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The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes

Crash-test dummies based on the ‘average’ male are just one example of design that forgets about women – and puts lives at riskWhen broadcaster Sandi Toksvig was studying anthropology at university, one of her female professors held up a photograph of an antler bone with 28 markings on it. “This,” said the professor, “is alleged to be man’s first attempt at a calendar.” Toksvig and her fellow students looked at the bone in admiration. “Tell me,” the professor continued, “what man needs to know w...
Tags: Design, Women, Life and style, Art and design, Andy Murray, Sandi Toksvig, Toksvig


'They have no idea what democracy is': Tania Bruguera on Cuba's artist crackdown

Imprisoned and harassed for her radical projects, the Turbine Hall artist is now uniting the Havana Biennial’s artists against Decree 349, the government plan to criminalise independent artIf Tania Bruguera has her way then this year’s Havana Biennial, which runs from 12 April to 19 May, will be an uncomfortable one for the Cuban government.Bruguera, one of Cuba’s most prominent artists, is coordinating a protest against Decree 349, which was brought in by the country’s communist regime to clamp...
Tags: Art, Censorship, Culture, Art and design, Festivals, Cuba, Tania Bruguera


'No place does me like Lagos' – a cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

The city has endured much through the years, but as cartoonist Tayo Fatunla grew up saying: ‘Eko oni baje’ or ‘Lagos cannot be destroyed’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Lagos, Femi Kuti, Fela Kuti, Tayo Fatunla


Afrobeat and traffic-choked streets in indestructible Lagos – a cartoon

The city has has endured much through the years, but as cartoonist Tayo Fatunla grew up saying: ‘Eko oni baje’ or ‘Lagos cannot be destroyed’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Lagos, Femi Kuti, Fela Kuti, Tayo Fatunla


Rare works by 'cultural magpies' of Bauhaus to go on show in London

Exclusive: Sotheby’s to exhibit art from influential German design school ahead of auctionA collection of seldom-viewed paintings by key proponents of the influential Bauhaus art and design school are to be brought together for a rare show in London before going under the hammer at the end of the month. Related: Bauhaus at 100: the revolutionary movement's enduring appeal Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Germany, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Bauhaus, Sotheby


Los Angeles Frieze fair: city bids to become the next art capital

More than 70 galleries will participate in the showcase as LA aims to put itself on equal footing with New York and LondonFrieze launches its first Los Angeles art fair this week, a highly anticipated event in a city long viewed as a second-tier art capital compared with New York and London. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, London, La, Los Angeles, US news, Art and design, Los Angeles Frieze, LondonFrieze


Giant leap for art: Lichfield Cathedral to become 'lunar landscape'

Installation will transform cathedral floor to mark 50 years since Apollo 11 moon landingIt’s hard to imagine anything less like a lunar landscape than the medieval glories of Lichfield Cathedral. But this summer, an artist will transform its magnificent tiled floor into a representation of the moon’s surface to mark half a century since Neil Armstrong took “one small step for [a] man and one giant leap for mankind”.The three-spired cathedral in Staffordshire has commissioned the art installatio...
Tags: Art, Space, Science, Religion, UK News, Culture, Art and design, The moon, Neil Armstrong, Staffordshire, Apollo 11, Peter Walker, Lichfield Cathedral


Tate Modern wins privacy case brought by owners of £4m flats

Residents had complained of ‘near constant surveillance’ by visitors to London gallery One of Tate Modern’s most popular areas, a top-floor terrace that offers spectacular 360-degree views of London, is to remain fully open after neighbours lost a privacy case.More than half a million visitors a year get lifts up to the 10th floor of the gallery’s £260m extension and breathe in fresh air as they look out to St Paul’s, or the Shard, or the luxury interiors of expensive flats in the Neo Bankside d...
Tags: Art, London, Law, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Tate Modern, St Paul


