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The Summer of Doug Aitken Arrives in Europe

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts

Creating what his gallery term "fine art installations," and roaming across a wide range of media, techniques and subjects, Aitken's work has been difficult to categorize. But taken together, these three shows should give the unacquainted viewer a full overview of who he is.

Why Does London Need a New Concert Hall?

Tony Woodcock | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The press and media are all over this one and obviously excited at the prospect of luring back Rattle to his homeland. They also argue for something that London really needs. And this feeding frenzy, I fear, could obscure some rational and strategic thinking that needs to be put in place before anyone signs up for a project.

Brains and Bottoms

Tony Woodcock | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Paris has a new, state-of-the-art concert hall, something the French have been waiting for since they dispatched Louis XVI in 1793, thus making possible government- funded arts venues for the people.

'Human Zoo' Exhibition Featuring Black Actors In Cages Shuts Down After Protests

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts

A performance art piece titled "Exhibit B" was slated to run from September 23 until September 27 at London's Barbican Centre. The controversial work,...

Videos: Let It Rain!

Jane Chafin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts
Jane Chafin

All anyone is talking about here in Southern California is the forecast for much needed drought-busting rain. Let it rain! I've found a few videos to get you in the mood.

20 Top Picks

Tony Woodcock | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

I found 2013 to be a great year for discovery and experience in the arts, from theatre and music to television, film, and books. I have compiled a top 20 list of my favorites, with the hope that they might resonate with readers.

Being in Tune

Tony Woodcock | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Peter Renshaw calls for a new paradigm to address the key issues confronting learning and development in the arts.

Watch The Rain Room In Action

VernissageTV | Posted 02.23.2013 | Arts

Random International are known for their digital-based contemporary art. The London-based studio creates artworks and installations that explore behav...

The Barbican's Bauhaus Show Teases Out the Playful Side of the Iconic Industrial Design School

ARTINFO | Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts

Prepare to see a slightly different side of the 20th century's most influential design movement. The objects in the upcoming Bauhaus survey "Art is Li...

Happy Birthday, Barbican | Posted 05.28.2012 | Arts

This year sees the Barbican Centre celebrate 30 years of contribution to the arts by crafting a spectacular season of cultural events.

FASHION: 30 Years of Japanese Aesthetics at the Barbican

Phaidon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Japanese design, although informed by a unique sensibility, is not all the same. Issey Miyake is as bold and original as ever with his geometric exper...

Celeste Boursier-Mougenot Installation (VIDEO): Zebra Finches Rock Out With Electric Guitars

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Zebra Finches-- not only would it make for a good band name, but the birds already have a musical reputation thanks to French artist/composer Cele...