- George Bernard Shaw | Art of left and right | Bendy banana myth | Sales of Seville oranges | Delia Smith’s welsh rarebitIn response to your article (14 February) on May Morris’s love letter of 14 February 1886 to George Bernard Shaw, Michael Holroyd writes (Letters, 18 February) that there is no need to add “George” to the playwright, who never used that name on his plays. That might have been true of his plays, but at that time of the love letter, when he was writing the
- The art world is going gay this month, with the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney at the forefront of LGBTQI celebrations. The gallery will get a fabulous makeover, partnering with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras over the next week. On 1 March, the gallery hits the homosexual heights with Queer Art After Hours, a celebration of gay art and performance. (music comes courtesy of DJ Seymour Butz with star turns by The Huxleys and Cocoloco). But the highlight is the gallerys Warhol-inspired
- His family looted exquisite paintings from a Polish museum. This week will see a key moment in the country’s long effort to regain its lost treasureIn December 1939 a Viennese woman with chestnut brown hair walked triumphantly into the National Museum in Kraków.Lora Waechter’s husband was the recently-appointed Nazi governor of Kraków: SS Gruppenführer Otto Waechter; she was decorating the new headquarters that he had established at the city’s Potocki Palace
- The French fashion designer on being linked to David Bowie’s Blackstar, her love of David Lynch and her favourite Paris eateryAgnès B (née Agnès Troublé) was born and raised in Versailles. At 17 she married Christian Bourgois, had twins two years later and divorced soon afterwards (but retained the B of his surname). After a couple of years at Elle magazine, she moved into fashion design and opened her first boutique in a former butcher’s shop in Paris in
- Royal Academy, London
This unmissable show is a time capsule of 1930s America, from the Dust Bowl to Jean Harlow at the moviesA gigantic pack of Wrigley’s gum hovers like a Zeppelin before the Manhattan skyline. The sky is cloudless cobalt, the East river lies tranquil below. Here is the perfect gum (or so the slogan boasts) in an ideal vision where everything is reduced to pristine rectangles, from the rising skyscrapers to the gum to the abstract reflections. Pop fused with minimalism th
- Abraham Poincheval is attempting to survive inside a 12-tonne boulder inside a Paris art museum for a week An artist entombed inside a 12-tonne rock for nearly three days has described the experience as like “tripping”, insisting he would stick it out for a week.
Speaking through a crack in the limestone boulder late on Friday, Abraham Poincheval said he had been buoyed by how his performance has “got into people’s heads”. Related: Cracking story: French artist to e
- Camille Claudel, tragic model and muse, gets the recognition she sought as a great sculptorFrance is finally recognising the talent of the 19th-century sculptor Camille Claudel with the first national museum dedicated to her. It opens next month in Nogent-sur-Seine, 100km south-east of Paris, partly funded with profits generated by the town’s nuclear energy plant.Displays of her sculptures will reflect her significance as an artist, but they also tell a tragic story. Claudel was a studio a
- Womens March, Los Angeles, California, 21 January 2017In Los Angeles, I remembered what was like to be in a liberal city. I realised that with the people I had met along the journey so far, I had to be careful about what I was saying to so as not to offend anyone.We talked to a lot of the protesters who attended the march, and of course I related to most of thembut my vision of the US had changed. I could see how distant and disconnected these people were from the people I had met in the Southe
- "Additions including “clicktivism” (a pejorative word for armchair activists on social media), “haterade” (excessive negativity, criticism, or resentment), “otherize” (view or treat – a person or group of people – as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself) and “herd mentality” (the tendency for people’s behaviour or beliefs to conform to those of the group to which they belong) all emerged during the 2016 battle for the
- "Ever since 2015, when the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag called out the industry’s woeful inclusivity, the show has been transformed—possibly against its will—from a sporadically #woke statuette dispensary to something bigger. The entire show is now political: The nominees, the winners, and the things they say (or don’t say) on stage. And at time when everyone’s mad as hell, and deservedly so, this year’s Oscars offer a rare chance for everybody to mak
- "The Toronto International Film Festival is reducing the overall number of films it will screen for this year's edition by 20 per cent and getting rid of two programs."
- Following the publication earlier this week of an op-ed by Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas P. Campbell in the New York Times, several Boston museum directors have co-signed a letter about President Trump’s reported plans to propose a budget defunding the National Endowment for … Read More
- This coming weekend the annual L.A. Art Book Fair will take place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo District. Also this weekend in Los Angeles is Channel One, which is going down over two days … Read More
- Earlier today, reporters from the New York Times—along with reporters from CNN and Politico—were barred from a White House press briefing, so we thought there was no better time to bring you the news of the summer exhibition at the Flag … Read More
- "When you speak to successful people in science or tech, they say one of the things that leads to lateral thinking is people doing arts. Not only does it lead to future artists, people in the cultural and creative sectors, but it helps people in different sectors."
