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German police appeal for information after 17th century paintings found in skip

An art expert believes the paintings are by Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten and Italian Pietro BellottiGerman police have appealed for information from the public after two 17th century paintings were discovered in a skip at a highway rest stop.Police said a 64-year-old man found the oil paintings at the rest stop near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month. He later handed them in to police in the western city of Cologne. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Cologne Continue, Samuel van Hoogstraten, Pietro BellottiGerman, Ohrenbach


New York, New Music: how the city became a hotbed for music in the 80s

In a new exhibition, the city’s more well-known breakout artists are celebrated alongside a richer, and lesser reported, strain of experimental musicIn Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ irrepressible 1980 song Darrio, a klatch of female backup singers bouncingly plead with the titular gentleman to get them into Studio 54. The otherwise obliging Darrio enumerates why he cannot (“That’s the only thing that money can’t buy”), before finally admitting “my kind of heaven is Club 57,” the late-70s/early-80...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Culture, Art and design, New York Times, Bob Marley, Kingston, East Village, Marx Brothers, Carmen Miranda, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Darrio


Looted artefacts withdrawn from UK auction after Ethiopia’s appeal

Ethiopian government asked auction house to ‘stop cycle of dispossession’Two artefacts that were taken during colonial-era looting by British forces in Ethiopia have been withdrawn from auction after the Ethiopian government appealed to an auction house selling them to “stop the cycle of dispossession”.Busby auctioneers in Bridport, Dorset, has withdrawn a leather-bound Coptic bible and a set of horn beakers from a sale on 17 June after the Ethiopian embassy in London discovered the items – whic...
Tags: Art, UK, London, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Ethiopia, Maqdala, Bridport Dorset


Madrid’s Reina Sofía examines Latin America’s artistic boom

Dangling artist, dead dog and lovingly tangled mattress help convey volatile past in new showThe black and white photograph of a dead dog, taken in Lima in 1989, that now hangs on the immaculate walls of the Reina Sofía in Madrid seems to have little in common with the Caetano Veloso album covers also on display or, come to that, with the image of a young Chilean artist suspended by his feet alongside a map of his homeland.But they – and the 100 or so other works that make up the museum’s latest...
Tags: Art, Europe, Americas, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Madrid, Lima, Latin America, Reina Sofia


NFT representing Tim Berners-Lee source code of the web to go on sale

Sotheby’s to auction digital artefact, This Changed Everything, more than 32 years after world wide web first proposedSir Tim Berners-Lee will sell an NFT representing the source code of the world wide web at Sotheby’s, the auction house has announced, more than 32 years after his first proposal for the project was dismissed by a supervisor as “vague, but exciting”.The sale, proceeds from which will be used to benefit initiatives that Berners-Lee and his wife, Rosemary Leith, support, is the fir...
Tags: Art, Technology, Internet, Culture, Art and design, Tim Berners Lee, Berners Lee, NFT, Sotheby, Digital Art, Rosemary Leith


Bard day’s work: what I learned from eavesdropping on RSC rehearsals

The Royal Shakespeare Company is letting the public watch the usually secret processes towards performance – from clapping games to verse sessionsThe creative process normally takes place behind closed doors. But the RSC has boldly upended that idea by streaming its Open Rehearsal Project for Henry VI Part One. What this means, in practice, is that cameras are admitted for three sessions each day. At 10am we watch a half-hour company warm-up. From noon, for 90 minutes, we get to see either a cla...
Tags: Theatre, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bard, RSC, Gregory Doran, Owen Horsley


‘Cultural appropriation is a two-way thing’: Yinka Shonibare on Picasso, masks and the fashion for black artists

Picasso was so enthralled by African art, he used it to start a revolution. But did it give rise to a fantasy of Africa that still endures? British-Nigerian artist Shonibare tells us why he’s revisiting that seismic moment In 1998, in a hilarious work called Diary of a Victorian Dandy, Yinka Shonibare inserted himself, impeccably attired, into the sitting rooms, drawing rooms, billiards rooms and bedrooms of high society Victorian Britain, invariably causing a sensation in each of the perfectly ...
Tags: Art, Nigeria, Africa, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Sculpture, Paris, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Hogarth, Picasso, Tate


