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From pencil sharpeners to a $539m lawsuit: how big tech weaponised patents

In 1842, the US patent office registered 14 designs, including a bathtub and a ‘corpse preserver’. It now handles 35,000 a year. Why did this once sedate world became a corporate arms race?It was designed to make sharpening a pencil feel as thrilling as flying a jet. A gleaming chrome teardrop, tapered to a point and adorned with a bullet-like handle, Raymond Loewy’s aerodynamic tail-fin pencil sharpener brought the glamour of the machine age to the humble office desk.As the godfather of America...
Tags: Books, Design, Technology, Law, US, Culture, Art and design, Coca Cola, Raymond Loewy, Loewy, Art and design books


From pencil sharpeners to a $539m lawsuit: how big tech weaponised design patents

In 1842, the US patent office registered 14 designs, including a bathtub and a ‘corpse preserver’. It now handles 35,000 a year. Why did this once sedate world became a corporate arms race?It was designed to make sharpening a pencil feel as thrilling as flying a jet. A gleaming chrome teardrop, tapered to a point and adorned with a bullet-like handle, Raymond Loewy’s aerodynamic tail-fin pencil sharpener brought the glamour of the machine age to the humble office desk.As the godfather of America...
Tags: Books, Design, Technology, Law, US, Culture, Art and design, Coca Cola, Raymond Loewy, Loewy, Art and design books


Holy waters: the spiritual journey of African migrants – in pictures

Nicola Lo Calzo’s images celebrate migrants in the Mediterranean and the veneration of the 16th-century Sicilian Saint Benedict the Moor, the first black saint in modern history Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Religion, World news, Culture, Art and design, Migration, Italy, Mediterranean, Benedict, Art and design books, Nicola Lo Calzo


A cartoon before first communion: Susan Kandel’s best photograph

‘Left to her own devices, she’d be in a T-shirt and out in the dirt. But she’s been told to be good, stand still and not mess up her dress’This photo was easy because this is my niece, who’s getting ready for her first communion. Her normal state was to be very active, never stationary for more than a minute. Left to her own devices, she’d be wearing a T-shirt and probably out there in the dirt. What I see in this picture is that she’s been told to be good, stand still and not mess up her dress....
Tags: Family, Photography, Religion, Culture, Art and design, Catholicism, Christianity, Stoughton Massachusetts, Art and design books, Susan Kandel


'To convey black beauty is an act of justice': Tasweer photo festival – in pictures

Image-makers of African heritage from the worlds of fashion, design and photography – including Tyler Mitchell, Namsa Leuba and Nadine Ijewere – are celebrated in a new show for Qatar’s festival of visual culture Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Fashion, Design, Qatar, Life and style, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Festivals, Nadine Ijewere, Art and design books, Tyler Mitchell Namsa Leuba


Philip Guston's daughter on his Klan paintings: 'They're about white culpability'

The postponement last year of an exhibition of the artist’s work led to a fraught debate over race and culture. His daughter Musa Mayer fears his complex images are being misrepresentedMusa Mayer has been “holed up” in Woodstock, upstate New York, which she describes as “a liberal community in the midst of Trump land”, since the beginning of lockdown in March of last year. She is staying in a house she inherited from her parents and nearby is a building that was once the art studio of her father...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Boston, Race, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Washington Dc, Exhibitions, Tate Modern, Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Mayer, Teitelbaum, Philip Guston


What’s in a surname? The female artists lost to history because they got married

A new biography of the painter Isabel Rawsthorne highlights how talented women have often missed out on the recognition they deservedGenerations of female artists, composers and writers have been lost to history because their names changed after marriage. According to growing academic consensus, the conventional switch of surnames at the altar has erased a key cultural legacy. And the story of the painter and designer Isabel Rawsthorne, told in a new biography, is among the first to make this po...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Marriage, Women, Painting, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Jacob Epstein


Francis Bacon: Revelations review – a landmark biography

From designing rugs in Paris to painting visions of human suffering … the origins of some of the 20th century’s most iconic artworks Francis Bacon didn’t just create some of the most unforgettable images of the human figure in 20th-century painting. He created “Francis Bacon”, a legendary persona: big beast of the London art world, wild man and bon vivant, whose raw painterly gift – he is one of only three British artists to be given two retrospectives at the Tate Gallery in their lifetime – was...
Tags: Books, England, London, Culture, Paris, LGBT rights, Ira, Francis Bacon, Dublin, Tate Gallery, Art and design books, Biography books, Anglo Irish gentry Bacon


'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


Black on both sides: the African diaspora around the world – in pictures

Sasha Phyars-Burgess’s Untitled features essays, poems and stunning photographs that delve into the black experience and the true meaning of ‘home’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Poetry, Race, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Social history, Black Lives Matter Movement