Joy of six: the buildings transformed by 3D hexagon murals

Street artist Mr June brings facades to life with his abstract, colourful designsThe Dutch artist David Louf, who goes by Mr June, is the person behind these striking 3D hexagon murals, which have appeared on walls from Berlin to the Bronx.Louf grew up in Amsterdam immersed in hip-hop and graffiti, and turned to graphic design as an adult. Eight years ago he moved back to street art and now combines his skills to create vibrant, abstract murals on buildings across the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Berlin, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Amsterdam, Street Art, David Louf, Bronx Louf


Louvre Abu Dhabi to exhibit Rembrandt and Vermeer masterpieces

Dutch Golden Age art exhibition to open at museum in UAE capitalThe Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to carry the name outside France, has announced that it will display works by Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer this month.Works by the two artists are part of the gallery’s first exhibition of 2019 – Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Leiden collection and the Musée du Louvre. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Leiden, Vermeer, Rembrandt Vermeer, Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE capitalThe Louvre Abu Dhabi


Sydney Opera House: the designs that didn't make it – in pictures

In 1956, the New South Wales premier Joseph Cahill announced a competition – open to anyone – to design a national opera house at Bennelong Point in Sydney. There were more than 200 entries and the eventual winner, Jørn Utzon’s concrete shells, took 17 years to realise. But what of the designs that didn’t make the cut? UK-based creative studio NeoMan were commissioned by Budget Direct to research and render seven of those entries, working with Venezuelan architecture specialists Projection Comun...
Tags: UK, Design, Australia news, Architecture, Art and design, New South Wales, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Joseph Cahill, Bennelong Point, Jørn Utzon, Budget Direct


'Beautiful detail and a bit of green': Kyoto by Janis Malcomson

Over the years, former architect Janis Malcomson has explored Kyoto’s mixture of tradition and modernity – and had a tofu revelation Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Design, Cities, Culture, Asia Pacific, Illustration, Art and design, Kyoto, Janis Malcomson


Russian artists invite visitors to give blood for display

Charleroi show will feature blood pumped through tubes spelling out banned song lyricsIn an unusual twist on participatory art, visitors to an exhibition by two prominent Russian conceptual artists will be asked to donate blood for display.Black Horizon, which opens on Saturday in Charleroi, Belgium, is the work of Erik Bulatov and Andrei Molodkin, who say it is about censorship and propaganda. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, World news, Culture, Art and design, Belgium, Charleroi, Charleroi Belgium, Black Horizon, Erik Bulatov, Andrei Molodkin


Russian artists invite visitors to donate blood to exhibition

Charleroi show will feature blood pumped through tubes spelling out banned song lyricsIn an unusual twist on participatory art, visitors to an exhibition by two prominent Russian conceptual artists will be asked to donate blood for display.Black Horizon, which opens on Saturday in Charleroi, Belgium, is the work of Erik Bulatov and Andrei Molodkin, who say it is about censorship and propaganda. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, World news, Culture, Art and design, Belgium, Charleroi, Charleroi Belgium, Black Horizon, Erik Bulatov, Andrei Molodkin


Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Has 2 New Exhibits! 2/14-3/14/2019!!

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (www.lamag.org) is a great find and one that I hope you are can visit. It’s a place for artists across Southern California can exhibit as well as a great place for those interested in uniquely themed artwork can visit. There are two new exhibits about to launch on February 14 […]
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Ivanka Trump and the art of cleaning up

Ivanka Vacuuming makes a point about the first daughter’s ‘everywoman’ persona – and her troubled relationship with the art worldIvanka Trump doing the Hoovering is not a sight one sees every day. However, if you happen to be in Washington DC this month, you can watch a lookalike of the first daughter cleaning, in stilettos, for two hours every night at the Flashpoint gallery.Ivanka Vacuuming, a new performance art piece by Jennifer Rubell, invites visitors to “throw crumbs on to the carpet, wat...
Tags: Art, Culture, Art and design, Washington Dc, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Jennifer Rubell, Ivanka Vacuuming


