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'I guess this is a thing now, right?': monolith appears on California mountain – video report

A new mysterious metal monolith has appeared atop a mountain in California, just a week after a similar structure captured the imagination of the world when it was discovered in the deserts of Utah – before disappearing. Amid mounting international attention of the mystery, a similar structure was reportedly found in the mountains of Romania - before it disappeared as wellNew mystery metal monolith appears on a California mountaintop Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Utah, California, World news, US news, Romania


Hotels fit for a KGB officer: Soviet cities in the twilight - in pictures

Many modernist buildings from the Soviet period are being destroyed, but Russian photographer Arseniy Kotov hopes to preserve their memory with these shots of sloping cinemas and rooms under surveillance Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Russia, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Communism, KGB, Arseniy Kotov


'The equals of Klee and Matisse' – the Alabama quilt-makers who shook America

They made quilts to keep the cold at bay. And their bold creations ended up being hailed as masterpieces – the visual equivalent of jazz and blues, tokens of solace and defiance in tragic timesLoretta Pettway Bennett remembers well the moment everything changed for her tight-knit, rural community. The 20th century was drawing to a close. She was in her late 30s, living with her husband and sons on the site of an old cotton plantation on a deep bend in the Alabama River. Any spare time she could ...
Tags: Art, US, Alabama, America, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Craft, Matisse, Boykin, Alabama River, Klee, Pettway Bennett


Russian museum director who exposed Soviets to hidden masterpieces dies at 98

Irina Antonova, head of Pushkin Museum for 52 years, brought Mona Lisa to Moscow despite cold warA longtime museum director dubbed the grande dame of the Russian art world has died at 98, prompting an outpouring of grief and admiration for the woman who brought the Mona Lisa to Moscow and returned masterpieces hidden for decades from the Soviet public to her museum’s exhibition halls.Irina Antonova, whose work at the Pushkin Museum began under Joseph Stalin and ended under Vladimir Putin, died o...
Tags: Art, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Art and design, Moscow, Joseph Stalin, Mona Lisa, Pushkin Museum, Coronavirus, Irina Antonova


Trump's furniture fail: that's not a desk, Donald – it's a table for TV dinners

The Resolute desk at the White House is made of timbers taken from a Royal Navy ship. It projects pure power. Is that why the defeated US president has switched to an occasional table he can barely squeeze his legs under?Has Donald Trump conceded the presidency by design? Is his choice of furniture betraying a subconscious admission of defeat? When the outgoing US president gave a speech this week saying he would depart if the electoral college voted for Joe Biden, his words came as less of a sh...
Tags: Design, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Culture, Art and design, Royal Navy, Interiors, Donald Trump, Trump, Donald, Oval Office, Franklin D Roosevelt


Two polar bears come sniffing in the Arctic night: Esther Horvath's best photograph

‘I heard from the ship that two bears were walking directly towards us. I told the scientists to pack up. When they said no, I showed no mercy’In the autumn of 2019, I joined an expedition to the Arctic. We set sail from Tromsø, Norway, on 20 September, on the Polarstern icebreaker. There were 100 people on board – 60 scientists and 40 crew – but the ship was big enough that it never felt crowded. There were people you didn’t see for days.The plan was to find the perfect ice floe to anchor to, t...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Culture, Art and design, Arctic, Polar regions, Arctic Ocean, Tromsø Norway, Art and design books, Esther Horvath


Sacre bleu! France as you've never seen her before

They set out to capture the forgotten France, the everyday architecture of emptied towns and overlooked villages – before their uniqueness is lost for ever. Eric Tabuchi and Nelly Monnier talk us through their vast photographic atlasFrom the industrial north to the sun-baked south, Eric Tabuchi has spent two decades scouring the landscape of France with an obsessive eye. In 2008, the Danish-Japanese-French photographer created a beguiling series called Alphabet Truck by sneaking up on 26 differe...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Monnier, Tabuchi, Eric Tabuchi, Nelly Monnier


Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions

Pioneering Ndebele artist fears young people are losing a sense of their rootsOne of Africa’s best-known artists has made an impassioned appeal for governments and communities across the continent to preserve their traditions and culture in the face of globalisation.Esther Mahlangu, 85, said that she was worried that young people in Africa were losing a sense of their roots. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Esther Mahlangu


