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‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in Belfast

Artwork joins list of footballers’ bronzes that received less than glowing reviewsFrom Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any self-respecting football superstar.Now the late, great George Best has been added to the list, after fans heaped criticism on a life-size bronze statue of the Manchester United legend that was unveiled in his native Belfast this week. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Football, Sport, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Manchester United, Sculpture, Northern Ireland, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Belfast, Diego Maradona, George Best

Judith Kerr obituary | Julia Eccleshare

The author and illustrator best known for the classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came to TeaThe creator of the classic children’s books The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, Judith Kerr, who has died aged 95, was unusual in being equally successful as a writer and an illustrator. She always claimed that she was “a very slow” illustrator and that her work was “more rubbing out than drawing”, but in a career that ran from 1968 to this year she created more than 30 books, mostly a...
Tags: Judith Kerr, Books, Culture, Children and teenagers, Illustration, Design, Art and design

Dreams becomes reality: the game that can make an artist out of anyone

Digital artist Dan Hett explores the Dreamiverse, a galaxy of games, music, art and ideas created by players in a limitless virtual art studioAs a digital artist and experimental games designer, I was one of the first in line to dive into Dreams – a PlayStation 4 game that aims to give everyone the ability to unlock the potential artist within – when the developer Media Molecule opened up limited early access in April. From the breadth of its artistic toolset to the community of creators it is e...
Tags: Art, Games, Technology, Playstation, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Playstation 4, Digital Video, Dan Hett

Headless self-portraits from a face everyone knew – Luchita Hurtado review

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, LondonMarcel Duchamp massaged her feet and Leonora Carrington built her kids a house. But the work of the 98-year-old Venezuela-born painter is every bit as extraordinary as her lifeFor a period while living in Chile with her artist-husband Lee Mullican in the late 1960s, Luchita Hurtado painted inside a walk-in closet, standing there and looking down over her breasts and belly to her feet and the floor below. Sometimes a bar of light came in through the slats of the ...
Tags: Art, Americas, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Chile, Venezuela, Exhibitions, Navajo, Leonora Carrington, Luchita Hurtado, Lee Mullican, LondonMarcel Duchamp

Queen Victoria's risqué side revealed with nude-filled collection

Romantic gifts exchanged between Victoria and Prince Albert will be displayed at Isle of Wight’s Osborne HouseQueen Victoria is sometimes remembered as prudish, buttoned-up and disapproving, but a new display reveals a woman well in touch with the more sensuous side of her nature.Romantic and risqué gifts exchanged between Victoria and Prince Albert are to go on display at Osborne House, the couple’s grand seaside retreat on the Isle of Wight, which is stuffed with art and fabulous objects that ...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Victoria, Isle Of Wight, Queen Victoria, Albert, Osborne House, Osborne HouseQueen Victoria

The lost Louvre of Uzbekistan: the museum that hid art banned by Stalin

This museum in a bleak outpost has one of the world’s greatest collections of avant-garde art, rescued from Stalin’s clutches by an electrician. But now it needs a rescue of its ownI am sitting at a huge table at the Ministry of Culture in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as officials explain what sounds like a wonderful opportunity. There’s currently an international call-out to find someone to run a gallery in the country, one housing the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant garde art. What...
Tags: Travel, Art, Protest, Environment, Painting, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Communism, Uzbekistan, The art market, Joseph Stalin, Stalin

The lost Louvre of Uzbekistan: the museum that rescued banned masterpieces

This crumbling museum in a bleak town by a dried-out sea has one of the world’s greatest collections of avant-garde art, rescued from Stalin’s clutches. But without urgently needed help, it will dieI am sitting at a huge table at the Ministry of Culture in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as officials explain what sounds like a wonderful opportunity. There’s currently an international call-out to find someone to run a gallery in the country, one housing the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avan...
Tags: Travel, Art, Protest, Environment, Painting, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Communism, Uzbekistan, The art market, Joseph Stalin, Stalin

