Monday, January 20, 2020

Ruth Asawa: A Line Can Go Anywhere; Benode Behari Mukherjee: After Sight – review

It hardly seems possible that there could be a major 20th-century artist still ripe for rediscovery, but so it seems with the Japanese-American...

Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of ‘dry’

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is ‘dry’. Share your photos of what dry...

London’s new Centre for Music? Don’t hold your breath…

Wanted: a philanthropist to cough up about £145m towards London’s proposed Centre for Music. For that amount – about half the total cost...

Simone Lia on a world full of darkness

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What young women think in 2020

Children’s charity Plan International UK and photographer Joyce Nicholls travelled across the UK talking to young women about the issues important to them...

The big picture: Alfred Eisenstaedt’s people-watching at the opera

Alfred Eisenstaedt, the prime mover of candid photojournalism, took this picture at the La Scala opera house in 1933. Eisenstaedt was experimenting with...

Eye candy: Jarvis Cocker on the joy of vintage sweet wrappers

Before we get on to aspects of design, let’s just take a little time to think about what these wrappers actually contained. A...

The magic of mushrooms in arts – in pictures

“I noticed so many artists working with fungi,” says curator Francesca Gavin, “I wanted to learn why.” This has led to a new...

The best home makeovers – it's not all big windows and knocking through

Archaeologists of the future, should they find themselves sifting through the rubble of early 21st-century London, will find a distinctive layer. It will...

How Linder went from Orgasm Addict to Chatsworth House

It’s not easy to celebrate female sexuality and vaginas on public transport, but Linder, the British artist known for her uncompromising photomontages, managed...

Pedal power: behind the scenes at Bristol's Temple Cycles – in pictures

Temple Cycles is an independent firm inspired by Britain’s long tradition of bicycle manufacture, which has blossomed from a one-man startup into a...

Illuminating: the making of Bert Frank's luxury lighting – in pictures

Robbie Llewellyn and Adam Yeats met by chance at a London lighting shop, and soon found they shared a vision. Llewellyn’s design ideas...

Working with the master glassmakers of Italy – in pictures

The Veneto region of Italy is home to some of the greatest glassmakers on the planet. For the most part, they’re located on...

Off the wall: the enduring impact of the printed poster

A t New York’s recently opened Poster House museum, three exhibits sum up the poster’s impact on life and culture. At one end...

'We cannot let this issue go': the artists taking a stand against child separation

In June last year, a group of volunteer lawyers, doctors, and mental health experts visited a US Customs and Border Patrol facility in...

What, no fatberg? Fischli Weiss explore a Swiss sewer – review

The high point or, more accurately, the low point of this small exhibition of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss at Sprüth...

A Picasso-Pollock mashup and Dalí's Hollywood haunts – the week in art

Exhibition of the week Art & LanguageThe conceptual art pioneers merge Picasso’s Guernica with Jackson Pollock’s drips in a provocative visual “essay” on the...

Manchester's much-derided Piccadilly Gardens to be revamped

At 5.30pm in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, three police officers are gathered around a wheelchair parked in front of a gold postbox commemorating Team...

Buy a Guardian classic photograph: Girls walk in the snow, Pakistan, 2006

Photograph: Dan Chung/The Guardian The then Guardian photographer Dan Chung visited Kuz Ganrshal, a remote village in northern Pakistan, in January...

Loyn & Co reveals proposal for carbon neutral neighbourhood in Wales

Loyn & Co has unveiled its design for Parc Hadau, a net-zero-carbon housing scheme in Wales that will be built from cross-laminated timber and...

Cristina Iglesias wins 2020 Royal Academy Architecture Prize

London's Royal Academy of Arts has named Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias the winner of its 2020 architecture prize for her urban sculptures in...

Awol Erizku’s Beyoncé Pregnant: a pop Madonna

Boom! … Artist Awol Erizku’s 2017 portrait of Beyoncé pregnant with twins scored 10m likes when it landed on Instagram in 2017, the...

What to see this week in the UK

Five of the best … films 1917 (15) (Sam Mendes, 2019, UK/US) 119 mins Sam Mendes’s first world war drama has turned into a substantial commercial...

The healing power of Bauhaus at London's St Mary's hospital

The role of art in hospitals rarely extends beyond hanging pictures on the wall. But for Josef and Anni Albers, art was always...

Ickworth embraces enforced darkness to spotlight art collection

A 200-year-old Italianate palace, hidden away in the Suffolk countryside and currently encased in more than 270 miles of scaffolding, is to hold...

'My life has been a struggle against the establishment': artist Rasheed Araeen

‘You won’t find anything interesting in my life. I’d rather talk about the work,” says Rasheed Araeen. It is quite the understatement. The...

Conga and carnival: Havana's jazz festival – in pictures

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Inside the odyssey: taking a closer look at Stanley Kubrick's 2001

Though the calendar reads 2020 we’re still waiting for the future promised in 2001. Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, created concurrently with Arthur C...

Nothing Has Changed: a nostalgic view of modern America – in pictures

Photographer Larry Niehues has been capturing life in the US on 35mm film, from motels to diners to gas stations, to evoke the...

Robbie Lawrence's best photograph: a woman praying in Georgia's Low Country

In October and November 2017, the American writer Sala Elise Patterson and I travelled to the Low Country in Georgia. In recent years,...