Wunderbar Festival 2009

A new concept is afoot – performance art in people’s homes? What’s this all about? Wunderbar Festival 2009 is hosting 12 incredible experiences in 12…

Berlin|| Berlin- 20 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall- Part II

9 November 1989 is probably one of the most significant moments in 20th century history. I remember watching the television as the events unfolded. I…

Great Street Games illuminates the North East

Over the past few years, there’s been a particular emphasis on digital light installations. I come to expect now, every year when the clocks go…

Home Grown: The Story of UK Hip-Hop

Hip Hop is now 30 years old. I know it’s hard to pinpoint an exact date when hip hop emerged, sometime in 1979 in the…

American artist – Whitney McVeigh in conversation at A Foundation

This autumn, A Foundation, presents a solo exhibition of new work by the American-born artist Whitney McVeigh. Set in the cavernous first floor space of…

A Round Up of Frieze Art Fair 2009

It has been remarked that Frieze Art Fair is pretty much like the circus coming to town. It’s extraordinary that this Fair, in its seventh…

BOO RITSON: BACK-ROADS JOURNEYS

You might recognise Boo Ritson’s iconic work. She is one of the most fascinating artists working today. The way that she effortlessly moves between art…

Parrworld Is A Hit – Martin Parr at BALTIC

Last night, we headed up to BALTIC in Gateashead for the opening of Parrworld, and I was not disappointed. I left the show feeling inspired…

Romuald Hazoumé “Made in Porto-Novo”

Opening on 15 October at the October Gallery, London is the long anticipated show by Romuald Hazoumé, “Made in Porto-Novo”. You might recognise his name…

“The Embassy is dead. Long live The Embassy!”

Produced by Alex Dellal’s 20 Hoxton Square Projects, in collaboration with Zoom Art Projects, The Embassy is a multi-disciplinary group show being held during Frieze…

Adam Neate: A New Understanding

The UK’s most promising artist’s work takes a new direction in his latest solo show in the heart of Soho. 31-year-old Adam Neate’s trademark cardboard…

Vendôme Luxury Paris

Opening on 3rd October and running until 6th October, Vendôme Luxury is the place to be this month. Vendôme Luxury reaffirms its position as the…

The Contemporary Art Book

The Contemporary Art Book is a compendium listing 200 artists alongside key works, biographies, and cross-referenced themes, movements and links.

The Einstein Girl

Two young boys find a girl naked and close to death in the woods. The only clue to the girl’s identity is a ticket she was clutching for admission to an Albert Einstein lecture.

Cold Earth

Cold Earth tells the story of six graduate archaeologists who enlist to excavate the ruins of the Norse Greenlanders who mysteriously disappeared.

Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love

In an illuminating study, the often forgotten figure of Edward Carpenter is revealed as a precedent for modern sexual and social liberation.

Her Fearful Symmetry

Audrey Niffenegger has returned with a powerful and rewarding story of two sets of twins and their relationships – how can you be both the same and different?

Re-enchanting Everyday Life

Exploring the connection between human emotion and divine intervention, contemporary fantasy Angels of Destruction considers the ability of art and imagination to create new worlds.

Attica Locke

In conversation with Attica Locke.

Innovation & Collaboration for 21st Century Ballet

Evoking the ethos of the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev, Sadler’s Wells contextualises today’s artists, designers and composers, within the sphere of modern performance.

My Robot Friend

Energetic, fun, edgy, catchy and alive, Soft Core, is a delightful record. Two year’s in the making, it’s the third album from the band based in New York City.

A.A. Bondy

Creating a real buzz around his music, A.A. Bondy has legions of fans like Bon Iver and Low Anthem. On the same label as Andrew Bird, Bondy is in good company.

Portico Quartet

At times this is avant-garde jazz at its befuddling best, where the twang of guitars is interspersed with oboes, violins, drums and the calls of gulls.

Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra

In 2008, Efterklang teamed up with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra to perform their original work to a capacity audience at Koncerthuset in Copenhagen.

Phil Kieran

Kieran’s background as DJ, producer and film-score creator for Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, means that Shh doesn’t sound like a debut album.

Samara Lubelski

Lubelski has a voice of calm, serene with textbook energy, simplicity at heart, and with depth in each track; Future Slip is bound to become a staple.

