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About Razia Iqbal

Razia Iqbal | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Since 2004, I have been the BBC's arts correspondent, mainly working on television news. But I've been involved with the arts on and off since 1994, when I started making programmes for BBC Radio 4, and later as the arts correspondent on BBC World Service and Radio 4.

Razia IqbalI have also presented various programmes over the years - from Radio 4's PM programme, to Front Row and Woman's Hour as well as hosting various programmes on 5 Live and the World Service.

This is what I love about the arts: At their best, artists deal with the biggest issues going - life, death and love.

Forget politics, money and business, if you want the greatest rewards and riches, the arts are where it's at.

Below, you'll find a sample of my TV reports from the last couple of years.

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Let me know what you think.


  • Comment number 1.

    Works of art? Must say I agree with Razia Iqbal but where's that child to tell these foolish billionaires that the emperor has no clothes. Of all the hype in the art world,this is the most indecent I could imagine. So much money spent to satisfy the buyers' egos not only that of Damien Hirst.
    I find the whole thing quite revolting and out of all proportion to any real values, artistic or otherwise.

  • Comment number 2.

    Rene Deschamps made the point about art in galleries long ago when he hung a urinal on an exhibition wall. The Dadaists saw the absurdity of changing tastes in the art market - and a lot of other things. Damien Hirst has been lucky enough to get academic support for his recycled ideas and hence the money of investor's - this is an old story, too. Should we be outraged? No, not if we can still see a purpose in the purposelessness of art.

  • Comment number 3.

    I love Razia Iqbal's allusion to (or is it an analogy of?) the naked emperor.

    One day one of these days one of these pieces is going to spring a formaldehyde leak and these collectors are going to be left with some odd pickle!

  • Comment number 4.

    Just wanted to tell you Razia that I love your article topics. Please keep up the good work.


  • Comment number 5.

    Great clip. Some interesting art pieces. Esp like the baby sculpture and the chicago mirror bean. Awesome!

  • Comment number 6.

    I wish you pronounce the name of the artists clearly, so people unfamiliar with the particular artist may take note of him. Everyone knows Frank Gehry, but I could not hear,or can remember, the other artist's names you covered in this blurb.

  • Comment number 7.

    Thoughts of art are right, interesting but new also, i never heard that art cane be escape from reality bite.

    Artists have suffered in human history, its olnly commercialims that have enriched them. i am not undermining its beautiy and creativity, i love it but art as a source to be happy and rich is a new phenemenan.

    well like you blog.

    M. Rajpar
    Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan


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