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From hated queen to 21st-century icon: Paris exhibition celebrates life of Marie-Antoinette

Paris show includes treatment of woman France loved to hate in mangas, fashion and filmWhen Marie-Antoinette met a gruesome end at the guillotine 226 years ago this week, she was the most hated woman in France. As the horse-drawn cart carried the former queen, her blonde hair shorn and prematurely grey, through the streets of Paris to her execution in 1793, the crowds jostled to spit and hurl insults at her.She was 37, an Austrian-born “foreigner” accused of treason and of being aloof, branded a...
Tags: Exhibitions, Paris, France, Europe, Art, Art and design, Culture, World news


Restored 19th-century ships' figureheads to go on display in Plymouth

The 14 carvings will hang from the ceiling in arts venue The Box, due to open in the springA collection of 19th-century wooden figureheads from British naval warships has been lovingly restored from the ravages of years at sea and will form a striking display at a new heritage and arts complex in Plymouth.The 14 figureheads, some of which were so badly water-damaged that their insides had turned into a soggy mulch, are to be suspended from the ceiling of The Box gallery and museum, which is due ...
Tags: Plymouth, Museums, Heritage, Exhibitions, Sculpture, Devon, UK news, Art, Art and design, Culture


Paris art scene roars back to life … with a little help from Brexit

A reinvigorated contemporary art fair, opening this week in the Grand Palais, is one sign of a renaissance for the French capital“If our generation did not reinvigorate the French art market, what would we be leaving to the younger people?” asks Jennifer Flay, director of the international fair of contemporary art in Paris. “So we decided to take ourselves seriously.”As the 46th Foire internationale d’art contemporain (FIAC) prepares to open the doors of the Grand Palais this week, it is clear t...
Tags: Art, France, World news, Art and design, Paris, Tracey Emin


Inspired By the East: fertile fascination – or racist pastiche and plunder?

The British Museum show is a bold attempt to look at orientalist art as a cultural exchange that influenced paintings, ceramics, travel books and fashion. Our writer gauges its successThe British Museum’s new exhibition, Inspired By the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art, attempts to present orientalist art as not only one where western artists traded in cliche, but also to show how portrayals of the east in the west were more than just racist pastiches. It attempts to present or...
Tags: Art, Religion, Painting, World news, Turkey, Culture, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Islam, Exhibitions, Ceramics, British Museum, Edward Said


CURRENT: LA FOOD Delivers Food-themed, Museum-Quality Public Art Across LA! 10/5-11/3.

     In partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles  (ICA LA), Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) recently debuted CURRENT: LA FOOD, which delivers food-themed, museum-quality public art throughout the City until November 3 for visitors and locals alike to explore! 15 artists were commissioned to take on the subject of food accessibility […]
Tags: Food, Art, Featured, Entertainment, California, Adventure, Women, Uncategorized, Lifestyle, Events, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green, Art and design


The many faces of Brooklyn – in pictures

Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb have spent the last five years trying to capture the life and soul of the New York City borough on film and have brought together their greatest images in a new book called Brooklyn: The City Within Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, New York, New York City, Culture, Brooklyn, Art and design, Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb


'Future relics': the painter capturing the beauty of council houses

Frank Laws’s Hopperesque watercolours depict the individual character of east London’s most impressive – and everyday – buildings, as gentrification threatens their very existenceFrom Mike Leigh’s film Meantime to the TV show Top Boy, the social housing estates of east London have provided rich subject matter for writers and artists exploring the human stories intertwining in their communities. In the paintings of east Londoner Frank Laws, however, there isn’t a person in sight. The only signs o...
Tags: Art, London, Housing, Painting, Communities, Society, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Social Housing, Exhibitions, Mike Leigh, Hackney, Norfolk


Sculptor Antony Gormley plans Brexit giants off the French coast

Iron figures would extend four miles out to sea to celebrate shared Celtic and neolithic heritage of UK and BrittanyStark on a hill over Gateshead, Sir Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North stands as a symbol of Britain’s northern identity. And across the country, on the Mersey estuary, the sculptor’s group of imposing solo figures at Crosby beach has become part of the landscape.Now, on the eve of Britain’s potential departure from Europe, Gormley is planning a new and dramatic intervention on th...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, UK News, World news, Art and design, Sculpture, Brexit, Antony Gormley


Is architecture at last breaking through its own glass ceiling? | Rowan Moore

A welcome gold award, and now the RIBA has begun to recognise that what matters is the teamSome kind of congratulations are due to the Royal Institute of British Architects for choosing as this year’s winners of the royal gold medal for architecture the Irish practice Grafton. For Grafton Architects is run by two women, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, which means that for the second time since Queen Victoria awarded the first such medal in 1848, it has gone outright to members of the same s...
Tags: Europe, Design, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Architecture, Ireland, Art and design, The RIBA


Death Stranding: will Hideo Kojima’s mystery project redefine gaming?

