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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • ‘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. . .
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Just reach out: Peter Aspden on making culture accessible Apr 25, 2014 - 11:35 am
  • A brush with institutional hauteur in Nice makes the FT’s arts writer long for the determinedly inclusive museums and galleries of the UK
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  • Fatale attraction: Ludovic Hunter-Tilney on the screen seductress Apr 17, 2014 - 3:20 pm
  • In the 1980s and 1990s cinema audiences were in thrall to powerful women in erotic thrillers such as Body Heat and Basic Instinct. But whatever became of the genre and is it ripe for a comeback?
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  • Art of the unexpected: Deborah Bull on measuring cultural impact Apr 11, 2014 - 1:30 pm
  • The Director of Cultural Partnerships at King's College London reflects on the growing appetite among artists and arts organisations for evidence about the impact and value of what they do
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  • Satire without a sting: Peter Aspden on ‘W1A’ Apr 04, 2014 - 5:45 pm
  • The BBC’s self-parodying show goes too far – in the direction of complacency, complicity and all-round smugness. But comedy can be a remarkable force for exposing the flaws of the society from which it springs
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  • Show, don’t tell: Peter Aspden on documentaries Mar 28, 2014 - 1:45 pm
  • Driven by ubiquitous video technology, a new wave of films – such as the award-winning ‘Gaza: Chronicles of a Conflict’ – favours rawness and immediacy over explanation and context
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  • Money trouble: Peter Aspden on arts funding Mar 14, 2014 - 3:10 pm
  • Art and Mammon are uneasy bedfellows: witness the recent furore over the Sydney Biennale. The solution, says the FT’s arts writer, is for institutions to embrace debates over their funding, not run from them
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  • Rubble cause: Peter Aspden on ‘Ruin Lust’ Mar 07, 2014 - 5:50 pm
  • Tate Britain’s new show explores our fascination with ruins. But where yesterday’s aficionados looked to the remains of ancient civilisations, today’s ruinous visions are of the future
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  • Object lessons: Peter Aspden on memorabilia Feb 28, 2014 - 10:00 am
  • A militarist matchbox, a spoof banknote, a Lennon album. . . the FT’s arts writer presents a very personal history of the past half-century in 10 objects
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  • Showy business: Leo Robson on the ‘McConaissance’ Feb 21, 2014 - 1:25 pm
  • Matthew McConaughey’s career revival provides a neat case study of how an actor can wrest back control of his image. It also tells a broader story about our weakness for a certain kind of Acting.
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  • Social network of the damned: Peter Aspden on hell Feb 07, 2014 - 2:05 pm
  • Forget Sartre. The Royal Opera’s new ‘Don Giovanni’ suggests that, in a hyper-connected world, hell is the absence of other people
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  • Folk/rock: Peter Aspden on Pete Seeger Jan 31, 2014 - 10:00 am
  • The death of the veteran folk singer prompted numerous tributes to his integrity and idealism. But it was his mythical spat with Bob Dylan that really defined his era’s cultural politics
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  • Degree show: Peter Aspden on Derek Jarman Jan 24, 2014 - 4:55 pm
  • As King’s College, London, devotes an exhibition to its charismatic alumnus, the FT’s arts writer reflects on the artist and film-maker’s earliest inspirations
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  • Wig interpretation: Peter Aspden on ‘American Hustle’ Jan 17, 2014 - 10:00 am
  • Christian Bale’s hairpiece in the Oscar-nominated movie caper epitomises the preposterousness of the 1970s – but the decade’s unabashed lack of polish looks increasingly appealing in our technology-dependent age
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  • A Banksy in the boardroom: Peter Aspden on corporate collections Jan 10, 2014 - 3:25 pm
  • Businesses like buying contemporary art to show off their forward-thinking and investment savvy. Fair enough – but it still sits oddly with artists’ desire to provoke and subvert
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  • Culture versus clutter: Peter Aspden on ‘Stuffocation’ Jan 03, 2014 - 1:35 pm
  • In a persuasive new book, the trend forecaster James Wallman says that our appetite for material possessions is giving way to a hunger for experiences. How will that shift be reflected in the arts?
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