Ai Weiwei: So Sorry

Ai Weiwei is one of China’s most controversial contemporary artists. His activism and art has even led him to suffer at the hands of China’s secret police.

Rachel Whiteread: Drawings

Whiteread is well known for her sculpture and for being the first woman to win the Turner Prize, in 1993. She has said: “My drawings are a diary of my work.”

Photography: A Cultural History

Marien traces the steps from daguerreotype to digital with zeal looking at portraiture, documentary, war, mass market, advertising and art photography.

The Daredevil Christopher Wright

The sound is rich in nostalgia, wrapped up tight with representational lyrics. It seems The Daredevil Christopher Wright are writing songs about all our experiences.

Phosphorescent

Here’s to Taking it Easy is filled with laidback folk melodies that move from the ebullient to the soulful, both joyful and emotive.

Ralfe Band

Together, Bunny and the Bull and the Original Soundtrack make com­plete sense. The film, from the director of The Mighty Boosh, is a road movie set entirely in a flat.

jj

jj produce clear-cut songs that have a definitive vision resulting in a sense of calm and clarity. Because of their unique sound, it’s hard to draw comparisons.

Songdog

Lyndon Morgan has several strings to his bow including being an award-winning poet, which shows in the lyrics, exploring love, loss, life and the poignancy of time.

Caribou

Dan Snaith is Caribou, and his aim to create “dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water rather than metallic stuff” has been realised in Swim.

The Postmarks

Striking your eardrums from the word “go”, Memoirs at the End of the World is a cinematic multi-instrumental dream, but with three core band members, how much of this huge sound is a collaboration?

Can a Soundtrack Take a Band to the Top?

Whether it’s a single song from an album, or the creation of an entire score, film soundtracks can have a massive impact on the careers of those involved.

Musical Journeys: from Pop to Opera

Rufus Wainwright’s first opera Prima Donna moved to London in 2010 to begin its international tour at Sadler’s Wells.

Tom Trevor

Having worked as an artist, musician, television producer, lecturer and independent curator, Trevor is well versed in bringing different art forms together.

Artists’ Films Take on Mainstream Cinema

Spring 2010 saw leading visual artists’ work enter UK cinemas in subversive and playful ways, to a diverse audience.

Dogtooth

Lanthimos’ provocative film displays one father’s inexplicable subversion of his children’s world through interrupted story-telling and macabre humour.

Photography & the Pervasive Influence

CONTACT, the world’s largest festival of photography, opened in 2010 in Toronto. 2010’s theme explores how photography is stimulating the unprecedented change in the way we communicate.

Stuart Semple

Semple is known for his wry social commentary through his colour injected works. In 2010, he opened his new show, The Happy House, at Morton Metropolis.

Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present is the first major retrospective of the groundbreaking performance artist, which opened in spring 2010 at MoMA.

Non-Conformist Soviet Art from the 1980s

Glasnost, a new show opened at Haunch of Venison which looked at how artists challenged the social and political in the 1980s, and the legacies that remain today.

The Scouting Book For Boys in Cinemas Now

The Scouting Book For Boys is in Cinemas now. Winning, Best British Newcomer at The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival in 2009, and the…

MAX MARA ART PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WHITECHAPEL 2010 WINNER ANNOUNCED

Andrea Büttner (b. 1972, Germany) was announced as the winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women last night. Büttner lives and works in…

Final Weeks of the Marcus Coates Show at Milton Keynes Gallery

Marcus Coates’ new show Psychopomp, which open at Milton Keynes Gallery in January has been picked up several plaudits along the way with Richard Dorment…

A Positive View, Landmark Photographic Exhibition, Somerset House, London

The third edition of this fully curated, museum-scale photographic show at Somerset House will bring together more than 100 rare and signed vintage works across almost a century of photography.

