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Saintmaking: the canonisation of Derek Jarman by queer nuns – video

This year marks the 30th anniversary of film-maker Derek Jarman’s canonisation by an activist group of gay male nuns known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. At the time in 1991, Derek Jarman was the most prominent person in the UK living openly with HIV. He was outspoken, radical and unapologetically queer. The perfect antidote, in the Sisters’ eyes, to Ian McKellen’s acceptance of a knighthood in the 1991 new year honours Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Activism, Film, UK News, Art and design, LGBT rights, Derek Jarman, Ian Mckellen, Documentary films


Sci-fi script and a cage-shaped mosque: Islamic art gets subversive

From subtle riffs on traditional script-based decoration to a late father’s letters to his lover, the artists vying for the Jameel prize generate deep emotion from meticulousnessWords have had outsize importance in Muslim culture since the beginning. The Qur’an, which literally means “recitation”, was of course revered as the word of God. But, crucially, images of human beings and animals were disapproved of because they could distract people from prayer; as a result, artists poured all their cr...
Tags: Art, Culture, Art and design, Awards and prizes, Museums, Exhibitions, V&a, Jameel


China’s ugliest buildings: contest to celebrate unsightly architecture begins

This year’s contenders include a violin-shaped church and a ‘welcome to hell’ glass bridge joining two mountainsAn infamous ‘hall of shame’ listing of China’s top 10 “ugliest” buildings has kicked off with 87 bizarre designs in the running, including a violin-shaped church and an Inner Mongolia hotel in the form of a monstrous babushka doll.Over the last 11 years a Chinese architecture website, archcy.com, has been inviting people to vote in the lighthearted annual contest that it hopes will enc...
Tags: China, World news, Culture, Architecture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Inner Mongolia


La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts – in pictures

A surge of lava has destroyed about 100 homes on Spain’s Canary Islands a day after a volcano erupted, forcing 5,000 people to leave the area. Cumbre Vieja erupted on Sunday, sending vast plumes of thick black smoke into the sky and belching molten lava that oozed down the mountainside on the island of La Palma, one of the most westerly of the Atlantic archipelago off the coast of Morocco5,000 evacuated as La Palma volcano eruptions continue Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Spain, World news, Atlantic, Art and design, Volcanoes, Canary Islands, La Palma, Cumbre Vieja


‘Something magical happens’: the cameras helping refugee children to heal

We talk to the man behind an extraordinary project in Turkey, where children, most of them refugees, have been given old analogue cameras and taught the art of photographySerbest Salih studied photography at college in Aleppo, before fleeing Syria with his family in 2014 as Islamic State fighters advanced on his home town of Kobani. He is now one of an estimated 100,000 refugees living in the historic city of Mardin in south-eastern Turkey, just a few miles from the Syrian border. Having initial...
Tags: Books, Photography, Turkey, Syria, Culture, Art and design, Refugees, Kobani, Aleppo, Salih, Mardin, Art and design books, Istayson


Regency nip and tuck … ‘new’ Constable portrait reveals the artist’s diplomacy

The newly discovered painting of Emily Treslove, the artist’s neighbour, was redone to lose her double chinA previously unknown painting by John Constable has been discovered, to the excitement of art historians. A portrait of a Regency woman in all her finery has not only been identified for the first time, but it has survived with the sitter’s diaries in which she had written about it.In various diary entries, Emily Treslove described receiving the portrait in 1826 from Constable and sitting f...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, John Constable, Emily Treslove


‘The cover is like a piece of art in itself’: 32 years of Guardian Weekend magazine

Since its creation in late 1988, the Guardian’s Saturday supplement has been lauded for front covers and features that have caught the eye and sparked joy or sometimes controversy. As its final edition is published, some of the team who worked on it explain how they brought the magazine to life In 1988, Guardian editor Peter Preston was feeling jealous. The recently launched Independent had a new supplement on Saturday. Edited by the late Alexander Chancellor, it was shot artfully in black and w...
Tags: Media, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Culture, Art and design, Magazines, The Guardian, Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Weekend, Peter Preston, Alexander Chancellor


