Rivers

Camden Arts Centre ‘Edgelands’ exhibition – Ben Rivers

Having been so widely exhibited within the last year at high profile locations including the British Film Institute, BBC Television Centre, Kate MacGarry, and now this large-scale show at Camden Arts Centre, Ben Rivers is using the environmental crisis in which we find ourselves as the conduit for his poignant,...
First Impression – An Exhibition by Edward Akrout at Hoxtown Gallery

First Impression – An Exhibition by Edward Akrout at Hoxtown Gallery

Guests gathered under fairy lights whilst sipping gin cocktails on the garden patio of the effortlessly cool Hoxton Hotel in London – the creative crowd had turned out in support of actor and artist Edward Akrout at the opening of his latest exhibition First Impression at Hoxtown Gallery. The corridors...
Candid Magazine visits the studio of artist Eloise Dorr

Candid Magazine visits the studio of artist Eloise Dorr

London based artist Eloise Dorr has been creating paintings and prints from her studio for a hip counter-culture crowd for years now. Influenced largely by skate culture, she is widely known for using skateboards as her canvases. Her images are colourful and fun – charming illustrations of a shadowy figure having...
James Long x MCM's Collaboration Has Landed

James Long x MCM’s Collaboration Has Landed

Not since 2007, when Dolce & Gabbana sent its men down the runway to the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey in white and silver astronaut suits, have we lusted so much over some space-age streetwear – until now. British designer James Long has teamed up with German, leather-goods maker...
MULTIPLIED 2015: Contemporary Editions Fair - Christie’s, 16-18 October

MULTIPLIED 2015: Contemporary Editions Fair – Christie’s, 16-18 October

MULTIPLIED, ‘the UK’s only fair dedicated to contemporary art in editions’, is now in its sixth year. It has quietly established itself as a respected satellite of Frieze (thirteen this year), fulfilling an important function in the art world calendar. For while the majority of Frieze visitors go only to...
Kate MacGarry and Peter McDonald at Frieze - the magic of the one artist booth

Kate MacGarry and Peter McDonald at Frieze – the magic of the one artist booth

In a few hours of this being written, the curtains will be closing on another week of London art fair crazy, as it shifts itself over to Paris for FIAC and another few days of hard selling. Before we kiss goodbye it’d be good to take a few minutes to...
Steve Jobs review: stylish but self-aggrandizing biopic

Steve Jobs review: stylish but self-aggrandizing biopic

Windows devotees will find much to appreciate in Steve Jobs – slick, stylish and ultimately devoid of much substance, it has much in common with Apple products as described by their fiercest critics. Director Danny Boyle partners with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for this unusually structured biopic, which captures the Apple...
Candid Loves... Mallet Footwear

Candid Loves… Mallet Footwear

There is no doubting that the British footwear market has seen a shift to a more casual aesthetic, Nike’s Huarache and Adidas’s Yeezy being the most cult of recent times. Skate styles are now worn in the boardroom as well as the halfpipe, while New Balance – not necessarily British but...
My Scientology Movie review: Louis Theroux breaks the formula

My Scientology Movie review: Louis Theroux breaks the formula

Across his body of work as a documentarian, Louis Theroux has covered a vast array of topics, groups and points of view, but there have been two simple constants: first, his chosen method, to enter groups, families and organisations to get to know the people involved on a personal level;...
Fierce Festival, Birmingham - Live art, collision, hyperlocal and supernow.

Fierce Festival, Birmingham – Live art, collision, hyperlocal and supernow.

Now in its sixth year under current artistic directors Laura Mcdermott and Harun Morrison (but originally founded by Mark Ball), Fierce Festival is a contemporary art festival based across multiple venues throughout Birmingham. Artists from all over the work have been carefully selected and curated with a focus on four...
Carol review: sumptuous but emotionally empty romance

Carol review: sumptuous but emotionally empty romance

At times during Carol, Todd Haynes’ film adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, Rooney Mara strikingly recalls Audrey Hepburn. She is captivating throughout and, judged on celluloid charisma alone, deserves a prize for being one of the very few who can outshine the impeccably beautiful Cate Blanchett on screen. Both...
Moniker Art Fair and Patrón Tequila

Moniker Art Fair and Patrón Tequila

Now in its sixth year, Moniker Art Fair in East London’s Old Truman Brewery is becoming a firm fixture during the week in October when the good, the bad and the ugly descend on London for a heady mix of fairs, exhibitions, auctions and parties. Moniker shares its premises with The...
Keith Sonnier, ‘Light Works’, MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain) Nice, France. 

