Andrew Dickson, The Guardian

Andrew Dickson

The Guardian

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Past articles by Andrew:

‘KABOOM!’ – why Basquiat’s explosive art should be listened to, not just looked at

From Beethoven to bebop to his own abrasive, atonal ‘noise band’, the now revered artist tuned his work to music at every turn of his career, as a major new show reveals → Read More

The ghosts of colonialism at the Pitt Rivers Museum

As the museum changes displays to acknowledge its colonial heritage, should something more fundamental be done with the UK’s historic collections? → Read More

Twelve angry children: young jurors call adults to account for climate crisis in The Trials

Dawn King’s new play at the Donmar imagines a reckoning for environmental chaos, presided over by the kids who inherit the mess. We join the writer and cast, including stars of Heartstopper, in rehearsal → Read More

‘I was traumatised at its demolition’ – Rachel Whiteread on making House

‘Charles Saatchi offered to put it on wheels and take it to his gallery – but I wanted it to stay at its location’ → Read More

Peter Brook’s legacy is everywhere in today’s theatre

Restlessly creative, the great director – who has died aged 97 – had an unparalleled ability to conjure a gleaming theatrical image → Read More

A Rembrandt goes to Wales: ‘It’s probably worth more than the whole town’

A portrait of the Dutch master’s first wife is leaving visitors to a tiny Welsh gallery in Newtown starstruck, as part of the National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tours → Read More

Welcome to the jungle: inside Mexico’s groundbreaking natural art gallery

Part building, part tropical grove, this forest art space in the Yucatan peninsula is a living, breathing masterpiece of its own → Read More

‘We all participate’ – Edward Burtynsky on photographing the epic ravaging of Earth

From toxic lakes to stripped mountains, he is the great chronicler of eco atrocities – and his roots lie in Ukraine. The photographer talks about Putin, trauma and what will survive → Read More

‘It takes your hand off the panic button’: TS Eliot’s The Waste Land 100 years on

TS Eliot’s modernist masterpiece has baffled and moved readers for a century. Now the poem has inspired a whole festival. Fans including Jeanette Winterson pin down its elusive, allusive power → Read More

Is Jerusalem still the play of the century? Top playwrights give their verdicts

As Mark Rylance returns to the West End stage as the rambunctious Rooster in Jez Butterworth’s shaggy state-of-the-nation play, six writers consider its power and legacy → Read More

‘If you’ve handled an opera director, you can handle a five-year-old’: creatives who changed jobs during the pandemic

Covid has devastated the arts, with many professionals forced to seek work elsewhere: as teachers, coders … and wine tasters. How have they found it? → Read More

‘Roger Moore collapsed one night. I thought he’d died’: how we made The Play What I Wrote

‘Ralph Fiennes strode into the dressing room and said he loved the show – we booked him there and then. The whole thing was very kick-bollocks-scramble’ → Read More

Irina Brook’s stage obsession: ‘It’s been 50 years – theatre, theatre, theatre!’

She grew up in an artistic dynasty and was once rejected for a part by her dad. Now the director is turning her life into an epic new project. She reflects on Chekhov, Shakespeare and Iggy Pop → Read More

‘Life is never what you expect!’ Deborah Warner on theatre, nature and new parenthood

The groundbreaking director’s new project, Arcadia, fills tents with poetry and music in Manchester. She talks about Covid and Brexit, becoming a mother and taking over Bath’s Ustinov → Read More

Third time lucky? Inside the RSC’s much-delayed Winter’s Tale

Bedevilled by lockdowns and brain-bending Covid protocols, the Shakespeare play about isolation, grief and fresh starts is finally being staged and emotions are running high. We join the dress rehearsal → Read More

If you like salmon, don't read this: the art duo exposing a booming £1bn market

Farmed salmon can end up deformed, blind, riddled with sea lice and driven to eat each other. Eco art activists Cooking Sections are highlighting their plight – and getting Tate to change its menus → Read More

'We thought we'd be back in weeks': behind the scenes at the locked down V&A

What does a museum do when forced to close for months? At the V&A, they’ve cleaned, repaired, renovated, bubblewrapped – and kept burglars at bay. Our writer takes a tour → Read More

'I know artists who may never work again': culture's year of Covid

Comedians went virtual, Ai Weiwei went to Portugal – and Bake Off pledged to dispel the despair. In the first of a two-part series, cultural figures look back on a year that shook their industry → Read More

‘I crave flesh-and-blood actors, an audience that laughs and gasps as one’: the magic of Christmas theatre

After a tough year for theatre, our chief critic celebrates the joy of the Christmas show, while five festive performers reveal how it feels to be waiting in the wings → Read More

'Holding their nerve': Almeida reopens with play devised during lockdown

With auditions on Zoom, social distancing on stage and scenes that can be cut if an actor tests positive, Nine Lessons and Carols is a play for Covid times → Read More