Mohamed Melehi obituary | Oliver Basciano

Artist whose paintings took inspiration from the craft culture of his native MoroccoIn 1963 the artist Mohamed Melehi, then living in New York, was included in the Museum of Modern Art show Hard Edge and Geometric Painting and Sculpture.If he had stayed in the city, Melehi, who has died aged 83 of Covid-19, might have gone on to enjoy a similar level of fame to American peers painting in the same style, such as Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. Instead, compelled to return to Mor...
Tags: Art, New York, Milan, Africa, World news, Art and design, Morocco, Museum of Modern Art, Kenneth Noland, Mohamed Melehi, Oliver Basciano, Melehi, Ellsworth Kelly Frank Stella


'Treasure trove' of unseen Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney writing found

Affectionate friendship between the two poets and artist Barrie Cooke, united by a love of fishing, revealed in a collection of correspondence that was believed lostA “treasure trove” of unseen poems and letters by Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and the artist Barrie Cooke has revealed the depth of a close three-way friendship that one Cambridge academic has described as a “rough, wild equivalent of the Bloomsbury group”.Cooke, who died in 2014, was a leading expressionist artist in Ireland, and a pa...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Poetry, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Hughes, Cooke, Pembroke College Cambridge


'Treasure trove' of unseen Hughes and Heaney writing found

Affectionate friendship between the two poets and artist Barrie Cooke, united by a love of fishing, revealed in a collection of correspondence that was believed lostA “treasure trove” of unseen poems and letters by Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and the artist Barrie Cooke has revealed the depth of a close three-way friendship that one Cambridge academic has described as a “rough, wild equivalent of the Bloomsbury group”.Cooke, who died in 2014, was a leading expressionist artist in Ireland, and a pa...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Poetry, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Hughes, Cooke, Pembroke College Cambridge


Madrid surrealism show offers escape from pandemic reality

Exhibition explores how surrealist movement influenced culture and design in 20th centuryAnyone tiring of the many mundane strictures of the new normality can, in Madrid at least, escape temporarily into a world where hands serve as chairs, tables spin on bicycle wheels and horses obligingly proffer lamps from their heads.An exhibition in the Spanish capital examines the countless ways in which the surrealist movement has influenced culture and design over the past century, from the sofa Salvado...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Salvador Dalí, Bjork, Madrid, Le Corbusier, Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte


Spanish statue bodge-up is a new rival to Borja's Monkey Christ

Trump-like visage grafted on to a carving in Palencia recalls earlier inept restorationIn the footsteps of the unintentionally iconic Monkey Christ, the Tintin St George, the near-fluorescent Virgin and Child– not to mention the less than sinlessly executed Immaculate Conception – comes … well, it’s hard to say.The latest Spanish restoration effort to provoke anguished headlines and much social media snarking is, or rather, was, a carved figure adorning an ornate, early 20th-century building in ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Spain, World news, Art and design, Borja, Palencia, Tintin St George, Palencia Continue


'We have lost a limb': Azu Nwagbogu, the visionary curator bringing African art home

From helping photographers capture the Nigerian protests to exhibiting during a pandemic, the director of LagosPhoto festival has had his work cut out. Now he wants to fight ‘afro-pessimism’ and the posturing around Black Lives MatterWhen I first spoke to Azu Nwagbogu, the recent protests against police brutality in his native Nigeria had just entered their second week. The curator was upbeat, describing them as “an incredible awakening”. A week later, when we made contact again, he sounded more...
Tags: Art, Photography, Nigeria, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Festivals, Identity politics, Exhibitions, Lagos, Lekki, Azu Nwagbogu


Zanele Muholi's queer South Africa: 'I do not dare shoot at night. It is not safe'

The non-binary photographer chronicles the harsh realities of life for LGBTQ+ people in a hostile country. Ahead of a major Tate show, the artist reveals why ‘just existing is political’Amid the plethora of essays in the catalogue for Zanele Muholi’s forthcoming retrospective at Tate Modern, there is a moving testimony by Lungile Dladla, a South African lesbian. Entitled I Am Not a Victim but a Victor, it recounts how, on an evening in February 2010, she and a friend were accosted by an armed st...
Tags: Art, Photography, Gender, Activism, Protest, Africa, Race, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Culture, South Africa, Art and design, Sexuality, LGBT rights


