• Sebastiano: the forgotten Renaissance genius who swapped sex for God

    The National Gallery is pairing Michelangelo with the lesser-known Sebastiano in its latest exhibition. So who is this artist who gave up debauched Venice for the Vatican – and why did he waste his talent?The names are not quite equal in fame. This spring the National Gallery is putting on an exhibition called Michelangelo and Sebastiano. You may have heard of Michelangelo. He carved David, painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and did a few other things. In Paolo Sorrentino’s br
  • Britannia rule the waves at the London Art Fair

    The London Art Fair (until 22 January), billed as "the UK's premier Modern British and contemporary art fair", opened its doors to VIPs and collectors yesterday (17 January), who began trickling in during the early hours of the afternoon. Visiting luminaries included the dealer Daniel Katz and his son Robin, and Wentworth Beaumont, the co-founder of art consultancy Beaumont Nathan. But unlike many other fairs in the capital which predominantly cater for single slices of
  • Who will design baby Pia’s Wendy House for Julia Peyton-Jones?

    The happy news that former Serpentine Galleries supremo Julia Peyton-Jones is a mother later in life took the art and architecture worlds by surprise when Londons Evening Standard newspaper broke the news yesterday (17 January). If and when a Wendy house is desired by baby Pia, Peyton-Jones will be spoiled for choice for designers, given the number of star architects on her Rolodex. As well as the likes of Bjarke Ingels, Frank Gehry, Peter Zumthor, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of
  • Istanbul art fair and biennial join forces in bid to boost tourism in Turkey

    In a bid to boost tourism and a flailing economy, Contemporary Istanbul art fair is moving its dates to September and is joining forces with the citys venerable biennial to form Istanbul Art Week in the middle of the month. Museums and galleries such as the privately run Sakp Sabanc museum are also due to take part in the initiative, which is for the first time supported by the local government.
    The recent spate of terror attacks and a crackdown on freedom of expression by the Turkish president
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  • President with a torpedo in his crotch: how the works of Lubaina Himid speak to Trump times

    Born in Zanzibar and raised in Britain, Lubaina Himid makes work about everything from slavery to Thatcher to the cotton trade. Now in her 60s, she’s finally getting the recognition she deserves
    Lubaina Himid was just four months old when her father died. It was 1954 and her Blackpool-born mother decided to leave their home in Zanzibar and head back to Britain, where she brought her daughter up as a Londoner. Himid would not return to the place of her birth for 43 years.So for much of her
  • Mind maps: the beauty of brain cells – in pictures

    The 19th-century Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, was one of the first people to unravel the mysteries of the structure of the brain – and he made stunning drawings to describe and explain his discoveries Continue reading...
  • Confined: artwork from Indigenous prisoners in Victoria – in pictures

    An exhibition showcasing art from Indigenous Australians in or recently released from Victorian prisons opens today in Melbourne. Now in its eighth year, the annual Confined exhibition is presented by prisoner support organisation The Torch as part of St Kilda’s Indigenous Arts festival, Yalukit Wilum Ngargee. This year, it features artworks by 130 artists developed through The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program • Confined 8 is showing at the Gallery, St Ki
  • Sotheby's declares 'Parmigianino' a forgery

    Another "Old Master" linked to Giuliano Ruffini, the Frenchman at the center of an investigation into a series of suspected forgeries, has been declared a fake by Sothebys. This time, the auction house has had to reimburse $672,000 to the buyer of a Saint Jerome, which was sold at auction in New York in January 2012 as a work from the circle of Parmigianino.
    Sothebys says that a "technical analysis", led by Orion Analytical, in Williamstown, Massachusetts "established that the work was undoubte
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  • See the ‘holy grail’ of American porcelain at New York Ceramics & Glass Fair

    An 18th-century hard-paste porcelain punch bowl that has been called the holy grail of American ceramics will be on view this week at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair at the Bohemian National Hall (19-22 January). The bowlalong with around 85,000 other artefactswas unearthed during an archaeological dig conducted in 2014 by the Commonwealth Heritage Group at the present site of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which opens on 19 April. The discovery marks the first ph
  • Row in Rome over proposed plan to fence-off Spanish Steps