Keith Sonnier, ‘Light Works’, MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain) Nice, France. 

Famously, Post-Impressionist painters flocked to the south of France in search of the area’s unique late summer light. Today, there’s a similar reason to head south: an important exhibition of over thirty light-based artworks by American artist Keith Sonnier. ‘Light Works’ at Nice’s MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain)...
Frank Auerbach at The Tate - a Tour de Force

Frank Auerbach at The Tate – a Tour de Force

I’ll bet you’ve heard, at one point or another, of some cinematic masterpiece praised as a tour de force; a defining role. Well, Frank Auerbach is a one man show. And the exhibition at Tate Britain is certainly a tour de force. Moreover, his painings define him and are an...
La Musica at Young Vic, London

La Musica at Young Vic, London

Originally a play written by a classic figure in the world of existentialist literature, Marguerite Duras, La Musica can now be seen in this contemporary, 21st century incarnation thanks to Jeff James at London’s Young Vic theatre. In terms of what the play relates to, without wanting to give too...
The Lobster review: a precise and hilarious satire

The Lobster review: a precise and hilarious satire

The Lobster is the bold, striking English-language debut of Greek satirist Yorgos Lanthimos. At once cynical, cutting and violent, it also indulges in moments of sweetness and endearingly off-beat sense of humour. Colin Farrell is David, whose wife has just left him. Now single, he must enter The Hotel, a...
The Witch review: taut, stylish, vicious horror

The Witch review: taut, stylish, vicious horror

The Salem Witch Trials were a shocking demonstration of what happens when fear and suspicion run rampant. The Witch is a shocking demonstration of what happens when that fear and suspicion turn out to be all too well-founded. The directorial debut of Robert Eggers, this Sundance favourite is an intense, unrelenting...
Room review: harrowing and exquisite

Room review: harrowing and exquisite

What do you tell a child born into captivity, confined to a garden shed with ‘Ma’, denied access to the outside world, to all human contact beyond his mother and his captor? For Brie Larson in the astonishing Room, you make sure that he doesn’t even know there’s a world...
High-Rise review: a frustrating, fragmented failure

High-Rise review: a frustrating, fragmented failure

Acclaimed British director has once again brought his stylistic heft to bear in this adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 novel of the same name, but beneath the striking visuals and unsettling tone, there’s frustratingly little of substance. Tom Hiddleston is Dr. Robert Laing, the new occupant of a 25th floor...
Raffey Cassidy interview: Tomorrowland, George Clooney and driving at 13

Raffey Cassidy interview: Tomorrowland, George Clooney and driving at 13

Having just turned into a teenager, Raffey Cassidy has gone above and beyond what most thirteen-year-olds have achieved. She began her acting career in 2009 on British TV, and a few short years later she has filmed alongside Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman and now Hollywood royalty...
Peripheral Visions: A Solo Exhibition of Olga Chernysheva at GRAD London

Peripheral Visions: A Solo Exhibition of Olga Chernysheva at GRAD London

At first glance, Peripheral Visions, the solo exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed Moscow-based artist Olga Chernysheva, now on at GRAD London, looks rather…grey. On entering the show, however, our first impression of monochromatic dullness was completely reversed. The walls of this relatively new Russian art gallery, opened in 2013,...
Art Licks Weekend London 2-4 October

Art Licks Weekend London 2-4 October

Art Licks Weekend is like a treasure hunt. Now in its third year, the festival for young emerging artists, curators and project spaces organised by Holly Willats has grown exponentially to involve over ninety venues from Hackney to Deptford. I began my tour at Queens Road Peckham station where I...
Why you will want an Apple Watch, eventually.

Why you will want an Apple Watch, eventually.

As the Apple Watch undergoes its latest incarnation by French luxury house Hèrmes, Euan Plater looks into how trends in technology grow, and why we will all be wearing tech soon, even if we haven’t been won over yet. Wearable tech, whatever that actually applies to, has been the hot...
Is London The World's Fashion Tech Capital?

Is London The World’s Fashion Tech Capital?

