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Gorgeous and deeply absorbing: Manor Lords reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Grade: A ‘God games’, as they used to be called, have a storied history. SimCity, Civilisation and the excellently sadistic…

Entirely pointless and extremely pleasant: House Flipper 2 reviewed

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Most video games challenge the player’s problem-solving skills, reaction time or hand-eye co-ordination. But a handful of them…

The art of walking

16 December 2023 9:00 am

Has all the charisma of Chernobyl: Manchester’s Aviva Studios reviewed

11 November 2023 9:00 am

There is a (possibly apocryphal) story about William Morris, where he spends most of his time in Paris inside the…

Why intellectuals love Disney

21 October 2023 9:00 am

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney’s company. The first cartoons it was founded to produce – the…

Why everyone should go to life-drawing classes: Claudette Johnson interviewed

7 October 2023 9:00 am

While looking at Claudette Johnson’s splendid exhibition Presence at the Courtauld Gallery, I kept trying to pin down an elusive…

Gripping tale of Ireland’s most polite bank robber: I’m Not Here To Hurt You reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

There should really be a special word for it: that vicarious fragility you feel when hearing of a minor decision…

‘She had no neutral gear’: Lindy Dufferin remembered

5 August 2023 9:00 am

In 1957, when my dear godmother, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava (1941-2020), was 16, she began her diary. The…

Move fast to snap up one of Elizabeth Blackadder’s sleek cats at the Scottish Gallery

29 July 2023 9:00 am

If there’s one thing the internet knows, it’s that cats sell. The Scottish painter Elizabeth Blackadder, who died in 2021…

Free, noisy, fun: Young V&A reviewed

8 July 2023 9:00 am

One of the annoying things about too many contemporary museums is that, having ditched old-fashioned closely typed descriptive labels and…

Policed conviviality: Serpentine Pavilion 2023 reviewed

1 July 2023 9:00 am

As I sat down at this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, I overheard a curious exchange. ‘You mustn’t create art within art,’…

Can we know an artist by their house?

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Can we know an artist by their house, asks Laura Freeman

Are surgical museums such the Hunterian doomed?

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Margaret Mitchell on the ethics of museums of anatomical specimens

‘I have uncancelled myself’: David Starkey interviewed

6 May 2023 9:00 am

David Starkey’s commentary on the Queen’s funeral on GB News was generally agreed to be the best of all the…

Why do people in theatre hate their audiences?

22 April 2023 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans bemoans theatre’s new hostility towards paying punters

The day I sold my destroyed piano to the Tate

11 March 2023 9:00 am

One day in October 1966 I came home from school and found a large man stripped to the waist, attacking…

The puppetry renaissance

17 December 2022 9:00 am

Advance ticket sales for My Neighbour Totoro, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current production running till mid-January, beat all Barbican box-office…

Why do British galleries shun the humane, generous art of Ruskin Spear?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Where do you see paintings by Ruskin Spear (1911–90)? In the salerooms mostly, because his work in public collections is…

Brought to book

8 January 2022 9:00 am

‘This is not a book,’ is the first line of Paul Gauguin’s final memoir, Avant et Après, written on Hiva…

The art of the Christmas card

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It’s the thin end of the wedge, the slippery slope, the beginning of the end of a civilised Christmas. It…