©Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

A nation divides: London and ‘unLondon’

The capital’s influence extends across the UK, yet it is the voters of ‘unLondon’ who will decide the next election, says Matthew Engel


Illustration of Magnus Carlsen by James Ferguson ©James Ferguson
The Norwegian retained his world chess champion crown this week. In 2012, the 23-year-old explained that, to be a winner, ‘you have to be merciless’
Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1’
A floral painting by the late artist has sold at auction for $44.4m (£28.2m), a record for an artwork by a female artist. In 2009, Jackie Wullschlager asked: is women’s art different from men’s?

Companies on trial

Brandon Garrett asks whether America’s legal system has swung too far towards rehabilitation at the expense of deterrence and punishment in dealing with corporate crime

Mikhail Baryshnikov
©James Ferguson

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Over Dover sole in London, the ballet legend talks about watching other people dance, and hanging out in the White House

Singer Mary J Blige during a recent trip to London
©Josh Brasted/Getty Images

Mary J Blige interview

The ‘Queen of hip-hop soul’ talks to Ludovic Hunter-Tilney about her latest collaboration and new album

©Arthur Elgort

Sophie Elgort: my father’s eye

As a new book and exhibition celebrate the career of photographer Arthur Elgort, his daughter Sophie recalls life behind – and before – his lens

Peter Sellars, photographed for the FT at English National Opera
©Victoria Birkinshaw

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Coliseum, London

John Adams’ latest work, directed by Peter Sellars, is a major event in English National Opera’s season and a heart-wrenching experience

Urso Hotel & Spa in Salesas

Neighbourhood watch: the return of Madrid’s feelgood factor

With a hip new hotel, edgy boutiques and – as of last week – a Michelin-starred restaurant, the district of Salesas signals a new mood of optimism in the Spanish capital

Canaletto’s ‘The River Thames with St Paul’s Cathedral on Lord Mayor’s Day’ (c1746)
©AKG Images

‘The English and Their History’, by Robert Tombs

This impressive work seeks to explain the rise of a trading nation – and takes aim at the idea of post-imperial decline. Review by Christopher Sylvester

Illustration of Sasbachwalden
©Heather Gatley

Postcard from . . . Germany

In the Black Forest, ‘dinner jumping’ lets gourmands mix food, wine and walking

Ivan Vasiliev and Angelina Vorontsova in ‘Flames of Paris’
©Paul Kolnik

Mikhailovsky Ballet, Lincoln Center, New York – review

The St Petersburg company’s New York debut has been a triumph



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