Masks, monsters and masterpieces: Yinka Shonibare squares up to Picasso

Picasso was so enthralled by African art, he used it to start a revolution. But did it give rise to a fantasy of Africa that still endures? British-Nigerian artist Shonibare tells us why he’s revisiting that seismic moment In 1998, in a hilarious work called Diary of a Victorian Dandy, Yinka Shonibare inserted himself, impeccably attired, into the sitting rooms, drawing rooms, billiards rooms and bedrooms of high society Victorian Britain, invariably causing a sensation in each of the perfectly ...
Tags: Art, Nigeria, Africa, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Sculpture, Paris, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Hogarth, Picasso, Tate


Edinburgh fringe performers feel ‘jilted’ as Covid closes venues again

Only a handful of events will be staged this year as producers complain about ‘dithering’ by council and Scottish governmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAudiences and performers from around the world will once again have no anarchic festival home in the Scottish capital to head for this August. The vast Edinburgh festival fringe – the largest annual concentration of live comedy, drama, cabaret, music and dance – is to be restricted to just a few events and an array...
Tags: Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, Fringe theatre, Guy Masterson


Sir Ian McKellen: ‘What does old mean? Quite honestly I feel about 12’

It’s half a century since Sir Ian McKellen first played Hamlet. Now he’s starring as the Dane again – at 82. He talks about his extraordinary life, why he’ll never write his memoir – and his one lasting regretOh, birthdays,” Sir Ian McKellen growls, on the occasion of his 82nd. “At my age I don’t do birthdays.” The wider world has not yet been informed, however, and cheerful cards have come in stacks to McKellen’s London townhouse. Messages chime in on his computer and two landline phones ring o...
Tags: London, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Stage, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Ian Mckellen, McKellen


How did a £120 painting become a £320m Leonardo … then vanish?

A film about the disputed Salvator Mundi blames the National Gallery for its role in giving credibility to the claim that it was the artist’s lost workThe National Gallery is facing controversy over its role in the tangled story of how the world’s most expensive painting emerged from obscurity before being sold for a staggering £320m, only to vanish again from the public eye.The gallery exhibited the Salvator Mundi in its Leonardo da Vinci exhibition a decade ago when it was an unknown work with...
Tags: Art, Film, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, National Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Documentary films


‘He was aware of racist pigeonholes’: how Basquiat took inspiration from jazz, hip-hop and no wave

Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat explores the artist’s relationship to music in three short filmsBefore Jean-Michel Basquiat became one of the leading art stars of the 1980s, he was a kid from Brooklyn thriving in the music and art scenes of downtown New York in the late 1970s.“Everyone was coexisting together, musicians and artists,” says Ed Patuto, the producer of Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat, three short films that explore the ar...
Tags: Art, New York, US news, Culture, Brooklyn, Art and design, Jean Michel Basquiat, East Village, Basquiat, Michel Basquiat, Ed Patuto


Paintings reveal hidden histories of Africans in England

English Heritage’s six portraits range from a Roman emperor to Queen Victoria’s goddaughterSix paintings that tell fascinating, not widely known stories of people from the African diaspora in England’s history, including the Roman emperor who strengthened Hadrian’s Wall and Queen Victoria’s goddaughter, have been unveiled by English Heritage.The heritage body commissioned six artists to paint portraits, putting them on display at forts, abbeys, historic houses and barracks where they have an ass...
Tags: Art, England, Africa, Race, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Victoria, Roman, Hadrian


Lloyd Webber says he will risk arrest to reopen his theatres on 21 June

Impresario is determined his production of Cinderella will start this month in London as plannedAndrew Lloyd Webber has said he is determined to open his theatres on 21 June regardless of whether rules are relaxed, and is prepared to be arrested if authorities try to intervene.The composer said he may have to sell his six West End venues if the government does not remove restrictions that have forced venues to run with reduced capacities. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Musicals, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Cinderella, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lloyd Webber, Coronavirus


Backdrops to a riot: JR on how his confrontational street art went global

His portraits of his Paris neighbourhood summed up its residents’ anger. Now his subversive installations straddle borders, float on boats and envelop favelas. We speak to the elusive artist“I didn’t spend enough time in school for any of the teachers to remember me. The only role models I had were the guys in the neighbourhood doing graffiti,” reflects JR, on his journey from street-smart tagger to world-famous conceptual artist. “I guess what’s nice is now, at 38, I can tell my mother I am not...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Installation, Exhibitions, Street Art, Tunisia, Jim Morrison


Calls for Keith Haring mural to stay at Barcelona site being turned into care home

