Remember when urban life was gritty and bleak, but also poetic?
Why is the age-old technique of representing three dimensions so maligned today?
In praise of the irresistible swashbuckler
Neville Marriner breathed new life into Baroque music, with a sense of drive and panache
The long journey of Robert Irwin
Gazing into the soul of a lauded play and seeing glimpses of one’s past
The life and death of Joe Strummer of the Clash
The famous flop that opened the Met
The resurrection of Marcel Breuer
Jean Sibelius and the symphony that never was
What can comedian Nathan Fielder do for you?
An ornithological mural takes flight
Desire, denial, and the making of compelling TV
Some works are not meant to be blockbusters
A retrospective at the Museum of the City of New York
Amanda Kolson Hurley
What if the world’s greatest architects began looking beyond the city limits?
Pierre Boulez and the piece that marked his breakthrough as a composer
The maps of the 18th century were beautiful works of art, but they sometimes led to disaster
A legendary chess match hits the screen
Inspired by the structures and landscapes of rural Alabama, photographer William Christenberry has spun a narrative that is long, rich, and universal
The Iceman Cometh and the destructiveness of dreams
Ingrid D. Rowland
The achievement of Andrea del Sarto
On Normandy’s coast a century ago, Claude Debussy fled the war and composed his final piano masterpiece
Elena S. Danielson
Who is the inspiration for the Grand Budapest’s concierge?
The woodblock prints of Utagawa Hiroshige
The new American quarter and the decline of civilization
On Schubert’s sublime late vocal masterwork
Sandra M. Gilbert
What does the flurry for recent food movies say about our obsessions with all things culinary?
Reconsidering the legacy of Elia Kazan
The Italian artist Carpaccio cast a careful, loving eye on his many nonhuman subjects
Is the Glasgow School of Art truly irreplaceable?
On Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven
Remembering Lorin Maazel
Seventeenth-century debates over content and form, color and line, and artifice and reality are as relevant today as ever
The Dardenne brothers bring an idiosyncratic sympathy to their portrayals of Belgian lowlifes
A new opera explores the mysterious death of the composer Anton Webern
A veteran cellist with the National Symphony takes a close look at the entrances and exits of world-famous conductors
Ada Louise Huxtable, able to depict a building in a few memorable words, set the standard for informed and fearless criticism
Gentrification in Berlin shutters a bombed-out building where artists had squatted since the Wall came down
N. S. Thompson
An inspired British documentary featured an unforgettable locomotive, and the work of two of the 20th century’s greatest artists
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?
Sorting out contradictions in the work of Louis Sullivan, father of the skyscraper and innovator of beautiful ornament
Ernest B. Furgurson
Is that Pulix irritans pulling that carriage, or is someone just pulling our leg?
Robert J. Bliwise
Can we understand Rothko's work without decoding his favorite color?
Forty years after their deaths, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin now seem part of the mainstream culture they rebelled against
Why the director's cut often turns into an ax murder
Elvis Costello’s cable TV show, Spectacle, ranges across musical genres and centuries
What 1930s pop culture can teach us about our own hard times
How Ibsen's toughness and Chekhov's tenderness transformed American playwriting and acting
Paula Marantz Cohen
At 50, Godard’s film still asks how something this bad can be so good
Elgar, served neat and unshaken, stirs up the Brits
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
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
The best Westerns celebrate our history and criticize the ugly stereotypes of the genre
On Leroy Anderson’s centennial, a defense of the popular composer from an orchestra’s stage
How can we gaze upon the skinned, displayed bodies of the dead and not be revolted and mesmerized?
Jason Edward Kaufman
Action painters were postwar exemplars of American individualism
John Patrick Diggins
Tom Stoppard’s Russian intellectuals take a wrong turn with Hegel, just as Edmund Wilson once did with Marx
Tenor saxist ‘Chu’ Berry emerged from the pack at the end of his short life
Stephen Sondheim only looks better with time
Growing old gracefully the Rolling Stones way
Remembering Arthur Schlesinger, a knight-errant with typewriter
Jack Benny's comic rival starred in a program refiguring "Weekend Update" and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Leading modernist architects once wanted to improve the lives of everyday people; now they hope to astonish and amuse their elite clients
The directors of movies Babel and Caché tell complex stories of families caught in ever-expanding worlds
Listening for the muffled strains of a national culture
At 76, saxist Sonny Rollins is still on top of his game
Innovator, mentor, tyrant, Leopold Stokowski brought real joy to music making
Remembering Jane Jacobs, who wrote the 20th century's most influential book about cities
John Hammond, scion of white privilege, helped integrate popular music
Frank Gehry's Bilbao Effect looks a lot like 1960s-style urban renewal
Envy the children who learned music from the maestro, Leonard Bernstein
Remembering the playwright August Wilson, 1945-2005
Remembering the screenwriter of North by Northwest
How will The Atlantic fare when it leaves the capital of dissent?
A mastery of technique ought to be exalted, not disdained
How the sexualization of concert dance helped end a golden age.
How the Abu Ghraib images redefine photography
Learning to write musical comedy
The pursuit of perfection has taken all the personality out of recorded classical music
J. Irwin Miller knew how to get things built