The Critics

Paintings are appreciated best when there are few people around to spoil the view

The art establishment has revived competent drawing in spite of itself

Welcome to a kaleidoscopic showcase of topical dramas in vivid settings

The fault lay in the dirty minds of the viewers, he said

The expressionists breathed fresh life into familiar subjects

Opera begs leave to celebrate lunacy in a different way

The archly neutral now stands on the margins, looking out at a society of fear and outrage

West End strikes a balance between keeping their spine and nostalgic appeal, whilst avoiding creakiness

As dramatic opera, The Passenger inhabits a grey zone of guard–prisoner relations

It’s an amazing paradox that something as tawdry as opera can produce such a pure expression of what it is to be human