William Cook

Power tool: Elisabeth Frink carving ‘Dorset Martyrs’, c.1985

Lost in space

19 November 2015 3:00 pm

In a converted barn in Dorset, not far from the rural studio where she made many of her greatest sculptures,…

Power tool: Elisabeth Frink carving ‘Dorset Martyrs’, c.1985

Lost in space

19 November 2015 3:00 pm

In a converted barn in Dorset, not far from the rural studio where she made many of her greatest sculptures,…

Dresden’s Striezelmarkt dates back to 1434

What's so special about German Christmas markets

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Why the fuss about German Christmas markets? Surely they’re just schmaltzy shanty towns, full of stuff you’d never dream of…

Dresden’s Striezelmarkt dates back to 1434

Christmas markets

5 November 2015 3:00 pm

Why the fuss about German Christmas markets? Surely they’re just schmaltzy shanty towns, full of stuff you’d never dream of…

What is it about Bill Viola’s films that reduce grown-ups to tears?

17 October 2015 8:00 am

What is it about Bill Viola's films that reduce grown-ups to tears? William Cook dries his eyes and talks to the video artist about Zen, loss and nearly drowning

What is it about Bill Viola’s films that reduce grown-ups to tears?

15 October 2015 2:00 pm

Even the most down-to-earth people get emotional about Bill Viola’s videos. Clare Lilley of Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) seems close…

Retracing The Thirty-Nine Steps in Buchan’s beloved Borders

10 October 2015 9:00 am

To celebrate the centenary of the publication of The Thirty-Nine Steps William Cook travelled to Tweeddale, where John Buchan spent his youthful summers

From top left: Lucian Freud, Rudolf Bing, Stefan Zweig, Walter Gropius, Rudolf Laban, Max Born, Kurt Schwitters, Friedrich Hayek, Fritz Busch, Frank Auerbach, Emeric Pressburger, Oskar Kokoschka

German refugees transformed British cultural life - but at a price

3 October 2015 9:00 am

German-speaking refugees dragged British culture into the 20th century. But that didn’t go down well in Stepney or Stevenage, says William Cook

From top left: Lucian Freud, Rudolf Bing, Stefan Zweig, Walter Gropius, Rudolf Laban, Max Born, Kurt Schwitters, Friedrich Hayek, Fritz Busch, Frank Auerbach, Emeric Pressburger, Oskar Kokoschka

Hitler’s émigrés

1 October 2015 1:00 pm

Next week Frank Auerbach will be honoured by the British art establishment with a one-man show at Tate Britain. It’s…

The Alster: Hamburg’s centrepiece

Wealthy, cosmopolitan – and sometimes rough: the secrets of Hamburg (and my grandmother)

15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘What was it like growing up in Liverpool?’ a journalist asked John Lennon. ‘I didn’t grow up in Liverpool,’ he…

The Alster: Hamburg’s centrepiece

Hamburg

13 August 2015 1:00 pm

‘What was it like growing up in Liverpool?’ a journalist asked John Lennon. ‘I didn’t grow up in Liverpool,’ he…

Richard Long installing the large slate cross, Time and Space (2015), at the Arnolfini

Richard Long interview: ‘I was always an artist, even when I was two years old’

8 August 2015 9:00 am

William Cook explores the elemental art and Olympian walks of Richard Long

Richard Long installing the large slate cross, Time and Space (2015), at the Arnolfini

The Long view

6 August 2015 1:00 pm

On the green edge of Clifton Downs, high above the city, there is a sculpture that encapsulates the strange magic…

If Putin comes, the Poles are waiting - a report from Nato's new frontline

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Nato’s beefed-up military exercises are impressive – and ominous

Cornelia Parker’s War Room at the Whitworth, Manchester

What are modern museums really for?

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Do we really need museums in the age of Wikipedia and Google? William Cook thinks we do but his children don’t agree

Guild houses in the Grote Markt, Antwerp

Antwerp: the compact, charming capital of a country that doesn’t quite exist yet

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Napoleon didn’t think much of Antwerp. ‘Scarcely a European city at all,’ he scoffed. If only he could see it…

Guild houses in the Grote Markt, Antwerp

Antwerp

21 May 2015 1:00 pm

Napoleon didn’t think much of Antwerp. ‘Scarcely a European city at all,’ he scoffed. If only he could see it…

Incline your upper body slightly forward and place your feet on a low foot rest. Then all the angles are correct

Digesting all the facts — without getting bogged down

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Funnily enough, after my editor sent me these three books to read, my guts started playing up. Suddenly, food seemed…

Bigger mouths and longer legs—all the better to bite you with, and run away

Bigger, better bedbugs bite back with a vengeance

25 April 2015 9:00 am

‘Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite,’ my mother used to say when she tucked me in at…

The guilty man: Johann Strauss

Vienna is a crossroads of the world again – but something’s missing

21 March 2015 9:00 am

People get the wrong idea about Vienna and I blame Johann Strauss. His plinky-plonky waltzes have become the soundtrack to…

The guilty man: Johann Strauss

Vienna

19 March 2015 3:00 pm

People get the wrong idea about Vienna and I blame Johann Strauss. His plinky-plonky waltzes have become the soundtrack to…

Staying power: Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in ‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’

How Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, Blade Runner, foresaw the way we live today

7 March 2015 9:00 am

How Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, made 33 years ago, foresaw the way we live today, by William Cook

The Heckler: how funny really was Spitting Image?

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Hold the front page! Spitting Image is back! Well, sort of. A new six-part series, from (some of) the team…

Spitting Image

19 February 2015 3:00 pm

Hold the front page! Spitting Image is back! Well, sort of. A new six-part series, from (some of) the team…

Spitting Image

19 February 2015 3:00 pm

Hold the front page! Spitting Image is back! Well, sort of. A new six-part series, from (some of) the team…