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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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Dancing on Air In the second season of Bridgerton, dance—specifically, the ceremonious allemande—speaks louder than any professions of love

April 6, 2022

Dior Dreaming Accompanying an exhibition on Christian Dior at New York’s Brooklyn Museum, an elegant volume spans the many iterations of the French fashion house

Cosmic Yuri A new biography details the life of Yuri Soloviev, the best ballet dancer you’ve never heard of

October 12, 2021

The Glass Menagerie From Czech sea creatures to Venetian vessels to contemporary sculptures, exhibitions across the world take glass art in delightfully different directions

August 4, 2021

La Scala’s Shining Star Remembering the Italian ballerina Carla Fracci, Milan’s star dancer who died last month aged 84

June 4, 2021

Where Photography and Fashion Meet A new volume unites the work of two greats: the photographer Peter Lindbergh and the couturier Azzedine Alaïa

Bourgeois Fever A long career. A merciless eye. Implacable life force. In museums and galleries, Louise Bourgeois is the queen to Picasso’s king

April 30, 2021

Doug Varone in Ten Acts The choreographer’s first pandemic piece is a mini-series of short films, set to songs from the 1940s and 50s and produced through Zoom

April 16, 2021

Sight and Sound Eye on Dance, a weekly interview show that ran from 1981 to 2004, was required watching in the dance world. A special archival episode from 1986 is now available for streaming

March 26, 2021

Bulbs for Spring This month, a design exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and a lamp show in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, explore the poetics of light

March 2, 2021

Good Grief New exhibitions spotlight the work of Anselm Kiefer and Berlinde de Bruyckere, artists evoking the pain and mourning of today

February 2, 2021

Bird’s Eye View Museums may be shuttered, but birding is not halted by pandemics. In New York City, a rare visit from three forest-dwelling Barred Owls

January 7, 2021

Home for the Holidays Art, ballet, operas, carols: a cultural guide to a holiday season spent socially distanced and (mostly) at home

The Mice Will Play The crawling creatures of The Nutcracker, much loved by the choreographer George Balanchine, make their annual appearance this holiday season

December 1, 2020

Hats Off! This month, exhibitions on designers Philip Treacy and Halston pay extravagant tribute to headwear

October 30, 2020

Quilting Queens (and Kings) New exhibitions showcase the work of Black artists using cloth as their canvas. They’re honoring a legacy dating back to slavery, when quilts served as navigational signals on the Underground Railroad

October 1, 2020

Good Wood This fall, artists take inspiration from the nature around them

August 31, 2020

Southern Gothic New exhibitions at London’s Alison Jacques Gallery spotlight Black photographer Gordon Parks’s work chronicling the American South and more

July 28, 2020

Fashion is the New Black This month, exhibitions on Parisian shoe designer Christian Louboutin, Palm Beach fixture Lilly Pulitzer, and more

June 30, 2020