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'It can be uncomfortable': how a New York farmhouse is facing its racist past

In a new exhibition, three artists reckon with the history of slavery at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum with a range of challenging piecesWhen people think of buildings in Manhattan, chances are they think big and brash, cloud-piercing skyscrapers for tourists to marvel at.But the borough is also home to the far more modest Dyckman Farmhouse, a white clapboard home built in 1765. It’s the oldest farmhouse in the city, and just off 204th Street in Inwood, once home to Dutch farmer William Dyckman, ...
Tags: Art, New York, Design, US news, Culture, Art and design, Slavery, Manhattan, Inwood, 204th Street, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, Dyckman Farmhouse, William Dyckman


Hotels fit for a KGB officer: Soviet cities in the twilight - in pictures

Many modernist buildings from the Soviet period are being destroyed, but Russian photographer Arseniy Kotov hopes to preserve their memory with these shots of sloping cinemas and rooms under surveillance Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Russia, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Communism, KGB, Arseniy Kotov


'The equals of Klee and Matisse' – the Alabama quilt-makers who shook America

They made quilts to keep the cold at bay. And their bold creations ended up being hailed as masterpieces – the visual equivalent of jazz and blues, tokens of solace and defiance in tragic timesLoretta Pettway Bennett remembers well the moment everything changed for her tight-knit, rural community. The 20th century was drawing to a close. She was in her late 30s, living with her husband and sons on the site of an old cotton plantation on a deep bend in the Alabama River. Any spare time she could ...
Tags: Art, US, Alabama, America, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Craft, Matisse, Boykin, Alabama River, Klee, Pettway Bennett


Russian museum director who exposed Soviets to hidden masterpieces dies at 98

Irina Antonova, head of Pushkin Museum for 52 years, brought Mona Lisa to Moscow despite cold warA longtime museum director dubbed the grande dame of the Russian art world has died at 98, prompting an outpouring of grief and admiration for the woman who brought the Mona Lisa to Moscow and returned masterpieces hidden for decades from the Soviet public to her museum’s exhibition halls.Irina Antonova, whose work at the Pushkin Museum began under Joseph Stalin and ended under Vladimir Putin, died o...
Tags: Art, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Art and design, Moscow, Joseph Stalin, Mona Lisa, Pushkin Museum, Coronavirus, Irina Antonova


'The Aids epidemic is not yet over': inside a project with a vital message

For World Aids Day, a new audio project will play important speeches and clips that catalogue the ongoing fight against HIV/Aids“Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Homophobia has got to go!”This was a chant from New York’s ACT-UP demonstration in 1989. Now the audio clip of this protest will echo throughout Greenwich Village in the coming month. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, Culture, Art and design, Aids and HIV, Greenwich Village


Visitors track down mystery desert monolith in Utah

Two days after a helicopter pilot revealed its existence, people began sharing their own shots of the unexplained pieceSome intrepid visitors have been flocking to a remote part of southern Utah in a bid to be among the first to see the mystery metal monolith.The structure in the Red Rock desert was first discovered last week from the air by a helicopter pilot and wildlife officers who were carrying out an annual count of bighorn sheep. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Utah, US news, Art and design, Red Rock


Trump's furniture fail: that's not a desk, Donald – it's a table for TV dinners

The Resolute desk at the White House is made of timbers taken from a Royal Navy ship. It projects pure power. Is that why the defeated US president has switched to an occasional table he can barely squeeze his legs under?Has Donald Trump conceded the presidency by design? Is his choice of furniture betraying a subconscious admission of defeat? When the outgoing US president gave a speech this week saying he would depart if the electoral college voted for Joe Biden, his words came as less of a sh...
Tags: Design, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Culture, Art and design, Royal Navy, Interiors, Donald Trump, Trump, Donald, Oval Office, Franklin D Roosevelt


Two polar bears come sniffing in the Arctic night: Esther Horvath's best photograph