Pencil drawing of old man identified as Van Gogh work

Drawing has been in private hands since around 1910 and is now going on display in AmsterdamA pencil drawing of a broken old man, head in hands looking utterly exhausted, has been identified as a work by Vincent van Gogh.The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said on Thursday that it had authenticated the drawing as being the work of the man himself. Teio Meedendorp, a senior researcher at the museum, said it was a “spectacular” discovery shining light on Van Gogh’s early career as an artist living in...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Paris, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Van Gogh, The Hague, Vincent Van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum, Teio Meedendorp


‘Peace, solitude and belonging’: Black lives in the American south – in pictures

Tyler Mitchell visited his hometown of Atlanta to create images of solace, intimacy and tenderness Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Atlanta, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Tyler Mitchell


Stirling prize shortlist: from mosque stunner to neo-neolithic flats

2021’s contenders for the Riba new architecture award range from a mesmerising Cambridge masjid to flats a London council wanted bulldozedA mesmerising wooden mosque in Cambridge will go head to head with a Cornish footbridge and a cluster of black boatsheds in the Lake District, in this year’s battle for the UK’s best new building. Joining them in the race for the 2021 Riba Stirling prize are a new student centre for Kingston University, a key worker housing development in Cambridge, and a cont...
Tags: UK, London, UK News, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Awards and prizes, Cambridge, Lake District, Kingston University, Cornish, Marks Barfield, Riba, RIBA Stirling, Stirling prize, Cambridge Gault


Finalists for 2021 Webster Awards Announced

The finalists in the 16 different categories for the 2021 Webster Awards, Western Canada's preeminent journalism awards, were announced today.  The awards recognize excellence in journalism in B.C.  All finalists will be celebrated, and the one winner in each category will be announced during the November 3rd online awards ceremony, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  This online event is free for everyone to watch and can be accessed at this web address: https://www.ohboy.ca/websterawards2021 Subm...
Tags: Advertising, Canada, Art and design, Vancouver, Victoria, West Coast, Whistler, Globe, Cbc, George, Kim Bolan, Mec, UBC, Western Canada, CBC Vancouver, Serena Renner


Sebastião Salgado receives Praemium Imperiale 2021 award – in pictures

The Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been named as one of four winners of a £400,000 award given by the Japan Art Association. Amazonia, an exhibition by Salgado, opens at the Science Museum in London from 14 October. An exhibition of collectors prints will be on show at the Photographers Gallery from 20 October Continue reading...
Tags: London, Africa, Americas, World news, Culture, Art and design, Awards and prizes, Museums, Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, Exhibitions, Science Museum, Sebastiao Salgado, Salgado, Japan Art Association Amazonia


‘It brought people back together’: the summer after 9/11 – in pictures

Nine months after the towers fell, Lucas Foglia visited the diverse boroughs of New York with his camera to ‘show the city healing … but with scars’ Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, New York, Culture, Art and design, Lucas Foglia


Met Gala 2021: stars explore ‘American independence’ theme – in pictures

Co-chair Billie Eilish (the youngest in the event’s history) was one of many stars to channel Grace Kelly at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday night. She was joined by a guest list of fashion designers, models, celebrities and – to some controversy – TikTok stars, on the steps at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s theme of the Costume Institute fundraiser was ‘American independence’, leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Just ask Lil Nas X, who did a Lady Gaga-esque three-loo...
Tags: Photography, Fashion, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Grace Kelly, Billie Eilish, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art This, Met gala 2021


I had fun learning about Brian Chippendale's artistic process in this video

In addition to being a drummer and singer of the band Lightning Bolt, Brian Chippendale is also a spectacular visual artist. He makes comics, drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, and collages. During this interview from 2012, Chippendale talks about his varied creative pursuits and talks about some of the techniques he uses to create 2D artworks. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Art and design, Brian Chippendale, Lightning Bolt Brian Chippendale