Candid’s 11th issue, on sale now, celebrates the worlds of tech and fashion. On the day that Net-A-Porter – one of the most prominent and innovative fashion tech companies of the last decade –  who has this year merged Yoox to become Yoox Net-A-Porter Group makes its debut on the Italian...
Sotheby’s Made In Britain sale – 20th century home-grown talent - a review

Sotheby’s Made In Britain sale – 20th century home-grown talent – a review

The latest and third instalment of the biannual Sotheby’s Made In Britain sale had something for everyone. Fine Art, Prints, Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics and Design were purchased for sums between £175 and almost £100,000. A sale total of £2,369,610 was achieved, equal to that of the first auction but less...
Adidas’ Gary Aspden talks to Candid about his northern roots, Acid House parties, and staging The Stone Roses’ secret gig at Village Underground

Adidas’ Gary Aspden talks to Candid about his northern roots, Acid House parties, and staging The Stone Roses’ secret gig at Village Underground

Brand expert, consultant and designer, Gary Aspden sat down to talk to Candid recently about the influence of his northern working-class roots on shaping his career at Adidas. Rated twice as one of the top 100 most influential people in fashion by The Face Magazine, Aspden has created significant connections...
Filmmakers Chat: Ramin Bahrani and the truth that inspired humanistic thriller 99 Homes

Filmmakers Chat: Ramin Bahrani and the truth that inspired humanistic thriller 99 Homes

Hailing from North Carolina, Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has made a name for himself in the festival circuit with his first five films having screened at Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and Telluride. Bahrani has won numerous awards including the “Someone to Watch” Spirit Award (Chop Shop, 2008), the critic’s...
The case of butterflies: Opera conductor Paul Wingfield, on working with the hip cousin of Glyndebourne.

The case of butterflies: Opera conductor Paul Wingfield, on working with the hip cousin of Glyndebourne.

It was all the rage in the naughties; the film industry cottoned on to the macabre trend in Japanese horror. The stories of the Heian period (794 – 1185; the last division of classical Japanese history, considered by many to be the pinnacle of the country’s artistic expression) were suddenly...
Floris – Jermyn Street, a new scent inspired by St. James's

Floris – Jermyn Street, a new scent inspired by St. James’s

  The oldest perfumer in the country, Floris, has launched a new menswear scent inspired by the iconic menswear paradise of Jermyn Street. Floris, holder of the Royal Warrant to provide toiletries to Prince Charles, has operated from the same premises on Jermyn Street for nearly 300 years and is...
TOPMAN: THIS IS DENIM

TOPMAN: THIS IS DENIM

Topman has for years now been the menswear go-to for everything from skinny suits to hoodies to cutting-edge styles that the rest of the high street has yet to catch up on. They also sell more jeans than any other men’s retailer – at least this is what I am...
Tetsumi Kudo, 22 Sep – 21 Nov 2015, Hauser & Wirth London - Discovering a beautiful dystopia

Tetsumi Kudo, 22 Sep – 21 Nov 2015, Hauser & Wirth London – Discovering a beautiful dystopia

The first thing I noticed walking into Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo’s opening at Hauser & Wirth was a distinct plastic scent. A putrid odour of newness and artificiality, of materials man-made and industrially fabricated, like the smell of a new car’s interior. Emanating from stretches of green artificial grass covering the gallery’s interior,...
Filmmakers Chat: Anton Corbijn talks "Life"

Filmmakers Chat: Anton Corbijn talks “Life”

For an incredibly talented artist like Anton Corbijn, the move from photography to filmmaking was only going to be a matter of time. Regarded as one of the most influential photographers both in the world of music and in the world of portraiture photography, Corbijn discovered photography though his love...
Alberto Bertoldi – Clouds, a series of paintings at Moatti Masters|Contemporary – A refreshing approach to galleries.

Alberto Bertoldi – Clouds, a series of paintings at Moatti Masters|Contemporary – A refreshing approach to galleries.