‘I heard from the ship that two bears were walking directly towards us. I told the scientists to pack up. When they said no, I showed no mercy’In the autumn of 2019, I joined an expedition to the Arctic. We set sail from Tromsø, Norway, on 20 September, on the Polarstern icebreaker. There were 100 people on board – 60 scientists and 40 crew – but the ship was big enough that it never felt crowded. There were people you didn’t see for days.The plan was to find the perfect ice floe to anchor to, t...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Culture, Art and design, Arctic, Polar regions, Arctic Ocean, Tromsø Norway, Art and design books, Esther Horvath


Sets appeal: staggering designs for theatre and dance – in pictures

We mine the archive of Guardian photographer Tristram Kenton for the great creations of designers including Tim Yip, Rae Smith and Tom Scutt Continue reading...
Tags: Design, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Es Devlin, Tristram Kenton, Tom Scutt, Miriam Buether, Bunny Christie, Rae Smith, Tim Yip Rae Smith


Sacre bleu! France as you've never seen her before

They set out to capture the forgotten France, the everyday architecture of emptied towns and overlooked villages – before their uniqueness is lost for ever. Eric Tabuchi and Nelly Monnier talk us through their vast photographic atlasFrom the industrial north to the sun-baked south, Eric Tabuchi has spent two decades scouring the landscape of France with an obsessive eye. In 2008, the Danish-Japanese-French photographer created a beguiling series called Alphabet Truck by sneaking up on 26 differe...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Monnier, Tabuchi, Eric Tabuchi, Nelly Monnier


Ralph Steadman: 'We're really living in a hell of a year, aren't we?'

The outspoken artist talks about his new book arriving in an ‘absolutely weird’ year and why Trump remains ‘the worst person in our known history’When the Welsh artist Ralph Steadman picks up the phone, he sounds a bit paranoid.“It’s Friday the 13th, you know,” he says with a doomsday tone. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Design, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Trump, Ralph Steadman


Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen: ‘I’ve been trying to get sacked from television for years’

Changing Rooms’ flamboyant master of maximalism has made a great living out of being himself. But is lockdown altering him? Is he suddenly dressing down, or brooding on the tragedy that marked his childhood? And does he have any decor tips for our interviewer?If curating your surroundings for a Zoom call is an art, then Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is its maximalist master. Immersed in the dark colours of his 17th-century manor-house living room, he sits with enviable poise, one arm cocked and proppe...
Tags: Reality TV, Design, Television, Julianne Moore, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Television & radio, William Morris, Laurence Llewelyn Bowen


Brighton mural of Churchill in suspenders given reprieve

Council was set to paint over it because of wartime PM’s V-sign rather than his lingerieA rainbow mural of seven Winston Churchills wearing stockings and suspenders which prompted a complaint from the local council because of the wartime prime minister’s trademark V-sign is to be allowed to remain in place.The artwork, which appeared on the wall of the Sandpiper guest house on one of Brighton’s busiest streets, was the subject of a council complaint over Churchill’s two-fingered victory sign, wh...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Brighton, Street Art, Churchill, Winston Churchills


Brighton mural of Churchill in stockings and suspenders given reprieve

Council was set to paint over it because of wartime PM’s V-sign rather than his lingerieA rainbow mural of seven Winston Churchills wearing stockings and suspenders which prompted a complaint from the local council because of the wartime prime minister’s trademark V-sign is to be allowed to remain in place.The artwork, which appeared on the wall of the Sandpiper guest house on one of Brighton’s busiest streets, was the subject of a council complaint over Churchill’s victory sign, which he used t...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Brighton, Street Art, Churchill, Winston Churchills


Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions

Pioneering Ndebele artist fears young people are losing a sense of their rootsOne of Africa’s best-known artists has made an impassioned appeal for governments and communities across the continent to preserve their traditions and culture in the face of globalisation.Esther Mahlangu, 85, said that she was worried that young people in Africa were losing a sense of their roots. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Esther Mahlangu


Pavement Picassos: the locked-down artists showing work in their windows

Galleries are closed due to Covid – so a group of artists have taken to displaying their work from their houses for passersby. Our writer takes to the streetsIt is not a good time for art lovers. The second lockdown has closed galleries once more – I’m imagining portraits waiting moodily in the National Gallery in London to be admired again; Van Gogh’s sunflowers wilting further – and so it is not a good time for artists.Artists Walk is an initiative that aims to improve that state of affairs. I...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, National Gallery, Van Gogh, Picasso, Rosha Nutt, Holly Collier