Artwork in building slated for demolition faces uncertain future, though city has pledged to save itIt all began one February night in 1989. Cesar de Melero was DJing in the Ars Studio club in Barcelona when someone told him that the artist Keith Haring was outside but the doorman wouldn’t let him in.“The place was packed, so I put on a record and pushed through the crowd,” De Melero told the Guardian. “And there he was with his saintly, innocent face and I told the doorman to let him in and I s...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Culture, Art and design, Street Art, Keith Haring, ARS Studio, César de Melero, De Melero


Keith Haring’s Barcelona mural to be moved as former club faces demolition

Ibiza DJ suggests impromptu 1989 artwork should feature in new building – a care homeIt all began one February night in 1989. César de Melero was DJing in the Ars Studio club in Barcelona when someone told him that the artist Keith Haring was outside but the doorman wouldn’t let him in.“The place was packed, so I put on a record and pushed through the crowd,” De Melero told the Guardian. “And there he was with his saintly, innocent face and I told the doorman to let him in and I said to the boss...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Culture, Art and design, Ibiza, Keith Haring, ARS Studio, César de Melero, De Melero


How a ghostly outline revealed the secret of Modigliani’s lost lover

The Italian artist may have wanted to brush Beatrice Hastings out of his life, but artifical intelligence has thwarted him by enabling a re-creation of the workNo one wants to be reminded of a failed relationship by having the ex’s portrait hanging around. After Amedeo Modigliani and his lover, Beatrice Hastings, broke up, the Italian artist is thought to have obliterated her memory by painting another woman’s likeness over his portrait of her.So he might not be too happy to learn that science h...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Tate Britain, Amedeo Modigliani, Modigliani, Beatrice Hastings


Anna Friel: ‘I thought acting would be a hobby – never a job’

The actor, 44, on learning to relax, the double edge of kindness, and the power of herbsI don’t know which memory came first: falling down the stairs and knocking down our Christmas tree, being bought my first nail varnish and getting it on my Wonder Woman pyjamas, or accidentally setting my brand-new parka on fire the first day I wore it. Each probably reveals something about my soul.Pop stardom was my plan for a while, although briefly. Coming from an Irish family, I’d often walk into the livi...
Tags: Television, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Anna Friel


Modi’s bulldozing of parliament shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban | Anish Kapoor

Flattening the majestic Murghal-inspired buildings is the latest stage in a hateful, vanity-fuelled campaign to de-Islamify IndiaAt the heart of New Delhi, the capital of India, sits a Mughal-inspired monument that houses the seat of the Indian parliament. Built by the British architect Edwin Lutyens between 1911 and 1931, the parliament buildings and their grand roadways and water channels follow the form established by the Islamic rulers of Iran and elaborated by the Islamic sultanate of Samar...
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, World news, Iran, Culture, Architecture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Sculpture, New Delhi, Samarkand, Anish Kapoor, Modi, Lutyens, Edwin Lutyens


Hand-painted hearts or Captain Tom in bronze? Memorialising the fallen of Covid-19

As heroic statues fall out of vogue, communities have turned to experimental structures – from flourishing gardens to abstract sculptures – as monuments to loss on a vast scaleMaya Lin was a 21-year-old architecture student at Yale University when, in 1981, lacking professional experience, she submitted a class project to a design competition for a memorial for Vietnam war veterans on the National Mall in Washington DC. Her winning design, influenced by the minimalist sculpture and earth art of ...
Tags: Art, New York, Washington, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Sculpture, National Mall, Vietnam, Yale University, Tom, Lin, Coronavirus, Frederick Hart


Mohamed Bourouissa on France’s identity crisis: ‘We’ve got catching up to do!’

The French Algerian artist uses photography, rap music and the frequencies of trees in his quest to shine a light on marginalised communities. Now he’s preparing for his first solo UK showIn early 2020, when Dave was making British history by triumphing at both the Brits and Mercury music prizes, the equivalent awards in France were making headlines for all the wrong reasons. That year’s Victoires de la Musique featured no headline prizes for a black or Arab rapper. “Domestic rap has become the ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Music, UK, France, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Dave, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Hip-hop, Installation


Joan Allen: ‘Acting’s like tennis. You bring your game’