Moatti Masters|Contemporary is the new venture by the established gallery-owner Emmanuel Moatti. Located on the Mount Street in Mayfair, London, it looks set to challenge the traditional gallery-format. Unhappy with the white-cube spaces of the contemporary-art world and their impersonal approach to art, and simultaneously dissatisfied at the dilating chasm...
Judy Chicago: Star Cunts & Other Attractions at Riflemaker

Judy Chicago: Star Cunts & Other Attractions at Riflemaker

  ‘Star Cunts & Other Attractions’ is a fittingly lurid title for this exhibition of Judy Chicago’s early works on display at Riflemaker in Soho. The show includes test plates from the now (in)famous The Dinner Party, alongside cooler, abstracted works from Chicago’s early flirtation with minimalism – the exhibition is a...
VIVA Arts Festival, Valetta, Malta - Contemporary art finding it's feet on the island

VIVA Arts Festival, Valetta, Malta – Contemporary art finding it’s feet on the island

Malta has a strong heritage when it comes to the arts. From some of the earliest known civilisations of idol making Bronze Age people being found on the northern island of Gozo, to Caravaggio creating his masterpiece The Beheading of John the Baptist in the Cathedral of The Knights of...
Above the stag, under the arches

Above the stag, under the arches

Underneath a railway arch in Vauxhall, nestled between garages and gyms fronted with corrugated iron doors, sits the Above The Stag theatre. It is, to date, the only full-time professional LGBT theatre in the UK, producing theatre with an emphasis on gay lives. A quick glance at their past seasons...
Julien Macdonald debuts menswear at London Fashion Week

Julien Macdonald debuts menswear at London Fashion Week

Europe’s largest meat market was an unusual choice for Julien Macdonald to stage his dazzling spring/summer 2016 show, but as the crowd of Made In Chelsea and Strictly’s finest piled in, braving the background smell of raw meat as they did, there was a few more men in the front...
Royal Academy of Arts Presents: Ai Weiwei

Royal Academy of Arts Presents: Ai Weiwei

In an age where video surveillance is increasingly compromising our personal privacy, artist Ai Weiwei speaks a universal language for our times. The penetrative artist is the focus of a major exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts in London, opening on the 19 September 2015, and it’s his first...
Revealed at the Sofitel St James - photographs of famous artists at work

Revealed at the Sofitel St James – photographs of famous artists at work

In celebration of fifty years of French elegance, the Sofitel Hotel St James, London, is host to a small but inspirational photography exhibition curated by Pablo Picasso’s grandson, Olivier Wildmaier Picasso. In an attempt to understand the creative journey, from conception to completion, Revealed presents thirty unique photographs of some...
Fashion designer Sadie Clayton in discussion with Candid Magazine about where Fashion meets Art

Fashion designer Sadie Clayton in discussion with Candid Magazine about where Fashion meets Art

Fashion designer Sadie Clayton recently caught up with Candid Magazine to talk about her passions, her creative ideas and her ‘wearable art’ collections. Innovative fashion designer, Sadie Clayton, has garnered a significant amount of attention since she launched her first collection last year. The gifted designer has already been invited...
The World Goes Pop as Tate Modern Bursts the Bubble on Western Pop Art

The World Goes Pop as Tate Modern Bursts the Bubble on Western Pop Art

The Tate’s new offering is one of old works, but despite the walls of The World Goes Pop being filled with the art of the 60s and 70s, we are told that this is not a retrospective style offering, but a re-education of sorts. Pop Art, with its borrowed stylings...
Banksy's Dismaland - Hype can be a terrible thing

Banksy’s Dismaland – Hype can be a terrible thing

Hype can be a terrible thing. In most cases, it comes about when an event is so anticipated by the public, that visitors work up unrealistic expectations. As far as anticipation and high expectations go, Dismaland is up there. With Banksy and Damien Hirst attaching their names to the “most...
Serge DeNimes AW15: Candid Talks To Oliver Proudlock

Serge DeNimes AW15: Candid Talks To Oliver Proudlock

Candid Magazine’s fashion features editor Mikael Jack talks to Oliver Proudlock as the Serge DeNimes autumn/winter 2015 collection launches. Pop-ups are becoming something of a fixture on London’s fashion scene. The formula is usually predictable: a cool East End warehouse, former brewery or shipping container; a launch party, fuelled by...
Highlights: Chelsea College of Arts – Postgraduate Summer Show 2015

Highlights: Chelsea College of Arts – Postgraduate Summer Show 2015

Attending a student art show is always something of a mixed rag. Whilst it’s a wonderful chance to see the work of fresh-faced ‘up and coming’ artists, and get a sense of the trends, themes, and aesthetics we might expect in gallery shows over the next few years; the best...
Jennifer Rubell: Not Alone, at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Jennifer Rubell: Not Alone, at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Artist Jennifer Rubell is best known for her food performances: pieces that sometimes echo Rirkrit Tiravanija’s exercises in relational aesthetics from the nineties. In 2007 Rubell organised a huge banquet that fed 2,000, with a pair of latex gloves for each visitor alongside a hard boiled egg, and in 2009...
Carsten Höller at Southbank Centre

