Anish Kapoor

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Tristan and Isolde, English National Opera, review

Much buzz surrounded the opening night Tristan and Isolde directed by the ENO’s incoming artistic director, the irrepressibly optimistic 39-year-old American Daniel Kramer, taking over at a time of great turbulence. It’s not his first production for the company, following Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy in 2009 and a Josef Fritzl-imbued Duke Bluebeard’s Castle which was topical, but a very particular take on Bartòk’s vision. Broadly speaking, his treatment of Wagner’s hymn to the apotheosis of love is a success.  

Designed by Anish - built by Kirk, Matt, Andy, John and Wayne

Standing nearly twice as tall as the Olympic Stadium, the crazed and twisted steelwork of the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower is an undeniably impressive piece of engineering. Consider that it was bolted together by just three men, and its loops and spirals seem more imponderable than ever.

The 'Leviathon' in Paris

Indian-born London-based artist Anish Kapoor has unveiled a sculpture of epic proportions in Paris.

The Diary: Old Vic Tunnels; Anish Kapoor; A Game of Thrones; Calvert

After a Christmas fire which put them out of action, the Old Vic Tunnels reopened triumphantly last week with a series of gigs by the cult New York band Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Before their energetic set, during which Skins star Nicholas Hoult led the moshing, gig-goers were entertained by acrobats, firebreathers and theatre pieces.

The IoS smug list 2010

It's the perfect antidote to all that yuletide harmony &ndash; the <i>IoS</i> index of the year's insufferably self-satisfied

Paddington's Merchant Square building is a bit of a mind-bender

Britain is awash with large commercial buildings whose façades have been tarted up with supposedly creative gubbins because planners encourage the so-called Per Cent For Art approach. We're not talking Anish Kapoor. Nine times out of ten, that 1 per cent of building cost pays for witless "artistic" glass fins projecting from façades.

On the agenda: We're off to the shops at St Martins Lane Hotel, then

Just when you thought Dover Street Market, the fashion emporium created by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, couldn't get any cooler, they go and build a pop-up store at London's St Martins Lane Hotel, home to the A-list hang-out Bungalow 8. Well, 'tis the season: there are pre-Christmas pop-ups everywhere, but not many offer such a range of fashion-forward festive treats. The six storeys of the shop have been edited into a slick capsule, including CDG diffusion lines Play and Shirt, as well as the store's own new label. Open now, until 8 January. Harriet Walker

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Sculptors go to war with Boris

Leading figures from the arts world criticised Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, and said he would be forced into an embarrassing climbdown over his pledge to scrap the competition for a temporary work of art to be placed on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square every 18 months.