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Survival Piece I: Hog Pasture (1970-71) by Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, for the exhibition ‘Earth, Air, Fire and Water’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photo by Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison/The Harrison Studio

Essay/
Art
The art of survival

The Harrisons’ eco-art told stories about the apocalypse, pointing to a future where we’d all have to be survival artists

W Patrick McCray

From Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion by William Blake, plate 53, printed in 1821. Courtesy the Yale Center for British Art

Essay/
Stories and literature
The four-fold imagination

William Blake saw angels and ghosts and the Hallelujah sunrise, even on the darkest day. We need to foster his state of mind

Mark Vernon

Detail from Beethoven Frieze, Hostile Forces (1902) by Gustav Klimt, on display at the Secession Building, Vienna. Courtesy Wikipedia

Essay/
Music
Vienna, city of paradox

How did the city of elegant classicism give birth to an explosive modernism, threatening to destroy its very traditions?

Alexander Carpenter

John Berger at home in Quincy in the Haute-Savoie, France, in 2008. Photo by Franck Courtes/Agence VU

Essay/
Art
Ways of living

John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’ exploded a discipline. But his greatest legacy might be a quieter project of re-enchantment

Joshua Sperling

The German artist Gerhard Richter with a panel from his 4900 Colours (2008) at the Serpentine Gallery in London. The seemingly arbitrary distribution of colours was generated using a specially developed computer program. Photo by Shaun Curry/Getty

Idea/
Art
If machines want to make art, will humans understand it?

Rui Penha & Miguel Carvalhais

Turquoise; a bridging colour. Photo by Roberto Ligresti/Gallery Stock

Essay/
Design and fashion
A theory of style

We can analyse how fashion works by breaking it down into networks of style elements. What role, then, for human creativity?

Frédéric Godart & Charles Galunic