Contents of Karl Lagerfeld’s eight houses up for grabs at Sotheby’s

Bowls used by world’s most spoilt cat among the more than 1,000 lots that belonged to late fashion designerDishes used to feed one of the world’s most pampered cats and hundreds of pairs of fingerless gloves will be among more than 1,000 lots at eight auctions selling the collection of Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby’s has announced.The auction house announced earlier this year that it would sell the vast and varied number of objects that the late fashion designer accumulated to fill his eight residence...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Cats, France, Germany, Animals, Pets, Life and style, World news, Culture, Art and design, Monaco, Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby, Karl Lagerfeld Sotheby


Scientists identify key conditions to set up a creative ‘hot streak’

Researchers use AI to reveal runs of artistic success are commonly preceded by an experimental phaseWhether it is the director Marta Meszaros, or the artist Jackson Pollock, those in creative careers often experience a particular burst of success.Now researchers have used artificial intelligence to reveal such “hot streaks” are commonly preceded by an experimental phase followed by a focus on one particular approach once the winning period has begun. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Science, Technology, Film, Culture, Art and design, Computing, Hilary Mantel, Peter Jackson, Jackson Pollock, Artificial intelligence (AI, Márta Mészáros


‘I would never spend that much on a kitchen!’: Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud on money, ambition – and expensive mistakes

For more than 20 years the designer and presenter has shown viewers what it really costs to build a dream home. He talks about the frayed emotions, failure and why the UK needs radical land reformThe first couple of episodes of the current series of Grand Designs have already aired, but – as if it was itself an over-running building project – Kevin McCloud is still filming. When we speak over Zoom, from the small studio he set up “in a cupboard”, he has only just got home from filming; and as so...
Tags: UK, Housing, Environment, Life and style, Society, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Television & radio, Planning policy, Kevin McCloud, Green Building, McCloud


VMAs 2021: MTV Video Music Awards - in pictures

Lil Nas X, Alicia Keys and Megan Fox among the stars to hit the red carpet at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, marking the channel’s 40th anniversary. Justin Bieber won artist of the year and the show mixed moments from early stars like Cyndi Lauper and show opener Madonna with high-octane performances from newer figures such as Olivia Rodrigo, Camila Cabello and Chloe Bailey Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Music, Culture, Art and design, Mtv, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Megan Fox, Chloe Bailey, Rodrigo Camila Cabello


Work begins on wrapping Arc de Triomphe for Christo artwork

Operation combining art and engineering on a massive scale fulfils dream of late artist coupleThe monumental feat of wrapping the Arc de Triomphe in 25,000 sq metres of material and posthumously fulfilling a 60-year dream for the artist Christo has begun.As the rolls of silvery blue recyclable fabric descended slowly from the top of the Paris landmark early on Sunday, guided by orange-clad abseilers, there was excitement, emotion and a few frayed nerves over an operation that combined art and en...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Paris, Christo


Rita Keegan: the return of black British art’s forgotten pioneer

She was a crucial part of a cultural movement in the 1980s. Now a first solo exhibition in 15 years will allow her work to shineFrom the 1980s to the early 2000s, artist and archivist Rita Keegan fervently collected and preserved newsletters, leaflets, photographs and exhibition literature from the British black arts scene. “It [didn’t] matter how fabulous the show – if you didn’t have the ephemera, it was hard to say that you existed,” she told the Art Newspaper last summer. “It’s very easy to ...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Culture, Art and design, Brixton, Keegan, Maud Sulter, Yinka Shonibare, Rita Keegan, Sonia Boyce Eddie Chambers, Denzil Forrester Lubaina Himid


Photographer David Bailey reveals he has vascular dementia

‘It’s just one of those things,’ says the British celebrity snapper, 83, who is still busy with new workDavid Bailey has revealed he has dementia, a life-limiting condition the British photographer described as a bore.Speaking to the Times, Bailey, 83, said: “I’ve got vascular dementia. I was diagnosed about three years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Culture, Art and design, Dementia, Ageing, Times, Bailey, David Bailey


Homebody or hellraiser: Our autumn arts preview has you covered

From online comedy to cinema’s new blockbusters to all-night rave festivals, a look at the cultural highlights for all levels of commitmentNew streaming gems to enjoy from within the comfort of your own four walls. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, Film, Theatre, Culture, Art and design, Stage


