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Laura Jacobs


Laura Jacobs is the editor of AIR MAIL’s Arts Intelligence Report. Jacobs, a dance critic and formerly a staff writer at Vanity Fair, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal arts section. She is also the author of Celestial Bodies: How to Look at Ballet. Jacobs lives in New York with her husband, the writer James Wolcott.

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Fashion is the New Black

This month, exhibitions on Parisian shoe designer Christian Louboutin, Palm Beach fixture Lilly Pulitzer, and more

Deepening the Dye

From bird-watching to Warhol-watching, the lockdown is an exercise in patience and concentration

Party Time

Beauty and the Ballet

How did The Red Shoes, a movie about classical dance, make almost every list of the greatest movies ever made?

Fear’s Labyrinth

Fear and courage go hand in hand. America’s genius of modern dance, Martha Graham, understood and embodied both.

Hand’s Turn

The arabesque’s presence in art ranges from Hellenistic times to Islamic design to the decorative arts, music, and dance.

Due West

Sixty-three years since its 1957 premiere, a new production of West Side Story, directed by Ivo van Hove, is a testament to the musical’s enduring allure.

Looming Large

Several new exhibitions celebrate the art of textiles, from tapestries to sculpture

A Tree Grows Onstage

With Nutcracker season in full swing, an exploration of the meaning of the ballet, and the story behind it, intensifies the mystery of the Christmas tree

For Old Times’ Sake

A slew of new exhibitions puts the spotlight on ancient times, from King Tut to Pompeii

Faces in the Crowd

Crown Jewels

A new book unites fashion and classical dance, from tulle to tutus

Larger Than Life

This month, a number of exhibitions pay tribute to those artists that died too young

Year of the Moon

Museums and stages across the world celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

In the Picture

Green is the New Picasso

A slew of new exhibitions add urgency to the plight of the planet

The Dior Suit