Ai Weiwei is the talk of London as his major retrospect opens at the Royal Academy. As exhibitions go the organisers couldn't have been more lucky. The crowd funding campaign to bring Weiwei's Tree to the Royal Academy's courtyard smashed its £100k campaign, Weiwei was reunited with his passport with Teresa May stepping in to extend his UK visa and now an undoubted exhibition hit that will certainly see a record visitor ...

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In my continued quest to read further on contemporary art there was one person I couldn't ignore. The number of times Marcel Duchamp was referenced from Hans Ulrich Obrist's numerous dialogues with artists to Grayson Perry's Playing to the Gallery, he was on the fringes of every conversation. Where to start though? There are a number of biographies but if the price tag didn't raise an eyebrow enough it was the thought of ...

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I've just had an argument with my boyfriend over the phone. Underneath our conversation the strains of last week's arguments throbbed with anger and bubbled to the surface. We're frustrated. At ourselves, at each other, at the world and everything and everyone that is stopping us from being us. I don't want to argue and yet here we are, arguing. Picking holes in our tense relationship; we're just damn frustrated. We're ...

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"'Imagine this. You know, big museum, big museum. They've offered you an exhibition and there's a big room there - an open white room waiting for you to fill it. And in a year or two I've got to fill that with work and all the people are going to come and look at it, maybe thousands of people, and all the press are going to come and they'll want to write about it and talk about it, and then I've got to sell it. And the ...

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I've done a fair amount of thinking about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. I've just clocked two and half weeks on repeat: sleep, eat, theatre, eat, theatre, theatre, eat, drink, sleep. Repeat. I've spent my time seeing some fifty shows, hosting discussions over tea and that professional thing called networking. Last week I was questioning why we even bother with taking work to the Fringe when it seems we care so ...

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I've spent the best part of 10 days at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe assessing for the Total Theatre Awards which means I've not been allowed to talk about any of the shows I've seen. If you follow me on Twitter you'll know how difficult that must have been for me not to blab about some of the promising (and awful) work I've seen. Now that the shortlist has been announced I'm free to reveal the shows that I've been wanting to ...

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