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  1. May 4, 2012

    The Diary: Jan Dalley

    My home town, or the nearest I had to one, was Maldon in Essex. In the pre-foodie days of my childhood we had never heard of...

  2. March 30, 2012

    Lunch with the FT: Peter Carey

    If I said I’d known Peter Carey for years, it would be both true and not. We were friendly acquaintances some years back,...

  1. March 16, 2012

    The Diary: Jan Dalley

    If you find yourself sitting next to a stranger at some function, and the conversation is less than sparkling, try saying...

  2. February 24, 2012

    Frieze goes walkabout

    The Cultural Olympiad grows every day. The latest announcement sees Frieze, usually associated with art fairs, taking itself...

  3. January 27, 2012

    The scramble for India

    Thursday was Republic Day in India, and in the spruced-up streets of New Delhi thousands of bandbox-perfect troops in...

  4. December 23, 2011

    Let us adore them

    It has been a year of surprises. The Spider-Man musical finally “opened” on Broadway, after 182 preview performances. Abu...

  5. November 18, 2011

    Dream teams

    Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil is perched on a high stool not three metres in front of me, cradling his acoustic guitar as...

  6. October 11, 2011

    Sponsors you can bank on

    Earlier this year, Frieze was the focus of a swirl of art-world rumours. Frieze was going to New York. No it wasn’t, it was...

  7. October 11, 2011

    Art goes into overdrive

    The great American artist John Baldessari once said that he’d never go to an art fair, it would be like watching your...

  8. October 11, 2011

    Alive and kicking

    I went more than once to the Venice Biennale this year. First during the opening week in June, when the crowds and the...

  9. June 24, 2011

    Life after ‘Nemesis’

    In 1960 Philip Roth won the National Book Award, America’s prestigious literary prize, for his first book, Goodbye Columbus....

  10. June 17, 2011

    Source of energy

    Hector Zamora’s ‘BAM: Construction of the Century’ (2010) in the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice Victor Pinchuk grew up in...

  11. June 3, 2011

    Against the grain

    How do groups of artists get their names? Some, like the Vorticists, self-consciously name themselves; others, such as the...

  12. May 27, 2011

    Collecting special: Fair game

    ‘Elena and Cressie get ready for the party’ (2011) by Julian Opie, at Art Basel The art world calendar hardly has a moment...

  13. March 4, 2011

    What lies beneath

    Clockwise from left: golden bowl from Tepe Fullol (c2000BC); medallion, necklace, collapsible crown and bracelets, all in...

  14. January 28, 2011

    Full speed ahead at the India Art Summit

    George K. sculpture at India Art Summit It is unusual to be peering at a work of art through the gap between two burly,...

  15. January 21, 2011

    Lunch with the FT: John Studzinski

    Most readers of this paper will think they know what to expect from a lunchtime chat with John Studzinski. Formerly a banker...

  16. January 7, 2011

    Collectors and market still show bias in favour of the work of male artists

    Marlene Dumas’ ‘The Visitor’ sold at auction for $6.3m From Ms Katja Zigerlig. Sir, I was dismayed by the misleading...

  17. November 26, 2010

    Head for success

    Oya Eczacibasi, chair of Istanbul Modern Oya Eczacibasi, Chair of the Board of Istanbul Modern, is tired, she says. Not that...

  18. October 13, 2010

    Hot work above a frozen city

    A detail of Damien Hirst’s £3.5m work, sold on Wednesday by White Cube As the Frieze Art Fair opened its mighty tents for...

  19. October 8, 2010

    Donating art to a wider cause

    John Leighton (left), director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, pictured with Tate director Sir Nicholas...

  20. August 20, 2010

    Reflected glory

    The tapestry of ‘The Miraculous Draught of Fishes’ was woven for the Sistine Chapel from a design by Raphael now in the...

  21. April 30, 2010

    Tate Modern at 10

    A view of Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge from across the Thames Jan Dalley This is something of a birthday...

  22. March 12, 2010

    Two shows that further our love of India

    ‘Killing Game’ (2002) and ‘The Greatest’ (2002) by The Singh Twins London’s galleries have been caught up in a love affair...

  23. January 17, 2010

    Personnes, Grand Palais, Paris

    Sheer acreage: the Grand Palais houses Christian Boltanski’s flamboyant ‘Personnes’ Christian Boltanski’s father, a French...

  24. September 25, 2009

    The powerful and the glorious

    Court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, c1850, showing the ruler on his gold throne and his nobles on western-style chairs All eyes...

  25. August 29, 2009

    Sacred Spanish art

    A ‘costalero’ carries a religious statue during a procession in Asturias, Spain The phrase “sacred art” gives us trouble...

  26. May 29, 2009

    At sea on the cosmic oceans

    The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there,” wrote George Bernard Shaw in 1932 in his short...

  27. March 19, 2009

    Colonial visions come home

    Indian Life & Landscape by Western Artists, 1790-1927Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India The setting is all. This first loan...

  28. March 7, 2009

    United front bridges the Gulf

    Art Dubai, whose third annual edition opens this month, is one fair that has proved agile in responding to change in the...

  29. February 27, 2009

    Originality and Darwin

    Kate Winslet is a fine actor and a beautiful woman (and there’s always a hint about her of the headmistress we all had a...

  30. February 20, 2009

    The comfort of strangers

    The night is dark. You are alone. The door bell rings; on the step, a total stranger. “Hello,” you say, “please come in.”...

  31. February 13, 2009

    Reality bites the idealists

    Things seem to be going backwards. As “1980s-style” industrial unrest spreads and the public apology is back in fashion (so...

  32. February 6, 2009

    God and the grey areas

    There’s a sombre mood stalking the ramparts of London’s theatreland. As the seasonal sillinesses closed and the economy...

  33. January 5, 2009

    From watercolours to wasps’ nests

    Donors of art to public collections often try to impose conditions on how their gift is deployed or displayed; most...

  34. October 11, 2008

    Trees for Frieze

    When is a fair not just a fair? When it’s just about any one of the world’s biggest art bazaars – and in London this week...

  35. October 4, 2008

    Museums without walls

    Warhol in Walsall. Sculptor Ron Mueck in Aberdeen. The great American photographer Diane Arbus in Wales. Video artist Bill...

  36. September 20, 2008

    When all you can do is laugh

    It was Bob Dylan, in the lyrics to “Gates of Eden”, who rhymed “Golden Calf” with “laugh”. And that is what one had to do,...

  37. June 7, 2008

    Flamenco in Andalucia

    In Andalucía, much of the magnificent savage landscape is now subdued by regimented mass olive-planting, and EU money has...

  38. December 22, 2007

    Gallic expression an injustice to Eco

    From Mr Ferdinando Salleo. Sir, With reference to Jan Dalley's interview of Umberto Eco "Rose-tinted life" (Lunch with the...

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