    Calls to restrict access and charge a fee to sit on the Spanish Stepsa monumental 18th-century Roman travertine stairway connecting the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinit dei Monti that has served as a major meeting point and passageway for centurieshave met with harsh criticism.
    Paolo Bulgari, the president of the jewellery house, says access to the flight of steps, which bridges two areas of Romes city centre, should be controlled. The company recently paid nearly 1.5m to restore the step
  • Israel can hide archaeological activity in West Bank, court rules

    Israeli excavations in the West Bank and the loan of artefacts discovered there, without Palestinian co-operation or approval, have long rankled with Palestinian heritage experts. Now, a ruling by Israels Jerusalem District Court at the end of November further disenfranchises Palestinians, they say. The ruling authorises Israeli archaeologists to dig in the West Bank anonymously and to lend artefacts found on site to Israeli institutions without disclosing these loans.
    In archaeology publicatio
  • Calder’s mercury fountain was a close-run thing in 1937

    Sandy Calders mercury fountain, along with Picassos Guernica, were unveiled in Paris in 1937. Getting both of the works installed on time in the Spanish Republics Modernist pavilion in the Paris International Expo in 1937 was a close-run thing. The architects realised at the last minute that a steel column was in the way of Picassos great mural, which he painted for the expo as a protest to the bombing of the Basque town by the German airforce, which Hitler sent to aid Francos Nationalist force
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  • Berlin and Biesenbach, 25 years on

    When the KW Institute for Contemporary Art was established in Berlin 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall had just come down and Klaus Biesenbach, its founding director, was still a medical student. What began as a student-run project in an abandoned factory evolved into a leading contemporary art institution, giving birth to the Berlin Biennale and some of Germanys most acclaimedand controversialexhibitions. As KW celebrates its quarter-century and reopens this weekend after extensive refurbishment,
  • Art fairs feel the heat at Barcelona conference

    Dealers growing dependence on art fairs came in for criticism at the 5th Talking Galleries conference that was held in Barcelona this week (16-17 January). In his keynote speech, the Salzburg- and Paris-based dealer Thaddaeus Ropac, who opens in London in April, said that galleries should do 75% of their business in their own spaces, rather than at fairs. Galleries can make a good 50% of their annual sales on the art fair circuit, sometimes as much as 70%, according to the conference organisers
  • Dame Julia Peyton-Jones becomes a mother for first time aged 64

    Peyton-Jones, who was director of the Serpentine Galleries for 25 years, is ‘delighted’ by birth of her daughter Pia, says Evening StandardDame Julia Peyton-Jones, who made her name as director of the Serpentine Galleries for 25 years, has become a mother for the first time at the age of 64.Peyton-Jones, who announced she was stepping down from her post in October 2015, told the Guardian at the time that she was planning to work independently in contemporary art and architecture, and
  • Will a hard Brexit spell disaster for London's cosmopolitan art scene?

    Art is the definitive globalised marketplace, and London’s dealers are at its centre. Is the UK’s spectacular period of cultural eminence about to collapse?At London’s Frieze art fair last autumn some friends from Vienna and Lahore took me to the Deutsche Bank VIP lounge. There we ate – what else? – micro portions of fish and chips, an ironically British gourmet snack in surroundings that stressed the global nature of the art economy.Now the postmodern canapes are g
  • Will Frieze chairman Robert Devereux’s collection of art from Africa and the diaspora return to the continent?

    Robert Devereux, the chairman of Frieze and a collector of contemporary art connected to the African continent, as he describes it, is showing part of his collection for the first time in public next month.
    The exhibition, When the Heavens Meet the Earth, features more than 35 works from his 350-strong collection, which is usually housed in a restored merchants house in Lamu, Kenya. It opens at The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge, where Devereux studied history, on 25 February (unti
  • Will former Frieze chairman Robert Devereux’s collection of art from Africa and the diaspora return to the continent?