- With a nod to Hannah Arendt for her phrase "dark times," the New York Times online column "The Stone" recaps the columns of 11 contributors who have addressed the issue over the past year.
- It’s only been nine months since longtime London stalwart Lisson Gallery planted its first flag on U.S. soil, opening a massive space on West 24th Street in Chelsea, cleverly built underneath the High Line. After years of planning, it opened last … Read More
- Arts Council England is "pressing ahead with the system despite serious concerns raised following a pilot project last year to test such a system among 150 NPOs. An independent review of the pilot found that arts organisations wanted a more flexible system that would align with their individual artistic objectives, and ACE’s announcement that the system was going to be rolled out provoked anger and disbelief on social media. Using the system will be mandatory for around 300 of ACE’s
- Shahzia Sikander, the Pakistani-American artist whose works delves into drawing, painting, animation, installation, performance, and video, has signed on to show with Sean Kelly Gallery in New York. She will figure prominently in the gallery’s booth at the Armory Show next … Read More
- At Foxy Production in New York, through February 24 Read More
- "Setting aside the insurmountable logistical challenges that will face some of the organisations having to conduct the fieldwork for the Quality Metrics scheme, there are two fatal flaws with the research framework that will render the findings meaningless."
- With a show of Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirror Rooms” having opened at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. this week, we turn back to the October 1959 issue of ARTnews, in which Donald Judd reviewed Kusama’s first … Read More
- In the States, until recently she's been familiar mostly to art-cinema fans. But with this year's Hollywood awards season, her cool, ambiguous, insouciant je-ne-sais-quoi has caught the fancy of the fashion press. Says Simon Doonan, "She has what the French used to call chien." Ruth La Perla explores the mystique with the actress herself.
- "Calling something interesting is the height of sloppy thinking. Interesting is not descriptive, not objective, and not even meaningful. Interesting is a kind of linguistic connective tissue."
- In a brief statement sent to press this afternoon, Hauser & Wirth revealed that Paul Schimmel “will no longer serve as Director, Partner, and Vice President of the gallery.”Schimmel joined the powerhouse gallery as a name partner at its Los Angeles space, Hauser … Read More
- Jennifer Schuessler talks to Mark Tomasko, a collector who doesn't just study the artwork on old and new bills - he tracks the originals down.
- Mirage, a new work by the artist Doug Aitken, has popped up in the California desert. The work, a facsimile of a suburban ranch-style house with mirrored surfaces, is part of the exhibition of site-specific works, Desert X, put on by the Palm Springs Art Museum, which opens to the public this weekend (25 February-20 April).I wanted to take the vernacular of a West Coast suburban home and reduce it of any human contact or belongings so it became pure form, Aitken explains. I wanted the form to h
- In 2007, the French-Algerian artist Kader Attia created an arresting installation with sculptures of hundreds of disembodied chadors—large pieces of cloth of the kind wrapped around the heads of many Muslim women—rendered in aluminum foil and splayed across a gallery … Read More
- Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Read More
- The museum purchased a plot on the moon through a website that issues deeds for property. The territory spreads over 20 acres in area D6, Quadrant Charlie, Lot Number 1/0581-0600, located 001 squares south and 001 squares east of the extreme northwest corner of what the deed terms “the recognized Lunar Chart.”
- The author and publisher of I Dare to Sleep Alone and I Learn to Control Myself insist that the book's purpose is to teach young children about feelings they experience and how to protect themselves from abuse. But images of particular pages got circulated on social media and pushed some national buttons pretty hard.
- 1963 triptych of muse was painted three months into relationship and was once owned by author Roald DahlFrancis Bacon’s first portrait of George Dyer, the East End petty criminal who became the artist’s lover and muse, is to appear at auction for the first time.The 1963 triptych, once owned by Roald Dahl, was painted three months into a relationship which, a much repeated story goes, began after Bacon caught Dyer attempting to burgle his South Kensington home. Continue reading...
- The Serpentine hosts John Latham as well as an exhibition responding to his work, while Jim Dine also arrives in London – all in your weekly art dispatchSpeak
Artists of the 21st century respond to the iconoclastic legacy of the late British conceptual visionary John Latham. Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost, Tania Bruguera and Cally Spooner prove that his dangerous ideas live on. • Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, 2 March-21 May Continue reading...
- Andy Warhol died 30 years ago this week, and his Catholic piety, care for the poor and sheer mystical vision mean he remains a transcendent talentThirty years have passed since Andy Warhol’s death. Surely it is high time for him to be made a saint.
