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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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The Dior Suit

Green is the New Picasso

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

Year of the Moon

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

In the Picture

Faces in the Crowd

Larger Than Life

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

Crown Jewels

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

For Old Times’ Sake

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

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

Looming Large

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

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.

Hand’s Turn

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

Fear’s Labyrinth

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

Beauty and the Ballet

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

Party Time

Deepening the Dye

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

Fashion is the New Black

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

Southern Gothic

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

Good Wood

This fall, artists take inspiration from the nature around them

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

Hats Off!

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

The Mice Will Play

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

Crown Jewels

Home for the Holidays

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