'It was a little awkward' – how Rick Schatzberg shot his old friends topless

They grew up in a ‘nowhere’ suburb in the 70s, smoking skunk, going for rides and dating girls. The photographer reveals why he decided to capture the ravages of time on his old childhood gangRick Schatzberg had a dark epiphany a few years back, when two of his friends died in quick succession, one from a heart attack, the other from an overdose. “When two people you know and love die within six weeks of each other,” says the photographer quietly, “you realise that death is not just something th...
Tags: Books, Photography, New York, Friendship, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Men, Older people, Rick Moody, Schatzberg, Art and design books, Rick Schatzberg


'I partied with an Italian princess': the glory days of clubbing in Ibiza – in pictures

A new book explores Ibiza’s halycon days – from open-air superclubs to daytime beach raves. Photographer Dave Swindells talks us through the highs and highs ... Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, Spain, Culture, Dance music, Ibiza, Art and design books, Dave Swindells


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


Concrete jungle: the brutalist buildings of northern England – in pictures

A new book captures the most aspirational and enlightened architecture of the north’s postwar years – featuring competitive church building and an endless supply of reinforced concrete Continue reading...
Tags: Books, England, Design, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Construction industry, Lancashire, Modernism, Northumberland, Cumbria, Art and design books


Kissing cowboys: the queer rodeo stars bucking a macho American tradition

Photographer Luke Gilford couldn’t believe his eyes when he first stumbled across a gay rodeo. He set out to capture the joyous, tender, authentic world he saw thereAmerica’s queer cowboys – in picturesLuke Gilford was at a Pride event in northern California in 2016 when he was drawn to a stand by the sound of Dolly Parton singing 9 to 5. What he found there would change his life. Members of the local chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association were promoting what they do, and how they liv...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, California, Horses, Sport, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sexuality, New York Times, Dolly Parton, LGBT rights


Are your eyes playing tricks? The early work of Olivo Barbieri – in pictures

The Italian photographer shot the everyday – from cars in the suburbs to stacks of watermelons. Yet somehow his images make you question reality... Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Exhibitions, Olivo Barbieri, Art and design books


The big picture: hard times in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Gregory Crewdson’s meticulously staged landscapes explore post-industrial decline in small-town AmericaGregory Crewdson’s photographs understood social distancing before it became reality. His landscapes, which have a broken-down, apocalyptic cast, usually include a few figures, set adrift in different ways, apparently unable to connect with one another, or with the place in which they find themselves. Redemption Center is the first of a series of 16 taken between 2018 and 2019 on the edge of a ...
Tags: Photography, Massachusetts, Americas, Culture, Art and design, Yale University, Crewdson, Pittsfield, Gregory Crewdson, Pittsfield Massachusetts, Art and design books, Redemption Center, AmericaGregory Crewdson


Teenage dreamers: growing up in rural Argentina – in pictures

Guille and Belinda are two cousins who spent their summers dreaming of becoming famous singers – then love and motherhood arrived Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Photography, Friendship, Women, Americas, Culture, Art and design, Argentina, Young People, Belinda, Guille, Art and design books


The big picture: a tender family moment with JFK

A candid shot of the young senator by Life magazine’s Ed Clark portrayed him as a man to lead a new generation into a new decadeEd Clark, a Life magazine staff photographer, was commissioned to photograph the Kennedy family at home in Georgetown in 1958. JFK was campaigning to be elected to a second term as Massachusetts’s senator and, if successful, there were strong rumours that he would make a run for the presidency in 1960. After several days taking pictures of husband and wife, Clark asked ...
Tags: Books, Photography, Massachusetts, Americas, Culture, Art and design, John F Kennedy, Jfk, Jack, Kennedy, Life Magazine, Clark, Georgetown, Caroline, Ed Clark, Art and design books


A mushroom-related brush with mortality: how John Cage fell for fungi

Despite one foraging trip landing him in hospital, the avant garde composer held a lifelong passion for mycology, using his expertise to supply New York restaurants – and surprise Italian quiz show audiencesIn February 1959, while on a visit to fellow composer Luciano Berio in Milan, John Cage appeared five times on a popular Italian television quiz show called Lascia o Raddoppia? (Double or Nothing). Cage performed several new sound pieces at the beginning of each programme, much to the bemusem...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, New York, Science, Milan, Biology, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Classical Music, Fungi, Cage, Foraging, Atkinson, John Cage


Looted landmarks: how Notre-Dame, Big Ben and St Mark's were stolen from the east

They are beacons of western civilisation. But, says an explosive new book, the designs of Europe’s greatest buildings were plundered from the Islamic world – twin towers, rose windows, vaulted ceilings and allAs Notre-Dame cathedral was engulfed by flames last year, thousands bewailed the loss of . The ultimate symbol of French cultural identity, the very heart of the nation, was going up in smoke. But Middle East expert Diana Darke was having different thoughts. She knew that the origins of th...
Tags: Europe, Books, Design, Religion, World news, Syria, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Paris, Middle East, Christianity, Islam, Notre Dame


Entirely unseen colour photographs by an unknown Italian photographer, discovered by his granddaughter.