Top 10 new outdoor artworks and exhibitions in the UK

This crop of summer exhibitions by world-class artists in sculpture parks, gardens and beaches all make for a grand day outDale Chihuly, the celebrated US glass artist, exhibited at Kew Gardens 13 years ago. It was his most recent major outdoor show in Europe – and one of the most popular exhibitions ever held at Kew. Now he is back with Chihuly: Reflections on nature – 32 dazzling installations, including his Sapphire Star, the Seaforms series and a new work specially designed for the Temperate...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, US, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Day trips, Top 10s, Cultural Trips, United Kingdom Holidays, Pavilion, Kew Gardens, Kew, Sapphire Star

Art in the open: the joys of Jupiter Artland sculpture park

The innovative sculpture park near Edinburgh is reopening for summer, marking its second decade with new commissions and an art and music festival‘You imagine what you desire,” reads an arty light sculpture in the grounds of Jupiter Artland. It’s my first visit to this privately owned sculpture park five miles west of Edinburgh and I’m feeling rather overwhelmed – Jupiter is a destination that challenges easy definitions. It has more than 100 acres of fields and woods, with views across rolling ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Edinburgh, City Breaks, Jupiter, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Edinburgh Holidays, Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley

Titian masterpieces to be displayed together for first time since 1704

The 16th-century paintings will be shown as a series in London, Edinburgh, Madrid and BostonOne of the most important groups of high Renaissance paintings is to be brought together for the first time in more than 300 years.A partnership between galleries in London, Edinburgh, Boston and Madrid was announced on Thursday which will allow five of Titian’s greatest paintings to be seen as they were intended – together as a series. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Scotland, Boston, Painting, Spain, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Edinburgh, National Gallery, Madrid, Titian, Edinburgh Madrid

Ghana shakes up art's 'sea of whiteness' with its first Venice pavilion

In curving galleries designed by David Adjaye, artists are using bottletop sculptures and groundbreaking photography to put Africa firmly on the biennale mapThe Venice Art Biennale, the world’s most celebrated international art event, has a history that is inextricably bound up with colonialism. Its first pavilion for the showcasing of a “national” art was established by Belgium in 1907. Britain followed soon after. European countries remain dominant at the event – at least numerically.And altho...
Tags: Art, China, Africa, Race, Video Art, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Sculpture, Belgium, Installation, Venice, Ghana

Photographer Harold Feinstein, the unsung chronicler of Coney Island

He found fame in his teens with images of his native New York, then lost it again. A new film and show aim to give him the recognition he deservesIt began with a great outpouring of images. At 15, Harold Feinstein borrowed his neighbour’s Rolleiflex camera and started shooting scenes of everyday life on the streets and boardwalks of south Brooklyn. The year was 1946 and Coney Island, where Feinstein grew up, was still popular with New Yorkers, who flocked to its amusement parks and beaches in th...
Tags: Art, Photography, New York, Film, Culture, Brooklyn, Art and design, Street Art, Coney Island, Harold Feinstein, Feinstein, Documentary films

Antony Gormley is the new kid on the block in ancient Greece

The British sculptor has, controversially, been commissioned to create works for the island of Delos, a sacred classical siteIn all seasons the elements rage on Delos. In winter, salt winds pound its granite rocks; in summer the sun beats so heavily that the tiny outcrop, treeless and bare, almost vanishes in a haze of heat.But it was here, on the ancient Greek world’s most sacred isle, that Apollo, the god of light and his twin sister Artemis, the moon goddess, were born. And it was here in the...
Tags: Art, Europe, Greece, World news, Art and design, Sculpture, Antony Gormley, Delos, Aegean

Italian stamps showcase artworks recovered by its 'monuments men'

Country marks 50th anniversary of police taskforce with Van Gogh, Mantegna and Raphael stampsItaly has issued a set of stamps depicting stolen artworks recovered by its “monuments men” taskforce as it tries to shake off its status as the country with the highest number of art thefts in the world.The stamps, which show works by Van Gogh, Mantegna and Raphael, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. The carabinieri – Italian police – taskforce’s nickn...
Tags: Art, Europe, Nazis, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Raphael, George Clooney, Art Theft, Van Gogh Mantegna

Tuscan village pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years on – in pictures

Residents of Vinci, the Italian village in which Leonardo da Vinci was born, are marking the 500th anniversary of his death on 2 May. The lush vineyards, fields and brooks that inspired his art have changed little over the centuries Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci

Old Norse, mystics and race cars: is Älvdalen the weirdest village in Sweden?

