FT Arts
  • Rhythm and bruises: Peter Aspden on Boy Blue Oct 17, 2014 - 2:47 pm
  • The FT’s arts writer enjoys the troupe’s dance extravaganza at the Barbican – and explains why the fusion of hip-hop and martial arts might just conquer the world
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Rembrandt right or wrong Oct 10, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • As London's National Gallery prepares to open a blockbuster exhibition of the artist's late works, art historian Bendor Grosvenor looks at the chaotic world of Rembrandt connoisseurship.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Flux and the city: Peter Aspden on urban art Oct 03, 2014 - 2:05 pm
  • The received wisdom is that contemporary art is just what a regenerating city needs, a stimulant for minds and economies alike. But are the wilfully puzzling tropes of the avant-garde really what the public wants?
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen Sep 19, 2014 - 2:05 pm
  • The singer-songwriter is about to turn 80 – a rite of passage not only for him but also for rock music. Peter Aspden celebrates a musician with a rare talent for staying ahead of the times
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Roll over, rock ’n’ roll: Peter Aspden on Miley Cyrus Sep 12, 2014 - 12:05 pm
  • The singer’s New York sculpture show confirms that contemporary art has replaced music as the go-to means of expression for young people with attitude, says the FT’s arts writer
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Computers versus connoisseurs Sep 09, 2014 - 2:20 pm
  • With their ever-growing ability to crunch data and analyse patterns, computers are valuable tools for art research – but that doesn’t mean art historians will soon be a thing of the past, argues Bendor Grosvenor
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Sun, sea and tragic wisdom: Peter Aspden on cultural tourism Sep 05, 2014 - 3:35 pm
  • On holiday in Greece, the FT’s arts writer travels to some out-of-the-way ancient sites and wonders whether they still hold lessons for 21st-century visitors – or are just another aspect of vacation kitsch
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • In praise of boiled string Aug 29, 2014 - 3:30 pm
  • Courtauld Institute student and arts writer Aindrea Emelife reflects on the current neglect of Surrealism in the art world – and considers what significance the movement might still hold for today’s young rebels
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Snap judgment: Bendor Grosvenor on photography in galleries Aug 22, 2014 - 12:35 pm
  • The editor of arthistorynews.com welcomes the decision of the National Gallery in London to let visitors photograph works – and hits back at critics who say it will make people look at art in the ‘wrong’ way
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • The loser’s guide to movie-going Aug 15, 2014 - 5:35 pm
  • Film screenings are becoming ever more inventive, with fine dining, unusual venues and even hot tubs thrown in to lure audiences. But for Antonia Quirke, nothing can match the downbeat charm of a black-box cinema on a weekday afternoon
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Vintage women: Jan Dalley on late flourishing Aug 08, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Dolly Parton, Judi Dench, Louise Bourgeois. . . in recent years, women in all branches of the arts have enjoyed major career successes in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. But what’s behind this phenomenon? The FT’s arts editor has some suggestions.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Graffiti and the gallery: Peter Aspden on Pure Evil Aug 01, 2014 - 10:00 am
  • The FT’s arts writer meets one of street art’s biggest names and reflects on what is lost when underground culture becomes part of the commercial mainstream
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Icons of dissent Jul 25, 2014 - 4:45 pm
  • Peter Aspden visits the V&A’s ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition and reflects on the art of protest in the age of rapid digital dissemination.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • When violence gets real Jul 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • As the Imperial War Museum unveils a £40 million refurbishment, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney reflects on the ubiquity of violence in popular culture.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • The art we deserve? Jul 11, 2014 - 12:45 pm
  • As Arts Council England announces its latest round of funding, FT arts editor Jan Dalley reflects on what the language of “investment” means for the art of our time.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • ‘Downton Abbey’ and the gift of soft power Jun 27, 2014 - 5:05 pm
  • When David Cameron presented Li Keqiang with a ‘Downton Abbey’ shooting script recently, the gesture was fraught with subtext. But what should a post-imperial premier give to his rising-power counterpart? Peter Aspden has some suggestions. . .
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • To boldly go: Peter Aspden on Sajid Javid and Mark Cousins Jun 13, 2014 - 4:15 pm
  • The UK’s culture secretary is a ‘Star Trek’ fan who wants the arts to be ‘accessible to everyone’ - while the filmmakers of the defiantly highbrow ‘Life May Be’ remind us that there are merits in other ambitions.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Outrage sells: Peter Aspden on Banksy and Bond Street Jun 06, 2014 - 12:05 pm
  • As Sotheby’s prepares for a selling exhibition of the street artist’s work the FT’s arts writer reflects on shock culture – and the art market’s appetite for it.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Marxist melodies: Laura Battle on music from the left May 30, 2014 - 3:30 pm
  • A developing theme in new music sees artists navigating the fine line between criticism and complicity - and revelling in the contradictions.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Snap judgment: Peter Aspden on the Prix Pictet May 23, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Though shortlisted for the prestigious photography award, Nigeria’s Abraham Oghobase has been refused a visa by the UK government. That’s a sorry state of affairs for a country that professes to be in the vanguard of cultural openness, says the FT’s arts writer. This week’s column is read by Alexander Gilmour.
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Poop and post-poop: Peter Aspden on Hong Kong’s art scene May 16, 2014 - 3:35 pm
  • In a despatch from Hong Kong, the FT’s arts writer reflects on the city’s ‘Tate bricks’ moment, and what it tells us about the fast-changing status of contemporary art in China
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up
  • Faith, hope and video: Peter Aspden on art and religion May 02, 2014 - 3:45 pm
  • As St Paul’s Cathedral prepares to unveil a Bill Viola installation, the FT’s arts writer considers the potentially enriching relationship between sacred settings and contemporary art
  • Launch in pop-up Launch in Pop-up

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

FT Arts podcastEach week the arts podcast brings you interviews and studio discussions on the latest arts stories and cultural trends, with contributions from the FT’s roster of critics and commentators