Amateur photographer Alberto di Lenardo’s work was, for many years, hidden away in a secret room. Now the unguarded moments he captured are being published in An Attic Full of Trains Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Art and design books, Alberto di Lenardo


Unfinished, abandoned, demolished: how Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had

From grand visions that fail with the departure of a president to everyday buildings knocked down before they can be considered for heritage protection, a new book unpicks what Egypt’s capital might have beenn Looming above the affluent Zamalek neighbourhood in the centre of Cairo, the Forte Tower has stood as the tallest building in Egypt for the last 30 years – yet it remains unfinished and abandoned. A ring of faintly Islamic pointed-arch windows encircles the uppermost floor of the great cyl...
Tags: Books, Design, Africa, World news, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Art and design, Manhattan, Cairo, Hosni Mubarak, Zamalek, Anwar Sadat, Sadat, Art and design books


Katie Waggett's best photograph: Sunday worship with Joy

‘Joy was dancing in church with her children in London. She was in her element – her dress speaks to her sense of cultural pride’Her name is Joy and I photographed her outside one of the many African churches in south-east London. I had just finished photographing a mosque on the same bland industrial estate when I found the blue wall, then spotted Joy dancing in the church with her children. I thought: “That’s a portrait I’ve got to get,” and asked if she’d come outside and have her photograph ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, London, Nigeria, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, British identity and society, Quebec


Meet the mud people of Ireland – in pictures

Hurling and Irish dancing are part of County Wexford’s cultural tradition. Photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez got physical with the locals Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Dance, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Stage, County Wexford, Folk dancing, Art and design books, Luis Alberto Rodriguez


Ship builders and snow eaters: forgotten lives in the frame – in pictures

Witold Krassowski has witnessed countries such as India, Afghanistan and his native Poland undergo huge transformations – yet he always kept his camera trained on the lives of ordinary people Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, World news, Culture, Art and design, Poland, India Afghanistan, Art and design books, Witold Krassowski


‘A queer person can be anybody’: the African photographers exploring identity

In his new book, Africa State of Mind, Ekow Eshun celebrates contemporary African photography. Here he showcases the work of artists looking at the self and sexuality, from Zanele Muholi to Eric GyamfiIn August 2009, an exhibition titled Innovative Women opened in Johannesburg, aiming to showcase the work of the city’s young black female artists. The launch was attended by Lulu Xingwana, minister for arts and culture at the time, who had been invited to officially open the show. But instead of g...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Nigeria, Africa, Culture, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Art and design, LGBT rights, Sudan, Johannesburg, Eric, Zanele Muholi, Uganda Tanzania, Art and design books


'I photographed 35 women, 10 are still alive': tragedy of the Isle of Women

It is thought to be Europe’s last matriarchy, a tiny Baltic island where women are in charge and weddings can last three days. Photographer Anne Helene Gjelstad’s portraits of Kihnu are a lament for a dying way of lifeAnne Helene Gjelstad was working on a photography project on the tiny Estonian island of Kihnu when one of her neighbours invited her to an old woman’s funeral to take pictures. The neighbour dressed the Norwegian photographer in blue mourning clothes, as is custom, before bringing...
Tags: Europe, Books, Photography, Women, Society, Culture, Art and design, Older people, Estonia, Anne Helene Gjelstad, Art and design books, Leida, Kihnu, Helene Gjelstad, Koksi Leida, Gjelstad


House of horror: the poisonous power of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

It has inspired TV, stage, film – and now two new art shows. Kathryn Hughes strips back the layers of this classic tale to understand its enduring appeal“The Yellow Wallpaper” by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman created feminist fireworks the moment it appeared in the January 1892 edition of the New England Magazine. The short story takes the form of a secret diary written by a young married woman who is suffering from a “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency”. ...
Tags: Books, Fiction, America, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Short Stories, Mitchell, Gilman, Kathryn Hughes, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Art and design books, Silas Weir Mitchell


The kimono – from costume to catwalk

From the 17th to the 20th century the kimono was the principal piece of clothing in Japan for both men and women. But now it’s an inspiration for fashion all over the worldFashion as we know it – the business of clothes-as-zeitgeist, as distinct from simple dressmaking – was invented in Paris by Louis XIV in the second half of the 17th century. This, at least, is fashion’s widely accepted creation myth. The Sun King and his finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, established a luxury fashion in...
Tags: Books, Fashion, Japan, France, Nike, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Paris, Exhibitions, V&a, Chanel, Madrid, Kyoto, Versailles