Adulterous housewives, CIA bosses – Joan Allen has played them all with consummate skill. Now, in Stephen King adaptation Lisey’s Story, she’s turned her hand to visceral horrorIn some ways, Joan Allen is like an American Gary Oldman; wait, stay with it. She looks so different from one role to the next that she’s way beyond mercurial, further towards intangible – like a spirit slipping into a role more than a flesh-and-blood actor. Or maybe this is just acting at its most rarefied. One of the la...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Media, Drama, Film, Stephen King, Theatre, Apple TV, Chicago, Culture, Television & radio, Connecticut, Stage, Broadway, John Malkovich, TV streaming


Afrofuturism and the sex life of coral – inside the wild mind of Ellen Gallagher

The artist’s latest work is the product of ‘hard physical labour’. She reveals her inspirations – from marine ecosystems and Flemish commodity painters to Black AtlantisTalking to Ellen Gallagher about her paintings is a multi-dimensional slalom ride: we swerve from the social lives of pictures to the sex life of coral and the transportation of slaves across oceans and centuries. Right now her latest works are all finished and singing to each other across a gallery floor before going their separ...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Slavery, Ellen Gallagher, Hauser Wirth


‘An architectural fashion show’: Greenwich peninsula’s Design District

From a rooftop basketball court to a caterpillar-shaped food hall, the souk-like London development is architecture at its trendiest. Can its eye-popping buildings lure young creatives – and bring the buzz?A mirror-polished silver box stands proudly on a corner of the Greenwich Peninsula, reflecting a curious new world of architectural experiments. To one side wriggles a transparent caterpillar of a building, with clear plastic stretched around a bright yellow frame, forming a space-age chrysali...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Real Estate, Design, London, Life and style, Communities, Society, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Technology sector, Planning policy, Technology startups, Craft, Regeneration


‘Michelangelo of Middlesbrough’ hailed for 27,000-hour model project

Lockdown hobbyist painted 1m tiny cobbles for scale model of Yorkshire town’s demolished St Hilda’s district Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLockdown has inspired many of us to take up new hobbies, but for one Middlesbrough man, the pandemic just meant more time to devote to a mammoth project already nine years in the making.“It was business as usual,” says Steve Waller, 61, a model artist and historian known affectionately as the “Michelangelo of Middlesbrough” who h...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Yorkshire, Hobbies, Middlesbrough, Michelangelo, St Hilda, Steve Waller, Coronavirus


‘We have to laugh’: Brexit art show hits Paris

From remixed flags to a fishermen’s feast, more than 400 works by amateur artists exploring the new Franco-British relationship have gone on showWinners of a cross-Channel competition for amateur artists to shake off the Brexit blues have gone on display in Paris.I Love You, Moi Non Plus drew more than 400 entries including paintings, illustrations, photography, music and writing aimed at exploring the new British-French relationship. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Brexit


Is that a surrealist masterpiece by the draining board? Inside Leonora Carrington’s sculpture-filled home

The great British artist’s home in Mexico has been turned into a wonderful museum, full of her sculptures, books, diaries and unsmoked cigarettes. Our writer, Carrington’s cousin, takes an emotional tourIn October 2010, a few months before her death, I said my last goodbye to my cousin Leonora Carrington. As I left her home in Mexico City, she stood waving on the doorstep. Today, I’m back for the first time – to see Leonora’s house recreated as a visitor attraction. It feels surreal, but the sur...
Tags: Art, New York, Mexico, Painting, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Mexico City, Moma, Carrington, Leonora, Max Ernst


Ai Weiwei on colonialism and statues, Churchill, China and Covid

As his controversial Gilded Cage installation goes on display at Blenheim Palace, the artist and human rights campaigner reflects on the ‘complicated world’From this week a seven-metre-high installation entitled Gilded Cage, by the exiled Chinese artist and human rights campaigner Ai Weiwei, will be on display at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The piece, originally constructed for Central Park in New York in 2017, was made as a reflection on the worldwide refugee crisis. Ai Weiwei, 64, is curre...
Tags: Art, Europe, New York, Human Rights, China, New York City, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Oxford, Installation, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Blenheim Palace, Ai Weiwei


Edinburgh festival fringe threatened by Covid rules, says organiser

CEO calls on Scottish ministers to replace 2-metre rule with 1 metre to secure future of world’s largest arts festivalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe survival of the Edinburgh festival fringe is at stake unless social distancing rules for venues are relaxed within a fortnight, its organiser has said.Shona McCarthy, the chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, called on ministers to replace the 2-metre rule with the 1-metre distance used in hospita...
Tags: Comedy, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, Shona McCarthy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Coronavirus



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