Charlotte Higgins

Why Marx got Venice Biennale invite

Charlotte Higgins talks to Venice Biennale director Okwui Enwezor about Marxism, bigotry and how Rolls-Royce sponsorship squeezes into the mix.

London’s ‘vigorous scene’ and why Frieze art fair works

It's an art fair for the very rich. But London's glittering public realm is what really makes Frieze week worth it, writes Charlotte Higgins.

‘I feel women should say what they think’

Eleanor Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker prize, is bothered by the uneven treatment accorded to men and women in the public eye.

Ai Weiwei shows Venice Biennale his many sides

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's three large-scale works on display at the Venice Biennale include horrifying mock-ups of his 2011 detention.

The lesbian love story that captivated Cannes

The intimate physical scenes in "Blue Is the Warmest Colour" are only one element of a deep study of the relationship between the two women.

Venice Biennale: Iraq’s art world emerges from the ruins

The Iraq pavilion at Biennale challenges the 'rockets and bombs' view of the country to showcase an art world emerging from years of Saddam and war.

Women writers come out tops on Granta’s list

Granta has released its 2013 list of the 20 most promising young British novelists under 40 and for the first time there is a majority of women.

It’s Africa’s turn at the Tate

Tate will reflect its new international focus through a two-year programme of activities focused on Africa, beginning on November 24.

Arthur Miller — a restoration in progress

When dramatist Arthur Miller died, his obituary was headlined "The Great Pretender: Arthur Miller wasn't well liked -- and with good reason".

Master of artless art

Despite his many successes, Woody Allen still defers to those who inspired him

No Cannes do as Mel looks to revive reputation with The Beaver

Rarely has the Cannes Film Festival been the scene of so daring a plan -- the attempted resuscitation of Mel Gibson's shattered career.

China ‘like the middle ages’, says arrested artist

Two days before Ai Weiwei's disappearance, the artist spoke out at his Beijing studio about police surveillance and harassment.

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