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Weekend Combo: Allen Jones, Studio Voltaire & Punk according to Chris Stein
By Thomas Davis | Art | 14 November 2014
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

We bring you our guide to living well in the world’s capitals, from exhibitions to cinema, food, drink, fashion, music and beyond. Just call it culture and take it, it’s yours.


Yesterday’s chip-paper
First up this week is a high octane crash and burn offering starring Jake Gyllenhaal as dangerously ambitious wannabe crime journalist Lou Bloom.

Set amidst the lives of a freelance camera crew who film the outcomes of robberies, fires, murder and other perilous unhappy incidents in Los Angeles’s murky underbelly, the film explores the realm of nightcrawling – in which dollars and cents come hand in hand with police sirens and the cash windfall rewarded by reporting the sensational stories of crime victims.

Hardly a light start to the weekend but nonetheless a brilliantly believable and well-produced ode to human greed and our voracious news mania, resulting in Gyllenhaal becoming the star of his own tragic news story.

Nightcrawler, 120mins, in cinemas now

It started with A Clockwork Orange
There are few artists who tend to inflame debate and controversy quite like Allen Jones. Celebratory, satirical and boldly inventive, as well as offensive and of course overtly sexualised, his now iconic series of works blending fine art with fetishism embrace popular culture in all its unabashed glory – in turn influencing everything from design to film and fashion since the early 60’s.

Now a long-overdue appraisal spanning the entire career of the British pop artist up to the present day is being staged at the Royal Academy. The same questions will surely be raised regarding his apparent sexism and unashamed objectivation of women but as he says himself, “The sculptures of females are artworks first – they just happen to represent women.”

Allen Jones RA, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
Until 25th January 2015

A darkroom on 17th Street
On the occasion of Blondie’s 40th anniversary, Somerset House is exhibiting a series of Blondie guitarist Chris Stein’s era-defining snapshots, captured from an enviable position and defining the musical pioneers of the trailblazing punk and underground New York scene of the late 70’s.

Stein set up a darkroom in the kitchen he shared with Harry on 17th Street early on, using the photographs he took as her style and persona developed to establish her as an icon of the fashion and music worlds at the time. History in pictures? You bet.

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk, East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Until 25th January 2015

Studio Voltaire’s arty gift gaff
If you really fancy doing a spot of early Christmas shopping or just feel like getting yourself an end of week fancy then head down to the eagerly awaited pop up House of Voltaire, Studio Voltaire’s biennial pop-up shop in Mayfair until December 20th, occuping a first floor atelier space at 39-40 Albemarle Street.

Christopher Shannon x House of Voltaire “Ghost Poet” shirt available until December 20th

As one of London’s leading contemporary art organisations expect to pick up many a special collaboration from the likes of Christopher Shannon x Leslie Winer and Simone Rocha x Kim Gordon, with rare prints from Julie Verhoven and Wolfgang Tillmans and even iPhone cases by Jeremy Deller. With desirable and affordable one-offs aplenty, this could seriously kick start your life as a collector.

House of Voltaire, upstairs at 39 to 40 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London, W1S 4TE
Until December 20th 2014

Sexed-up sandwich
Kêu! on Old Street has been a hit with the East End crowd ever since it opened selling the best vietnamese baguette sandwiches in town. If you’re yet to try one you’re missing out.

Building on its success, the new Soho branch (from the group that also runs other staple East End eateries Cây Tre and Viet Grill) will feature a simple menu of Banh Mi, noodle bowls and buns to eat in or takeaway in all fresh, authentic and delicious Vietnamese glory.

The classic Kêu! sandwich filled with spiced pork belly, ham terrine and chicken liver pâté is one to savour. Drop by in the afternoon to take the edge off your hangover.

Kêu Deli, 9 Poland Street, London W1F 8PY



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