‘Alex’ (2009), by Oliver Herring
©Martine Fougeron

Why I’m pretentious — and proud of it

It’s easy to make fun of people’s pretensions, but social mobility only works if we get ideas above our station, argues art critic Dan Fox

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Pieces of Jeff Koons’ ‘Balloon Dog (Red)’ (1995) ©Brian Shumway
Does a piece of art cease to be valuable once it’s damaged?
– by John Sunyer
Illustration by James Ferguson of Lunch with the FT interviewee Takashi Murakami ©James Ferguson
‘Japan’s Andy Warhol’ has blurred the lines between art and commerce. Over two burgers in Tokyo, he talks about fantasy beating reality and his quest to be understood
– by David Pilling
Julius Malema illustration by James Ferguson
©James Ferguson

Julius Malema

The combative leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters explains why apartheid still exists and no one can tell him how to dress

Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda couture collections
©Greg Kessler

Fashion’s most exclusive invite

Jo Ellison parties with the super-rich at Dolce & Gabbana’s ‘Alta Moda’ collections

Bianca Jagger, actress, Hollywood, California, January 25, 1972’, by Richard Avedon / Richard Avedon Foundation and right, ‘Tina Freeman’ (1975) by Andy Warhol / The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc/ ARS, New York
©Richard Avedon/Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s 57 varieties of sameness

Two compelling new shows cast new light on the enigmatic artist, writes Jackie Wullschlager

A villager in Rajasthan has her eyes scanned for the digital identification programme ‘Aadhaar’
©Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

‘Rebooting India’, by Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah

Inside India’s attempt to bring start-up savvy into government. Review by Victor Mallet

The ski resort ready to come in from the cold

Stuben in Austria, birthplace of the ‘father of modern skiing’, has a rich history and a very bright future

Kabuki in the age of social media

Ebizō Ichikawa, heir to a theatrical dynasty, on the challenges of the dance-drama in the modern world

Camera crew in Hollywood in the 1930s
©AKG-Images/Interfoto

‘West of Eden’, by Jean Stein

Corrupt tycoons, eccentric moguls, damaged starlets — little is as it first appears in Jean Stein’s Hollywood history. Review by Danny Leigh

A mural by the Australian artist Rone
©Arno Gasteiger

The resurrection of Christchurch

The FT’s architecture critic Edwin Heathcote on a city reimagining itself after earthquake damage

illustration by Cat O’Neil
©Cat O’Neil

‘Gold Fame Citrus’, by Claire Vaye Watkins

A distinctive new voice describes how life and love — of a sort — can be sustained even in a drought-blighted world. Review by Jonathan Lee

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