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Howardena Pindell: ‘I could have died – that’s when I decided to express my opinion in my work’

The African American artist has been making powerful, political work since the late 70s. As a new exhibition in Edinburgh shows, she still has plenty to sayHowardena Pindell’s art can seem as if it were made by two separate people. There are the huge canvases where stencilled dots or tiny, hole-punched discs of paper amass like drifts of leaves, which she began making while working as MoMA’s first African American curator in 1970s New York. And then there’s the work that has challenged social in...
Tags: Art, UK, New York, Race, US news, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Edinburgh, Moma, Howardena Pindell, Pindell


Stephen Sondheim: master craftsman who reinvented the musical dies aged 91

Scoring his first big hit with West Side Story at 27, the US composer and lyricist raised the art form’s status with moving and funny masterpieces including Follies and CompanyStephen Sondheim, the master craftsman of the American musical, has died at the age of 91.Over the course of a celebrated career spanning more than 60 years, Sondheim co-created Broadway theatre classics such as West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, all of which also became hit movies. His intricate and ...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, US, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Broadway, Sondheim, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Georges Seurat


‘They broke my heart’: sculptor laments Central Park Covid monument removal

Sergio Furnari concedes he did not have permit for sculpture made with $4,000 grant from New York CityA giant sculpture installed this week at the south-eastern corner of Central Park in New York City as a tribute to healthcare workers and Covid-19 victims has been taken down – an apparent casualty of confusion and red tape.The Italian sculptor behind the large red heart, Sergio Furnari, said he was walking by Grand Army Plaza on Thursday afternoon with friends when he noticed that his Heroes He...
Tags: Art, New York, New York City, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Central Park, New York Citya, Grand Army Plaza, COVID, Sergio Furnari


Picasso paintings displayed at Las Vegas hotel sell for more than $100m

The works collected by the Bellagio’s former owner Steve Wynn had made the hotel an unlikely destination for art loversEleven Picasso paintings and other works that helped turn Las Vegas into an unlikely destination for art have been sold at auction for more than $100m.The Sotheby’s auction was held on Saturday at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas, where the works had been on display for years, and took place two days before the 140th birthday of the Spanish artist on 25 October. Contin...
Tags: Art, US news, Pablo Picasso, Las Vegas, Bellagio, Picasso, Sotheby, Steve Wynn


‘Secret piety’: new show reveals Andy Warhol’s Catholic roots

Known for his wild parties and proud queerness, he went to church, met the pope and prayed daily with his motherHe is celebrated for his Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup prints, legendary parties, proud queerness and worship of celebrity.But Andy Warhol was raised by a devout Catholic mother with whom he prayed daily throughout the two decades in which they shared a New York home. The wild prince of pop art went to church, met the pope and financed his nephew’s studies to become a priest. Cont...
Tags: Art, New York, US news, Culture, Brooklyn, Art and design, Catholicism, Christianity, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Catholic, Campbell 's Soup


Tony awards 2021: Moulin Rouge! triumphs in a Broadway celebration

The adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s musical picked up 10 awards in a ceremony that also acted as a comeback for New York theatreTony awards 2021: Broadway stars hit red carpet and stage – in picturesMoulin Rouge! swept the board at the 2021 Tony awards, picking up 10 trophies during a ceremony that also acted as a celebration of the return of Broadway.The adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Oscar-winning musical, which reopened on 24 September, became the first Australian-produced show to win a Tony ...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, Australia news, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Stage, Broadway, US theater, Baz Luhrmann, Tony, Tina, Jagged Little Pill, Tony Awards


Tony awards 2021: Australian musical Moulin Rouge! triumphs in a Broadway celebration

The adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s musical picked up 10 awards in a ceremony that also acted as a comeback for New York theatreMoulin Rouge! swept the board at the 2021 Tony awards, picking up 10 trophies during a ceremony that also acted as a celebration of the return of Broadway.The adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Oscar-winning musical, which reopened on 24 September, became the first Australian-produced show to win a Tony for best musical, beating Jagged Little Pill and Tina: The Tina Turner ...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Australia news, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Stage, Broadway, US theater, Baz Luhrmann, Tony, Tina, Jagged Little Pill, Tony Awards, New York theatreMoulin Rouge


Richmond’s Confederate statues are gone. What should replace them?