It’s the most eagerly awaited game of the year – and it stars everyone from Guillermo del Toro to the Bionic Woman. We tell the inside story of the dystopian thrillerImagine a world where babies are stored in life-support jars, humans are stalked by oily ghosts, and the American president is played by Lindsay Wagner, the helter-skelter-haired star of 1970s cult TV show The Bionic Woman. This is the dystopian milieu of Death Stranding, which will hit shops soon, just in time for the hectic Christ...
Tags: Games, Design, Film, Norman Reedus, America, Playstation, Culture, Art and design, Guillermo Del Toro, Playstation 4, Game culture, Adventure Games, Hideo Kojima, Wagner, Guillermo, Kojima


Eastern promise: contemporary art on the Norfolk coast

The county’s current open studios event is one of many reasons to tour coastal towns such as Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, where affordable spaces and special light are attracting young artistsI’m not sure which is more remarkable, the sculptures or the way they have been positioned. I am considering two colossal works by Henry Moore at Houghton Hall in north Norfolk. Large Reclining Figure (1984) lies before the west front, its back to the house, demanding to be appreciated against the Pallad...
Tags: Travel, Art, Culture, Art and design, Day trips, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Norfolk Holidays


'This piece is San Francisco': the massive digital mural capturing the city's humanity

French artist JR’s massive digital artwork showcases every stratum of society in the citySan Francisco has been getting a bad rap lately. You don’t have to live here to know that homelessness brushes up against wealth and shiny technology, construction cranes are a staple in the landscape and articles citing cultural collapse duel on social media with love letters to this city by the bay. All of which is to say that there are lot of opinionated perspectives in this dynamic metropolis.The French ...
Tags: Art, California, San Francisco, US news, Culture, Art and design


Shen Wei's best photograph: a naked self-portrait on a Chinese stage

‘Not knowing if anyone would walk in gave me energy and inspired my powerful stance’On a trip through Jiangxi province in south-east China two years ago, my friend and I were wandering around one of the area’s many small villages. It was tiny and empty apart from a few old men and women sitting in front of their houses.There was a single street which all the doors of the village opened on to. One had a normal black door with a sign above it that said something like “club” or “meeting hall”. It w...
Tags: Art, Photography, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Stage, south east China, Jiangxi Province, Shen Wei


'I'm almost enjoying myself!' – Frank Bowling's six-decade journey to success

Collars, car keys, poly bags – they’ve all made it into his vast and richly colourful paintings. We meet the Guyana-born painter who is finally receiving his duesPut something down in Frank Bowling’s studio and it could easily end up embedded in one of his vast paintings. Bangles, cigarette lighters, even his wife’s car keys – all have suffered this fate. So I am on my guard when I drop by his workplace in south London. And indeed, one of the first things he shows me is his latest painting: an e...
Tags: Art, London, Africa, Race, Americas, Painting, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Colonialism, Exhibitions, British identity and society, Tate Britain, Caribbean, Guyana


‘Short of imagination’: Germaine Greer scorns Leonardo da Vinci’s art

The prolific author says the Mona Lisa looks ‘half-dead’ while speaking at Hay festivalLeonardo da Vinci, the incomparable Renaissance master? Actually, he was rather sloppy, disappointing and derivative.His greatest work, the most popular painting in the world? “The bloody Mona Lisa … this half-dead woman, this strange green-faced female.” Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Wales, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Festivals, Germaine Greer, Hay Festival, Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci


The lost Leonardo? Louvre show ditches Salvator Mundi over authenticity doubts

Art experts remain divided on the origins of the world’s most expensive paintingSalvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, will not be part of this year’s big Leonardo da Vinci show in Paris because curators at the Louvre do not believe it can be attributed solely to the artist, it has been claimed.The art historian and writer Ben Lewis has charted the remarkable story of a painting which made headlines all over the world when it sold for $450m (£354m) at Christie’s in New York in 2017...
Tags: Art, Europe, New York, France, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Paris, Hay Festival, Louvre, Christie, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci


‘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: Books, Design, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Children and teenagers, Judith Kerr, Sophie, Julia Eccleshare


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



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