Mohamed Melehi obituary | Oliver Basciano

Artist whose paintings took inspiration from the craft culture of his native MoroccoIn 1963 the artist Mohamed Melehi, then living in New York, was included in the Museum of Modern Art show Hard Edge and Geometric Painting and Sculpture.If he had stayed in the city, Melehi, who has died aged 83 of Covid-19, might have gone on to enjoy a similar level of fame to American peers painting in the same style, such as Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. Instead, compelled to return to Mor...
Tags: Art, New York, Milan, Africa, World news, Art and design, Morocco, Museum of Modern Art, Kenneth Noland, Mohamed Melehi, Oliver Basciano, Melehi, Ellsworth Kelly Frank Stella


'Indigenous fashion is the future. It’s time for First Nations people to reclaim it'

Australian fashion is taking notice of the country’s oldest design traditions – and we’re only just scratching the surface Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Life and style, Australia news, Culture, Art and design, Indigenous Australians, Australian lifestyle


'Treasure trove' of unseen Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney writing found

Affectionate friendship between the two poets and artist Barrie Cooke, united by a love of fishing, revealed in a collection of correspondence that was believed lostA “treasure trove” of unseen poems and letters by Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and the artist Barrie Cooke has revealed the depth of a close three-way friendship that one Cambridge academic has described as a “rough, wild equivalent of the Bloomsbury group”.Cooke, who died in 2014, was a leading expressionist artist in Ireland, and a pa...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Poetry, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Hughes, Cooke, Pembroke College Cambridge


'Treasure trove' of unseen Hughes and Heaney writing found

Affectionate friendship between the two poets and artist Barrie Cooke, united by a love of fishing, revealed in a collection of correspondence that was believed lostA “treasure trove” of unseen poems and letters by Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and the artist Barrie Cooke has revealed the depth of a close three-way friendship that one Cambridge academic has described as a “rough, wild equivalent of the Bloomsbury group”.Cooke, who died in 2014, was a leading expressionist artist in Ireland, and a pa...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Poetry, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Hughes, Cooke, Pembroke College Cambridge


Aldo Tambellini, experimental artist obsessed with black, dies aged 90

‘Titan’ of the 1960s New York scene, who developed his obsession during the war, received mainstream acclaim in his final yearsAldo Tambellini, the pioneering artist and film-maker who had an obsession with the colour black, has died aged 90. He will be remembered among other things for developing what he termed “electromedia” – the bringing together of multiple forms including strobes, dance, film, poetry and slide projection. “We have lost a titan,” said Stuart Comer, a curator at MoMA in New ...
Tags: Art, New York, US, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Italy, Installation, Moma, East Village, University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Tate, Syracuse New York, Yayoi Kusama


Madrid surrealism show offers escape from pandemic reality

Exhibition explores how surrealist movement influenced culture and design in 20th centuryAnyone tiring of the many mundane strictures of the new normality can, in Madrid at least, escape temporarily into a world where hands serve as chairs, tables spin on bicycle wheels and horses obligingly proffer lamps from their heads.An exhibition in the Spanish capital examines the countless ways in which the surrealist movement has influenced culture and design over the past century, from the sofa Salvado...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Salvador Dalí, Bjork, Madrid, Le Corbusier, Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte


Concrete jungle: the brutalist buildings of northern England – in pictures

A new book captures the most aspirational and enlightened architecture of the north’s postwar years – featuring competitive church building and an endless supply of reinforced concrete Continue reading...
Tags: Books, England, Design, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Construction industry, Lancashire, Modernism, Northumberland, Cumbria, Art and design books


Real-life Giacomettis take a rainy riverside stroll: Alan Schaller's best photograph

‘I’d just been to a Giacometti show and was feeling inspired. I went out on to Tate Modern’s balcony – and everything aligned’It is often said that the hardest place for a street photographer to shoot is the place they are from. I’ve lived in London my whole life and fortunately haven’t found that to be true. The city is a bit of a blessing for a photographer like me, as there is so much to play with: iconic backdrops, architecture from many different centuries, a wide variety of cultures and de...
Tags: Art, Photography, London, Culture, Art and design, Tate Modern, Alberto Giacometti, Giacometti, Alan Schaller


