Growing pains

Perhaps the wretchedness and sadness of the whole affair is a commentary on the hellishness of Miley Cyrus-level celebrity

Sun, sea and tragic wisdom

Is cultural tourism another form of vacation kitsch?

Imogen Heap performing in front of an installation that will form a centrepiece of the Reverb festival
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Imogen Heap makes music with magic gloves

The artist talks about using technology and curating this year’s Reverb festival at the London Roundhouse

Urban, edgy, lucrative

Urban art has never been in ruder health, its ephemeral zest turned into something long-lasting, and commercially viable

Instant icons of dissent

Today, going viral is more important than going to the barricades

Masters of the Sex - DVD cover

Masters of Sex – Season One

This series about the sex researchers who ‘taught America how to love’ is both intimate and unsensational

Gillian Wearing: people person

A quietly subversive or unexpected take on ‘ordinary’ subjects has characterised the artist’s work for nearly two decades. Her latest project is no exception

‘Upstairs at the Party’, by Linda Grant

Idealistic 1970s youth gives way to disenchantment. Review by Peter Aspden

A mosaic of assassin Gavrilo Princip and other members of the Young Bosnia movement in Andricgrad
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The town that Kusturica built

A century after Gavrilo Princip fired the fatal shot in Sarajevo, Serbian director Emir Kusturica talks about Andricgrad, his ‘monument to peace’

To boldly go where no art has gone before

The point of the most ambitious art is to take us to places we would not have imagined

Filthy lucre – outrage sells

There is a symbiosis of interests between the business of art and the daring of artists

Interview: stage designer Es Devlin

MF Husain at the V&A

Patron Usha Mittal talks about the paintings she commissioned from the late Indian modernist

Through the shock barrier

‘Every society needs that moment of outrage, that Tate bricks moment’

Interview: Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter

We are all patrons of the arts now, says the 35-year-old CEO of the crowdfunding website. It has raised $1bn in five years to finance 60,000 creative projects – by both unknowns and high-profile artists such as Spike Lee

Faith, hope and video

‘Art has lots to gain from being housed in spiritual settings’

Reach out, and we’ll be there

‘Such is the concern for accessibility that no British arts institution can afford to behave with high-handedness’

Fit for a king: Tutankhamun’s chamber

Almost a century after its discovery, the burial chamber of Tutankhamun is being recreated down to the minutest detail in the Egyptian desert

Satire that has no sting

‘The political mainstream has become expert in the co-option of its critics’

Italian fashion at London’s V&A


Peter AspdenPeter Aspden is the Financial Times’ arts writer, having previously been its arts editor for five years. He joined the paper in 1994, as deputy books and arts editor and a general feature writer on Weekend FT. He has written on numerous subjects, including travel, religion, politics, history, most art forms and sport: he covered the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, and the World Cup in France in 1998.

He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, before going into journalism. He joined the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1985, where he went on to become deputy editor. He has been writing a weekly column on contemporary culture since January 2004; it appears in the Life & Arts section every Saturday.

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