The Geography of Dreams

Free and easy, impetuous, unaffected, inspired: from the very first guitar chord, Telekinesis! is imbued with hazy loveliness, which proves ridiculously infectious.

This CD Doesn’t Sell

The rack of plastic in HMV may be getting dusty as downloads become the norm. The effects on the industry are far from subtle, but change inspires innovation.

Make Art: Make Films

Aesthetica launches the International short Film Competition, with cash prizes up for grabs and screening opportunities. It has never been a better time to get your camera out and start shooting.

1968:Rebellion & Free Love

Reminiscing on 40 years of free love, political protest, family values and social unrest, Born in ‘68 focuses on the humanity of the late 20th Century epoch.

Julian Stallabrass

Julian is a writer, photographer, art critic, curator and lecturer. His primary focus is on the effects of politics, and the economy on contemporary art and New Media.

The Body is a Canvas

Challenging the boundaries of art and fashion, Alex Box’s inaugural exhibition fuses figures from the artist’s imagination onto the face.

Contemporary Art from the Middle East

Images of the Middle East often leaving a negative impact on the viewer. Daniela da Prato challenges stereotypes, and invites us to reconsider cultural preconceptions.

The World of Martin Parr

Martin Parr is known for his satirical documentation of contemporary British life. Opening this autumn at Baltic is Luxury, a collection of over 40 works.

Art in a Material World

Investigating the role of the “artist” and “art”, Tate Modern surveys the last 30 years of contemporary visual culture.

Gideon Koppel chats to Aesthetica

[Image credits: Image of Gideon Koppel, copyright David Swindells. Further images stills from Sleep Furiously] As Aesthetica is teaming up with the London Centre for…

Branchage Is A UK Film Festival Gem

Branchage Jersey International Film Festival is back 1st -4th October, screening an amazing selection of films in absolutely breathtaking and unusual locations. Highlights for 2009’s…

Sally Potter’s RAGE is the First Feature Film to Appear on Mobile Phones

Sally Potter’s new film, RAGE, is the first film to be premiered on mobile phones. It’s a very contemporary idea, stripping down filmmaking down to…

Prix Pictet Shortlist Unveiled

Work by twelve of the world’s leading photographers, one of whom will receive this year’s prestigious Prix Pictet photography prize for environmental sustainability will go…

emerge at the 2009 London Design Festival

emerge – the London Design Festival’s debut graduate graphic design showcase –has announced details of the 2009 programme and exhibition, to be held at Rich…

YOUNG CREATIVE POLAND

Poland has one of the most vibrant emerging design scenes in Europe. As part of POLSKA! YEAR, a group of young designers will show new…

Fancy Designing a Swatch? Read on.

You may have heard me mention Illustrative from time to time or the feature on “Defining the Art of Illustration” which was published last year…

Canary Wharf Film Festival 2009

One of our partners this year, Canary Wharf Film Festival, opens next week with a bang. Established in 2007 to break down the barriers between…

2008 Aesthetica finalist, Sonja Benskin Mesher, enjoys further acclaim as the only artist from Wales to be selected for the International Drawing Comp

Exciting news from the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition continues to stretch far and wide, with one of our finalists, exhibiting in Poland this year. The…

Independent State a New Commission by Foreground

Leading British artists Edwina Ashton, Bob and Roberta Smith and Matt Stokes are preparing to begin work on a major new art project, Independent State…

Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry curates at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Taking advantage of my friend’s car, I escaped the city this weekend to visit the unique environment of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It’s a fantastic summer…

Contemporary Art in the Middle East: Artworld

This collection of art confronts the Western misinterpretations of the Middle East, offering a catalogue of the cultural diversity that is occurring in the region.

A World History of Art

A mammoth text, now in its seventh revised edition, this is a seminal work looking at the history of art from “before history” through to the third millennium.

Woodstock: Three Days that Rocked the World

This book is a brilliant artefact of the event. It opens with a foreword by the venerable Martin Scorsese, and is organised in three parts “Origins” “The Event” and “The Aftermath”.

George Orwell Narrative Essays

Narrative Essays, part of a set with Critical Essays, was collected by George Packer to do justice to Orwell’s extra-ordinary talents as a non-fiction writer.