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  • A new short story for the holidays Dec 19, 2014 - 3:30 pm
  • 'Ambition', by the award-winning author Helen Simpson, is read by Christopher Villiers.
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  • 2014 Comeback Special: Peter Aspden on ‘Elvis at the O2’ Dec 19, 2014 - 3:06 pm
  • The London venue’s exhibition of Presley memorabilia is curious mix of the banal and the resplendent – and none the worse for that, says the FT’s arts writer
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  • Loan goal: Peter Aspden on the Elgin Marbles Dec 12, 2014 - 2:05 pm
  • In lending one of its Parthenon sculptures to Russia, the British Museum has provoked Greece and exposed the hollowness of so-called ‘cultural diplomacy’
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  • Past masters: Peter Aspden on Terry Riley and Joni Mitchell Dec 05, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Here today, washed-up tomorrow: that’s supposed to be the career trajectory for musicians in the pop age. But, as two recent projects show, great artists will always find ways to keep their signature work fresh and relevant
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  • Kitchen-sink commandments: ‘Decalogue’, 25 years on Nov 28, 2014 - 2:45 pm
  • By focusing on the personal rather than the political, Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski created a quietly subversive masterpiece, Peter Aspden says
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  • Hitting the arts jackpot Nov 21, 2014 - 4:32 pm
  • 20 years after the launch of the National Lottery, Jan Dalley celebrates how it has become the most successful form of cultural crowd-funding ever
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  • Revolution for sale: Peter Aspden on Nike and The Beatles Nov 14, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • How a legal dispute over the use of a John Lennon song in a sneaker advert paved the way for today’s cultural mash-ups – and put paid to the notion of artists “selling out”
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  • Beginnings and endings: Taylor Swift and Sylvie Guillem Nov 07, 2014 - 12:44 pm
  • As pop star Swift, 24, takes a stand against Spotify and dancer Guillem, 49, announces her retirement, Peter Aspden reflects on two very different divas
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  • Show us what you’ve got Oct 31, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • Galleries display only a fraction of the works in their collections. Art historian Bendor Grosvenor says it’s time they faced down their conservation departments and liberated their hidden masterpieces
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  • Rich pickings: Peter Aspden on spectator apartheid Oct 24, 2014 - 3:01 pm
  • Art may be essentially egalitarian as it illuminates the human condition – but that hasn't stopped members of the Porsche Travel Club getting special access to the Sistine Chapel. Should we worry if the wealthy corner the finest cultural experiences?
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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