Jenny Holzer at BALTIC opens today

A major new exhibition of work by Jenny Holzer opens today in Gateshead at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The exhibition, in one word, is…

¡México! Festival at BOZAR

In 2010 Mexico celebrates a double anniversary: the bicentenary of its independence and the centenary of its revolution. The occasion is being marked by festivities…

Liverpool’s Hidden Icons – Secrets of the Built Environment

The built environment is ubiquitous – we cannot escape the structures that define us. This milieu has altered greatly over the past 50 years. The…

Revenge and Familial Bonds: Katalin Varga & The Horseman

The theme of revenge and familial bonds are explored in two brutally honest new releases, Katalin Varga (Peter Strickland) and The Horseman (Steven Kastrissios). Katalin…

Sennen

This underrated Norwich four-piece has remained on the periphery for sometime now after releasing their first album, Where The Light Gets In in 2008.

Creating Icons: Gavin Bond in London

Gavin Bond is one of the UK’s most successful contemporary photographers having shot highly intimate and exciting images of many of the last decade’s most…

Kenneth Anger opening at Sprüth Magers London

Sprüth Magers is one of my favourite galleries. Their programming is cutting-edge and contemporary, while encouraging the beat of current debate in the art world…

Eve Arnold to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Sony World Photography Awards 2010

Continuing with the theme of photography, following our last blog about Martin Parr’s latest exhibition, we are excited to discover that Eve Arnold (b. 1912…

Working Men’s Clubs Through The Eyes of Martin Parr

Following Aesthetica’s feature on Martin Parr’s Parrworld at BALTIC last year, we take a look at his new show Working Men’s Clubs. Martin Parr’s inimitable…

Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli grew up in the psychedelic era of West Coast America fused with hippy daydreams and drug use.

Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art

In the fore­word of this book, Essl is keen to look at the dynamic relationship between India’s socio-political-economic devel­opments and India’s artists.

Max Schaefer

Max Schaefer’s debut offers a disturbing glimpse into the skinhead movement and the undercurrent of aggression upon which the British far right is founded.

Sunday Daffodil and Other Happy Endings

The second novel from P. Robert Smith has as many twists and turns as you’d expect from the man who brought us Up A Tree At Night With A Hedgehog.

The Bishop’s Man

Linden MacIntyre’s second novel is a confident portrayal of disturbing themes, illustrating human desires and the need for companionship.

Revenge of The Mooncake Vixen

Chin’s unique way of storytelling inverts the narrative through a series of short vignettes, creating a novel that operates on many different levels.

Simon Curtis

BAFTA nominated Simon Curtis is a producer and director, whose extensive career spans theatre, film and television.

Aifric Campbell

In conversation with Aifric Campbell.

Paul Murray

In Skippy Dies, Paul Murray goes back to school to give a crash course on bullies, boredom and societal power structures.

Oh No Ono

An immer­sive and multi-layered record, Eggs incorporates choirs of their friends, orchestral embellishment, electronic loops and captured background acoustics.

Frightened Rabbit

Written in a sea­side town on the Fife coast, the isolation and loneliness peppering the songs can be gleaned from the setting in which the record was born.

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba

The world famous Danza Contemporanea de Cuba celebrates its 50th anniversary with its first ever UK tour, bringing the passions of Cuban dance to eight venues.

Caitlin Rose

From Nashville, Tennessee, Caitlin Rose has a certain legacy to live up to, but her vocal prowess withstands the pressures.

Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams’ eighth studio album, The Quickening, keeps experimental innocence alongside accomplishment. The record explores the “small, beautiful things about life, and quiet feelings.”

RDA

RDA’s debut album was recorded live and in one take, with the trio describing their sound as “over the top orchestral pop.”

Sound Art

The medium of sound art is complex and multilayered, and creates a huge palette of experiences. It possess a number of contradictions, which are affecting the work contemporary artists are making.

Jookabox

With a song for every mood and aspect of the storyline, it’s hard to believe that each track is from the same band, flipping from metal to reggae, folk and indie.

How to Animate: Part 2

In this two-part guide, Myles McLeod of the award winning Brothers McLeod, offers a series of practical hints and tips to help you start animating.