Rebuilt 19 years after 9/11, New York’s World Trade Center threatened anew by coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has stalled its completion, with a performing arts center under construction and a fourth and final skyscraper planned. Six months after New York City began shutting down due to COVID-19, the World Trade Center and the once-bustling Financial District are now eerily devoid of crowds.

‘Architecture and design should be for everyone’: Yinka Ilori’s colourful world

In June 2019 there was a playground installation for Pinterest shown at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity, which encouraged adults to cut loose and play, followed by an immersive exhibition design at Somerset House in London for Get Up, Stand Up Now – a show celebrating 50 years of black creativity in the […]

Book World: In ‘Not a Novel,’ Jenny Erpenbeck continues to evolve

“Not a Novel” cannot claim to be a coherent whole. Nevertheless, its pig-in-a-python ungainliness contributes to the fascination. Variety proves its own reward, since in every guise this artist makes virtuosic adjustments, changes of tone or rhetoric. A couple of essays salute Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” as an essential resource, “a living thing … that … meets […]

BBC boss taps Nicholas Hytner and Nicholas Serota for arts push

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Inside the bloody world of hardcore wrestling where fighters brawl with shards of glass, barbed wire bats and fan-made weapons in ultra-violent ‘death matches’

“I was expecting that it may be a little more extreme than WWE wrestling, but all of a sudden, there was barbed wire, people bleeding all over the place, and I was like ‘what the f*** am I looking at?’”

Eminem world tour: The rapper is back – and heading for Twickenham

The artist – also known as Marshall Mathers – has not played at a London stadium since Wembley in 2014, and he has not been in the UK since his appearances last year at the Reading and Leeds festivals.

Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and an art heist yarn that will steal your heart: BRIAN VINER reviews The Duke

Broadbent and Helen Mirren, as his long-suffering wife, are both wonderful in The Duke, a jaunty but at times extremely moving account of how – and more significantly, why – a working-class Geordie called Kempton Bunton ended up with Francisco Goya’s celebrated 1812 portrait of the Duke of Wellington hidden at the back of his […]

Fans May Not Be Able To Attend 2020 US Open, But Seats Are Filled With Art For A Good Cause

Reece always has a paintbrush in hand. It’s her tool for telling stories. Now, with a bigger audience. Center Court at the US Open has fallen silent. Seats are now filled with local art like Madina’s that make a resounding statement.

Book World: Jennifer Howard’s ‘Clutter: An Untidy History’ takes Marie Kondo’s message a step further

While I’m not about to get rid of my mother’s wedding china or my great-grandfather’s spectacles, I’ll think twice before clicking “buy now” after reading this book. Howard’s description of its grave environmental harms constitutes a far more compelling argument against clutter than the risk of burdening the next generation with emptying our houses. For […]

The brutal, bitchy world of the billionaire wives: After marrying media tycoon Conrad Black, BARBARA AMIEL revelled in her new-found wealth. But as she reveals in the final part of her new memoir, she soon confirmed that money can’t buy true friends

‘I gave the silver bracelets you sent me to my nieces and they loved them,’ said Nancy Kissinger of the two Angela Cummings braided silver cuffs I’d sent her after a Thanksgiving dinner. My fault for asking if she had received them after a month of agonising silence and my fear that someone opened the […]