Arts

Giuseppe Penone, one of the members of the arte povera school of art, excavating the trunk of a tree

The 20th century's last art movement

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Martin Gayford talks to the men behind arte povera, who took modern art back to the natural world and the past

George Cruikshank’s illustration for ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens

Mutton, potatoes and ale – how children ate in the 19th century

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Modern Britain scratches its head over children who are overfed, not underfed, while guilt-ridden mothers stand accused of feeding children…

An act of doctrinaire official vandalism: the ‘hole’ during works in Les Halles district, 1975

The rise and fall of Les Halles – centre of Paris’s demi-monde

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Depending on your point de vue, Haussmann’s imperial scheme for Paris created townscape of thrilling regularity or boring uniformity. Whatever;…

‘Carcase of an Ox’, by the circle of Rembrandt

Decomposing women, preserved nipples & putrefaction: Flesh at York Art Gallery reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

For a 21st-century gallery, a Victorian collection can be an embarrassment. Tate Modern got around the problem by offloading its…

We, too, are America: children and members of the San Francisco chapter of the National Council of Negro Women at a voter registration motorcade, 1956

How helpful is it for America to have a museum dedicated to African American culture?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘A fool’s errand’. That is how Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and…

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Nicholas Serota will be remembered not as a modern Medici but as a new Disney

24 September 2016 9:00 am

In this week of toadying obsequies after the (rather late) retirement of Sir Nicholas Serota from his imperial throne at…

Not so Super Mario: Vito Priante as Figaro in ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ at the Royal Opera House

Near-ideal première from our boldest opera company: WNO’s Merchant of Venice reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Alas, poor André Tchaikowsky. A survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, with an assumed name that probably did his musical career…

Kathryn Hunter in The Emperor (Photo: Simon Annand)

Crowd-bewitching magic from Kathryn Hunter: Young Vic’s The Emperor reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The Emperor seems like a worthy lesson in Ethiopian history. Haile Selassie’s final days are recounted by a retinue of…

National Treasure: Robbie Coltrane (Photo: Getty)

Clearly intended as an Important Piece of TV – but is it?: C4’s National Treasure reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The closing credits of National Treasure (Channel 4, Tuesday) contain the usual disclaimer that any resemblance between its characters and…

Ansel Adams (Photo: Getty)

It’s hard to justify spending money on Radio 3 – but here’s why we must

24 September 2016 9:00 am

We now think of Radio 3 as the music station, but when it was created in 1946 as the Third…

What’s eating them? Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Fisayo Akinade in ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’

Not a film for a zombie-sceptic like me: The Girl With All the Gifts reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

I can’t say I care for zombies particularly or even understand them — OK, they’re the living dead, but what…

Brand ‘Picasso’: the artist surrounded by a portion of his 45,000 works, in Cannes, 1956

The squalid afterlife of artists' estates

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Artists’ legacies were once controlled by opportunist collectors or vengeful harpies. Stephen Bayley meets the German lawyer trying to civilise the process

Cooking with Poldark

The Food Programme is a miracle of radio

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Cooking really shouldn’t make good radio. On television, it’s already frustrating that you can’t taste what you’re seeing, but on…

‘The Sombre Malembo, God of the Crossroads’, 1943, by Wifredo Lam

This large Tate Modern exhibition is cruel to Wifredo Lam

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘My painting is an act of decolonisation,’ declared Wifredo Lam. These are the first words you read on entering the…

Jenna Coleman as Victoria

ITV's Victoria is silly, facile and irresponsible – I blame the feminisation of culture

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Did you know that Queen Victoria might never have married Prince Albert had it not been for an amazing stroke…

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma. Photo: ROH/Bill Cooper

Sonya Yoncheva is sensational in Royal Opera’s triumphant new Norma

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The Royal Opera has opened the season with a triumph, and in one of the most difficult of operas, Bellini’s…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (Photo: Gert Krautbauer)

From spiritual transcendence to gender warfare: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater review

17 September 2016 9:00 am

For a regular dancegoer in New York City, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater seasons arrive with the comforting predictability…

Putting the flag out: Martin McDougall (Howard) and Sean Delaney (John) in ‘Labyrinth’

What RSC’s The Alchemist needs is a James Corden or Matt Lucas

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Coleridge deemed the narrative structure of The Alchemist perfect. But, I wonder. A landowner quits plague-ridden London and his cunning…

Born again: Emma Thompson and Renée Zellweger in ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

Bridget Jones is back – but do we care?

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Bridget Jones’s Baby is the third outing for our heroine as played by Renée Zellweger, whose cosmetic work to face…

Money shot: banknote from the time of Kublai Khan, 13th century

From Kublai Khan to Charles Dickens: the birth and death of paper money

10 September 2016 9:00 am

As the Age of the Polymer dawns, Daisy Dunn looks back on the history of the banknote

On tap: Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice in ‘The Entertainer’

John Osborne’s The Entertainer is a big, fat, boring slice of prime-time chitchat

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Kenneth Branagh’s obsession with Larry Olivier’s career is becoming such a bizarre act of theatrical necromancy that it deserves to…

Natural high: John Sebastian’s acoustic set at Woodstock, 1969

A great retro shop with a dreary message: V&A’s You Say You Want a Revolution? reviewed

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Back in the high optimism of the 2008 presidential campaign, one of Barack Obama’s more extravagant hopes was that ‘the…

Malcolm Williamson, former Master of the Queen's Music,  rehearsing his young cast for the children's opera 'Knights of Shining Virtue' (Getty Images)

The day I tried to rescue the alcoholic former Master of the Queen’s Music

10 September 2016 9:00 am

I was looking forward to going to Malcolm Williamson’s opera English Eccentrics set to a text by Edith Sitwell at…

George Galloway attends the premiere of his film The Killing$ Of Tony Blair (Photo: Getty)

George Galloway is terrific in this meticulous demolition of Tony Blair

10 September 2016 9:00 am

I had been wondering where Gorgeous George Galloway might pop up next. Defenestrated from his seat in Bradford West, humiliated…

Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman

BBC2’s heroic attempt to poke an unwanted nose into the world of British Vogue

10 September 2016 9:00 am

With documentary-makers these days, it can be hard to tell the difference between faux-naivety and the real thing. (Personally, I…