Sunday, March 22, 2020

Titian: Love, Desire, Death review – wild at heart

Titian – painter of kings, king of painters – was carried off by the virulent pandemic that devastated Venice in 1576. He was...

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

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

Who will lead the BBC on the other side of the virus crisis? |...

By the time this virus crisis has subsided, the next boss of the BBC should be sorted, since Tony Hall is meant to...

Simone Lia on apocalyptic visions

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Nick Cave's inspiration: pictures and notes from his archive

What you see in this book lives in the intricate world constructed around the songs, and which the songs inhabit,” writes Nick Cave...

The big picture: a special branch in Finland

Ville Lenkkeri took this photograph in 2013. The great birch tree, which stood behind his family’s summerhouse in Finland, had been a fixture...

Northern stars: Wakefield's mining life – in pictures

Illustrator and mural artist Seanna Doonan “grew up singing songs about the miners’ strike and other historical and social struggles”. Based in Wakefield,...

Lack of support for UK freelance designers "causing worry and division" amid Covid-19 pandemic

The UK's creative sector has welcomed the huge financial package announced by the government yesterday aimed at helping companies protect jobs during the...

Aussie rules: an old Melbourne bookshop transformed into a modern family home

When Kate Challis’s husband was a student in Melbourne in the 1990s, he bought a copy of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale...

10 design-focused dwellings from the East London Homes book

Interiors reporter Natasha Levy has selected 10 striking homes in east London that the city's creatives have designed for themselves.The projects are all from the...

Art books to self-isolate with, from Patti Smith to Lucian Freud – the week...

Art memoir of the week Just Kids by Patti SmithStuck at home and want to read a vivid book that’s more living art than...

Helmut Newton's Retro Verseau: a study in erotic ambiguity

Smoking! … This signature 1979 Helmut Newton shot casts the 19-year-old gay supermodel Gia Carangi with Robin Osler, who leans over her like an...

Livestreaming schedule: music, art, literature and events from Australia and beyond

Music • 21–22 March: Members of the beleaguered live music scene have banded together to create Isol-Aid, a “socially (media) distanced music festival” featuring...

From vermin to fashion: 'These people hate cane toads so much they want a...

Lia Tabrah, who runs the fashion label Vermin with Perina Drummond, didn’t realise how strongly Australians feel about cane toads. The designer started creating...

DIY curators let loose on huge online collection of British art

For anyone who feels they could do a better job than the art professionals who choose what we see at exhibitions comes a...

In a spectacular fashion: the escapist world of Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel – in pictures

From a rocket in flights to a life-sized recreation of a ski chalet, the late designer will go down in history as the...

Build, bulldoze, repeat: China's dizzying changes – in pictures

From bridges to flowers, from cities to gorges, Teresa Eng spent four years exploring her ancestral roots in China, capturing a country modernising...

William Burke obituary

My friend William Burke, who has died of a heart attack aged 71, was a distinguished gallerist and collector whose passionate love of...

Alan Caiger-Smith obituary

Alan Caiger-Smith, who has died aged 90, was the founder of Aldermaston Pottery, which employed an average of eight co-workers over 38 years,...

New Stone Age exhibition demonstrates material's "potential to revolutionise construction"

New Stone Age at London's Building Centre shows the potential of stone as a modern construction material. Curator Steve Webb picks five projects...

Smile-ing Boys Project – in pictures

Kay Rufai’s portraits of smiling black boys from south London came out of an initiative that investigated the lack of mental health provisions...

From barrio to beach: a Spanish odyssey – in pictures

La Chanca, Almería, 1963 The move also reflected Pérez Siquier’s desire to avoid giving a negative impression of the place, although there are still...

The Act of Love: using photography to spread unity during a pandemic

At a construction site on the Lower East Side, there’s a set of posters far different than the rest: they show photographs of...

The death of Aubrey Beardsley – archive, 18 March 1898

The death is announced, at Mentone, of Mr Aubrey Beardsley, the young designer whose black and white work has gained so considerable a...

Coronavirus collabs: the social media games entertaining the masses – and bringing us together

What’s quarantine without a fun way to pass the time? As pandemic-induced social distancing pushes more and more people to the solitude of...

Plague visionaries: how Rembrandt, Titian and Caravaggio tackled pestilence

It seems incredible that we should find common cause with the people of 500 years ago, who faced disease without any understanding or...

Government's coronavirus advice "crippling blow to the UK’s creative industries" says Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation has criticised the UK government's decision not to ban group gatherings due to coronavirus, as it could restrict the ability...

Coronavirus social distancing sees Grenfell Tower Inquiry suspended

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has been paused because attendees would be at "unacceptable risk" from coronavirus.The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has...

Leading arts figures demand clarity over compensation for coronavirus closures

Leading UK arts figures have called for greater clarity from the government regarding compensation as the coronavirus causes theatres and museums around the...

Burn pink smoke! Gangs of New Orleans – in pictures

Caramel Curves – a women’s motorbike club – is just one of the highlights of Death Magick Abundance, a photobook by Akasha Rabut...