Arts feature

Venetian Visions

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Andrew Lambirth finds the National Gallery’s new exhibition on Canaletto and his contemporaries both illuminating and enjoyable

Mrs Gaskell’s bicentenary: Knutsford’s Amazons

16 October 2010 12:00 am

On the southern edge of Manchester, a few miles from the airport, there is a commuter town where the Victorian novel remains very much alive.

Arts debate: ‘Brutal and vulgar’

9 October 2010 12:00 am

From the start, the combatively worded motion — ‘Time for the arts to stand on its own two feet and stop sponging off the tax-payer’ — came under attack in the Spectator arts debate at Church House last month.

The Great Escape

9 October 2010 12:00 am

Hollywood’s gloss on reality makes Olivia Glazebrook want to weep. Why can’t the Americans learn from the French?

An artist of the sinking world

29 September 2010 12:00 am

Julian Perry (born 1960) paints images of genuine topicality in an immaculate high-definition realist style.

Building block

25 September 2010 12:00 am

Britain’s architects can produce the best designs in the world, says Amanda Baillieu. So why aren’t any on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale?

The art of risk-taking

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Despite the economic gloom, ENO’s John Berry is optimistic about the future of opera

Mourning in America

28 August 2010 12:00 am

New York is in the grip of memorial mania, writes Tiffany Jenkins

Beneath the Fringe

21 August 2010 12:00 am

Lloyd Evans joins the hopeful hordes seeking fame and fortune in Edinburgh

Space invaders

14 August 2010 12:00 am

Ben West investigates the growth in unusual exhibition venues — from brothel to butcher’s shop

The new alternatives

7 August 2010 12:00 am

William Cook goes to Skegness and watches Cannon & Ball attract an adoring audience

‘A totally irresponsible art’

31 July 2010 12:00 am

Nina Conti appears convinced that her puppets are real. Freddy Gray investigates

Back to the future

24 July 2010 12:00 am

Charles Moore on how to renew and maintain life in the deserted villages of rural Romania

Silencing the voices

17 July 2010 12:00 am

The ‘seriously handsome’ Toby Stephens talks to Mary Wakefield about the magic of acting

Going for a song

7 July 2010 12:00 am

It’s Proms time again. Peter Phillips is struck by the imbalance between singers and players

Guiding principles

30 June 2010 12:00 am

What are the ingredients of a good audio guide? Henrietta Bredin investigates

‘Everyone must have a voice’

23 June 2010 12:00 am

Marianne Gray talks to the down-to-earth Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn about her latest film

Picasso: angel and monster

16 June 2010 12:00 am

Andrew Lambirth talks to John Richardson, biographer and friend of the artist

‘Take risks and be exciting’

9 June 2010 12:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Michael Attenborough, whose star at the Almeida is the theatre itself

Contrasting characters

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Mary Wakefield talks to Roger Allam and discovers that he thinks acting is only a game

Hollywood’s introspective icon

26 May 2010 12:00 am

As Clint Eastwood celebrates his 80th birthday, Peter Hoskin salutes his artistic legacy

Comic timing

19 May 2010 12:00 am

New Labour inspired a golden age of political comedy. William Cook looks to satire’s future

A great individualist

12 May 2010 12:00 am

Andrew Lambirth talks to Jeffery Camp about the primacy of drawing in an artist’s practice

Two men in a boat

5 May 2010 12:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton on a stage adaptation of the Erskine Childers classic Riddle of the Sands

The great communicator

28 April 2010 12:00 am

Conductor Marin Alsop talks to Henrietta Bredin about sharing a concert platform with Bernstein