Monday, June 29, 2020

Six arrests in France over theft of Banksy artwork from Bataclan

Police have arrested six people in France over the theft of a work by the British street artist Banksy that commemorated the victims...

This week's best culture at home, from Paul Weller to a new Rite of...

MusicPaul Weller Delayed by the pandemic, On Sunset finally comes out this week, offering both familiarity and experimentation from the restless, evergreen singer-songwriter. Out...

Simone Lia When does life begin? – cartoon

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From Shirley MacLaine's past lives to a composer's flamingo carpet: the Observer culture quiz

Test your arts knowledge with these questions from our criticsShirley MacLaine is a firm believer in reincarnation. Which of the following does she...

Oculi: the photography collective's startling vision of Australian life – in pictures

Twenty years ago, a brief encounter on Sydney’s Market Street between designer Bill Farmer and a photojournalist Rick Stevens led to the formation...

Good enough to eat: Asian American groceries as ceramics – in pictures

Artist Stephanie H Shih, who lives and works in Brooklyn, makes ceramic sculptures of Asian American pantry items from the 1980s and 90s....

Milton Glaser graphic designer dies aged 91 i love ny logo

It’s a privilege and occasional frustration for graphic designers that they furnish the backgrounds of the lives of millions, without those millions always...

Milton Glaser, groundbreaking I ❤️ NY designer, dies aged 91

Milton Glaser, the groundbreaking graphic designer who adorned Bob Dylan’s silhouette with psychedelic hair and summed up the feelings for his native New...

Open-air art museum: will Oakland's protest murals have a life beyond the street?

In Oakland, the boarded-up shop windows have been covered with the faces of George Floyd, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor. If you walk...

Jeremy Deller: ‘Who'd play me in a film? Worzel Gummidge’

Born in London, Jeremy Deller, 54, gained an art history degree at the Courtauld Institute in 1988. He went on to become a...

George Floyd tributes and a concert for plants: 20 photographs of the week

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USArtist Eric Rieger, also known as HOTTEA, works on an art installation called Pure Imagination outside the Guthrie Theater. The artwork,...

Before and after the drought: how one Australian family farm sprang back to life...

Somewhere in the pictures of Benjamin Wild’s photographs of Gradgery Cemetery, there’s a metaphor of loss, despair and then hope that’s bursting to...

Google's strangest street views, and other creepy wonders – the week in art

Exhibition of the weekJon Rafman: Nine Eyes of Google Street ViewImages appropriated from Google Street View give an eerily intimate and creepily intrusive...

KennedyTwaddle inserts pitched-roofed houses with private courtyards into former timber yard

Architecture studio KennedyTwaddle prioritised privacy in the construction of this pitched-roof housing development, which has been built on a awkward plot in Finchley, north...

Sunil Gupta’s Untitled No 12: love, poetry and protest

The great pretender … Sunil Gupta thumbs his nose at Thatcher’s infamous Clause 28 with his quietly powerful 1988/2020 series “Pretended” Family Relationships, mixing...

What happened here that made the French surrender? The great British art quiz

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from...

Tracing lives: a visual response to coronavirus

The ability to move us beyond cliche is a characteristic photographers shortlisted for the Prix Pictet share, and it is important as we...

Martin Parr's Glastonbury tour – photo essay

This week I should have been experiencing and photographing the Glastonbury festival for the first time. That it would have been my first...

Architects Elsie Owusu and Shawn Adams: 'Above the glass ceiling is a concrete ceiling'

In a context in which just 1% of UK architects are black, Elsie Owusu stands out as a leading light. The 66-year-old architect,...

David Levene's Glastonbury highlights: buy a Guardian print

Bono, 2011One of my all-time Glastonbury highlights was the night that Bono took my camera from around my neck during U2’s headline set...

What is the king giving this man, and why? The great British art quiz

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from...

The soul of Tokyo: unseen shots from a Japanese master – in pictures

Nezu, Tokyo, 1979Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1940, Suda began his career photographing avant-garde theatre in the late-1960s, before becoming a freelance photographer....

Michaela Yearwood-Dan meets Mary Evans: 'I’ve been racially discriminated against at shows I’ve been...

Michaela Yearwood-Dan, 26, and Mary Evans 57, are black British artists of different generations, but are united in their exploration of race and...

It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs of all time

In the latest instalment of the greatest genre of art news – and I write that as a lover of art – another...

Prince on the cover of Parade: Jeff Katz's best photograph

Early in the autumn of 1985, Prince’s assistant called me and said: “Prince would like you to come to France to be his...

London mayor to vacate Foster + Partners-designed City Hall

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that City Hall may be relocated from its Foster + Partners-designed home alongside the Thames to the docklands area of...

Moscow's Victory Day parade – in pictures

Russia is holding its postponed Victory Day military parade despite rising coronavirus infections. The parade celebrates the defeat of Nazi Germany and has...

An unlikely helper contributed to this Millais portrait. Who? The great British art quiz

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from...

Grace Jones, Jagger, Gaga and more music legends – in pictures

Grace Jones by Tim Bret-Day, 2010Outtakes from an Evening Standard Magazine shoot. Grace’s preferred choice was this red image, however the editor wanted...

National Gallery to lead return to cultural life in England

The National Gallery is expected to become the first of England’s big museums and galleries to reopen, followed by others staggering their opening...