Arts feature

cranach

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

patriot

Revolution then: The Patriot stands alone

June 29, 2020 8:22 am

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

statue

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

nineties

I hate the Nineties

June 15, 2020 2:58 pm

The Nineties began in hope but ended in disaster

peter bogdanovich

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

Christo’s art of self-promotion

June 7, 2020 5:40 pm

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

dion

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

Salvant grace

May 13, 2020 5:38 pm

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s shock of the new

marjane satrapi

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

arts pages

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

helen mirren spectator

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

hud

Newman’s own

April 24, 2020 2:18 pm

A pink Cadillac in the Texas Panhandle

hockney

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

billy connolly

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

banjo

Finger pickin’ good

March 21, 2020 1:39 pm

Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck has reinvented his instrument and retraced its roots

culture

Please, please let COVID-19 kill the culture wars

March 20, 2020 2:46 pm

Is it so much to ask?

sculpture

The human clay

March 13, 2020 5:34 pm

As he collects more than three decades of thinking and writing about sculpture into a new book, Eric Gibson introduces a few of his favorite things

austen

Some of the best Austen adaptations are the most unfaithful

February 17, 2020 11:23 am

Undoubtedly the freshest version of Emma was the one that looks least like it: Clueless

meryl meisler

Stayin’ alive in ’75

January 25, 2020 3:52 pm

Meryl Meisler’s photographs captured the family life and nightlife of Seventies New York

infographics

The history, power and beauty of infographics

January 23, 2020 1:08 pm

W.E.B. Du Bois’s eloquent and ingenious charts, maps and diagrams showing the progress of 19th-century African Americans were powerful weapons in combatting racism

tiktok

TikTok is the world’s fastest-growing — and goofiest — digital platform, but should we fear it?

January 16, 2020 11:52 am

The Chinese video app, which has more users than Snapchat and Twitter combined, is underpinned by some of the most sophisticated AI in the world

tintoretto

Martin Gayford visits the greatest one-artist show on Earth

December 29, 2019 7:20 am

The cycle of 50 Tintorettos at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice includes one of Martin Gayford’s favorite – and most cinematic – Nativity scenes

art basel banana

What the Art Basel Banana says about our world

December 9, 2019 9:15 am

It’s rotten even if the banana is not

mona lisa leonardo

Leonardo da Virtual

November 27, 2019 6:21 pm

Mass tourism has overwhelmed our major museums. Could virtual reality be the solution?