    Robert Devereux, the former chairman of Frieze and a collector of contemporary art connected to the African continent, as he describes it, is showing part of his collection for the first time in public next month.
    The exhibition, When the Heavens Meet the Earth, features more than 35 works from his 350-strong collection, which is usually housed in a restored merchants house in Lamu, Kenya. It opens at The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge, where Devereux studied history, on 25 Februar
  • Feminism and playfulness at heart of United Arab Emirates pavilion in Venice

    Five established and emerging artists will represent the United Arab Emirates at the 57th Venice Biennale this summer in an exhibition focusing on aspects of play in contemporary art practice, says the curator Hammad Nasar. The exhibition, Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play (13 May-26 November), will be overseen by the influential Abu Dhabi-based philanthropic organisation, the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.Nasar co-founded Green Cardamom, the London-based non-profit focused on
  • Tomás Saraceno’s project takes flight at Davos

    The Argentine artist Toms Saraceno is bringing his own brand of environmentally friendly art to the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the high-powered annual meeting attended by around 3,000 heads of government, business leaders, scientists and economists. Since 2003, Saraceno has focused on fossil-fuel free flight, creating a series of floating, air-fuelled sculptures made of silver and transparent Mylar (test flights were conducted in Germany and Bolivia, among other locations). Saracen
  • Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky seeks political asylum in France

    The St Petersburg-based protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky, famous for nailing his scrotum to Moscows Red Square, has fled to France where he plans to apply for political asylum. The radical artist left Russia in mid-December with his partner, Oksana Chalyguina, and their children, after the opening of a criminal investigation brought against him for sexual assault.On Monday, 16 January, Pavlensky told the Russian opposition television channel Dojd that a complaint had been filed against him and hi
  • Maria Balshaw's Tate appointment confirmed by prime minister

    Official naming of key figure in cultural renaissance of Manchester as first woman director will be welcomed in arts worldMaria Balshaw is to become one of the the most important figures in British arts after her appointment as the new director of Tate was approved by the prime minister.She is the first woman to be appointed director of Tate and starts on 1 June.Related: Maria Balshaw: the Tate's new director-electContinue reading...
  • In her own words: Maria Balshaw, new director of Tate

    As 2016 drew to a close, we asked Maria Balshaw, the director of Manchester Art Galleries and the Whitworth at the University of Manchester, to pick her highlights of the year. Last week, the news leaked that she will succeed Nicholas Serota as the next director of the Tate, which its trustees confirmed today, 17 January.Balshaw is due to take up the post in June, the first woman to fill the post. Last June, she told us why Jeremy Deller's "ghost soldiers" and Anya Gallaccio's "ghost tree" were
  • Is the Ringling Museum's Velázquez the real deal?

    Curators at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Florida hope that infrared scans will help to prove that its portrait of Philip IV of Spain is by the 17th-century Spanish master Diego Velzquez. The paintings attribution has divided experts since the 19th century, with opinions oscillat[ing] wildly between people who are super in favour of it and people who say absolutely not, says Virginia Brilliant, the Sarasota museums curator of collections.
    New research may help tip the scale. Usin
  • ‘The Odyssey of Collecting’: Phillips to auction works from the Joy of Giving Something foundation

    The Phillips auction house in New York, which recently appointed Vanessa Hallett, previously its worldwide head of photographs, to deputy chairman, Americas, has landed its most valuable photography collection consignment in its history: around 470 photographs, estimated at $10m, from the collection of the photography and arts education non-profit, the Joy of Giving Something foundation (JGS).The material comes from American financier Howard Stein, who began collecting photographs in the 1980s
  • Sadie Coles HQ celebrates 20th birthday and chases the Monday blues away

    Yesterday (17 January) may have been Blue Monday but it was a red-letter day for Sadie Coles who threw an extremely jolly lunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her gallery, which she opened in 1997 on Heddon Street with a show of John Currin. Serendipitously, Currins most recent paintings are currently to be seen at her Davies Street space.Gathered at the Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch to toast two decades of Sadie Coles HQ, in cheerily unseasonal Campari-and-blood-orange cocktails, were t
  • Rothko and Rauschenberg to lead Christie’s London auction in March

    Post-war American art has taken centre stage in London in the past months thanks to blockbuster exhibitions at the Royal Academy (Abstract Expressionism, which closed on 2 January) and at Tate Modern (Robert Rauschenberg, which closes on 2 April). Now the market is following suit, with a work by each of these artists leading Christies Post-war and contemporary evening sale in London on 7 March.Mark Rothkos warm and vibrant No.1 (1949), estimated at 8m-12m, is part of a series of 12 works that w
  • Rothko and Rauschenberg to lead Christie’s London auction in February

    Post-war American art has taken centre stage in London in the past months thanks to blockbuster exhibitions at the Royal Academy (Abstract Expressionism, which closed on 2 January) and at Tate Modern (Robert Rauschenberg, which closes on 2 April). Now the market is following suit, with a work by each of these artists leading Christies Post-war and contemporary evening sale in London on 7 March.Mark Rothkos warm and vibrant No.1 (1949), estimated at 8m-12m, is part of a series of 12 works that w
  • Literature In The Time Of Obama (Is It A Thing?)

