Arts & Books
Two new books on contemporary political problems are stimulating and informative. But the authors should learn to speak to our ideals as well as our needs
State-run Chinese cinema has unexpected lessons for the west, and is set to lead research and development in the digital era, in happy alliance with Hollywood
Kandinsky may have opened the way to pure abstraction, but he was traditionalist, romantic, sentimental and spiritualist. And not even properly abstract
After two and a half years, this is my last column. As I bow out, there are signs of a creative renaissance in television. Pity we can't say the same about critics
Jonathan Kent's Tosca was a lifeless affair. And David McVicar's Figaro was overly restrained, unlike his Giulio Cesare, which was tremendous in a bawdy sort of way
Football television coverage, with its tiresome cast of has-beens and also-rans, remains stuck in the past. Why will no one break the mould?
Till Fellner keeps rhetorical excess at bay in his performance of Schubert's last sonatas, while a Janá?cek opera is not quite ruined by a silly production
Charles Saatchi is trying to make a comeback—doing for American artists what he did for the Brits in his 1997 "Sensation" show. Do the yAas have that yBa magic?
In cinema, you can still be called "orientalist" if you depict another culture. And eastern filmmakers are "pandering" if they are applauded in the west
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