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The Bombay Beach Biennale - in pictures

The fourth annual Bombay Beach Biennale took place last weekend on the shores of the Salton Sea in California. Artists and performers donated their time and talent to this volunteer-led event that transformed the town into a fully immersive artistic experience for 72 hours. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, California, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Bombay, Salton Sea, Bombay Beach Biennale


'England became smaller and bigger': what 'home' means in Brexit Britain

Headlong theatre company’s latest production, Acts of Resistance, plugs into people power in four communities across the countryIn the days after the EU referendum, Headlong theatre company’s artistic director Jeremy Herrin was struck by the dividing lines fracturing the UK. “It was just a massively clear exposure that the country was in disagreement,” he says, “and the old party lines – north/south, working class/middle class, Tory/Labour – all of those divides seemed to be foxed completely by ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, England, Theatre, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Stage, Brexit, Bristol Old Vic, Brexit Britain, Herrin, Jeremy Herrin


Row over use of unpaid interns by Serpentine pavilion architect

Junya Ishigami’s involvement in London gallery project attacked after email listing conditions for an intern is published The Serpentine Gallery in London has come under fire after it was claimed that its chosen architect for this year’s pavilion, Junya Ishigami + Associates, uses unpaid interns who are expected to work 12-hour shifts for months.The acclaimed 44-year-old Japanese architect was picked by the Serpentine to design its 19th annual pavilion project, which offers international archite...
Tags: Architecture, Art and design, Culture, UK news, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Serpentine pavilion, Art, London, Cities, Work & careers, Guardian Careers, Young people


Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty Wor...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Art and design, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Nick Brandt, Art and design books


La Scala opera house to return Saudi donation of €3m after outcry

Human rights groups and Italian politicians decry deal to give €15m over five yearsThe prestigious La Scala opera house in Milan has decided to return around €3m (£2.6m) to Saudi Arabia following a backlash against a plan that would have seen the Gulf state’s culture minister become a board member.The plan, orchestrated by Alexander Pereira, La Scala’s chief executive and artistic director, was unanimously rejected by the board after it drew widespread criticism from human rights groups and Ital...
Tags: Europe, Milan, Saudi Arabia, Theatre, World news, Culture, Italy, Stage, Arts funding, Gulf, La Scala, Alexander Pereira La Scala


'Thai Banksy' tests boundaries with gallery show before election

Headache Stencil’s work portrays Thai democracy as a game for the ruling eliteHis works began appearing overnight on the streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai five years ago: incendiary satirical depictions of the military officials who took power in Thailand in the 2014 coup.Although the authorities would work quickly to erase all trace of the graffiti, there was no stopping the artist, who calls himself Headache Stencil and is often referred to as the Banksy of Thailand. Pictures of his works port...
Tags: Art, World news, Culture, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Banksy, Street Art, Bangkok, Chiang Mai


Italian police reveal '€3m painting' stolen from church was a copy

Masterpiece by 17th-century artist Brueghel the Younger was swapped to foil heist The heist appeared to have gone entirely according to plan. The thieves broke into the display case in an Italian church on Wednesday morning and made off with a €3m painting by the 17th-century Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger.But police revealed that night there had been one hitch – the snatched artwork was a copy. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Belgium, Art Theft, Brueghel, Pieter Brueghel


Anish Kapoor: 'If I was a young Muslim, would I feel angry enough to join Isis? I would at least think about it'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s presidentAt 7.30 on the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Anish Kapoor left his London flat for an appointment with his analyst. On the street, he heard two men talking. “Bet he doesn’t even speak English,” said one. “I turned around and they were talking about me. I was so furious.”Si...
Tags: Art, Isis, London, France, Religion, Race, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture


Anish Kapoor: 'If I was an angry young Muslim, I would think about joining Isis'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s presidentAt 7.30 on the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Anish Kapoor left his London flat for an appointment with his analyst. On the street, he heard two men talking. “Bet he doesn’t even speak English,” said one. “I turned around and they were talking about me. I was so furious.”Si...
Tags: Art, London, France, Religion, Race, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Islam