The removal of Gen Robert E Lee’s statue – a target for Black Lives Matter protesters – from Monument Avenue has sparked a debate on public art in VirginiaAll but one plinth is now bare on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.Where once stood enormous statues glorifying Confederate leaders, on a thoroughfare that memorialized a white supremacist past in the former capital of the Confederacy, there is now empty space. The only monument that remains is of a black man: the Richmond native and reno...
Tags: Art, Virginia, Race, US news, Art and design, Richmond, Richmond Virginia, Robert E Lee, Arthur Ashe, Monument Avenue, VirginiaAll


Betye Saar: the brilliant artist who reversed and radicalised racist stereotypes

In the 1970s, her art was so influential that Angela Davis credited it with launching the Black women’s movement. At 95, Saar is still creating work - and it is as arresting as everWhen the artist Betye Saar learned the Aunt Jemima brand was removing the mammy-like character that had been a fixture on its pancake mixes since 1889, she uttered two words: “Oh, finally.”Those familiar with Saar’s most famous work, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, might have expected a more dramatic reaction. After al...
Tags: Art, Race, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Angela Davis, Betye Saar, Saar, Jemima


‘Heartbroken’ Osage Nation leaders decry sale of sacred Missouri cave with ancient artwork

Indigenous leaders had hoped to purchase the land, which is home to 1,000-year-old drawings and was auctioned off for $2.2mA Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction Tuesday, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site”.A bidder agreed to pay US$2.2m to private owners for what’s known as “Picture Cave,” along with the 43 hilly acres that surround it near the town of Wa...
Tags: Art, US, World news, US news, Missouri, Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans, Warrenton, St Louis Continue, Osage Nation


‘Heartbroken’ Native American leaders decry sale of sacred Missouri cave with ancient artwork

Osage Nation leaders had hoped to purchase the land, which is home to 1,000-year-old drawings and was auctioned off for $2.2m A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction Tuesday, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site”.A bidder agreed to pay US$2.2m to private owners for what’s known as “Picture Cave,” along with the 43 hilly acres that surround it near the town of...
Tags: Art, US, World news, US news, Missouri, Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans, Warrenton, St Louis Continue, Osage Nation


Art collection expected to fetch at least $600m to help settle divorce

Macklowe collection includes works by artists including Picasso, Rothko and GiacomettiIt is a collection that has attained almost mythical status in the art world, one that contains spectacular works by Picasso, Rothko, Warhol and a nightmarish Giacometti sculpture of a Pinocchio-like nose in a cage.After a US judge ordered its sale to help settle a billionaire couple’s acrimonious divorce there has been a string of rumours and stories about who would sell the collection and when. Continue readi...
Tags: Art, US, World news, US news, Giacometti, Macklowe, Picasso Rothko, Picasso Rothko Warhol


‘I’m that little lady who made all this big stuff!’: Judy Chicago’s 60 years of monumental feminist art

San Francisco’s de Young Museum honors the creator of The Dinner Party and a vast body of urgent workCriticized at the time for an over-emphasis on white women and its stylized representations of vaginas, Judy Chicago’s room-sized installation The Dinner Party has only recently come to be seen as a canonical example of late-20th-century art.Created over a five-year period (1974-79) and consisting of 39 elaborate place settings, it imagines a meal shared by notable women throughout history, such ...
Tags: Art, Women, San Francisco, US news, Feminism, Dinner Party, Elizabeth, Judy Chicago, Sojourner Truth


In your face: how Chuck Close built images and tore them apart

Face blindness meant the photorealist artist, who has died aged 81, had to dismantle and reconstitute, making every cell of his pixellated portraits ever more dramaticChuck Close, painter of outsized photorealist portraits, dies aged 81Hugely enlarged, Chuck Close stares back at you from behind his glasses, a cigarette lodged in the corner of his mouth. It is a face with a what-you-looking-at stare, and you look back, dwarfed by his image, thinking get-out-of-my-face in return.Taking us from the...
Tags: Art, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Chuck Close


Picasso pieces worth about $100m to be auctioned in Las Vegas

Sotheby’s to sell 11 works in Bellagio hotel and casino, in one of most valuable Picasso auctions yetLas Vegas: the city of sin, where you can gamble away your savings, get married on a whim, dine on an octuple bypass burger at the Heart Attack Grill – and soon, it has been announced, take part in one of the most valuable Picasso auctions ever staged.Sotheby’s has announced it is to sell 11 Picasso works owned by MGM Resorts, which have a combined value of about $100m (£72m). Continue reading...
Tags: Art, World news, US news, Art and design, Pablo Picasso, Las Vegas, Bellagio, Picasso, Sotheby, MGM Resorts


