Arts & Books
Russia is trying to engineer its own contemporary art boom. But it is too much in thrall to non-Russian artists and curators—and runs the risk of ignoring its home-grown talent
Jamie's Chef wasn't a patch on Jamie Oliver's two previous series. As a public figure, Jamie no longer needs to engage in the creative battles that produce great programmes
A week in the company of Maggie Cheung, one of Asia's biggest film stars (and a Bay City Rollers fan), is a lens through which to appreciate the subtlety of Chinese cinema
Michael Burleigh's study of the intersection of politics and religion in the 20th century is a monumental accomplishment. But does he let the Catholic church off too lightly?
Transformations, miracles and slippages are at the heart of David Malouf's rich and poetic fiction. Malouf is the great chronicler of Australia's lost, Aboriginal part of itself
The audiences flocking to the Hogarth exhibition at Tate Britain are there not just to admire the work of a uniquely gifted satirist, but also to discover what Englishness means
Ian McEwan's new novel, the story of a young couple's disastrous wedding night, is both a triumphant piece of social history and a reminder of the misery caused by an earlier age's sexual decorum
A knowledgeable audience can make all the difference to a classical concert—just as too many coughs, or bored silence, can spoil things. London may be lucky with its audiences at the moment,...
Rumours of cinema's death are much exaggerated. Digitisation is bringing film's history back to life and may revive cinema-going too. Plus, great films are being made all over the world