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    1. December 10, 2014

      William Blake: Apprentice & Master, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford — review

      “You may smile at me calling another Poet a Mystic,” replied Samuel Taylor Coleridge having been sent a copy of William...

    2. November 28, 2014

      William Blake: Apprentice and Master, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

      It was in printmaking that William Blake combined the disparate aspects of his poetry, painting and political protest. His...

    1. February 5, 2014

      An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle, Grey Art Gallery, New York – review

      The love affair between the poet Robert Duncan and the artist known as Jess spanned almost four decades, attracted a retinue...

    2. December 19, 2013

      Simon Keenlyside, Barbican, London – review

      It can be refreshing to find arts events that are not loaded down with Christmas tinsel at this time of year, though not...

    3. August 30, 2013

      ‘Witches and wicked bodies’, Edinburgh

      From a feminist perspective, the news that John Everett Millais’ “Ophelia” and John William Waterhouse’s “The Lady of...

    4. August 23, 2013

      Postcard from ... Devon

      Why has America cornered the market in road trips? The circuits of New England, the drive up the California coast and –...

    5. August 20, 2013

      Exultant Strangeness: Graham Sutherland Landscapes, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK – review

      Artists whose reputations the gods wish to destroy are, often, first made Golden Boys. Graham Sutherland, good-looking,...

    6. May 13, 2013

      Tate Britain shows off refurbishment that transforms display

      Tate Britain has unveiled a £45m refurbishment largely funded by philanthropic donations which transforms the way...

    7. April 2, 2013

      Jay DeFeo, Whitney Museum, New York – review

      The strange, wonderful oeuvre of Jay DeFeo springs from a few indelible forms, a handful of shapes and objects that thread...

    8. December 3, 2012

      Britten birthday centenary, Wigmore Hall, London

      Having shot out of the blocks ahead of the pack, Wigmore Hall is making the most of its advantage. If half the events...

    9. August 17, 2012

      A time-traveller in London

      The new Javelin train was pulling up outside London’s Olympic Stadium. The conductor addressed us through his microphone, in...

    10. December 23, 2011

      A modern Jerusalem

      At the end of every term at my school, gathered in the gothic chapel, we sang Sir Hubert H Parry’s setting of William...

    11. September 9, 2011

      The Last Pre-Raphaelite

      Looking back at 19th-century Britain, Virginia Woolf called Middlemarch “one of the few English novels written for grown-up...

    12. July 12, 2011

      Esperanza Spalding, Barbican, London

      Esperanza Spalding topped and tailed her 90-minute set seated stage right in what looked like a quiet corner of an...

    13. June 11, 2011

      Mysterious Wisdom

      Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Works of Samuel Palmer, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Bloomsbury, RRP£25, 400 pages Samuel...

    14. April 29, 2011

      Nocturne

      Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight, by James Attlee, Hamish Hamilton, RRP£18.99, 320 pages Prosperity is the enemy...

    15. March 21, 2011

      Wise boards discount analyst flak and flattery

      The cockney poet and visionary William Blake claimed that “opposition is true friendship”. However, a minority of listed...

    16. February 25, 2011

      Touch of the past

      “Lips! why should a poor prisoner as I am talk about such things?” The “poor prisoner” was John Keats, the most romantic of...

    17. January 24, 2011

      When one law for all is oppression

      From Prof Jascha Kessler. Sir, Kenneth Choules’ citation (Letters, January 20) of an unnamed author “equally famous” to...

    18. October 30, 2010

      The Stray Sod Country

      The Stray Sod Country, by Patrick McCabe, Bloomsbury RRP£17.99, 352 pages The devil might have all the best tunes, but he...

    19. October 1, 2010

      Small talk: Peter Ackroyd

      Much of Peter Ackroyd’s prolific writing career has been inspired by his love of London, from his first novel, The Great...

    20. August 20, 2010

      Imagination unbound

      Rare is the rehang that receives a rapturous reception. Even when permanent collections are inadequately displayed,...

    21. June 25, 2010

      The secret behind Gerald Finley’s rise

      Gerald Finley in the gardens at Glyndebourne, where he is about to star as Don Giovanni It all started 25 years ago, when...

    22. June 19, 2010

      Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake

      Britten Songs and Proverbs of William Blake Gerald Finley(Hyperion) Britten’s oeuvre is so dominated by the music he...

    23. March 23, 2010

      Patti Smith

      The Godmother of Punk's days of making hit records are behind her, but at 63 Patti Smith has just published her most...

    24. March 22, 2010

      Patti Smith, Union Chapel, London

      Tough gal: Patti Smith The Godmother of Punk’s days of making hit records are behind her, but at 63 Patti Smith has just...

    25. January 11, 2010

      Tate trustees lose £1m on hedge fund sale

      Trustees of the Tate galleries have lost more than £1m after selling their investments in hedge funds. Tate’s annual...

    26. November 16, 2009

      Aldeburgh Highlights

      Take some festivals out of their natural habitat and they would die like fish out of water. Aldeburgh, however, is not one...

    27. November 15, 2009

      Aldeburgh highlights, King’s Place, London

      Take some festivals out of their natural habitat and they would die like fish out of water. Aldeburgh, however, is not one...

    28. November 13, 2009

      Everything You Can Do in the Garden Without Actually Gardening

      Everything You Can Do in the Garden Without Actually Gardening By Philippa Lewis Frances Lincoln, £16.99 FT Bookshop price:...

    29. September 18, 2009

      Daydreams and obsessions

      For four decades Ian McKeever, who was born in 1946, has made art with steady purpose, and produced a body of work that is...

    30. September 17, 2009

      Ian McKeever, Kings Place Gallery, London

      For four decades Ian McKeever, who was born in 1946, has made art with steady purpose, and produced a body of work that is...

    31. August 31, 2009

      Remarkable Creatures

      Remarkable Creatures By Tracy Chevalier HarperCollins, £15.99, 350 pages FT Bookshop price: £12.79 Lyme Regis, the early...

    32. August 21, 2009

      The lost baggage of modern literature

      When Alain de Botton became the writer-in-residence at Heathrow airport this week, he claimed to be producing “a new kind of...

    33. April 25, 2009

      William Blake at Tate Britain

      From May until September 1809, William Blake presented 16 of his paintings for sale to the public in rooms above his...

    34. April 20, 2009

      Defy thy neighbour

      Dear Book Doctor,I have horrible neighbours who believe that every noise my husband and I make is intended to annoy them....

    35. February 28, 2009

      Pinocchio and other preoccupations

      Although Annette Messager is now ranked among France's leading contemporary artists, she struggled against fierce male...

    36. February 28, 2009

      Annette Messager at the Hayward Gallery

      Although Annette Messager is now ranked among France’s leading contemporary artists, she struggled against fierce male...

    37. January 17, 2009

      Visual arts Jackie Wullschlager

      Geometry of Fear Leamington Spa Art Gallery, Warwickshire The English angle to 1950s sculpture: figurative, less radical...

    38. December 18, 2008

      Tate exhibits 'mauled' Blake

      The review contains the kind of scathing put-downs that have become common in response to today's contemporary art shows:...

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