5 Emerging London artists you need to know

The Whitechapel Gallery is welcoming visitors once again to its triennial open submission exhibition, The London Open. The East End Academy began in 1932 as a metaphorical "two fingers" to typical gallery shows. Today the show continues to introduce works created by artists aged 26 or over who live and work in London, with 48 artists showcasing their art at the Whitechapel Gallery after a thorough process of applications and studio visits over three months. The London Open is representative of

8 Facts about artist Duggie Fields you need to know

In Marilyn, Fields transforms that iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe holding her billowing white dress over an air vent into a headless cartoon. In Marilyn Bacon, she shares the scene with a Francis Bacon-esque sitting figure. Much of Fields' work distorts cartoons from our childhood: behold an armless Donald Duck and a mutilated Mickey Mouse. During the early Eighties, Fields' artwork was omnipresent in Japan. His designs could be seen on television, magazine, billboards, and subway advertis

What Modi could learn from Frank Underwood

Lord Dobbs, Conservative peer and the creator of House of Cards, devised the story “by accident” while he was on holiday. Spurred on by his ex-wife, Lord Dobbs spent a night by the pool, accompanied by a notepad, pen, and a bottle of wine. By the end of the bottle, he only had two rather loaded initials on the page: “F.U.” Those initials became Francis Urquhart, which then later became Frank Underwood and a legend was born. Need we say more? “Great people, great politicians are uncomfortable pe

The Big Apple comes to the Big Smoke at Tiffany & Co.’s Selfridges installation

Tiffany & Co.'s installation "Fifth & 57th", named after the location of the brand's New York flagship store, is housed inside the Old Selfridges Hotel, tucked away next to the Selfridges food hall. A magnolia tree and a bench greet us, mimicking a small sliver of Central Park. Boxes make up towering New York buildings and light projections allow us a glimpse into the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. The soundscapes are authentically, well, loud. Just as to be expected in a city as big as New Yo

From China with love: the UK welcomes Ai Weiwei

From 2010 to 2011, millions of sunflower seeds spilled across the floor of the Tate Modern. From far away, each one looked identical, but they were all individually handcrafted in porcelain. As Ai Weiwei's successful Sunflower Seeds installation came to its close, the artist was detained in his home country of China for 81 days. The Chinese authorities confiscated his passport and he has been unable to leave since then. Sunflower Seeds might have been one of the first instances where the Britis

12 artworks you need to see at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Sir Joshua Reynolds, the first president of the Royal Academy, oversees the courtyard. Paintbrush in hand, he waves it at Conrad Shawcross's work, The Dappled Light of the Sun, acting as if he was conducting an orchestra. Shawcross's five steel "clouds" are the welcoming piece to the Summer Exhibition. The staircase of the Academy that leads up to the exhibition has been given a multi-coloured makeover by Jim Lambie. The The brightly lit space seems to be bursting with colour thanks to Michael

Double, double toil and trouble: the Macbeth teaser trailer is here

It's bad luck in theatre land to speak the name of Shakespeare's play Macbeth out loud. It is instead referred to simply as "the Scottish play." Thankfully for us, our non-theatre affiliation allows us to say the name as much as we please. It's a good thing too, because all we want to do is rave about the new teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's The new teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth is already causing a stir, and with good reason. The film's debut at the Cannes film festival was a

Why you should have a one night stand with Carmen

Carmen at the English National Opera proves that opera is no longer for the old (or boring). For those of you hoping to expand your horizons, Carmen is the perfect introductory sampler to whet your appetite and keep you coming back for more. The image of opera-goers squinting into their binoculars with their powdery, wrinkly faces is over. A younger audience is quickly encroaching into operatic territory, and here's why. Opera's saving grace comes in the form of Carmen. Why invest in opera now