Isobel Lake
i just want to write about walter benjamin tbh

The Mona Lisa’s Faux Pas

Culture, Published December 23, 2022
As detailed in the latest episode of Crimes Against Art, the Mona Lisa has been a target for criminals for over a century, but perhaps none so heinous as contemporary artist Jeff Koons.

Is NFT Neutrality possible?

Culture, Published December 15, 2022
Although we have spent the past two episodes of Crimes Against Art discussing the scandalous lives of NFT’s elite, the blockchain has allowed for some positive stories.

Something borrowed, something blue: Was Tiffany & Co’s Basquiat campaign a blunder?

Culture, Published November 25, 2022
Although this week’s ‘Crimes Against Art’ podcast focused on the more obviously criminal behaviour of a Basquiat inclined curator, the work of Basquiat has inspired much dubious behaviour, most recently by jewellery brand Tiffany & Co.

Fake & Fortunate: The lasting legacy of Anna Delvey's Court outfits

Culture, Published November 17, 2022
In the immortal worlds of Anna Delvey “Going to court is the new sex tape”, and boy did Anna want to make an impression.
Crimes Against Art Episode Three

Hot or Not: Our fave restoration failures

Culture, Published November 10, 2022
Although you need to understand maths and science to become an art conservator, you could also just give it a red-hot go, which is always more entertaining.
Crimes Against Podcast - Episode Three 'Artful Shenanigans'

When biopics become a true crime

Culture, Published November 2, 2022
Although Isobel and Michelle cover a wide gamut of art world headlines in this week’s episode of ‘Crimes Against Art’, the topic of a planned Frida Kahlo musical was certainly jail worthy
Crimes Against Art Podcast 'Oh Knoedler She Didn't'

'My child could do that'! Why everyone wants a piece of Abstract Expressionism

The Podcasts, Published October 26, 2022
On this week’s episode on ‘Crimes Against Art’, Michelle and Isobel uncover the many twists and turns surrounding the forged works sold by the Knoedler Gallery. But what is it about the works of Mark Rothko that make them so damn forgeable?

Crime, but make it aesthetic.

Culture, Published October 19, 2022
Why EOTC writers Michelle Guo and Isobel Lake can’t get enough of art crimes.
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 26: A guest wears a long Thom Brown shirt-dress, Thom Browne red, white, and blue striped tie, white socks, black Thom Browne oxfords after the Thom Browne show at Automobile Club de France during Paris Fashion Week Mens Spring/Summer 2022 on June 26, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)

Beyond school dress codes, you can still embrace prep

Culture, Published August 26, 2022
My wardrobe may entirely consist of collared shirts, but I never want to wear a school uniform again.
Netflix's Persuasion (2022)

Netflix's Persuasion isn't convincing anyone

Culture, Published July 24, 2022
Netflix's Persuasion is a Jane Austen adaptation made by a team that has neither read the novel, nor seen a single period drama.
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Your Rising Festival 2022 Horoscope

Culture, Published May 17, 2022
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Edge of The Crowd Book Club Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me

Culture, Published March 31, 2022
Edge of the Crowd’s Book Club selection for March takes readers on yet another promenade through London high-society with Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me, a light-hearted romp of a romance novel.