Ambika P3 utilises its vast space again by hosting a reworking of David Hall’s 1970s ‘101 TV sets’. The new exhibition End Piece… features 1001 Televisions broadcasting live analogue terrestrial channels to a disorienting effect. With analogue television’s plug being pulled, the television’s signals will gradually fade to white noise. Definitely worth more than one visit. Mayfair’s Osborne Samuel exhibit a selection of Prints & Drawings from the likes of Frank Auerbach, Sybil Andrews, David Hockney and Ben Nicholson. The latter of which has a solo exhibition at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery. On the same street, five decades of work by the Scottish Artist John Bellany is presented at Beaux Arts. From April 18, the versatile Berliner Andy Hope 1930 brings his unique comic book and science fiction illustrative style to Hauser & Wirth’s Savile Row North Gallery. And further east Gallery Nosco presents what looks like an interesting solo show by Alexandros Vasmoulakis, It Felt Like A Kiss, which can be seen from April 13.
There’s no denying that Sean Penn looks ridiculous. But despite the bouffant hairdo, there seems to be a lot to like about his appearance as a retired goth rocker in Paolo Sorrentino’s new film This Must Be the Place. The title may suggest that it is a Talking Heads biopic, although David Byrne does appear in the film, it is in fact a film about a rock star’s hunt for a Nazi who persecuted his father during World War Two. The beauty of the film is present in the scenes of boredom and tedium in a rock star after he has applied his eye liner for the last time.
Unusually, Finnish film occupies many cinemas this month. Timo Vuorensola’s cult hit in the making, Iron Sky finally gets its release. And Aki Kaurismäki, director of the highly commended The Man Without a Past , creates a quirky French language film, Le Havre, about the charity of an elderly shoeshine man and his kindness towards an young African immigrant from Gabon. Finally, Kevin Macdonald, of The Last King of Scotland and Touching the Void fame, returns to documentary in a piece about the life of Bob Marley in Marley. The film was originally due to be directed by Martin Scorsese before he dropped out, then by Jonathan Demme before he did the same.
Lots of new contributors are making their way onto the Wolf this month as the expansion continues. Hopefully by the end of this month we will have two or three active section editors influencing our direction. Elsewhere, Roberta Radu continues the De Facto States of Europe series with the disputed area of Transnistria. And shortly, David Katz’s review of the Iranian documentary This is Not a Film will be posted. We have a look at female writers in Uganda. Also, a review of the above mentioned Sorrentino film This Must Be the Place from Matt Lewis, and we meet the people behind Bare Bones, a London-based alternative art zine. And many new artists for the Observatory. That’s just a selection.