Arts feature

The history, power and beauty of infographics

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Simon Ings on the history, power and beauty of infographics

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

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

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

Don’t tell me model railways aren’t art. My little engine is a thing of spirit and beauty

14 December 2019 9:00 am

At Birmingham NEC, Richard Bratby finds magical worlds just six feet long and two feet wide

How capitalism killed sleep

7 December 2019 9:00 am

What is behind the modern plague of sleeplessness? Laura Gascoigne goes to Somerset House in search of answers

From cartoons to stage design: the genius of Osbert Lancaster

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Osbert Lancaster was a cartoonist, editor, critic and bestselling author, but the stage was his destiny, says Laura Freeman

Meet the unrivalled Sun King of early music, William Christie

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Richard Bratby is granted an audience with the feisty master of early music William Christie, who’s celebrating 40 years with Les Arts Florissants

What really happened at Troy?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Heinrich Schliemann had always hoped he’d find Homer’s Troy. Although he had no archaeological background to speak of, he did…

Mick Hucknall on women, rejection and cultural appropriation

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Michael Hann talks to Mick Hucknall, Britain’s greatest underappreciated pop star

‘The only place I can’t get my plays on is Britain’: Peter Brook interviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries talks to the loquacious 94-year-old director Peter Brook about the parlous state of British theatre, Brexit and how he wishes more politicians were like Vladimir Putin

How did Richard Herring become the comedy podcast king?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

How did the comedian Richard Herring become a podcast king? Robert Jackman finds out

The enduring allure of 'er indoors

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne visits an exhibition that explores our enduring fascination with images of confined women

‘Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ’, 1890–91, by Paul Gauguin

Pilferer, paedophile and true great: Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery reviewed

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Though a pilferer and a paedophile, Paul Gauguin was a true great, argues Martin Gayford

A modern-day El Dorado: the Serra Pelada gold mine, Brazil, 1986

Sebastiao Salgado – master of monochrome, chronicler of the depths of human barbarity

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Claudia Massie talks to the photographer Sebastiao Salgado about how he lost his mind documenting the depths of human barbarity and found salvation in nature

The poetry of sewers

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the history – and poetry – of Joseph Bazalgette’s sewers

The untold story of Judy Garland

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Tanya Gold talks to the Essex-born civil servant who became Judy Garland’s right-hand woman

The many faces of William ‘Slasher’ Blake

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Artist, engraver, poet, visionary, voice in the wilderness: a new show at Tate Britain shines a light on the many sides of William Blake, says Laura Freeman

On photography, shrines and Maradona: Geoff Dyer’s Neapolitan pilgrimage

7 September 2019 9:00 am

On photography, shrines and Maradona: Geoff Dyer goes in search of transcendence in Naples

Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall as Mrs Lowry and her son

Why did Mrs Lowry hate her son's paintings?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Why did Elizabeth Lowry hate her son’s paintings? Laura Gascoigne talks to Timothy Spall and Adrian Noble about their new film, Mrs Lowry and Son

Why a whole new generation of young Europeans are turning to old-school reggae

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Colin Grant talks to the godfathers of reggae, who are trying to return the music to its spiritually uplifting roots

Frank Skinner

‘I’ll miss Brexit when it’s solved’: Frank Skinner interviewed

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Frank Skinner about fame, working in a factory, and his dreams of doing a double act with Alan Bennett

A fabulous beauty with an amazing knack for physical clowning: Alice Marshall as woke guru Titania McGrath

Woke gurus, capitalist communists and a future film star: Edinburgh Fringe roundup

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans finds some stars of the future at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

‘Self-Portrait, Black Background’ (1915): an entire room in the RA exhibition is devoted to Schjerfbeck’s examination of herself

Why haven’t we heard of the extraordinary Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

The Nordic painter Helene Schjerfbeck makes an extraordinary debut at the RA. Why haven’t we heard of her before, wonders Martin Gayford