Carsten Höller at Southbank Centre

Deciding whether or not to brave the outside world on a particularly grey London day is a big judgment call in itself. That is not the last choice to be made if you have tickets to Carsten Höller’s Decision at the Hayward Gallery. Visitors, as well as anybody with common...
Jacques-Henri Latrigue: Collecting Life in Colour, Paris

Jacques-Henri Latrigue: Collecting Life in Colour, Paris

“Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality… one can’t possess reality – one can possess images”, writes America author Susan Sontag in On Photography (1977). Jacques Henri Lartigue may however have well disagreed with Sontag. The French photographer, whose coloured plates are exhibited for the first time at the Maison...
Chatsworth's – Art Out Loud Festival 2015

Chatsworth’s – Art Out Loud Festival 2015

Also known as ‘The Palace of the Peaks’, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is undoubtedly one of the country’s best-known and best-loved country houses. For many Londoners, however, making the trek to the Peak District can seem a bit much. A new event...
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva: Fragility, at Fabrica, Brighton

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva: Fragility, at Fabrica, Brighton

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s latest site-specific installation Fragility fills the former church that now houses Brighton’s Fabrica art gallery with a series of delicate veils. Made of a curious ghostly substance that invites closer inspection, the veils are made of caul fat: a pale, web-like membrane from a pig’s stomach, that fans...
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971 at Museum of Modern Art

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971 at Museum of Modern Art

In 1971, Yoko Ono placed a small ad in the Village Voice announcing her unofficial ‘One Woman Show’ at what she called the Museum of Modern [F]art. When visitors arrived however, there was little indication of her work. A sign outside the museum said the artist had released flies on...
Black's: An Ambiguous Space

Black’s: An Ambiguous Space

Black’s, a private member’s club in the heart of Soho that prides itself on being a space for the ‘extraordinarily interesting and interested’. As the antithesis of White’s, Black’s draws a trendier, one could even say, rather more bohemian crowd. The wooden floorboards, gorgeous fireplaces and atmospheric but cramped bar...
Fighting History at Tate Britain

Fighting History at Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s Fighting History Exhibition aims to examine the course of British History Painting, especially when examining issues surrounding war. I think. It’s not entirely clear from the outset. Tate seems to have a knack for ignoring chronology and curating shows by disjointedly jumbling he artworks around the walls in...
Seven Dials presents: Spotlight

Seven Dials presents: Spotlight

A free open-air free art, music and comedy festival in the heart of London on Saturday 15th August. Seven Dials, London’s go to art, fashion, lifestyle and restaurant destination is hosting Spotlight, a free one-day music, arts and comedy festival compered by Radio 1’s Alice Levine, who was seen hosting...
Original Penguin Celebrates Sixty Years With A New Store

Original Penguin Celebrates Sixty Years With A New Store

Original Penguin has a lot to celebrate this year, with some exciting collections and collaborations and a new UK store in their 60th year. A packed party in London’s Shoreditch to toast their diamond year earlier this month made it clear what a diverse and loyal following the brand have,...
Hip Hop Revolution at The Museum of the City of New York

Hip Hop Revolution at The Museum of the City of New York

Riding on New York City’s subway is an evocative experience. Images of classic movies such as The Warriors – a film that depicts gang culture in the city during the economically depressed 1970s, and Beat Street – the 1984 movie about Hip Hop and Graffiti that places the artist as...
Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery -­ Spazio Visivo | Beyond Sight

Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery -­ Spazio Visivo | Beyond Sight

At a time where the world of contemporary art is constantly moving and thus diversifying, new means emerge to both experience and research themes found in art practice. Hence, collaborations such as that of interdisciplinary duo Spazio Visivo are becoming more commonplace. Exciting ventures such as that which has produced...
Matthew Lawrence - Beneath The Surface Of The Day

Matthew Lawrence – Beneath The Surface Of The Day

This weekend the artist Matthew Lawrence lays bare the contents of his head in an intense and evocative first solo show; ‘Beneath The Surface Of The Day’, a show which has been three years in its creation. Held in the industrial warehouse setting of an ex-pencil factory in Seven Sisters,...
Celebrated Artist ZOOBS Explains Why he created his powerful Madonna & Fracked Baby piece