Dutch Jewish family allege bias over refusal to return €20m painting

Restitutions committee members have links to the Stedelijk Museum, which houses the Kandinsky work A Jewish family, suing for the return of a €20m (£18m) painting by Wassily Kandinsky obtained by Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, has accused an official advisory committee of bias after ruling against them.Lawyers acting for the heirs to Robert Lewenstein, who fled for France in 1940, told an Amsterdam court there was an “appearance of partiality and a co...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Museums, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Nazi, Wassily Kandinsky, Nazism, Kandinsky, Antisemitism, Stedelijk Museum


Enzo Mari obituary

Designer of everyday objects whose work was infused with radical politicsPolitics infused everything that the designer Enzo Mari touched. Mari, who has died aged 88 of complications related to Covid-19, produced thousands of objects over a 60-year career, from pen holders and toys to chairs and vases. Each of those items drew inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement, in the simplicity of their form, and from his own uncompromising belief in communism.His stackable Delfina chair, designed fo...
Tags: Europe, Design, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Enzo Mari, Mari, Delfina, Driade, Danese


A selfie set in stone: hidden portrait by cheeky mason found in Spain 900 years on

A British art historian’s painstaking study of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela uncovered a medieval prankHe is a medieval in-joke, a male figure carved in the early 12th century for one of the world’s greatest cathedrals, but no one has known of his existence until now. The figure has gone unnoticed by millions of worshippers who have made the long pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, north-western Spain over the centuries. He has looked down on them from the top of one of th...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Spain, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Santiago, Galicia, Santiago De Compostela, Sculpture, Archaeology, Spain Holidays, Santiago De Compostela Holidays


Wole Soyinka to publish first novel in almost 50 years

Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth will be released this year, with the 86-year-old author also planning fresh theatre work after ‘continuous writing’ in lockdownWole Soyinka has used his time in lockdown to write his first novel in almost 50 years.The Nigerian playwright and poet, who became the first African to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1986, published his widely celebrated debut novel, The Interpreters, in 1965. His second and most recent novel, Season of Anomy, was releas...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Nigeria, Africa, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Wole Soyinka, Soyinka, Anomy


The Nepalese play letting the crowd reimagine the ending – and their lives

Familiar issues of discrimination and child marriage are being taken to the stage through interactive theatre in remote villagesHigh in the mountains of a remote village in western Nepal – a region once home to a fierce Maoist insurgency – a large crowd is gathering.Women arrive with babies strapped to their fronts; children sit at the edge of the makeshift stage; local officials take up ad hoc seats. Not only is this the first time a play has been performed here – it is the first time a vehicle...
Tags: Women, Theatre, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Stage, Global development, Sexual Violence


A revolution is sweeping through Japan's Takarazuka Music School

This month the school scrapped several longstanding and unwritten rules that governed the behaviour of students for decadesFor more than a century the Takarazuka Music School has transformed thousands of young women from unpolished amateurs into accomplished singers, dancers and actors who perform to sell-out audiences with kitsch adaptations of everything from Japanese manga to classic western novels.But the school, based in the Japanese hot spring resort from which it takes its name, is not ju...
Tags: Japan, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Takarazuka Music School


Berlin: vandalism of museum artefacts 'linked to conspiracy theorists'

Use of oily substance across three galleries reportedly related to claims they are centre of ‘global satanism’At least 70 artworks and ancient artefacts across three galleries on Berlin’s museum island were vandalised with an oily substance earlier this month, German media has reported.Objects including Egyptian sarcophagi, stone sculptures and 19th-century paintings held at the Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Neues Museum sustained visible damage during the attack on 3 October...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Art and design, Die Zeit, Deutschlandfunk, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum


Prado's first post-lockdown show reignites debate over misogyny

Exhibition exploring how women have been treated in art world runs into criticismThe last face that meets visitors to the Prado’s first post-lockdown exhibition is one of the very few that appears to look the spectator squarely in the eye.The cool gaze of the Portuguese-Spanish artist María Roësset – free of guilt, shame, saccharine virtue or predatory intent – comes as something of a relief after the sanctimonious, salacious and often sad series of pictures that precede it. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Prado, María Roësset


