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Dan Flavin's neon tubes may be beatified as one of the great ideas of 20th-century art. But he is one of the most old-fashioned, as well as radical, of modern artists
On its 60th birthday, the Philharmonia Orchestra is at its very best—so why isn't the wider culture listening? An interview with managing director David Whelton
The late Susan Sontag practised cultural forms promiscuously. The one which made her great was the essay, and the theme she made her own was pain
Jared Diamond offers hindsight on past environmental disaster, but he may underestimate the extent to which technology can save us from our own folly
John Grierson saw documentary as a lesson; Humphrey Jennings's wartime films showed that it could be an art. It is Jennings we should remember
The physical and visual adventures of Theatre de Complicite helped release the British stage from its text addiction. So why is the company now reviving old experiments?
Howard Goodall's Channel 4 series on 20th-century music was a triumph of intelligent television. It worked because it was driven by a powerful polemic
Real disasters make some films unwatchable, particularly the old 1970s Towering Inferno type. But other kinds can reach into the heart of human catastrophe
The Wigmore Hall has changed under its new artistic director, Paul Kildea, and not necessarily for the better. An opportunity for the Queen Elizabeth Hall?
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