Shunned, seized and now celebrated: the porn paintings of Betty Tompkins

Inspired by her husband’s porn stash, the artist’s explicit work horrified galleries and customs officials. Now the world can’t get enough. We visit her New York studioWarning: adult contentBetty Tompkins sits slumped in her chair, knees wide apart, cheerfully reading from the phone in her hand with an attitude of scoffing amusement: “‘The venerable’, ‘the brilliant’, ‘the incomparable’, ‘the great living legend’ … ” She breaks off to frown and mutter: “How old am I?” Then she continues: “‘The f...
Tags: Apple, Art, New York, Women, Painting, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Exhibitions, Pornography, Soho, Tompkins, Manhattan Continue, Betty Tompkins


'Lost Caravaggio' rejected by the Louvre may be worth £100m

Painting that sellers insist is by 17th-century master is to be sold after being found in atticSellers of a painting that they insist is a lost Caravaggio and worth in excess of £100m have announced it will be sold this summer without a reserve.The large painting of Judith beheading Holofornes was found by accident in a Toulouse attic in 2014. It has been pored over by art history experts and scientifically analysed and a highly convincing case has been made that it is from around 1607 and by Ca...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Toulouse, Louvre, Caravaggio, Judith, Caravaggio Continue, Holofornes


Skin in the game: do we need to take down nudes – or look at them harder?

The Royal Academy’s major exhibition of nudes features equal numbers of naked men and women. Is this progress?Things look different after #MeToo. And not just after #MeToo, but after several years of a surging fourth wave of feminism. There has been fury against patriarchy – with the term itself, after decades of dormancy, surging back into use to explain everything from the rise of Donald Trump to sexual violence in India to pay inequality in western Europe.Everywhere, dams of silence and fear ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Education, India, Women, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Body Image, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Drawing, Sexuality, Royal Academy of Arts


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


'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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


What, no samovars? Roman Abramovich presents a Chekhov for Russia's meltdown

The Cherry Orchard has been given an absurdist reboot – with blood transfusions, a beach party and a bed-hopping sex maniac. And thanks to Chelsea’s oligarch, it’s coming to BritainOh my goodness, what have they done to The Cherry Orchard? The grand ball has become a beach party. Madame Ranevskaya has a noose around her neck. The entire ensemble are receiving blood transfusions. And Lopakhin has become a sex maniac who begins the play in bed with the maid. There isn’t a samovar in sight – or eve...
Tags: Europe, UK, Russia, Theatre, World news, Culture, Britain, Chelsea, Stage, Moscow, Roman Abramovich, Barbican, Anton Chekhov, Chekhov, Cherry Orchard, Viktoriya Isakova


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


Norway's favourite painting to go on display in London

Winter Night in the Mountains by Harald Sohlberg will feature at Dulwich picture galleryEdvard Munch’s The Scream is a classic symbol of dread that has been hailed as the ultimate icon of contemporary politics – but a very different Norwegian painting is the country’s favourite. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Norway, British Museum, Edvard Munch, Dulwich, Harald Sohlberg


The schoolgirls who warned of Rwanda's genocide

Katori Hall’s play Our Lady of Kibeho is the story of three friends who insisted that they were visited by the Virgin Mary and told of the horror that lay aheadThe 16-year-old schoolgirl Alphonsine Mumureke said she was in the cafeteria of the Catholic boarding school Kibeho College, Rwanda, when she heard a voice “soft as air and sweeter than music”. She saw a beautiful woman – neither white nor black – floating above the floor in a flowing seamless dress, with a veil that covered her hair. She...
Tags: Education, Africa, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Catholicism, Stage, Schools, Catholic, Rwanda, Virgin Mary, Katori Hall, Kibeho, Alphonsine Mumureke, Kibeho College Rwanda


Hamilton in Puerto Rico: a joyful homecoming ... but it's complicated

Musical is dividing residents on island where creator Lin-Manuel Miranda spent childhood summersJavier Ortiz likes to look on the bright side in San Juan, the pretty and gritty capital of Puerto Rico. “I’m an optimist,” he says. “I’m the owner of a bookstore, so I have to be.”Ortiz has survived not only the onslaught of Amazon but also Hurricane Maria, which forced him to close for 10 days then manage the store without electricity – running a cash machine off a battery – for two months. Now, as ...
Tags: Amazon, Americas, Theatre, World news, US news, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Hamilton, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Ortiz, Lin Manuel Miranda, Hurricane Maria


Street art: the mosaic maker who turns potholes into pictures

Jim Bachor beautifies the world’s streets with colourful designs ranging from chickens to Aretha FranklinJim Bachor makes street art – quite literally.For the last few years the 52-year-old has been making art out of the blight on our roads. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Jim Bachor, FranklinJim Bachor



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