‘I’m not Jeff Koons!’ – the endurance crawls, weird texts and guerrilla brilliance of Pope.L

Pope.L started out doing performance art because it was cheap, once crawling through a city in a Superman outfit. Now all the big museums want his often racially charged work. As a rare show opens in Britain, he looks backFor a long time, if anyone ever asked for his contact details, Pope.L would produce a business card proclaiming him to be “The Friendliest Black Artist in America”. Sure enough, when he pops up on a video call from his ramshackle studio in Chicago, the performance artist and pa...
Tags: Art, New York, London, Race, America, US news, Chicago, Humour, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Pope, Museum of Modern Art, Performance art, Jeff Koons, Whitney Museum


‘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


‘It’s cooler to hang Lennon’s guitar than a Picasso’: pop culture wins out at auctions

Sales of items from celebrities such as Janet Jackson and K-poppers BTS are trending – and reframing what goes under the hammerIs celebrity merchandise the new Monet? Auction houses are in flux, with more and more pop culture items being sold under the hammer for six and seven-figure sums.Last month, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills hosted a three-day auction of Janet Jackson’s personal belongings, including some of her most iconic stage outfits. Buyers included Kim Kardashian, who snagged Jac...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Music, Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Film, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Beverly Hills, Jackson, Nirvana


Sole traders: how sneakers became as collectable as art

Sale of Kanye West’s 2008 Grammys pair for $1.8m heralded era of investment grade trainersTo most people they just look like a pair of trainers or sneakers, but for Gerome Sapp the Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes represent a watershed moment in design and modern commerce. “If you’re a sneakerhead, you know that sneaker,” says Sapp.The art market is paying attention, too. The shoes, co-designed by Kanye West and worn by him to the Grammys in 2008, became the most expensive ever sold when Sapp’s compa...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Life and style, UK News, US news, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Women's Shoes, Grammys, Sapp, Sotheby, Nike Air Yeezy, Men's Shoes, Rares


Helmut Jahn obituary

Architect known for his flamboyant, postmodernist buildings in Chicago, Berlin and cities around the worldStanding on a corner of downtown Chicago as a dazzling rocket ship of mirrored glass and salmon pink steel, the James R Thompson Center, more than any other building, encapsulates the flamboyant oeuvre of the German-American architect Helmut Jahn, who has died aged 81 in a cycling accident. The glitzy government building, originally known as the State of Illinois Center, is a fitting monumen...
Tags: Design, Germany, US news, Chicago, Architecture, Philadelphia, Helmut Jahn, James R Thompson Center, Chicago Berlin, State of Illinois Center


‘This is exciting for artists’: is this project the future of billboards?

An ambitious interactive structure in West Hollywood is the first part of a new initiative set to bridge outdoor advertising and public artIn 1967, Elektra Records took a risk by purchasing a large hand-painted billboard on West Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard to promote a new album by The Doors, an up-and-coming local band in residency at Whiskey a Go Go, a nearby nightclub. It would ignite a golden era of advertising on the 1.5-mile stretch known as Sunset Strip, where large-format signage advert...
Tags: Art, Design, Media, Advertising, Los Angeles, US news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Los Angeles Times, West Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Ryoji Ikeda, Elektra Records, West Hollywood 's Sunset Boulevard


Olympia Dukakis obituary

American stage and screen actor who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 film MoonstruckAfter more than two decades of distinguished work in the US theatre as an actor, director and teacher, and appearances in a dozen or so films, Olympia Dukakis, who has died aged 89, became hugely famous overnight by winning the best supporting actress Oscar in 1988 for her performance as Cher’s mother in the romantic film Moonstruck (1987).The course of her career suggests that her ambitions never lay in the...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Theatre, US, World news, US news, Culture, Democrats, Stage, US television, LGBT rights, Broadway, Cher, Tennessee Williams, Olympia Dukakis


Eli Broad, billionaire philanthropist who shaped Los Angeles art scene, dies at 87

