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.

Angels of Destruction

Donohue has a mastery of the time-space continuum, with a narrative arc that spans three decades in a heart-wrenching exploration of the human condition.

Small Wars

Sadie Jones has done it again. Not only has she sold 400,000 copies of her debut, The Outcast, but also created a new story, rich in complex human relationships.

Q&A with Neil Forsyth

In conversation with Neil Forsyth

The Luxury of Shame

The latest African writer to come to prominence in Europe, Unigwe engages with prejudice and polarised conceptions of right and wrong.

Immersive Theatre Now

A radical restructuring of Federico García Lorca from Metta Theatre, tackles our preoccupation with knife-crime and highlights the writer’s relevance today.

Andy Balman

Andy Balman started his career in events and moved into the arts when he jointly set up and ran the Biscuit Factory, Europe’s largest commercial art gallery.

Bastila

There’s no beating about the bush here as Bastila attack like ADD drummer-boys on Christmas day in opening tracks You Can’t Catch Me and The Slacker.

Larry Tee

Having worked the New York club circuit for over a decade, Larry Tee is frequently credited as responsible for the initiation of electro-clash.

Royal City

The band brings together a combination of psychedelic rock and New American Weird to team idiosyncratic lyrics with nostalgic melodies and raw guitar riffs.

Little Dragon

Little Dragon’s influences oscillate between pop, jazz, soul and R&B, creating atmospheric tracks like Never Never, and the more experimental Come Home.

Lecube

Often compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith and Syd Barrett, Julien Barbagallo aka AKA Lecube holds a special place in the music world.

Telekinesis

From the very first sun-drenched guitar chord, Telekinesis! is imbued with an overarching immediacy – wrenched, quickly, from somewhere raw and honest.

Acoustic Ladyland

In 2006, Acoustic Ladyland released Skinny Grin to great critical acclaim. Living with a Tiger is the long-awaited follow-up, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Woodstock 40th Anniversary

As Woodstock celebrates its 40th anniversary, the nostalgia for those three very important days back in August 1969 is almost omnipresent.

DIY Filmmaking

In this edition, we’ve teamed up with Shooting People and Branchange Jersey International Film Festival 2009 to give you hints and tips for finding successful routes to market for your short films.

Cinematography stripped bare

Rage strips away cinematic paraphernalia to the bare minimum of the character and their emotion, the basic elements which are all too often left behind in cinema.

Who Really is the Artist?

The London and Berlin based collective Artists Anonymous resist definitions and skilfully create interplay between anonymity and the artist.

Breaking the Rules of Graphics

This Artist is Deeply Dangerous, Bob & Roberta Smith’s 11-metre painting, opened at The Grey Gallery as part of 2009’s Edinburgh Art Festival

Unpopular Culture: Nostalgia for the Bad Times

Provocative as ever, the 2003 Turner Prize winner, Grayson Perry, takes on a new role as curator with Unpopular Culture at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Beyond fashion photography

Rankin is refreshingly free of pretensions, “for me it’s always been really important not to call myself an artist, but to call myself a photographer.”

Photography is dead – The International Photographic Review

A series of events to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Photographic Review will be unveiled from 30th July – 2nd August 2009. The…

Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans Appointed Tate Trustees

This just in… The Board of Trustees of Tate has announced today that the Prime Minister has appointed Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans…

Argentina’s Gustavo Ortiz at the Pure Evil Gallery, London

Contemporary visual art takes many forms – the aritsts’ mission today in infused with defining that concept. Gustavo Ortiz is one of Argentina’s rising stars…

Inkygoodness 3, Wonderland Exhibition showcases the work of new and emerging talent from the UK and beyond.

Inkygoodness is a Bristol-Birmingham based duo that organise exhibitions providing a unique platform for emerging talent to showcase their work alongside established artists. Inviting you…

Artists’ run spaces reinvigorate the gallery

Opening on 4 July at Eastside Projects in Birmingham, a solo show by Glasgow based artists Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan. The collaborative duo have…

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro, London

Installation is one of my favourite art forms. Depending on the work it can embody the space, enhance it and inevitably change it in some…

The First City of Film: Congratulations Bradford!

Beating Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice on 12 June Bradford became the first ever UNESCO City of Film. Revealing pride for his home-town, Slumdog Millionaire…

Art Basel 40 – strong results for 2009

The sentiment reflected throughout the art world has been that of the recession, cut backs and closures. It has been a tumultuous time for all…

Eleanor Catton

In conversation with Eleanor Catton

Sequences

Chronophotography was first explored in the 19th cen­tury, using sequences of images to investigate ideas of space, time, movement and duration.

Art And Electronic Media

Art and Electronic Media is an essential read, which surveys the importance of electronic media vis-à-vis the art we are producing today.

On Black Sisters’ Street

Interspersed with African turn of phrase, On Black Sisters’ Street draws on story-telling tradition to illuminate the West from an under-represented perspective.

The Blind Side of the Heart

The Blind Side of the Heart begins in 1945 with a boy abandoned at a railway station in provincial Germany. Helene leaves her son on the platform, never to return.