Arts feature


Night at the museum

November 25, 2020 12:33 pm

Is the Baltimore Museum of Art exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to sell off major modern paintings?


Still painting after all these years

October 12, 2020 11:38 am

While others have postured, Paul Resika has kept on painting

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The art of the presidency

October 3, 2020 2:04 pm

What are the major artworks of the Trump years?

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Old soul rebel

September 22, 2020 4:44 pm

Kevin Rowland, decades after Dexys, is still running

Terry O’Neill: ‘Hollywood is lonely’

September 14, 2020 2:50 pm

He was one of Britain’s greatest portrait photographers, possibly the greatest


We’re not going to take it — again

September 8, 2020 4:18 pm

How the Seventies are taking us back to their future

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Liberty and death: Jacob Lawrence’s struggle for freedom

September 3, 2020 3:12 pm

His tale is not a ‘let’s hold hands and sing for liberty’ triumph. It’s a violent, gritty and gruesome affair


Human after all

August 5, 2020 1:35 pm

Singer, patriot and pioneer of social distancing, Morrissey is once again a star


Statues and limitations

July 19, 2020 10:48 am

How we can reckon with the past without destroying it

Jacques Henri Lartigue in his bath, 1904

Candid camera

July 5, 2020 12:29 pm

Jacques Henri Lartigue composed his photographs like a painter


Hello, boys: Lucas Cranach’s bodies beautiful

July 2, 2020 1:11 pm

Why look at black-and-white books? You want the good stuff


Revolution then: The Patriot stands alone

June 29, 2020 8:22 am

Gibson achieves peace of mind by dismembering a redcoat with a hatchet


The statue-topplers are obsessed with white men and white history

June 18, 2020 1:41 pm

Figures like radical scholar Rammohan Roy are completely ignored


I hate the Nineties

June 15, 2020 2:58 pm

The Nineties began in hope but ended in disaster

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The rise and fall of Peter Bogdanovich

June 14, 2020 5:23 pm

David Thomson talks to the director about Buster Keaton, Orson Welles and falling out of favor with Hollywood


Christo’s art of self-promotion

June 7, 2020 5:40 pm

The late artist and his wife spent years assiduously burnishing his image


Meet Dion, one of the last living links to the earliest days of rock ’n’ roll

May 28, 2020 2:13 pm

Doo-wop’s elder statesman on Buddy Holly, Dylan and King David


Salvant grace

May 13, 2020 5:38 pm

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s shock of the new

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Difficult women

May 11, 2020 5:15 pm

Marjane Satrapi, the author-director of Persepolis, tells Sarah Ditum about her Marie Curie biopic, exile from Iran and fears for the future of democracy

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From Middlemarch to Mickey Mouse: a short history of The Spectator’s books and arts pages

April 24, 2020 5:39 pm

The magazine has spent 10,000 issues identifying the dominant cultural phenomena of the day and being difficult about them

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How The Spectator discovered Helen Mirren

April 24, 2020 5:37 pm

From Enoch Powell to Danny La Rue: Hilary Spurling remembers how she was given free rein when she took over the arts and books pages in the 1960s


Newman’s own

April 24, 2020 2:18 pm

A pink Cadillac in the Texas Panhandle


David Hockney’s splendid isolation

April 24, 2020 1:42 pm

The painter discusses life in rural Normandy, why the iPad is better than a brush and why he’s not a communist

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Welder, banjo player, comedian, actor, and now artist — Billy Connolly interviewed

April 9, 2020 3:41 pm

Britain’s greatest comic story-teller discusses growing up in Glasgow, ditching the mike stand and living with Parkinson’s

virtual exhibitions

Are there ways in which virtual exhibitions are better than real ones?

April 2, 2020 3:49 pm

Go to the Closer to Van Eyck website, for example, and you can zoom in to examine the surface of his paintings as never before