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    1. February 12, 2016

      Tony Barber: Independent sails into uncharted waters

      At its peak The Independent was the most innovative newspaper in Britain and one of the finest in the English-speaking...

    2. August 31, 2015

      BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London — review

      Although Pierre Boulez has been too unwell to attend his 90th birthday celebrations, he is always present in spirit....

    1. June 18, 2015

      London is too great a city for any politician to shape it

      Shakespeare, Chaucer, Newton, William Blake, TS Eliot, Ezra Pound. Peter Ackroyd has committed his life to the...

    2. June 10, 2015

      Hidden Likeness: Photographer Emmet Gowin at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York — review

      The photographer Emmet Gowin finds meaning in taxonomies. He ventures into tropical jungles to shoot nocturnal moths in...

    3. February 20, 2015

      Cornelia Parker at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

      Cornelia Parker at Whitworth Art Gallery Cornelia Parker has thought long and hard about what it means to be an artist...

    4. 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...

    5. 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....

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. February 28, 2009

      Pinocchio and other preoccupations

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

    16. January 17, 2009

      Visual arts Jackie Wullschlager

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

    17. 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...

    18. July 25, 2008

      Glimmers of an English Arcadia

      Though William Blake wrote of "England's green and pleasant land", a landscape artist is the last thing you might call...

    19. March 1, 2008

      Paperbacks: Burning Bright

      Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier Harper £7.99 FT bookshop price: £6.39 Tracy Chevalier's reputation was forged by the...

    20. January 26, 2008

      Blake's Shadow

      Blake's Shadow Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Was William Blake a punk? Or England's greatest religious artist? Or...

    21. December 22, 2007

      'I can face anything because I have got help in my life'

      The poet William Blake once wrote of seeing "a world in a grain of sand". Mary is doing something similar as she...

    22. December 21, 2007

      World in a grain of sand

      The poet William Blake once wrote of seeing “a world in a grain of sand”. Mary is doing something similar as she...

    23. October 27, 2007

      An American's Passion for British Art

      When the Louvre announced it would open a gallery dedicated to British art in 2008, there was worldwide astonishment:...

    24. October 20, 2007

      Small Talk - Alasdair Gray

      Alasdair Gray, 73, was born near Glasgow. His first novel, Lanark, was published in 1981 and remains his most acclaimed...

    25. March 6, 2007

      RADIO - MARTIN HOYLE

      Those upwardly mobile Hattersleys. They had a drive outside their Sheffield semi. No wonder young Roy got ahead. The...

    26. January 22, 2007

      Channel vision for the Louvre

      When in June last year some rediscovered watercolours by William Blake were auctioned in New York, the Louvre in Paris...

    27. January 21, 2007

      Channel vision for the Louvre

      When in June last year some rediscovered watercolours by William Blake were auctioned in New York, the Louvre in Paris...

    28. January 5, 2007

      Stripped down to our essential selves

      “Great things are done when men and mountains meet; these are not done by jostling on the street.” Those backboned...

    29. January 2, 2007

      Heavyweights with a light touch

      Jaded lovers of modern art fervidly seeking their next clichéd attempt to épater les bourgeois – be it rotting flesh,...

    30. September 19, 2006

      Record numbers visit Tate despite fall in tourism

      A record number of people have visited the Tate galleries over the past two years, despite the depressing effects of...

    31. April 30, 2006

      Who needs another Canaletto anyway?

      Next month, a perfectly preserved collection of 19 watercolours by William Blake will be auctioned in New York....

    32. April 15, 2006

      Dark days for Blake's spiritual illuminations

      They're being allowed to go quietly. Not a drum is heard, not a funeral note. They were on show for just three days at...

    33. April 12, 2006

      Observer: Political art

      It just goes to show that politicians never know when something embarrassing might turn up. In the run-up to the...

    34. March 22, 2006

      Portrait of Picasso’s muse unveiled

      A portrait of Pablo Picasso’s mistress, Dora Maar, was put on public display on Wednesday for the first time in 40...

    35. February 17, 2006

      Dawn of our violent dreams

      The woman in white, face deathly pale, head and arms thrown back, nightclothes clinging to a clammy body, lies sprawled...

    36. February 11, 2006

      Art

      David Hockney Midsummer: East Yorkshire 2004 **** - LAST CHANCE Limpid radiant watercolours whose freshness, saturated...

    37. January 14, 2006

      Art

      Andr‚ Derain: The London Paintings ***** - LAST CHANCE Like Monet before him, Derain came to London to conquer the...

    38. January 3, 2006

      Jah Wobble and the English Roots Band, London

      There are certain bass players whose role is to keep time reliably and anonymously in the background while flashier...

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