It is the place where the witch hunts began – and it still boasts its own language and strange rituals. Photographer Maja Daniels relives three freezing years in a cabin in ÄlvdalenIn 1926, the yearbook of the Swedish Tourism Association described the village of Älvdalen as “a community with a dark insular spirit” where locals were “shadowed by distrust and unease”. It was there in 1668 that the Swedish witch-hunts began, resulting in the execution of 19 girls and one man suspected of occult pra...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Sweden, Communities, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Identity politics, Alvdalen, Swedish Tourism Association, Art and design books, Folklore and mythology, Maja Daniels

Bananas in art: a short history of the salacious, disturbing and censored fruit

Natalia LL’s 1973 artwork of a model sucking on a banana has been taken down by Poland’s rightwing government. But bananas aren’t just suggestive – they can be subversive, tooBananas are not the only fruit but in art they are the most outrageous. The rightwing government of Poland has taken such exception to a 1973 video and photowork of a model sucking on a banana by Natalia LL that last week it was removed from display at Warsaw’s National Museum. But Natalia LL is not alone. Artists have been...
Tags: Food, Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Fruit, Poland, Warsaw, Natalia, Natalia LL

Paolo Di Paolo's Italy in the 1950s and 60s – in pictures

The Paolo Di Paolo: Lost World exhibition presents more than 250 largely unseen images from the photographer’s archive. Di Paolo chronicled life in his country as an economic boom followed the destruction of the second world war. Although those were the years of la dolce vita he was an anti-paparazzo – he shunned the salacious and respected his subjects. The exhibition is at MAXXI in Rome until 30 June Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Maxxi, Di Paolo, Paolo Di Paolo

Why we need to pause before claiming cultural appropriation | Ash Sarkar

The debate, tied up with racial oppression and exploitation, is a difficult one. Yet not every interloper is a colonialist in disguiseIs Gordon Ramsay allowed to cook Chinese food ? Is it OK to dress up as Disney’s Moana? Can Jamie Oliver cook jollof rice despite plainly not knowing what it is? Exactly what is cultural appropriation? To take a glance at Good Morning Britain, the ITV show that never takes its finger off the pulse of Middle England’s clogged arteries, you’d think it’s a question o...
Tags: Food, Art, Music, Race, Americas, Disney, World news, Culture, Canada, Art and design, Indigenous Peoples, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Middle England, Ash Sarkar, Gordon Ramsay (chef

A love song for Europe: the couple who drove 20,000 miles to record 731 tunes

They put a recording studio in a rickety motorhome and crossed 33 countries – asking strangers to knock out a tearjerker‘People asked us, ‘Are you crackers?’” says Gemma Paintin. She can see why. Along with fellow Bristol artist James Stenhouse, Paintin spent half of 2018 travelling around Europe in an old motorhome, recording love songs. Their epic trek took in almost 20,000 miles, 33 countries, 46 languages and 731 songs – each sung in their battered mobile studio, mostly by random strangers.T...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Installation, Bristol, Folk Music, British identity and society, Madrid, Leeds, Performance art, Robbie Williams

A library of exile: Edmund de Waal on Venice's Jewish Ghetto

In 1516, Venice’s Jewish population was forced into one small area of the city. Now the writer and artist has created artworks expressing a history of displacement and lossMy day begins in the Campo di Ghetto Nuovo. It is early morning and I am nursing a cup of coffee and the first of my bag of almond dolci ebraici veneziani, still warm from the bakery. They are rather too good, a hardness that gives way to almond crumbs. It is quiet but I can just make out the sound of the water from the founta...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, World news, Culture, Art and design, Judaism, Italy, Installation, Exhibitions, Venice, Ceramics, Venice Biennale, Campo, Edmund de Waal

Express yourself: Mexicans in body paint – in pictures

Phyllis Galembo photographs ritual dress, from costumes to masks to body paint, expressing a rich range of political, artistic, theatrical, social and religious meanings. Her latest project focuses on Mexican traditions Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Mexico, Americas, Culture, Art and design, Art and design books, Phyllis Galembo

