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This year we launched our online community space What’s Good, a place to chat, share ideas, and exchange recommendations on all things art and photography. 

What’s Good highlights non-pretentious content for the art and photography lover, curated by Darklight Art and seen by you every week via WhatsApp. Our recommendations are a real mixture, high and low, trash [not really] and treasure, some new and some archival. There’s no need to have an MA in Art History & Theory to join the conversation, art is for everyone.

If you’re not up for a chat but still want the best suggestions for what to read, watch, listen and go to, that’s okay too. We’ll be sharing recommendations from us and our audience right here on the Darklight Art platform, so you can check in, then check out.

BUT if it’s opinions, analysis and vibes that you’re after ✨ you can join the WhatsApp by clicking here:

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Here’s what we’ve been enjoying so far. 
*** Darklight Art recommends

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*** Ways of Seeing [1972]

[Documentary, theory, art history, advertising, photography]

John Berger’s seminal BBC series turned fifty this year, but the message hasn’t aged a day. It’s the perfect time to rewatch, and you can do it on YouTube for zero pounds.

Look out for: Berger’s jazzy wardrobe, some profound feminism

LA Originals [2020]
[documentary, art]

Image by Estevan Oriol

TikTok account: piglet788z
[design, history]

*** Love is The Devil [1998]

[biographical, art]

What LOOKS like a Francis Bacon painting and FEELS like a Francis Bacon Painting but in fact ISN’T a Francis Bacon painting [because it’s actually a movie]? The answer is Love is the Devil by John Maybury, which is so fantastically sensitive in its handling and understanding of Bacon’s work that it is almost disarming. 

Look out for: a hundred subtle Bacon references; naked lightbulbs, mirror triptyques, open mouth.

*** The Andy Warhol Diaries [2022]

[documentary, biographical, history, art]

The Andy Warhol Diaries, Netflix

READ THIS

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*** Just Kids, Patti Smith [2010]

[Biographical, art]

Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe
Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe
Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe

A beautiful story of the relationship between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. A profound portrait of the love, friendship and inspiration between two young artists in 1960’s New York. It’s the ultimate love story which ends as an elegy. 

Look out for: creative glitterati name drops; Warhol, Gibsbery, Jim Morrison and New York’s OG hot spots: Coney Island, Chelsea Hotel and Max’s Kansas City

A daguerreotype of a young woman found on the wreck. ‘She’s the Mona Lisa of the depths. This beautiful 18-year-old with her shoulders bare with jewellery and lace.’ Photograph: Paul Messier Studio/Courtesy of the California Gold Marketing Group

LISTEN TO THIS

This recommendation serves double duty; the podcast is a fantastic listen obviously, but if you’re not following both Emily and host Gem Fletcher on Instagram then you need to get. on. it. 

Look out for: chilling indictments of the bloody state of it all

Emily Keegin Instagram: @emily_elsie

8Ball 003: Josh Citarella & Channel [2022]
[Reporting, media, photography]

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