Quino obituary

Argentinian creator of Mafalda, Latin America’s most famous strip cartoon characterShe is a stumpy six-year old girl with a mop of black hair, innocent-looking saucer eyes and a broad smile. Like little girls everywhere, she asks awkward questions. Of her mother, busy doing the washing: “What would you be if you had a life?” Of her father: “How come in the family of man everyone wants to be the father?” The little girl is Mafalda, the creation of the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavad...
Tags: Design, Human Rights, Media, Americas, World news, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Argentina, Mafalda, Quino, Latin America Continue, Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, Mafalda Latin America


700-year-old drunken princes scroll fetches £32m in Hong Kong

Painting by government official Ren Renfa bears seals of several Chinese emperorsA 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll from the Yuan dynasty has fetched HK$306.6m (£32.2m) at an auction in Hong Kong.The 6.6ft Five Drunken Princes Returning on Horseback is by Ren Renfa, a renowned Chinese artist and government official. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, China, Painting, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Horseback, Ren Renfa


Chanel and Louis Vuitton veer between future and past

Evocative shows by two of fashion’s biggest names light up a bizarre Paris seasonThe strangest ever season of catwalk shows ended in Paris with Chanel and Louis Vuitton, displaying an industry divided between nostalgia for the razzmatazz of the old normal and a futuristic vision of what fashion could be.The 14-metre white capital letters of the Hollywood sign that crown the Santa Monica Mountains do not just designate a place name. Since they were erected in the roaring 20s, they have stood for ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Fashion, Hollywood, Design, France, Life and style, UK News, World news, Paris, Chanel, Fashion Weeks, Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton, Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills Continue


'I felt unwanted': Zodwa Nyoni on the immigration tales behind Nine Lives

The playwright’s monologue, staged at the Bridge theatre, reflects the anger and pain of refugees and asylum seekersMy family migrated from Zimbabwe to England in the late 90s. Most of my teens and all of my 20s were shaped by applying for residency. I spent a lot of time feeling unwanted despite giving back to communities and to the arts, representing the UK at international poetry festivals and exchanges, and contributing to the landscape of British theatre.In 2014, I was commissioned to write...
Tags: UK, England, Africa, Theatre, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Stage, Home Office, Zimbabwe, Glasgow, Leeds, Ishmael, Oran Mor, Zodwa Nyoni


Ancient sculpture put up for auction in UK to be returned to Iraq

Archaelogists say the Sumerian plaque dating from around 2400BC may have been lootedAn ancient sculpture is to be returned to Iraq after it was secretly smuggled out of the country and offered for sale in the UK – only to be seized by the Metropolitan police.The previously unknown Sumerian temple plaque – dating from about 2400BC – is being repatriated with the help of the British Museum, which first tipped off the police after spotting its planned sale in 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK, Iraq, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Museums, Archaeology, Art Theft, British Museum


Poland unveils 'superhuman' John Paul II statue in Warsaw

Jerzy Kalina installation is response to controversial statue of pope being struck down by meteorAn unusual sculpture depicting John Paul II holding up a meteorite has been unveiled in Warsaw – as an artistic response to a controversial statue showing a meteor striking down the late pope.Jerzy Kalina’s installation outside the National Museum, titled Poisoned Source, shows the Polish pope holding the meteorite high over a pool of red water representing blood. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Catholicism, Sculpture, Christianity, Poland, Warsaw, John Paul II, National Museum, Pope John Paul II, Jerzy Kalina


'True beauty for the ages': $80m Botticelli to appear at auction

Sotheby’s says estimate for 550-year-old painting is largest it has ever set for an old masterA Sandro Botticelli portrait of a wealthy and handsome young man, described as one of the greatest Renaissance paintings remaining in private hands, is to appear at auction with an estimate of more than $80m (£63m).Sotheby’s said it was the largest estimate for an old master painting it had ever set, a reflection of its importance and rarity. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sotheby, Botticelli, Sandro Botticelli



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