House of Palestine: the architectural wonder built by a West Bank oil tycoon

The richest man in the occupied territories has indulged his passion for Palladio – by creating a replica of his Villa Rotunda and filling it with priceless treasuresA terracotta-tiled dome pokes up above an avenue of cypress trees, crowning a creamy classical villa that bears the unmistakable influence of the great Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. On each of its four identical sides, flights of stone steps lead up to porticos topped with pediments, which look out across a rolling ...
Tags: Business, Design, Celebrity, Israel, Oil, Life and style, World news, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Palestine, West Bank, Rich lists, Collecting


Mind my Picasso… superyacht owners struggle to protect art

Billionaires try to cut risk to priceless paintings from flying champagne corksFrom champagne corks flying towards a Picasso to cornflakes splashed on a Basquiat painting, the perils facing billionaires’ floating art collections aren’t those sailors typically fear on the high seas. But the world’s ultra-rich are filling superyachts with so many masterpieces that conservationists are teaching captains and crew how to care for art as well as to pamper passengers.Pandora Mather-Lees, an Oxford-educ...
Tags: Art, UK News, Art and design, Michel Basquiat, The super-rich, Pandora Mather Lees an Oxford, Mather Lees


'We don't notice the smell any more': Valparaiso by Natasha Cross – an urban cartoon

Valparaiso, Chile, is famous for its riot of street art, but spare a thought for the binmen working in this extremely hilly city ... Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Americas, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Chile, Graphic Design, Street Art, Valparaiso, Valparaiso Chile, Natasha Cross


Rare Lucian Freud portrait of Guinness heir goes up for auction

Artist’s 1956 painting hung in legendary house in Wicklow mountains for half a centuryA tender and rarely seen portrait of a boy by Lucian Freud that hung in a legendary Irish house tucked away in the Wicklow mountains for more than 50 years is to appear at auction for the first time.The 1956 painting, Head of a Boy, is of Garech Browne, the wealthy Guinness heir who became a patron of Irish arts and music and hosted wild, dazzling, parties at the fairytale-esque Guinness home and estate. Contin...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Lucian Freud, Guinness, Wicklow mountains, Wicklow, Garech Browne


Let's not lose our marbles over the British Museum boss's remarks | Jonathan Jones

Hartwig Fischer said that removing the Parthenon marbles from Greece was a ‘creative act’ – but there is a logic to this provocative view that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand The British Museum has tended to keep its lips sealed about its most controversial set of treasures: the sculptures removed from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin at the start of the 19th century. I know, because I’ve taken part in public debates to put its case – without anyone from the museum to back me up – most r...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Greece, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Athens, Parthenon, Parthenon marbles, British Museum, Arts policy, University College


British Museum chief: taking the Parthenon marbles was 'creative'

Museum director sparks anger by saying removing sculptures from Greece was ‘a creative act’The director of the British Museum has provoked anger by suggesting the removal of the Parthenon marbles from Greece in the 19th century could be seen as “a creative act”.Hartwig Fischer gave an interview to the Greek newspaper Ta Nea in which he ruled out returning the 2,500-year-old sculptures, which many people in Greece and elsewhere regard as stolen. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Greece, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Parthenon marbles, British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, Ta Nea


Thief steals painting from Moscow gallery as witnesses watch

Man took painting from wall and strolled out of gallery but picture – and thief – were located a few hours laterIt was an art heist so audacious that it seemed certain to fail. And it failed spectacularly in less than 24 hours.On Sunday evening, a man in jeans and a dark shirt walked up to a painting by landscape artist Arkhip Kuindzhi in Moscow’s New Tretyakov Gallery and lifted it right off the wall. Then, as others looked on, he grabbed the frame in one hand and strolled out of the gallery. C...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Moscow, Art Theft, New Tretyakov Gallery, Arkhip Kuindzhi


