The Velvet Underground

It’s no secret The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Nico and Andy Warhol set the stage for a moment in cultural history that has outlived the decades.

The Empire Strikes Back

To coincide with a major exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery and acting as a follow-up to the Serpentine’s Indian Highway, The Empire Strikes Back looks at the face of con­temporary Indian art today.

The Blue Manuscript

Al Khemir’s novel weaves archaeology, modernity and East/West dialogue around the search for a unique 10th century rendering of the Qur’an.

The Tin Drum

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Günter Grass’ gloriously unforgettable novel, The Tin Drum, Breon Mitchell presents a new translation of this classic.

Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill

A charming novel, by one of The Netherlands’ rising stars, Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill is a timeless novel about love, loss and village life.

Jealousy

Catherine Millet’s second novel, Jealousy, is a lucid, astute and incredibly ac­curate analysis of human emotions.

Emotional Journeys into the Self: Simon Robson

Exploring the dichotomy between exterior and interior lives, Catch examines the notions of identity and vulnerability in a claustrophobic world.

Love & Loss in Palestine

Amir Nizar Zuabi’s new play explores what it means to live through a historical event, emphasising the importance of the personal over the political.

The Twilight Sad

The new album from The Twilight Sad is shadowy and tumultuous and won’t disappoint fans of its predecessor. The lyrics are unsettling, dark and personal.

Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson’s first full-length UK album is immediately arresting. Her beautiful musings on love, life and death are simple layers of guitar picking and soft vocals.

Ólöf Arnalds

Although us English-speakers are not accustomed to listening to words we can’t understand, Arnalds transcends that barrier through captivating lullabies.

Asobi Seksu

This album finds Asobi Seksu’s core duo – vocalist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna offering a fresh take on songs spanning the band’s career with new acoustic arrangements.

First Aid Kit

Since their Drunken Trees EP was released back in February, Klara and Johanna Söderberg have gone from being relatively unknown Swedish teenagers to the darlings of this year’s festivals.

The Postmarks

Often with a cinematic feel encompassing classic soul harmonies, brass horns and sultry vocals, Memoirs At the End of the World is a divine album.

Unleashing Inner Demons

A.A. Bondy has weathered several band line-ups and genres before finally settling into his bones with When the Devil’s Loose.

Promo for the People

Musicians have taken their promotion out of the hands of big companies, attempting a new DIY approach to standing out from the crowd. Everything has changed, from the techniques to the content.

Philip Ilson

A mogul in the film world, Philip Ilson co-founded the Halloween Short Film Festival in 2003, which became the London Short Film Festival in 2008

How to Animate: Animation Ideas & Inspiration

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

The Universality of Yojiro Takita’s Departures

Departures considers the inescapable in a starkly honest portrayal of the ceremony of death, and its reaction among the living.

First permanent artwork for London Underground since 1984

Full Circle by Knut Henrik Henriksen (b 1970, Oslo) was unveiled today in King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station. This is the first permanent artwork…

Mohsen Makhmalbaf Wins the Freedom to Create Prize 2009

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the celebrated Iranian filmmaker and official overseas spokesman for 2009 Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, has won the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize…

Cuba Italy China

Cuba Italy China – a fascinating exhibition, has just wrapped up in Somerset earlier this week. The focus of Cuba Italy was centred on capturing…

Mike Ballard – The All of Everything – Art will eat itself

The final exhibition to take place at the Arts Gallery, before the building is demolished for Crossrail, is set to be fittingly epic. This is…

Lorenzo Quinn’s Give & Take III unveiled in Berkeley Square, London

Lorenzo Quinn’s monumental bronze sculpture Give & Take III, measuring almost four metres high, was unveiled on Wednesday in Berkeley Square, London. The piece, which…

See New Works of Art For Free

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2009 showcases some of the best new talent to hit the gallery walls this year. The artists were selected independently…

National Portrait Gallery to host McQueen’s Stamp tribute to Iraq fallen

On the day that the nation observes a two minute silence to remember those who have given their life in service to their country, The…

Immersive installation – Anthea Hamilton at IBID

Anthea Hamilton’s new show at IBID includes sculptures and wall-based work following on from her recent exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery and La Salle de Bains…

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.