Arts

Carnival of the Animals

Jan Morris

The Italian artist Carpaccio cast a careful, loving eye on his many nonhuman subjects

Rebuilding The Mack

Witold Rybczynski

Is the Glasgow School of Art truly irreplaceable?

Song of the Earth

Pico Iyer

On Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven

Boy Wonder

Sudip Bose

Remembering Lorin Maazel

The Music of Painting

Lincoln Perry

Seventeenth-century debates over content and form, color and line, and artifice and reality are as relevant today as ever

Realism With a Heart

Richard Locke

The Dardenne brothers bring an idiosyncratic sympathy to their portrayals of Belgian lowlifes

Incident at Mittersill

Sudip Bose

A new opera explores the mysterious death of the composer Anton Webern

Musical Chairs

Janet Frank

A veteran cellist with the National Symphony takes a close look at the entrances and exits of world-famous conductors

Oracle in Pearls

Stanley Abercrombie

Ada Louise Huxtable, able to depict a building in a few memorable words, set the standard for informed and fearless criticism

Eviction Noticed

Bruce Falconer

Gentrification in Berlin shutters a bombed-out building where artists had squatted since the Wall came down

All Scotland Waits for Her

N. S. Thompson

An inspired British documentary featured an unforgettable locomotive, and the work of two of the 20th century’s greatest artists

The Tower and the Glory

N. S. Thompson

The venues built for the London Olympics may be controversial, but do they make an artistic statement? And what will their legacy be?

Reversal of Fortune

James Trilling

Sorting out contradictions in the work of Louis Sullivan, father of the skyscraper and innovator of beautiful ornament

Shakespeare in Bloom

Wendy Smith

A Speck of Showmanship

Ernest B. Furgurson

Is that Pulix irritans pulling that carriage, or is someone just pulling our leg?

Seeing Red

Robert J. Bliwise

Can we understand Rothko's work without decoding his favorite color?

Rock of Ages

Wendy Smith

Forty years after their deaths, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin now seem part of the mainstream culture they rebelled against

Auteurs Gone Wild

Alex Rose

Why the director's cut often turns into an ax murder

Offbeat at the Apollo

Wendy Smith

Elvis Costello’s cable TV show, Spectacle, ranges across musical genres and centuries

Facing the Music

Morris Dickstein

What 1930s pop culture can teach us about our own hard times

The Meaning Behind the Lines

Wendy Smith

How Ibsen's toughness and Chekhov's tenderness transformed American playwriting and acting

The Potency of Breathless

Paula Marantz Cohen

At 50, Godard’s film still asks how something this bad can be so good

Vibrato Wars

Sudip Bose

Elgar, served neat and unshaken, stirs up the Brits

Cauldron Bubble

Edwin M. Yoder Jr.

Macbeth minus its supernatural elements could not have mattered so much to Lincoln and Dr. Johnson—and should not matter to us

From Oppressed to Oppressors

Wendy Smith

The Battle of Algiers took a pitiless look at the war for Algerian independence, but the filmmakers could not foresee the failures that would result

Grand Horse Opera

Richard Locke

The best Westerns celebrate our history and criticize the ugly stereotypes of the genre

Syncopated Clock, Indeed

Janet Frank

On Leroy Anderson’s centennial, a defense of the popular composer from an orchestra’s stage

Polymer Persons

Priscilla Long

How can we gaze upon the skinned, displayed bodies of the dead and not be revolted and mesmerized?

What the Mind’s Eye Sees

Jason Edward Kaufman

Action painters were postwar exemplars of American individualism

On the Road to Nowhere

John Patrick Diggins

Tom Stoppard’s Russian intellectuals take a wrong turn with Hegel, just as Edmund Wilson once did with Marx

The Quiet Sideman

Colin Fleming

Tenor saxist ‘Chu’ Berry emerged from the pack at the end of his short life

Good Thing Going

Wendy Smith

Stephen Sondheim only looks better with time

Death on the Installment Plan

Jon Zobenica

Growing old gracefully the Rolling Stones way

Arthur of Camelot

Ted Widmer

Remembering Arthur Schlesinger, a knight-errant with typewriter

The Short Reign of Fred Allen

Dennis Drabelle

Jack Benny's comic rival starred in a program refiguring "Weekend Update" and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

What Happened to the Social Agenda?

Nathan Glazer

Leading modernist architects once wanted to improve the lives of everyday people; now they hope to astonish and amuse their elite clients

Globalization and Its Discontents

Richard Locke

The directors of movies Babel and Caché tell complex stories of families caught in ever-expanding worlds

The Ballad in the Street

Alan Trachtenberg

Listening for the muffled strains of a national culture

The Edgy Optimist

Gene Santoro

At 76, saxist Sonny Rollins is still on top of his game

When Maestros Were Maestros

Janet Frank

Innovator, mentor, tyrant, Leopold Stokowski brought real joy to music making

Uncommon Sense

Paul Goldberger

Remembering Jane Jacobs, who wrote the 20th century's most influential book about cities

The Man Who Got His Way

Wendy Smith

John Hammond, scion of white privilege, helped integrate popular music

Brand-New Cities

Wayne Curtis

Frank Gehry's Bilbao Effect looks a lot like 1960s-style urban renewal

Lenny's Little Chats

Sudip Bose

Envy the children who learned music from the maestro, Leonard Bernstein

The One Who Went Before

Elizabeth Alexander

Remembering the playwright August Wilson, 1945-2005

Into the Swamp

Ted Widmer

How will The Atlantic fare when it leaves the capital of dissent?

On Virtuosity

Sudip Bose

A mastery of technique ought to be exalted, not disdained

The Salome Factor

William Deresiewicz

How the sexualization of concert dance helped end a golden age.

Point and Shoot

Andy Grundberg

How the Abu Ghraib images redefine photography

"I Can't Believe I'm Doing It with Madame Bovary"

Jonathan Karp

Learning to write musical comedy

In Praise of Flubs

Sudip Bose

The pursuit of perfection has taken all the personality out of recorded classical music

The Industrial-Strength Humanist

Robert Campbell

J. Irwin Miller knew how to get things built