Andy Warhol

A true bohemian: the story of Nico’s rise and fall

7 August 2021 9:00 am

It is well established that artists are not always the nicest people. On the surface, the life of the model,…

Part Beat, part hippy, part punk: the gay life of John Giorno

8 August 2020 9:00 am

John Giorno, who died last year, was a natural acolyte: he needed a superior being to set him in motion.…

The wizard that was Warhol

29 February 2020 9:00 am

In 1983 I was sent to New York to interview Johnny Rotten and I took the opportunity to call on…

How capitalism killed sleep

7 December 2019 9:00 am

What can you make a joke about these days? All the old butts of humour are off limits. No wonder…

My soulmate Brian Sewell

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Romy Somerset is the sweetest, nicest young girl in London. She’s also my goddaughter and I remember, during her christening…

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Make it a new year’s resolution to be less active

12 January 2019 9:00 am

As a boy Josh Cohen was passive, dopey and given to daydreaming. Now a practising psychoanalyst and a professor of…

The triumph of hope over experience: the Peanuts gang

Comparing Peanuts to existentialism is an insult – to Peanuts

5 January 2019 9:00 am

For the hundredth, possibly the thousandth, time, Lucy van Pelt offers to hold the football for Charlie Brown so he…

‘The First Days of Spring’, 1929, by Salvador Dalí

It’s the thought that counts

21 October 2017 9:00 am

During a panel discussion in 1949, Frank Lloyd Wright made an undiplomatic comment about Marcel Duchamp’s celebrated picture of 1912,…

High life

23 September 2017 9:00 am

As everyone who stands up when a lady enters the room knows, the once sacrosanct rules of civility throughout the…

True or false? The Temple of Bel, Palmyra, before and after its destruction at the hands of Islamic State

Why confront the ugly lie of Islamic State with a tacky fake?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Can the beauty of Palmyra be reproduced by data-driven robots? Stephen Bayley on copies, fakes and forgeries

Marisol with some of her sculptures, New York, 1958

What happened to the First Lady of Pop Art?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

In 1961 the Venezuelan-American sculptor Marisol Escobar made a startling appearance at the New York artists’ group known as the…

‘Like Georgia O’Keefe, Mapplethorpe eroticised flowers — possibly finding them more biddable than his frisky partners in gimp masks and chains.’ Left: Self-portrait, 1982. Right: Calla Lily

Robert Mapplethorpe: bad boy with a camera

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Robert Mapplethorpe made his reputation as a photographer in the period between the 1969 gay-bashing raid at the Stonewall Inn…

Greta Garbo in New York in 1955

Olivia Laing: homeless and tempest-tossed in the Big Apple

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Like a lot of people, Olivia Laing came to New York to join a lover. Like a lot of people,…

The eyes have it: Andy Warhol’s gift for second sight was preternatural

What I learned from reshooting the dullest film ever made

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Smith finally sees the point of Empire, one of the dullest films in cinema history

Take it from Taki: this could be the start of something really big

16 May 2015 9:00 am

OK. Magnanimity in victory is a sine qua non among civilised men and women, so let me not be the…

Why I detest clothes with words on

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Clothes with slogans on them are a sure sign of a bore

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross in Graham’s most famous work ‘Appalachian Spring’ (1944), with a prize-winning score by Aaron Copeland

To call this offering a book is an abuse of language

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I picked up this book with real enthusiasm. Who cannot be entranced by those 20 years after the second world…

Warhol’s ‘time capsules’ contain everything from toenails to previously unseen paintings worth millions

13 September 2014 9:00 am

‘I don’t know what I think,’ says Lenny Henry, echoing what many of us who were listening were probably also…