Arts feature

Theatre's final taboo: fun

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The stage has become a pleasure-free zone in which snarling dramatists fight over their pet political causes, says Lloyd Evans

The Mozarts of ad music

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Richard Bratby meets the hidden men and women composing melodies to make you buy

The first-century saint who went viral

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Laura Freeman considers how artists have depicted one of the strangest and most touching of the Stations of the Cross

The dark history of dance marathons

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the dark history of dance marathons

How real is the performing arts exodus?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Richard Bratby on the post-Covid exodus of talent from the performing arts

The truth about my father, Philip Guston

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Musa Mayer talks to Hermione Eyre about her father Philip Guston’s cancellation and her fear that he will for ever be known as the artist who painted the Ku Klux Klan

The triumph of bedroom pop

6 March 2021 9:00 am

A short history of lo-fi, by Robert Barry

The Sistine Chapel as you've never seen it before

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Rosie Millard gets her gloved hands on one of the world’s most lavish – and expensive – art books

Our love affair with the Anglo-Saxons

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Dan Hitchens on our love affair with the Anglo-Saxons

These rediscovered drawings by Hokusai are extraordinary

13 February 2021 9:00 am

These rediscovered drawings by Hokusai point to him as the father of photography and modern animation, says Laura Gascoigne

From ancient Greece to TikTok: a short history of the sea shanty

6 February 2021 9:00 am

From ancient Greece to TikTok: Alexandra Coghlan on the pulling power of shanties

The rise of bad figurative painting

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Galleries are awash with gimmicky paintings that look like they’ve been designed by algorithm. Dean Kissick on the rise of zombie figuration

British opera companies and orchestras must start investing in native talent

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Brexit and Covid have pushed us out of the common musical market and thrown us back on homegrown sprouts. Good, says Norman Lebrecht

Most artistic careers end in failure. Why does no one talk about this?

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Rosie Millard dispels the myth that persistence is always rewarded

Ignore the activists – Humboldt’s Enlightenment project deserves celebrating

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Ignore the activists, says Tristram Hunt, Alexander von Humboldt’s Enlightenment project, embodied in a flash new Berlin museum, deserves celebrating

On the trail of one of the first artists to paint ordinary things

19 December 2020 9:00 am

The Master of Flémalle was one of the first painters to depict in detail the reality of ordinary things. But who was he? Martin Gayford finds a prime suspect

The Venus de Marlene

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Tanjil Rashid on the legend of Dietrich

How we became a nation of choirs and carollers

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Alexandra Coghlan on how we became a nation of choirs and carollers

Meet the front man of ‘the most revolting band in the world’

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Michael Hann talks to Corey Taylor, front man of ‘the most revolting band in the world’, about PTSD, Donald Trump and life after alcoholism

Meet the woman who designed Britain's revolutionary road signs

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne meets Margaret Calvert, the designer who dragged British signposting into the modern era

The journalists who scripted the golden age of Hollywood

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Tanya Gold on the journalists who scripted the golden age of Hollywood

Antony Gormley on why sculpture is far superior to painting

7 November 2020 9:00 am

In an extract from their book, Antony Gormley tells Martin Gayford that the 3-D will always trump the 2-D

'We're all members of the Stasi now': Irvine Welsh interviewed

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The arts are everywhere under attack from those who claim offence, writes Nina Power. Irvine Welsh steps into the fray with a documentary on the new censorship

The genius of stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Claudia Massie explores the cinematic majesty and mind-bending visual trickery of stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen

Skyscraper squats and a lesson from India: the future of British architecture

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Squatting, gutting and retrofitting – and a lesson from India: Stuart Jeffries looks at the future of British architecture