Twenty photographs of the week

The Taliban in Kabul, the removal of the statue of Robert E Lee in Virginia, Emma Raducanu in the US Open and the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks – the most striking images from around the world this week Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Virginia, World news, Culture, Taliban, Art and design, Kabul, Robert E Lee, Emma Raducanu


Italy seizes 500 fake Francis Bacon works

Five people have been charged with criminal conspiracy to authenticate and circulate fake works of artItalian authorities have seized 500 works of art suspected of being Francis Bacon counterfeits, along with cash and other valuables worth about €3m (£2.6m).Five people have been charged with criminal conspiracy to authenticate and circulate fake works of art and fraud and money laundering, according to an official statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Francis Bacon


The Lost Leonardo: has a new film solved the mystery of the world’s most expensive painting?

Is the $450m Salvator Mundi a fake? This film – featuring tearful sycophants, sneering experts, dodgy dealers and a secretive superyacht – may finally settle the great Da Vinci controversyIt is almost exactly 10 years since Salvator Mundi was unveiled, this “lost Leonardo” instantly triggering astonishment around the world. Since those giddy days, the work has had a turbulent time. As well as becoming the most expensive painting in history, going for $450m (£326m) at auction, Salvator Mundi was ...
Tags: Art, Film, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, National Gallery, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, History of art, Documentary films, Luke Syson, Andreas Koefoed, Syson


Berlin’s bizarre new museum: a Prussian palace rebuilt for €680m

A cross between a Disneyland castle and a chilling concrete block, the Humboldt Forum is set to teach visitors about Germany’s colonial era. But is the past being examined – or exalted?A museum gift shop has never been such an ideological battleground. At one end of the store in Berlin’s new Humboldt Forum is a display of souvenirs adorned with the gilded silhouette of the Stadtschloss, the city’s former royal palace, which was bombed to pieces in the second world war. Racks of silk scarves and ...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Berlin, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Museums, Colonialism, Disneyland, Humboldt Forum


‘Running didn’t even occur to me’: Gulnara Samoilova on photographing 9/11

‘A cop asked me: “How can you take photographs?” I told him: “I have to document this. It’s history”’I was asleep when the first plane hit. At the time, I lived just four blocks from the World Trade Center, right next to a hospital, a fire station and the HQ of the New York police. The sirens woke me up. They were nonstop. I turned on the television and saw one of the towers on fire. As I watched the second plane hit the south tower on TV, I also heard it because I lived so close.I was working f...
Tags: Photography, New York, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, September 11 2001, World Trade Center, Associated Press AP, Gulnara Samoilova


Hitler’s favourite artists: why do Nazi statues still stand in Germany?

A shocking new exhibition reveals the thriving postwar careers of artists the Führer endorsed as ‘divinely gifted’. Many made public works that remain on show todayA photograph from 1940 shows three conquering Nazis in Paris against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. Within a few years one of these men, Adolf Hitler, was dead by his own hand; another, Albert Speer, was writing his memoirs in Spandau prison, having eluded a death sentence at the Nuremberg trials. But the third, Arno Breker, was al...
Tags: Art, Germany, Nazis, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Paris, Nuremberg, Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Nazism, West Germany, Spandau, Albert Speer, Arno Breker


Snakes, spirits and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: São Paulo Biennial makes defiant stand in Brazil’s culture wars

As the Bolsonaro government stokes divisions, the art festival offers a pointedly diverse and inclusive programme, including sculptures by the late dub reggae legendWhen fire devastated the National Museum in Brazil in 2018, one of the few objects to be found intact among the smouldering ruins was the St Luisa meteorite. While the Rio de Janeiro museum is still being rebuilt, the black rock, around a metre in length, is the star exhibit of the São Paulo Biennial, which opened at the weekend.The ...
Tags: Art, Photography, Americas, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Brazil, Installation, Rio De Janeiro, Venice Biennale, Lee, Perry, National Museum, Bolsonaro, São Paulo Biennial