‘María Luisa wearing a Mantilla’ by Goya
©Colecciones Reales, Patrimonio Nacional

Goya portraits at the National Gallery

Jackie Wullschlager on the painter’s skill in depicting the faces of a changing world

The Life of a Song

Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter, c1935 ©Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Of the versions of the tune that Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter had adapted decades earlier, Bryan Ferry’s is chillingly bleak
Still from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ ©Photoshot/Collection Christophel
David Shire’s version of Mussorgsky’s piece was a triumph, the original music’s downbeats chiming with the disco groove
Joyce Pensato’s ‘Mickey for Micky’ (2014) and Cory Arcangel’s ‘Photoshop Gradient’ carpet (2014) at Lisson gallery’s booth last year

A chance to grandstand at art fairs

Dealers are having to think of new ways to get visitors’ attention and stave off fair apathy

A dancer in ‘Gravity Fatigue’
©Manuel Vason

Hussein Chalayan turns to choreography

The designer talks to Peter Aspden about blurring the worlds of fashion and art

Anna Tsybuleva wins last month in Leeds

Pianists and prizes: in black and white

International competitions remain popular — but do they produce future stars?

Objects with attitude

Curator Sir Norman Rosenthal turns his expert eye on acquisitions

‘Lamb’, a debut feature set in Ethiopia
©London Film Festival

London Film Festival

From rural Ethiopia to a documentary on the troubles of Marlon Brando, this year’s event is packed with unmissable pictures

Charles and Ray Eames posing with chair bases
©Eames Office LLC

Charles and Ray Eames: modernist magpies

The couple who set the design agenda for the postwar era

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic at Opening Night of Carnegie Hall's 2015-16 season with Evgeny Kissin 10/01/2015. Photo by Chris Lee

New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert, Evgeny Kissin, Carnegie Hall, New York

The central attraction took the form of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1

Julie Campbell, alias LoneLady
©Camera Press

LoneLady, Heaven, London

Julie Campbell’s set ended with punk, funk and disco coming together to catchy effect

Ryan McParland plays the titular role in Christopher Shinn's 'Teddy Ferrara'

Teddy Ferrara, Donmar Warehouse, London

In Christopher Shinn’s play, a death on a university campus puts the spotlight on homophobia