Assassin's Creed creators pledge €500,000 to Notre Dame

Ubisoft Montréal, which built a huge-scale virtual cathedral for its game Assassin’s Creed Unity, will donate to restoration effortsVideo game creators at Ubisoft Montréal – the development studio that rebuilt 18th-century Paris in its 2014 historical action game Assassin’s Creed Unity – have joined the global outpouring of grief in the wake of Monday’s devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.Ubisoft will be donating €500,000 to help with restoration efforts, and is also making Assassin’s Creed...
Tags: Games, Design, Technology, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Canada, Art and design, Paris, Notre Dame, Assassin, Creed Unity, Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin 's Creed Unity, Notre Dame Cathedral Ubisoft

A bunker for Bauhaus: design school comes home to Weimar

The Bauhaus was born in Weimar, but was forced to flee the conservative city. Now it’s back with a centenary museum – as Germany’s far right rises againThe German city of Weimar has long bathed in its historic cultural heritage, boasting such illustrious former residents as Goethe, Schiller, Bach and Liszt. Its quiet cobbled streets are lined with creamy stuccoed piles where great men of letters convened, and stately theatres where premieres were performed. But, while it is happy to wallow in th...
Tags: Europe, Design, Germany, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, The far right, Adolf Hitler, Bauhaus, Weimar, Nazism, Goethe Schiller Bach, Wolfgang Holler

Notre Dame and the culture it inspired – from Matisse to the Muppets

It mesmerised Proust, terrified Homer Simpson and gave us the Hunchback – Guardian critics celebrate Paris’s gothic masterpiece at the heart of the modern imaginationAs Notre Dame Cathedral’s majestic spire tumbled into the inferno on Monday night, live newsreaders around the world decried the tragic loss of this 12th-century marvel. The great timber roof – nicknamed “the forest” for the thousands of trees used in its beams – was gone, the rose windows feared melted, the heart of Paris destroyed...
Tags: Art, Books, Games, Music, Television, Film, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Television & radio, Heritage, Paris, Stage, Notre Dame

Karólína Lárusdóttir obituary

My mother, Karólína Lárusdóttir, who has died aged 74, was a printmaker and painter originally from Iceland, but who lived most of her life in the UK, mainly in and around Cambridge.Karólína’s works are evocative of her childhood in Reykjavik, underpinned by the mystic elements of Icelandic culture. Her grandfather, Johannes Josefsson, an Icelandic wrestling champion who worked as a strongman with Barnum and Bailey’s circus and with the escapologist Harry Houdini, founded Hotel Borg, Reykjavik’s...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Painting, UK News, World news, Art and design, Iceland, Reykjavik, Harry Houdini, Karolina, Bailey, Barnum, Karólína Lárusdóttir, Cambridge Karólína, Johannes Josefsson

Academics launch petition against 'racist' mural in French parliament

Mural was created in 1991 to commemorate France’s abolition of slavery in 1794Two French academics have launched a petition to remove a parliament mural commemorating the abolition of slavery, which they said was a racist, humiliating and dehumanising depiction of black people.Mame-Fatou Niang, assistant professor of French at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Julien Suaudeau, who lectures in Pennsylvania, said the vast mural which has hung in a corridor of a building at France’s Nat...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Race, World news, Culture, Pennsylvania, Art and design, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, National Assembly, Mame Fatou Niang, Julien Suaudeau, Hervé di Rosa

Mandela's sketch of his Robben Island cell door to be sold at auction

Drawing is one of 22 works made in 2002 as therapeutic activity about his incarceration Of all the sketches he made about his 27-year incarceration, this was the one Nelson Mandela wanted to keep. A depiction of his Robben Island cell door with a key in it – a powerful symbol of hope and resilience.Now the previously unseen drawing – one of 22 sketches Mandela made in 2002 as therapeutic activity – is to be sold, according to the auction house Bonhams. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, World news, Culture, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Art and design, Mandela, Robben Island, Bonhams Continue

All the presidents’ busts – in pictures

Standing nearly 20 feet high, 43 US presidents’ busts, remnants from a bankrupted theme park, are stored in Croaker, Virginia, on the property of Howard Hankins who is seeking to restore the massive sculptures. Hankins has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to relocate the statues to a place where they can be visited by all Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, Virginia, US, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Art and design, Sculpture, Hankins, Howard Hankins, Croaker Virginia

Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are reclaimed by nature Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Environment, World news, Ukraine, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Nuclear Power, Chernobyl, Urban Exploration, Pripyat, David McMillan

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