There was something prescient and slightly spooky about the way he said goodbye to life on Earth. This spring, in Milan, his final works are going on display again in an exhibition called Sixty Last Suppers. It recreates the eerie final act of h
- "Why then, when we think of music, do we think of Chuck Berry's Gibson 335, Mick Jagger's lips, the cover of Revolver, Michael Jackson's zombies, Blue Note's stark photography, and Madonna's breasts?" As one music historian points out, "It just didn't occur to people that you could correspond the music to some kind of visual image. Someone had to think of that." Scott Timberg looks at the history of what happened after someone did think of it.
- Cara Buckley, the Times' Carpetbagger: "Chatting with a half-dozen or so Oscar campaigners, the Bagger learned that the reasons long-shot movies and performers are foisted into the awards fray are almost as numerous as the prizes Hollywood doles out to itself each year (though, she dares to say, publicists’ justifying their paychecks surely plays a part)."
- "The result of 4,000 hours of TV consumption [by the founder] is Walter Presents, an online streaming service that began in Britain in January 2016. And now, when Americans have access to more TV from around the world, [Walter] Iuzzolino is bringing Walter Presents to the United States. The service will debut in March with a catalog of 34 shows, or about 300 hours of TV, and at least two new shows will be added each month."
- The Vietnamese artist Danh Vo has unveiled a major new work, Untitled (2017), at the Aishti Foundation in Beirut that taps into the fraught political climate in the US today. The installation is made of 27 cardboard US flags coated in gold leaf and suspended from the ceiling. Each flag depicts 13 stars, representing the 13 British colonies that declared independence in 1776 leading to the birth of the United States of America. Motifs for Mexican beer brands are emblazoned on the reverse.I was r
- "After the office of President Erdoğan condemned the cartoon, the publisher of Gırgır closed the magazine and threatened to file criminal complaints against staffers."
Fearing Another Ghost Ship, Detroit Orders Artists' Complex Vacated Immediately Due To Safety Violations"One of the seven buildings of the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit, which has become known as a haven for artists and a locale for edgy events and movies, was ordered closed this week." Said the city's director of buildings and safety engineering, "During a recent inspection, the smell of natural gas from the multiple illegal installations was so strong, DTE had to be immediately called to correct the leak."
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- "But first, it's important to highlight the one thing we can't learn: What really got him fired. ... That said, there are plenty of important takeaways from the narrative about Isherwood's firing." Liane Davey offers four of them - and they may seem obvious, but people forget them all the time.
- Sarah Kaufman is not kidding about the "painful" part: as former and current Graham Dance Company performers tell her, dancing on those things hurts.
Maryland High School Bans Shepard Fairey's 'We The People' Posters For Being 'Anti-Trump' - And Students Get CleverTeachers at Westminster High School in Carroll County, a rural area on the Pennsylvania border, put up the posters as a "show of diversity" - which is precisely their purpose. But after a staff member complained, administrators said that political material couldn't be displayed in classrooms without "showing both sides." Westminster students have an alternative planned (and the school board is meeting with lawyers).
- "Mr. Stevenson did not restrict himself to drawing cartoons at the magazine; he was one of the rare people there who wrote and illustrated articles, including Talk of the Town pieces. And, away from The New Yorker, he was the author or illustrator of more than 100 children’s books, as well as novels and an illustrated biography of Frank Modell, a fellow New Yorker cartoonist, who died last year."
- Since its founding in London in 1946, Marlborough Fine Art has gone through spurts of expansion, globalizing its business in a way that very well may have “invented the modern art market,” as The Guardian put it in 2012.Currently, its … Read More
London Gallery Neo-Nazi Art And Hosts White Supremacist Speakers; Activists Demand That Gallery Be Shut Down"This weekend, artists and campaigners will protest calling for the closure of LD50, in Dalston, east London, after accusations the gallery gave a platform to anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and 'alt-right' figures and promoted 'hate speech not free speech'."
- Bereishit - a fast-rising young company that fuses modern dance, hip-hop, and martial arts - has already had to cancel its first date on the tour, Feb. 28 in Minneapolis; March performances in Pittsburgh and San Diego are in doubt. (South Korea isn't on anyone's travel-ban list, right?)
- The first ever solo exhibition in New York for the civil rights-championing artist uncovers a career filled with important and sensitive worksHe was 6ft 6in, loved jazz music and championed African American rights. Gone but not forgotten, the artist Jeff Donaldson is being honored with his first New York solo exhibition at the Kravets Wehby Gallery which opened on 23 February, over a decade after his death. Related: 200 years of groundbreaking African American art – in picturesContinue rea
- Works shown at the 2016 Liverpool Biennial are going on the road as part of a special touring initiative, bringing top-notch pieces by artists such as Mark Leckey and Betty Woodman to venues such as the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley and Bury Art Museum. A major biennial piece, Dogsy Ma Bone by the UK artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, proved popular (Chetwynd worked with 78 young people in Liverpool to create the film for children inspired by the 1936 musical A Song A Day an
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