Peak sneak: daring theft of mountain painting in Moscow proves short-lived

A bold thief stole a work by artist Arkhip Kuindzhi from a gallery wall – but it was recovered in less than a dayIt was an art heist so audacious that it seemed certain to fail. And it failed spectacularly in less than 24 hours.On Sunday evening, a man in jeans and a dark shirt walked up to a painting by landscape artist Arkhip Kuindzhi in Moscow’s New Tretyakov Gallery and lifted it right off the wall. Then, as others looked on, he grabbed the frame in one hand and strolled out of the gallery. ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Moscow, Art Theft, New Tretyakov Gallery, Arkhip Kuindzhi


Jane Austen? Family say note establishes disputed portrait's identity

Personal ‘history’ believed to have been written by the novelist’s grand-niece is ‘absolutely emphatic about the fact it’s a portrait’ of the novelistAn overlooked note that may have been written by Jane Austen’s great-niece Fanny Caroline Lefroy could put an end to the long-running question mark over an oil painting its owners believe is a depiction of the novelist as a teenager – a claim that has long been disputed by art experts.Showing a young girl in a flowing white muslin dress with a cap ...
Tags: Art, Books, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Jane Austen, Francis, British Library, National Portrait Gallery, Rice, Jane, Cassandra, Austen, Humphry


Vintage ski posters – in pictures

A collection of vintage ski and winter sports posters up to a century old – some worth thousands of dollars – is about to be auctioned in New York. The resorts advertised range from Europe’s Alpine jewels to the mountains of Canada, and all offer fun in the outdoors Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Design, Media, France, Advertising, Sport, World news, US news, Culture, Austria, Canada, Art and design, Skiing, Switzerland


Bauhaus at 100: the revolutionary movement's enduring appeal

Sleek, pared-back, industrial elegance – that’s how most of us think of Bauhaus, the modernist design group born in Germany in 1919. But that was only one side of this short-lived but longlasting movement…• Norman Foster, Margaret Howell, Michael Craig-Martin and others on Bauhaus’s rich legacyThe Bauhaus, simply put, was a German school of art and design that opened in 1919 and closed in 1933. It was also very much more than that. It was the most influential and famous design school that has ev...
Tags: Art, Germany, Life and style, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Craft, Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam, Norman Foster Margaret Howell Michael Craig Martin


Milan art tour: fresco heaven, without the crowds

Resist the urge to splurge in the city’s chic shops and instead lose yourself in its transcendental artThink of Milan and you think of fashion. The first time I spent more than a few hours in the city, I roamed the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Italy’s oldest shopping arcade, built in the 1860s and still home to the original Prada store, which was opened by the designer’s grandfather Mario in 1913 – wishing that I was rich (or at least, not quite so broke). What on earth is a girl with an over...
Tags: Travel, Art, Milan, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Mario, Prada, Venice, City Breaks, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Florence, Europe Holidays


Japan’s arty-pelago: Naoshima and beyond

Among shrines, rice fields and abandoned buildings, contemporary art has transformed 12 rural islands into a creative paradise – the setting for the 2019 Setouchi TriennaleI’m sitting on a concrete floor watching water droplets as they skitter across the smooth surface. Around me, other people seem equally transfixed. They stand in silent contemplation staring at beads of water bubbling up from tiny holes in the floor, or lie gazing at the vast domed roof, where two oval openings let natural lig...
Tags: Travel, Art, Asia, Japan, Art and design, Japanese food and drink, Cultural Trips, Japan holidays, Setouchi


10 great European art anniversaries in 2019

From 100 years of Bauhaus to 500 years since Leonardo’s death, a host of landmark art events and exhibitions open around Europe this yearIt is 350 years since the death of Rembrandt van Rijn. There is a year-long programme of events in nine Dutch cities, focusing on Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age (listings at holland.com). In Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum (15 Feb-10 June) will display all of its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and 300 engravings – the biggest Rembrandt collection ever seen in a singl...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, Germany, Art and design, Museums, Amsterdam, City Breaks, Rembrandt, Top 10s, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Europe Holidays, Leiden, Rembrandt Van Rijn



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