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Rubbish mixtape: fan reunited with cassette 25 years after losing it

Stella Wedell astounded to spot tape in exhibition of art made out of plastic marine debrisA music fan has been reunited with a cassette tape she lost while on holiday 25 years ago after it washed up on a beach hundreds of miles away.Stella Wedell was 12 when she took the tape on a Spanish holiday to listen to songs by the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Shaggy and Bob Marley on her Walkman. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Environment, UK News, World news, Culture, Pollution, Art and design, Bob Marley, Plastics, Stella Wedell

You still hear the people sing: Les Mis protest anthem blazes from France to China

The defiant lyrics to the classic Les Misérables track are reverberating through uprisings in Hong Kong and ChinaIt has soared during an airport sit-in, united street protests and drowned out the Chinese national anthem at a school assembly. Do You Hear the People Sing?, the defiant chorus from the musical Les Misérables, has become a song of protest in Hong Kong and, more recently, mainland China. Explicit references to Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor censured for his warnings about the coronavir...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Musicals, France, China, Theatre, UK News, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Les Miserables, Wuhan, Weibo, Les Mis, Herbert Kretzmer

Portrait long thought to depict Louis XIV's son revealed as British

True identity of sitter found to be 17th-century lord mayor of London, and not French princeA colossal portrait long thought to be of France’s Grand Dauphin that hung for a century in a corridor of the central bank in Paris has been revealed to be British.The true identity of the sitter, with elaborate regalia and pearl-mounted sword, is not the son of Louis XIV but a lord mayor of London from the late 17th century. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, France, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Paris, Exhibitions, Tate Britain, Louis XIV, Grand Dauphin

Ickworth embraces enforced darkness to spotlight art collection

Rotunda at National Trust property exploits gloom from scaffolding to stage exhibitionA 200-year-old Italianate palace, hidden away in the Suffolk countryside and currently encased in more than 270 miles of scaffolding, is to hold an exhibition that is only taking place because it is undergoing £5m of conservation works.Ickworth, a Georgian estate and one of the most photographed of all National Trust properties, will on Satuday open its magnificent but leaky Rotunda to show off world class work...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, The National Trust, Exhibitions, National Trust, Suffolk, Ickworth

Vaughan Oliver, celebrated 4AD graphic designer, dies aged 62

Self-confessed ‘working class lad from a dull town’ created some of the most revered sleeves in modern popVaughan Oliver, the graphic designer known for his record covers for Pixies, Cocteau Twins and more, has died aged 62.Adrian Shaughnessy, a graphic designer who had worked with Oliver, announced the news on Instagram, saying Oliver had died with his partner Lee by his side. No cause of death has been given. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Design, Instagram, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Scott Walker, Graphic Design, David Lynch, Oliver, Lee, Pixies, Vaughan Oliver, Pixies Cocteau Twins, Adrian Shaughnessy

The Observer Christmas puzzles special: bumper quiz of the year

Test your mettle against our writers’ questions on film, music, politics, theatre and more• Try your hand at the Observer’s literary picture quizWhich of these bestselling novels has not been seen on British stages this year?Life of Pi – Yann MartelThe Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter Small Island – Andrea LevyA hugely successful revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal transferred from the West End to Broadway this year. Tom Hiddleston's casting in the...
Tags: Utah, Books, Music, Florida, Politics, UK, New York, London, Lana Del Rey, Film, Youtube, Theatre, Christmas, Los Angeles, Life and style, UK News

Overlooked LS Lowry painting re-emerges after 70 years

Christie’s to auction The Mill, Pendlebury, which has never been on public displayAn important LS Lowry painting that has never been publicly exhibited or featured in any books on the artist has emerged 70 years after its young British owner set off for a new life in the US.Leonard D Hamilton was a Manchester grammar school boy who studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and Trinity College, Cambridge, before moving to the US in 1949. He was a brilliant researcher who played an important role in the...
Tags: Art, US, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Manchester, Lowry, Christie, Trinity College Cambridge, LS Lowry, Balliol College Oxford, Leonard D Hamilton

Madani Younis appointed chief executive producer at the Shed

Former Southbank Centre creative director join multimillion-dollar art institution in New YorkThe former artistic director of the Bush theatre and the Southbank Centre, Madani Younis, is moving to New York to become the chief executive producer of the Shed, the multimillion-dollar arts institution on Manhattan’s midwest side.Younis, who described the new role as a “perfect marriage”, will work alongside Alex Poots, the Shed’s chief executive and artistic director, to develop co-commissions and c...
Tags: New York, Theatre, UK News, US news, Culture, Stage, Manhattan, Bush, Southbank Centre, Southbank, Bush Theatre, Younis, Alex Poots, Madani Younis

Welsh first minister defends locking away Banksy mural

Port Talbot artwork Season’s Greetings removed from public display after brief showingThe Welsh first minister has defended his government’s handling of the festive Banksy work Season’s Greetings, which is to be locked behind closed doors in a former police station after being briefly put on show to the public.Mark Drakeford said the Welsh government had preserved the Banksy, which appeared on a steelworker’s garage in Port Talbot just before last Christmas, and continued to work on the best way...
Tags: Art, Politics, Wales, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Banksy, Street Art, Welsh politics, Port Talbot, Mark Drakeford

Roll up, roll up! Circus 1903 – in pictures

With all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus, the sensational Circus 1903 returns to the Southbank Centre this Christmas. Photographer David Levene goes behind the curtain to meet the performers Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Circus, Southbank Centre, David Levene