The entrepreneur-turned-collector financed the Broad museum in LA, and made huge donations to Yale, Harvard and MITEli Broad, the billionaire entrepreneur turned philanthropist and art collector who played an outsized role in shaping the art and cultural scene of Los Angeles, has died at the age of 87.Broad passed away at Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles following a long illness, said Suzi Emmerling, a spokeswoman for the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, La, Los Angeles, US news, Yale Harvard, Eli Broad, Cedars Sinai, Suzi Emmerling, MITEli Broad, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation Continue


Subway to Studio 54: a bygone New York – in pictures

Skaters, dancers, hustlers, boxers … Swiss photographer Willy Spiller prowled the streets of the Big Apple from 1977 to 1985, capturing characters from all walks of life Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, New York, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Willy Spiller


‘Female artists were invisible’: critics didn’t dismiss Nancy Holt’s land art – they didn’t mention it at all

Holt made mesmerising works that filtered stars and vanished in the desert heat. But land art was seen as a male preserve. A new exhibition redresses the balance The story of land art is generally believed to be a tale of white men in weathered denim descending on what they thought of as the empty canvas of the American west in the 1960s with bulldozers and big ideas to make their work. But what of the women who were also making their mark? “Today, land art appears as an almost perfect distillat...
Tags: Art, Utah, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, County Waterford, Holt, Nancy Holt, Megan O'Grady, Lismore Castle


Henry Glassie: Field Work review – hypnotic glimpses of folk art in the making

This documentary about the celebrated folklorist also takes a leisurely look at the working methods of the artists he reveresThere’s an unmistakable slow-cinema vibe to this scrupulously observational documentary, which seems somehow to go on for weeks despite its 100-minute running time. The ostensible subject matter is American anthropologist Henry Glassie, who is college professor emeritus in folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University; but it isn’t really “about” him in any convention...
Tags: Art, Music, Science, Biology, Film, Americas, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Anthropology, Northern Ireland, Brazil


Brexiters buy KGB artefacts for ‘museum of communist terror’

Portrait of Lenin and spy tools among items snapped up at auction by group planning UK exhibitionIt depicts the Russian revolutionary leader in characteristically serious mood, staring across Red Square, perhaps, and rendered with more than a touch of kitsch.But while a Soviet-era oil painting of Vladimir Lenin, which sold for nearly $2,000 at auction in the US, might capture the man as many know him, its buyers are not exactly Bolsheviks. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Politics, UK, Russia, US, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Communism, Brexit, Vladimir Lenin, KGB, Lenin


‘A mural that celebrates Black joy’: Oakland home honors women of the Black Panther party

A two-story mural on the side of Jilchristina Vest’s house is dedicated to a piece of history that isn’t often toldJilchristina Vest always wanted people to look up to Black women. Now, thanks to a two-story mural on the side of her Oakland home, they literally do.The mural, dedicated to the women of the Black Panther party, was unveiled earlier this month. Vest’s house sits at Center and 9th streets, in the heart of the West Oakland neighborhood where the Black Panther party began, once known a...
Tags: Art, California, Race, US news, Oakland, Harlem, West Oakland, Huey Newton, Jilchristina Vest


No logo, no likes: New York's offline DIY culture embraces lockdown limitations

From subversive newspapers to free gigs and galleries, a new kind of pandemic creativity is anti-consumerist and pro-communityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Yorkers who once thrived on chance encounters and interconnection with Manhattan’s pace and energy are beginning to find creative footholds in the abnormalities of pandemic life.Expressions are varied, but each point to the embrace of a profoundly altered state and a DIY punk ethos featuring a partial rejecti...
Tags: Art, Publishing, Music, New York, Media, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, Art and design, Manhattan, Booksellers, Coronavirus


'I document America's strange beauty': the photography of My Name is Earl's Jason Lee

He played a redemption-seeking redneck on TV, but lately the actor has found solace off-screen, travelling with his camera. He talks about slackers, the Mallrats sequel and breezing into one-horse townsJason Lee knew he was in trouble when he stepped on the set. The year was 1992, Sonic Youth were at their peak and he was starring as a doomed skateboarder in their latest video. As a music obsessed, pro skateboarder with acting aspirations, he felt he had a point to prove. To add more pressure, i...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Celebrity, Film, Religion, America, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Robert De Niro, Scientology, Spike Jonze, Kevin Smith



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