Celebrated Artist ZOOBS Explains Why he created his powerful Madonna & Fracked Baby piece

Los Angeles based artist ZOOBS sat down to talk to Candid about why he created his evocative Madonna & Fracked Child piece recently. The artist’s innovative style blends mixed media to create powerful, thought provoking images that capture life in its most diverse, and sometimes harrowing forms. His evolution as a...
There Will Be Blood Live at the Southbank Centre

There Will Be Blood Live at the Southbank Centre

Talking Head’s co-founder David Byrne is curating a live music and film event at The Southbank Centre in London this August. Byrne has often brought sound and cinema together – he acted in, and directed films, creating the stage design and choreography of Talking Heads’ concert film Stop Making Sense...
Shirley Baker: Women, Children and Loitering Men at The Photographer's Gallery

Shirley Baker: Women, Children and Loitering Men at The Photographer’s Gallery

Shirley Baker was a pioneer of social documentary photography in Britain – especially so for being a woman in a traditionally male profession (unions restricted women working as press photographers until the 1960s). Still not widely known, Baker has finally been given a well-deserved retrospective at The Photographers’ Gallery in...
Bye Bye Balenciaga

Bye Bye Balenciaga

Alexander Wang will leave Balenciaga, the French couture house confirmed this morning. After days and weeks of rumour and speculation about the American designer’s future (or lack of, more specifically) at the brand, a statement to WWD this morning said: “Balenciaga and Alexander Wang today announce their joint decision not...
Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home at the Leica Gallery, Los Angeles

Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home at the Leica Gallery, Los Angeles

One of the more visible problems in America, whether it’s in New York City or on California’s west coast, is the extreme social divide – and no one captures it better than photographer Eli Reed. His recent exhibition, Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home, at the Leica Gallery in Los...
Spin at Magma: A 360° Living Portrait Of A Design Studio

Spin at Magma: A 360° Living Portrait Of A Design Studio

The art bookshop magma is something of an institution – a bastion of print in the digital age; it has always pushed to preserve the physical, even if combined with digital technologies. Founded in Seven Dials in 2000 by two friends who met while working in the failing bookstores of...
Hedi Slimane To Bring Couture Back To Saint Laurent

Hedi Slimane To Bring Couture Back To Saint Laurent

More than a decade after it last showed a couture collection – by the company’s late founding designer – Yves Saint Laurent couture is to return, the house announced today. Guided by creative director Hedi Slimane, a 17th century mansion on Paris’s Left Bank has been chosen to house house...
Bruce Conner: Crossroads, at Thomas Dane Gallery

Bruce Conner: Crossroads, at Thomas Dane Gallery

Bruce Conner’s iconic 1976 film ‘Crossroads’ is presented by Thomas Dane Gallery whose Duke Street space is transformed into a cinematic experience with the projection covering an entire end wall and the soundtrack all-encompassing, immersive. In its 36 minutes duration, the film presents footage of one of the first nuclear...
Oliver Sweeney Celebrate 25 Years With First Fragrance

Oliver Sweeney Celebrate 25 Years With First Fragrance

British shoe maker Oliver Sweeney has found an original way to celebrate its silver anniversary – adding a new string to its bow in doing so – by launching its first fragrance. Completing the menswear offering which over 25 years has incorporated accessories and ready-to-wear to sit alongside the brand’s...
An interview with Ki Price

An interview with Ki Price

Sitting by the fountains on a sunny afternoon at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College, images of the late iconic designer Alexander McQueen, and the many other award-winning designers to have emerged from the university are conjured in the mind. The location is where we meet Vivienne Westwood’s favored photographer,...
Barbers, Butchers and Bourbon

Barbers, Butchers and Bourbon

A butcher and a barber don’t make for the most obvious collaboration (not least given some uncomfortable Sweeney Todd associations), but that’s exactly what happened when Ruffians Barbers partnered with the Wild Game Co. and Bulleit Bourbon for their second ever pop-up supper club. Ruffians’ Covent Garden store serves as...
Birra Moretti Gran Tour – London

Birra Moretti Gran Tour – London

Yesterday saw the launch of the London leg of the Birra Moretti Gran Tour – an authentic Italian food journey that brings 7 different street food vendors showcasing their twists regional specialities together with Birra Moretti. The London part of the tour is housed in the trendy, relaxed, semi-open Courtyard...
The Longhouse, Bali