World's first printed Christmas card goes on display at Dickens museum

Printed in 1843, the hand-coloured card originally sold for one shilling and shaped the popular traditionThe world’s first printed Christmas card, an artwork created in 1843 that went on to spawn a global industry, has gone on show at the Charles Dickens Museum in London.Designed by Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley, in the same year that Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was published, the hand-coloured card shows a family gathered around a table enjoying a glass of wine with a messa...
Tags: Books, Design, London, Christmas, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Charles Dickens, Carol, Dickens, Henry Cole, Charles Dickens Museum, John Callcott Horsley

Sotheby’s pulls ‘stolen’ Banksy sculpture The Drinker from auction

Last-minute move follows claim by artist Andy Link that he is rightful ownerA Banksy sculpture called The Drinker, a comic riff on Rodin’s The Thinker, has been withdrawn at the last minute from a major London auction – two days after an allegation it was stolen.The artist Andy Link, also known as Art Kieda, said the sculpture, which is more than 180cm tall was taken from his garden a number of years ago and he regarded himself as the rightful owner. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Banksy, Rodin, Sotheby, Andy Link, Art Kieda

Tutankhamun's glitzy farewell tour a timely promotion for Egypt

Riches to move permanently to new Grand Museum, so London show is being milked by country’s PR departmentIn the manner of an ageing rock star with a faltering voice but a hefty tax bill, King Tutankhamun and his entourage rolled into London this weekend for the latest stop in what his handlers insist will be absolutely, without question, his last world tour. Related: Tutankhamun review – thrills and fun as King Tut gets the Hollywood treatment Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, London, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Art and design, Exhibitions, Tutankhamun, Saatchi Gallery, Tut, Grand Museum

Tutankhamun review – thrills and fun as King Tut gets the Hollywood treatment

Saatchi Gallery, LondonThis magnificent piece of pop archaeology is full of songs, statues, gems, gods and gold – reminding us that this pharaoh was no warrior king, just a frail boy who loved his boomerangsIt is not the gold that takes your breath away, it’s the craft. More than 3,300 years ago, Egypt’s top artists – we don’t know their names – were summoned to create all the equipment their young pharaoh Tutankhamun would need in the afterlife. Their creations are some of the most graceful and...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, London, Africa, UK News, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Art and design, Museums, Anthropology, Archaeology, Egyptology, Exhibitions, Tutankhamun, Saatchi Gallery

Seventeenth-century portrait of St Agatha comes home to Osterley

National Trust bought Carlo Dolci painting to return it to the house where it once hungA powerful 17th-century portrait of the Christian martyr St Agatha has gone on display at the Georgian mansion and country estate where it was once a star of the art collection.The painting, by the devout Catholic Florentine artist Carlo Dolci, was bought by the National Trust last year to return it to its “home” of Osterley House in west London. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, The National Trust, National Trust, Agatha, Osterley, St Agatha, Carlo Dolci, Osterley House

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: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Exhibitions, Devon, Plymouth

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

‘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

'I even loved his Twankey': Dench, Hopkins, Mirren and more on Ian McKellen at 80

Wild parties, stunning performances, silhouette erections and marrying Patrick Stewart twice. As the actor turns 80, friends including Derek Jacobi, Janet Suzman, Michael Sheen, Bill Condon and Stephen Fry pay tributeIan has been been very important in my life, even before we became good friends. When I was young teen I remember watching Walter on the TV and being hugely affected by it. Then at Rada in the early 90s, I finally saw him live, in Richard III at the National. I was blown away. I rem...
Tags: Comedy, Activism, Celebrity, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Sexuality, Stage, LGBT rights, Stephen Fry, Judi Dench

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

Cameron Mackintosh gives Peckham drama school £1m

Impresario hopes Mountview Academy donation will help prove ‘you don’t have to be posh’ to get on in theatreSir Cameron Mackintosh has given £1m to help one of the UK’s most diverse drama schools in the hope it will prove “you don’t have to be posh” to get on in the theatre.The producer’s donation to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts completes a £6.5m fundraising campaign for the school’s new £30m home in Peckham, south London, and will mean its plans for 200-seat theatre space can be completed....
Tags: UK, London, Students, Education, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Higher Education, Stage, Acting, West End, Inequality, Drama and dance, Cameron Mackintosh, Peckham, Class issues

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

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson review – satire fails to skewer

Park theatre, LondonChurchill, Blair and Thatcher drop in on Jonathan Maitland’s vacillating hero, but the jokes fall flat in this topical comedyThe problem with creating a play about Boris Johnson is that it reinforces his inflated sense of his own importance. Jonathan Maitland’s topical satire has a few good gags and sharply improves in its futuristic second half but, while suggesting that Johnson is a vacillating opportunist, it leaves its subject unskewered and adds to the media infatuation ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Theatre, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Stage, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, Thatcher, Dominic Cummings, SDP, Maitland

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

Warhol's soup cans and psychedelic dancing stars of Tate exhibition

Major six-month show at Tate Modern will present artist who ‘reimagined what art could be’Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s soup cans and frenetic, interpretive dancing are to feature in a major Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern.The Warhol show was announced on Tuesday as part of Tate’s 2020 exhibition programme across its four UK galleries. It includes the scandalous drawings of Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain, the tropical Guatemala-inspired paintings of Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool, and the c...
Tags: Art, UK, London, UK News, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Tate Modern, Guatemala, Tate Britain, Tate, Tate Liverpool, Aubrey Beardsley, Tate St Ives, Vivian Suter, Monroe Campbell, Naum Gabo

Mural of journalist Lyra McKee unveiled in Belfast

Image, created by 22 artists, pays tribute to journalist shot dead in Derry last monthA mural of the journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead in Derry last month, has been unveiled in her home city of Belfast.The image, created by Emma Blake and 21 other artists, covers much of the city’s Kent Street as part of the Hit the North street art festival. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK News, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Derry, Kent Street, Emma Blake, Lyra McKee

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