The Painter Who Changed My Mind: Helene Schjerfbeck

“My routine and by now automatic dismissal of portraiture was over.” Mike Pinnington on Helene Schjerfbeck, the painter that changed his mind… In my late-ish teens, I bought a postcard reproduction of Francis...

“Going To The Cinema Is An Adventure” – Sight & Sound’s My Dream Palace

Illustration by Lucinda Rogers Something we really miss right now is going to the cinema. Celebrating that previously simple act is Sight & Sound magazine’s campaign, My Dream Palace. We caught up with production...

“It has a lot of meaning to a lot of people” – Tim Easley on The Moon

The Moon, for so long unknowable, has inspired much myth and folklore. With science and space travel bringing us, at least metaphorically closer, interest has – arguably – intensified. We caught up with...

On Political Temperament – Keller Easterling

As we watch on as a struggle of binaries plays out in the US, ahead of the publication of her timely new book, architect and writer Professor Keller Easterling asks: ”What if political stances...

“Music will always be there” – A Conversation with Ben O’Brien

During the last few months we have turned like never before to popular culture to see us through lockdown. We caught up with illustrator Ben O’Brien to chat about creativity, and keeping busy...

Piet Mondrian: High Prophet of Modernism

A new exhibition at Madrid’s Reina Sofia puts Piet Mondrian’s contribution to a new art front and centre. Mike Pinnington explores his evolution from Dutch landscape painter to Modernist fulcrum, who perfected composition...

Beyond Liverpool...
Blazing a trail through
the big wide world
30/08/2019
Stéphane Vigny, Reconstituer. Courtesy Denise Courcoux, 2019

Field Trip: Nantes, France – Où est Steve?

On a recent visit to Nantes to see Voyage à Nantes and the ‘Island of Machines’, the more sinister story of a missing man unfolds, reports Denise Courcoux… I first saw it as...

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24/02/2021
The Strokes-2001-Photography by Leslie Lyons

Playlist: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today…

When you look back on music history, which vintage still gets you moving – and moved? Mike Pinnington casts his eye back twenty years, and finds a winning mash-up of genre and emergent...

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05/09/2019
Present Tense. Publish by The Double Negative, 2019.

Present Tense (2019) // Paperback // £14.99

Present Tense A decade since Liverpool EU Capital of Culture… What now?  Edited by Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington ISBN 978-1-5272-4281-4 Published August 2019. Very limited edition run of 250 copies. Paperback, 96...