Why I hate the Mary Wollstonecraft statue | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Was a tiny, silver, ripped nude really the correct way to honour ‘the mother of feminism’? Admirers like me never expected to be left contemplating whether she had a full bushIt took 200 years, not to mention a decade of fundraising, for a memorial to the great feminist thinker and writer Mary Wollstonecraft to be commissioned and unveiled today at Newington Green in north London, where she lived and worked. For too long, campaigners felt, Wollstonecraft had remained relatively obscure and, from...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Women, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Mary Wollstonecraft, Black Lives Matter Movement, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Maggi Hambling, Wollstonecraft


Spanish statue bodge-up is a new rival to Borja's Monkey Christ

Trump-like visage grafted on to a carving in Palencia recalls earlier inept restorationIn the footsteps of the unintentionally iconic Monkey Christ, the Tintin St George, the near-fluorescent Virgin and Child– not to mention the less than sinlessly executed Immaculate Conception – comes … well, it’s hard to say.The latest Spanish restoration effort to provoke anguished headlines and much social media snarking is, or rather, was, a carved figure adorning an ornate, early 20th-century building in ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Spain, World news, Art and design, Borja, Palencia, Tintin St George, Palencia Continue


'We have lost a limb': Azu Nwagbogu, the visionary curator bringing African art home

From helping photographers capture the Nigerian protests to exhibiting during a pandemic, the director of LagosPhoto festival has had his work cut out. Now he wants to fight ‘afro-pessimism’ and the posturing around Black Lives MatterWhen I first spoke to Azu Nwagbogu, the recent protests against police brutality in his native Nigeria had just entered their second week. The curator was upbeat, describing them as “an incredible awakening”. A week later, when we made contact again, he sounded more...
Tags: Art, Photography, Nigeria, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Festivals, Identity politics, Exhibitions, Lagos, Lekki, Azu Nwagbogu


Tracey Emin on her cancer: 'I will find love. I will have exhibitions. I will enjoy life'

As she recovers from a brutal summer of cancer treatment, Tracey Emin takes us round her new show – and imagines spending the next 30 years painting in her pyjamas to the sound of birdsong‘I am so lucky,” says Tracey Emin as we stand in the grand galleries of the Royal Academy. I can tell, from her brown eyes, that she’s smiling beneath her face mask. As we roam rooms painted moody blue for her new exhibition, in which her paintings, bronzes and neons are juxtaposed with the oils and watercolour...
Tags: Health, Art, England, London, Smoking, Cancer, Society, Culture, Art and design, Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibitions, Michigan, Biden, Munch, Edvard Munch, Tracey Emin


Daphne Guinness: ‘Making music is the most fun I’ve had'

The designer and singer, 52, reflects on living next door to Salvador Dali as a child, her brush with death and why she never looks in the mirrorI’m told that I had a difficult childhood. I had a lot of freedom, but there was a lot of drama. It was a childhood of extremes.I was bullied by my history teacher. He’d say, “Well, your grandmother is a fascist [Diana Mitford, wife of Oswald Mosley], so you’re getting a D in this essay,” and I was like, “What does that have to do with it?” I didn’t ret...
Tags: Design, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Salvador Dalí, Auschwitz, Oswald Mosley, Daphne Guinness, Diana Mitford


George Condo: 'Change can’t just be an idea or a slogan – it has to get real'

The artist, who worked with Warhol, befriended Basquiat and painted for Kanye, talks about making art during a tumultuous year and why he left New York CityNew York City artist George Condo has become New York state artist George Condo, a surprising move for someone so intensely intertwined with the city’s culture. The Hamptons is his new normal, after he ditched Manhattan in March.Not that he is keeping track of time. “The month of May soon turned into August, which then turned into November,” ...
Tags: Art, New York, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Manhattan, Warhol, Kanye, Basquiat, Condo, George Condo, New York CityNew York City



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