It’s been a big week for contemporary British art. First the opening of the British Art Show 7 in Nottingham, then the second instalment of Newspeak at the Saatchi Gallery in London. To round it off, on Sunday Channel 4 will show “Modern Times”, the fifth in its series The Genius of Britain, this time presented by Janet Street-Porter.
Peter Aspden, FT arts writer, and John Lloyd, FT television columnist, discuss art and celebrity: Charles Saatchi, Damien Hirst and the inimitable Janet Street-Porter.
FT art critic Jackie Wullschlager reports on the British Art Show. Does it really represent the art of the nation?
The death of Argentina’s former president Nestor Kirchner has transformed the country’s political landscape – although no longer president, he and his wife, the current president Cristina Fernandez, were seen as very much acting as a team. Fiona Symon asks the FT’s correspondent in Buenos Aires, Jude Webber, where his death leaves Cristina Fernandez’s political career.
A large part of the American public has forgotten the gravity of the financial heart attack that hit the US in the autumn of 2008. The Republicans have convinced many voters that the intervention by the Democrats, not the catastrophe George W Bush bequeathed, explains the malaise. Does President Obama deserve blame? No and yes, says Martin Wolf.
In this week’s podcast: Clive Cookson joins us from Brussels to tell us about a European parliament hearing on research infrastructure. We then discuss the importance of university education in preparing our scientists of the future and Science Magazine reports on the environment and disease risks.
Presented by Andrew Jack with Clive Cookson in Brussels and Diana Garnham in the studio.
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