The Longhouse, Bali

We’re idling at the edge of the infinity pool, which is set into the second floor terrace and overflows into a tropical garden scattered with pink and yellow frangipanis. Up ahead, the hill rolls gently all the way to the brink of Bali’s glinting coastline. We’ve just checked into The Longhouse, a private six-bedroom villa spread over three lavish levels in the Jimbaran hills. Set high on the hillside, The...
Out of the Blue: How Lucky Blue Smith Became Menswear's Biggest Star

Out of the Blue: How Lucky Blue Smith Became Menswear’s Biggest Star

I watched a video that appeared on my Facebook timeline this morning. It was Lucky Blue Smith – the 17-year-old model from Utah – leaving a Milan Fashion Week show and, used to seeing models post-show huddled together outside the venue – smoking, nonchalantly posing for the street style photographers,...
Hugo Boss Is The Latest Luxury Brand To Go Fur-Free

Hugo Boss Is The Latest Luxury Brand To Go Fur-Free

Luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss has pledged to go completely fur-free from its autumn/winter 2016 collections onwards, to be shown in the spring. The pledge was made public in Hugo Boss’s Sustainability Report 2014 published last month and puts the brand in the same ranks as Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, ASOS, Calvin Klein...
Just What is Apple Music?

Just What is Apple Music?

Today, Apple is entering into the already competitive music streaming market with the launch of Apple Music. Apple Music is quite similar to Spotify, in that it will allow subscribers to access tens of millions of songs on demand over the internet on iOS devices, Macs and PCs initially, and...
Brewhouse & Kitchen, Highbury

Brewhouse & Kitchen, Highbury

The small but growing Brewhouse & Kitchen group looks to fill a spot somewhere between the chain pubs from the likes of Greene King and Wetherspoon’s and the trendy gastropub/microbreweries beginning to appear across the country. With its sixth venue, located enviably on the roundabout outside Highbury & Islington station,...
Is H&M's New Brand Their Next Step To World Domination?

Is H&M’s New Brand Their Next Step To World Domination?

H&M have announced that as soon as 2017 they could be launching a new brand unlike anything in the company’s current portfolio. “It will be completely different from H&M,” CEO Karl-Johan Persson explained in an interview this week, adding, “it won’t be similar to H&M’s sister brands either.” H&M Group’s brands...
Infamous Bar and Restaurant, Nam Long Le Shaker, opens new Opium Den

Infamous Bar and Restaurant, Nam Long Le Shaker, opens new Opium Den

In the heart of Old Brompton road lies one of Chelsea’s most infamous establishments, running for close to three decades. Nam Long Le Shaker is known for its high profile cliental, flamboyant owner and of course ‘Flaming Ferraris’ (a drink that should only be drunk with severe caution). Thai Dang,...
Birra Moretti’s Gran Tour

Birra Moretti’s Gran Tour

This July sees the return of Italian beer brand, Birra Moretti’s Gran Tour. Going off the success of its premier last year, Moretti Gran Tour will kick off the summer in style in Edinburgh, Leeds, and London. The travelling pop-up food and drinks festival will feature authentic regional Italian cuisine...
Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

Ninety minutes after our departure from the turmoil of London, wrapped in the comfort of First Great Western’s first class carriage, we pull into the historic city of Bath. A short drive from the station – or a leisurely stroll through the distinctive stone streets – sits The Royal Crescent...
Michelin-starred Pop-Up in London with S. Pellegrino

Michelin-starred Pop-Up in London with S. Pellegrino

These days it feels like you’re not anyone if you haven’t run your own pop-up restaurant and, with that in mind, luxury Italian mineral water company S. Pellegrino is putting together a two-day pop-up fine dining experience, Live in Italian, Live from London, to bring some of Italy’s finest to the heart...
Girl - Lucian Freud’s Portraits Of His Second Wife

Girl – Lucian Freud’s Portraits Of His Second Wife

  The pale and introvert portraits of the muse that broke Freud’s heart. Lady Caroline Blackwood, despite having suffered a troubled childhood, was the most eligible bachelorette in London and expected to marry affluently. She was introduced to the world of art by Lucian Freud, who she eloped with to...
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

  Coming soon to Tate Britain is a retrospective of sculptures by the world-renowned British artist Dame Barbara Hepworth. The bold simple lines of her abstract sculptures with their harmonious and undulating interactions between positive and negative space are instantly recognisable worldwide.   Long overdue, this is to be the...

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