The latest on books and the arts


Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (Reina Sofia, Madrid)
By Thomas Calvocoressi - 01 March 16:55

Thomas Calvocoressi travels to Madrid to see woven masterworks. The exhibition has just transferred to Tate Modern in London.

Someone change the classical record please!
By Martyn Ware - 01 March 12:58

The government's approach to teaching culture in schools doesn't work.

Rachel Cusk and the difficult discipline of self-scrutiny
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 01 March 11:53

"Mumsnet really hate me" says the author of Aftermath.

In the Critics this week
By NS staff writer - 01 March 9:31

Norman Lamont on Iran, Michael Rosen on children and literature, Leo Robson on John Lanchester and J

The future of reading in our schools and the Lanchester consensus
By NS staff writer - 29 February 16:09

Leo Robson asks why all the fuss about Capital and Michael Rosen says children's authors actually kn

Giving the Palestinians a voice
By Emanuelle Degli Esposti - 29 February 11:19

<em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> does not go far enough.

Meryl Streep's flaw
By Ryan Gilbey - 28 February 16:32

The great actress's problem is that she shows you how she's doing it - there's no magic

Kitsch 'n' sin drama
By Gina Allum - 28 February 10:34

Cheek By Jowl offer us a meaty, postmodern <em>'Tis Pity She's a Whore </em>.

Reviews round-up
By NS staff writer - 27 February 15:14

The critics’ verdicts on Colm Tóibín, John Lanchester and Stefan Collini

Oscar winners 2012: in pictures
By Samira Shackle - 27 February 10:26

<em>The Artist</em> won five awards at the 84th Academy Awards last night.

Oscars 2012: runners, riders and reviews
By New Statesman - 26 February 9:41

Sean Penn's dazed look and the Most Inexplicably Praised Film of the Year.

The art of portraiture
By Rob Pollard - 24 February 14:24

William Ellis talks us through some his finest portraits.

The Friday Arts Diary
By NS staff writer - 24 February 14:10

Our Cultural Picks for the Week Ahead.

"There is no such thing as unpolitical art"
By Alexandra Coghlan - 24 February 11:06

Alice Goodman, librettist of "The Death of Klinghoffer", discusses the controversial opera

In the Critics this Week
By NS staff writer - 23 February 12:37

Amanda Levete on the Barbican Centre, Gabriel Josipovici on Michael Hofmann and Will Self on Alastai

Shiny, shabby people
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 February 13:51

The Brits was a mega-show, falling apart at the seams

Andre Previn's pulling power
By Alexandra Coghlan - 22 February 10:51

In classical music, the "special relationship" is alive and well

BRIT Awards 2012: in pictures
By Alice Gribbin - 22 February 10:18

Two awards each for Adele and Ed Sheeran.

Classic of European symbolism to go under the hammer
By Sam Cane - 21 February 17:12

Munch's The Scream set for New York auction.

Gilbey on Film: Foyer-voyeurs
By Ryan Gilbey - 21 February 10:20

Cinemas are turning their cameras on the audience.

Reviews round-up
By NS staff writer - 20 February 14:06

The critics’ verdicts on Julie Otsuka, Ahdaf Soueif, and Susannah Clapp.

State of the arts
By Dany Louise - 17 February 17:10

Arts Council England's annual conference sold the creative industries short.

Falling for "Laura"
By Ryan Gilbey - 17 February 12:58

She might be dead, but she gets to us all in the end

The Friday Arts Diary
By NS staff writer - 17 February 11:15

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

In the Critics this Week
By NS staff writer - 16 February 16:07

Colin McGinn on Philosophy of Mind, Alain de Botton on James Miller, and Will Self on an Indian banq

Webbs on the Web
By Alice Gribbin - 13 February 18:55

The diaries of NS founder and social reformer, Beatrice Webb, tell a fascinating personal and politi

Reviews round-up
By NS staff writer - 13 February 15:36

The critics' verdicts on Alain de Botton, Joseph Roth and Nathan Englander.

2012 Baftas: in pictures
By Alice Gribbin - 13 February 11:43

Seven awards for the <em>The Artist</em>, two for <em>Tinker Tailor</em> and Best Actress to Meryl a

Grammy Awards 2012: in pictures
By Alice Gribbin - 13 February 10:53

Adele thanks "doctors who brought my voice back" as she takes home six Grammys.

Whitney Houston, 1963-2012
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 12 February 11:09

Death of a singer blessed with a voice that was "good to vowels".