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lizzo arts

Who killed the American arts?

October 8, 2019 12:00 pm

The decline from Duke Ellington and Aretha Franklin to A$AP Rocky and Lizzo is a slide from civilization to barbarism

debbie harry blondie

Blondie ambition

September 30, 2019 11:51 am

Face It by Debbie Harry reviewed

judy garland

The untold story of Judy Garland

September 19, 2019 11:41 am

Why does the forthcoming biopic ignore the story of the Essex-born civil servant Judy turned to at the end of her life?

neapolitan

On photography, shrines and Maradona: a Neapolitan pilgrimage

September 5, 2019 11:01 am

The author wanders around Naples seeking transcendence – and finds it

public art

The insufferable wokeness of public art

July 25, 2019 6:33 pm

Tyrannical progressives in municipal governments are inflicting their agenda on us through the medium of sculpture

motels

The poetry of motels

June 20, 2019 2:29 pm

A new book of photographs documents this fallen world that helped to usher in the sexual revolution

quentin tarantino sergio leone

Quentin Tarantino on how spaghetti westerns shaped modern cinema

May 30, 2019 7:52 am

‘The movie that made me consider filmmaking is Once Upon a Time in the West’

arabian nights

How film fell for caliphs and slave girls

May 9, 2019 2:57 pm

The Arabian Nights has inspired more than 70 movies, from silent ballet and Scooby Doo to Pasolini’s picaresque eroticism

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec, poster child of Bohemia

April 2, 2019 11:55 am

Life had cast the half-pint hedonist for the circus, but he had family money as well as talent

roger scruton modern architecture

What I want from modern architecture

February 21, 2019 1:02 pm

Architects need to stop aiming for the ‘iconic’ and focus on everyday beauty

history

Will history survive?

February 18, 2019 6:23 am

The ongoing monument controversy shows the susceptibility of ‘liberating tolerance’ to fanaticism

donald trump fan art
all about eve

All About Eve was all about bitching – off-screen as well as on

January 24, 2019 12:50 pm

Robert Gore-Langton goes behind the scenes of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 masterpiece

fox news fan art

Inside the strange world of Fox News fan art

January 11, 2019 8:34 pm

May God have mercy on our souls

sumo

The balletic, bum-baring rituals of sumo

January 10, 2019 11:59 am

A close-up view of the plump, kissable wrestlers at one of Japan’s six annual sumo tournaments

winston churchill

How much did Churchill owe to Shakespeare?

December 14, 2018 12:42 pm

An exhibition in Washington explores the Bard’s influence on the British Prime Minister

empress of iran

The people have not forgotten me: the exiled Empress of Iran interviewed

December 13, 2018 10:17 am

The widow of the Shah of Iran was painted by Warhol and assembled the greatest collection of art outside of Europe

adolf hitler world war one

Hitler, a hundred years ago

November 11, 2018 3:19 pm

As World War One ended, a slender 29-year-old German dispatch runner named Adolf Hitler lay in a military hospital in Pomerania

white album

They say it’s your birthday? It’s my birthday too, yeah!

November 9, 2018 12:13 pm

The White Album is reissued at 50

kevin spacey

Bring back Kevin Spacey

November 1, 2018 5:44 pm

If Spacey is not tried, and therefore not convicted, he should return to acting

tintoretto crucifixion

Death in Venice, alive in New York

October 30, 2018 11:55 am

Tintoretto looked not up to heaven, but down to the fallen angels of our modern age

ennio morricone

‘Darmstadt taught me how to compose’: Ennio Morricone interviewed

October 25, 2018 11:09 am

The 91-year-old pop-cultural phenomenon is actually a major modernist composer hiding in plain sight

oscar wilde

Getting Wilde in America

October 23, 2018 11:50 am

Oscar Wilde’s search for fame and himself

dominic west

‘I should just shut up’: Dominic West on #MeToo and the perils of talking politics

October 18, 2018 10:54 am

Melissa Kite wishes the actor didn’t voice his Remainer views all the time – but he is fabulous opposite Keira Knightley in new film Colette

aldous huxley brave new world

Brave New World Revisited, revisited

October 12, 2018 1:03 pm

We’ve grown increasingly obsessed with dystopian narratives since 2016. But why do we look to Orwell’s vision when Huxley’s rings truer?