Arts

The history, power and beauty of infographics

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Simon Ings on the history, power and beauty of infographics

Dazzling and sex-fuelled: Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy reviewed

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Picasso collected papers. Not just sheets of the exotic handmade stuff — though he admitted being seduced by them —…

The audience were in tears: Christian Gerhaher/Gerold Huber at the Wigmore Hall reviewed

25 January 2020 9:00 am

‘Popular’ classical music is a relative term. Show me someone who thinks Beethoven is surefire box office, and I’ll show…

Fun and likeable and forgettable: The Personal History of David Copperfield reviewed

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield is a romp told at a lick, and while it’s fun and…

Best gig of the week: the fuzzy, slacker melodies of teenage quintet Disq

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Come January, when the proper pop stars are all in the gym working off the pounds before they emerge, blinking…

Radio 4's new H.P. Lovecraft adaptation will give you the chills

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Of all the many things I’ve learned from the radio so far this decade, the most deranging is that the…

Sweeping, sod-you comedy – irresistible: Billionaire Boy reviewed

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Falling In Love Again features two of the 20th century’s best-known sex athletes. Ron Elisha’s drama covers a long drunken…

Netflix's Messiah is a great concept undermined by implausible politics

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Sky’s latest bingewatch potboiler Cobra can’t quite make up its mind whether it wants to be an arch, knowing House…

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

18 January 2020 9:00 am

TikTok is the world’s fastest-growing – and goofiest – digital platform, but should we fear it too, asks Robert Jackman

Warmth, energy and gripping momentum: Stephen Hough’s Wigmore Hall residency reviewed

18 January 2020 9:00 am

In the summer of 1878 Johannes Brahms finally succeeded in growing a beard. It was his third attempt. ‘Prepare your…

Undeniably eye-popping: BBC2’s Louis Theroux – Selling Sex reviewed

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Victoria, a single mother in her early thirties, is getting her children ready for school — ensuring an equitable distribution…

Enchanting but outrageously expensive: Tutankhamun reviewed

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Like Elton John, though less ravaged, Tutankhamun’s treasures are on their final world tour. Soon these 150 artefacts will return…

People expecting punishment won’t be disappointed: Almeida’s Duchess of Malfi reviewed

18 January 2020 9:00 am

The Duchess of Malfi is one of those classics that everyone knows by name but not many have witnessed on…

One of those films that never seems to end: A Hidden Life reviewed

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life is a historical drama based on the true story of Franz Jäggerstätter, an Austrian who…

Beethoven wasn’t just history’s greatest composer but also one of its greatest human beings

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Beethoven is not just history’s greatest composer, says Damian Thompson, but one of its greatest human beings

Alfred Dreyfus is being erased all over again

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Banning Roman Polanski’s extraordinary film is history repeating itself, says John R. MacArthur

Why did David Bomberg disappear?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

David Bomberg was only 23 when his first solo exhibition opened in July 1914 at the Chenil Gallery in Chelsea.…

Gripping, immersive and powerful: 1917 reviewed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Sam Mendes’s 1917 is the first world war drama that this week won the Golden Globe for best film and…

Did everyone in punk sell out?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

For many people of a certain age (full disclosure: mine), punk has been a weirdly persistent presence. These days, we…

Redneck twaddle: Young Vic’s Fairview reviewed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury won last year’s Pulitzer Prize. It deserves additional awards for promoting racial disharmony and entrenching…

Chilling: Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl at Sadler's Wells reviewed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Did your feet twitch? That’s the test of The Red Shoes. Did your toes point? Your ankles flex? Your arches…

Martin Gayford visits the greatest one-artist show on Earth

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Martin Gayford marvels at the splendour of Venice’s Tintorettos, including a Nativity unlike any other in Christian art

Meet Congo, the Leonardo of chimps, whose paintings sell for £14,500

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on Congo, the chimp whose paintings were bought by Picasso, Dali and Miro

How podcasts have transformed radio

21 December 2019 9:00 am

As if on cue, Lemn Sissay’s new series for Radio 4 tackles all those questions we would rather ignore in…

How to make a Christmas ballet hit: behind the scenes at Scottish Ballet's Snow Queen

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Ballet, like bread sauce and green chartreuse, is often just a Christmas thing and the UK’s national companies plan their…