Arts / 09/02/2021 This artwork made me fall in love: ‘The Lovers II’ (1928) by Rene Magritte

Magritte’s ‘The Lovers II’ is a lesson in falling in love, in getting closer and closer to a person and suddenly realising that you can never truly know them. It represents the conflict that exists between the image of a person conjured in the mind of their lover and who they actually are. We are...

Arts / 09/02/2021 Queer lives: A new view of the British Museum

The LGBTQ Histories Trail at the British Museum offers a unique insight into an often-overlooked part of our cultural past and present. Mapping a path through the expansive ‘Desire, Love and Identity’ collection, this carefully curated trail invites participants to explore representations of queer love and identity. Moreover, the trail challenges viewers to consider how...

Arts / 09/02/2021 Erotic artists censored by Instagram

Erotic art is nothing new. In fact, archaeologists believe that erotic art dates back as far as 37,000 years ago. That’s right. Even cavemen drew genitals. Take a look further down the line and Renaissance artists celebrate the natural formations of the body, painting nudes in what seems to be every other painting. Why then,...

Arts / 09/02/2021 This on-stage couple just doesn’t make sense!

I’ll preface this article with the fact that I love Shakespeare’s plays, truly. Twelfth Night, Othello and King Lear are all brilliant. But Romeo and Juliet’s love story is just… bizarre. We all know the story. Romeo and Juliet are from two feuding families. They meet, fall in love, marry the next day, and then...

Arts / 09/02/2021 Gory love: Francis Bacon and everlasting anguish

Content Warning: drug overdose; grief Francis Bacon has never been one to shy away from the darkness of the human psyche. With his distinctive painting style often depicting people in anguish, darkness, and other such extreme emotions, his work based on sex unsurprisingly follows in the same vein. The central panel in Bacon’s ‘Three Studies...

Arts / 19/01/2021 My 2021 Arts Resolution: Learning to use Adobe Illustrator

Through working for Concrete over the past two years, I have grown to love and enjoy graphic design, working with Adobe and spending hours fighting over the placement of an author’s name on the Travel section spread. I am keen to use my rather expensive subscription for more personal uses over the coming year (which...


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