    What will we mean when someday we refer to Obama Lit? I think we’ll be discussing novels about authenticity, or about “problems of authenticity.” What does that mean?
  • How Money Changes What (And How) Writers Write

    "Money taints everything, why not writing too? Once its value is determined by the marketplace rather than the writer or the reader, our relationship to literature becomes estranged. From bloated celebrity advances to rejected masterpieces, the market is more than just a poor arbiter of lasting quality: it tends to obscure that quality behind purely economic motivations. Good writing, we’re told time and time again, is born from love, not avarice. But this romantic picture of the writer, t
  • What Works? US Symphony Orchestras Are Programming Live Music Movie Nights

    "The allure of this programming from an orchestra’s perspective is easy to see. In their never-ending quest to bring in new audiences — particularly patrons for whom the standard classical repertoire is less familiar terrain than it was to their parents and grandparents — the San Francisco Symphony and similar organizations have found a product that exerts a different sort of allure from that of a Brahms or Mahler symphony."
  • Architect Of The US Capitol Orders Painting Removed

    "Critics of the painting said the officers were depicted as pigs, which sparked outrage among Republican lawmakers and some police groups. Supporters said it was an example of free expression that deserved to be displayed. The dispute led to a bizarre back-and-forth as GOP lawmakers unilaterally ripped the painting from the wall and returned it to Clay’s office, only to have Clay and his allies rehang it alongside other paintings selected in the competition."
  • How I Learned Systematically To Adore Classical Music

    "I stood like a tourist at the foot of Everest. The tower of music loomed forebodingly before me. I began with baby steps, playing piano records in the background as I went about the day, letting the tunes seep in by osmosis, not getting too close in case I scared myself off. Over the next few weeks the slow-drip method started to take and the music began to fall into place. Melodies untangled. Their logic unfurled. Basically, I listened, and listened again, until the music made sense."
  • Piccadilly Circus: still London’s heart of darkness

    The famous illuminated advertisements have been switched off – but the junction will always be tinged with a neon-hued hint of sex and dangerThe young Alfred Hitchcock was so obsessed with the bright lights of London’s Piccadilly Circus that he gave them a starring role in no fewer than five of his films. In his eyes, the illuminated hoardings first introduced in 1908 to the West End’s great popular intersection symbolised everything glamorous and exciting about
  • The Eiffel Tower To Get A €300 Million Refurbishment Over 15 Years

    "The landmark, which receives more paying tourists—around seven million a year—than any other monument in the world, was built as the centerpiece of the 1889 Universal Exposition. The planned refurbishment is intended to bolster the French capital’s bids to host another World’s Fair in 2025 and, before that, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games, according to a statement from the mayor’s office."
  • Six Female Artists At The Top Of The Auction Charts

    Auction prices are a terrible way of judging the value of an artist. But they do tell you something about the demand for their work. Male artists command higher prices generally, but these six women are rising in the auction market.
  • Dev Patel On Being A Young Actor 'Hungry To Show Emotional Range'

    The star of Slumdog Millionaire and the new film Lion moved directly into acting from being a teenager in school. "Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned from great directors and my co-stars. Acting is about honesty. When I began, I was trying to squeeze as much emotion out of roles as I could and get big laughs. Now it’s about doing less."
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    That's right, the U.S. Marine Corps hired science fiction writers to come up with ideas for future scenarios. "The stories share common themes of political chaos, a rising China, a less-powerful and more inward-looking United States, conflicts over environmental resources, and the growth of megacities in the developing world. For Marines, who are the first US boots on the ground in the toughest situations, the toughest challenges may stem from the latter."
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    Is it bike paths? Innovative water use systems? Less greenhouse gas? Sure, but that won't earn Australian developers the coveted six stars. "It’s about going back to that old adage of community: people, walkability, liveability, places for the kids to play. [We want to] change the way people think about how they live."
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