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Tony Costa named winner of 2019 Archibald prize for portrait of Lindy Lee

The Sydney-based artist Tony Costa said he is “absolutely overwhelmed, honoured and thrilled” to have won the has won this year’s Archibald prize...

A boat wrapped in chains, and a pop-up embassy: the artist intervening at Venice...

Art has ever been both a story and critique of exactly who is afforded access to its pleasures. It’s a story that will be...

Kalifornia Kool: San Francisco punk culture in the 70s and 80s – in pictures

Photographer Ruby Ray found herself at the epicentre of a movement in late-70s San Francisco and started to capture the bands, artists and...

Venezuelan upheaval delays pavilion at Venice Biennale

Switzerland is partying, sequin-clad dancers whirling on a vast screen. Russia is staging an elaborate homage to Rembrandt. But between them – or...

Van Gogh's gushing letter to art critic goes on show in Amsterdam

It was written by Vincent van Gogh a few months before his death aged 37, during his time as a patient at a...

Beauty in ruins: the wonder of abandoned buildings – a photo essay

It was like hell on earth; everything coated in red dust and rust. The noise was immense, with steam and chemicals belching from...

EC Tong's best photograph: a huge-scale recreation of Chinese harvests past

Last autumn, I travelled with a group of friends from Malaysia to Yunnan province in China. It is a beautiful region, significantly less...

Architects grieve as demolition starts on "design icon" Welbeck Street car park

Architects have been lamenting the loss of the Welbeck Street car park in London, as works starts to replace the brutalist building with a new...

Geoffrey White obituary

My friend and former teacher Geoffrey White, who has died aged 90, was a modest master of British graphic design education, in a...

UK government will pay £200 million to replace Grenfell-style cladding

The UK government has promised to pay to replace combustible cladding on private high-rise housing, almost two years after the Grenfell Tower fire.A...

Britain's 10 best buried treasures – ranked!

We really are good at talking up our treasures. Britain’s Tutankhamun? There are lots of reasons why the remnants of a Saxon princely...

MPs plan to build themselves a palace. Have they lost all contact with reality?...

You are an MP, staring glumly at the latest election results and wondering how to restore public respect. What is your first idea? Incredibly,...

James Walker Tucker’s Hiking: stylised realism

Get real … Until recently, James Walker Tucker’s paintings had been consigned to the back of art history’s storeroom. Like other long-overlooked British artists...

Pot shots: the plant photographs of Luigi Ghirri – in pictures

Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri created his project Colazione sull’Erba (Breakfast on the Grass), images of trees, pots and plants in Modena, in 1972-74....

The Standard completes new hotel in London

The Standard's first UK hotel opens this summer, featuring colourful interiors designed by Shawn Hausman  to contrast "the greyness of London".Occupying the former Camden town hall...

Cat videos, clever robots and clapped-out computer games – the week in art

Exhibition of the week AI: More than HumanAnna Ridler and Mario Klingemann are among the artists here whose experiments with thinking machines may or...

Dreams of a modern parliament are as crumbled as the palace | Letters

If there is any singular image of the state of British politics in 2019 it is surely that of the Houses of Parliament:...

Artist's secret tunnel aims to link France and Britain via Venice Biennale

Artist Laure Prouvost is officially representing France at the Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious art gathering, which opens to the public on...

On my radar: Cate Le Bon’s cultural highlights

Singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon was born Cate Timothy in 1983 in Penboyr, Wales. In 2008, she released a Welsh-language EP, followed the next...

'I used to be afraid of colour!' Eva Rothschild, Ireland's dockside voice in Venice

“The weird thing about Venice,” says Eva Rothschild, sitting in her Hackney studio, surrounded by crated sculptural components ready to ship to the...

Saved for the nation: Quaker meeting houses where silence is cherished

For almost 350 years, Quakers have been opening a gate in a brick wall in Hertford, crossing a small, peaceful courtyard, and taking...

Buy a Classic Guardian Photograph: Common Market rally, April 1975

On 5 June 1975, the UK held its first referendum on leaving Europe. There were some surprising voices in both camps:...

Saatchi Gallery covers up artworks after Muslim visitors' complaints

A leading contemporary art gallery covered up works featuring an Islamic declaration of faith after complaints from Muslim visitors who said the artworks...

Let me into your home: artist Lauren McCarthy on becoming Alexa for a day

In a gallery in downtown Manhattan, people are huddling around four laptops, taking turns to control the apartments of 14 complete strangers. They...

Observer archive: Students demonstrate in Paris, 10 May 1968

In a spectacular surrender, the French government late tonight bowed to student violence in an attempt to defuse what has become a state...

Fredrikson Stallard makes furniture cast from "humble" cardboard

London studio Fredrikson Stallard has completed the Reformation collection of furniture and art made using cardboard found on the streets of the city.Between Another...

The lost Leonardo? Louvre show ditches Salvator Mundi over authenticity doubts

Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, will not be part of this year’s big Leonardo da Vinci show in Paris because curators...

Norman Foster unveils plans for The Unicorn tower to rival The Tulip

The soon-to-be-approved Tulip may be superseded as the tallest building in the City of London before it's even built now that Norman Foster has...

Floods, fires and desert mice: $100,000 Hadley’s Art prize  – in pictures

Hadley’s Art prize is an annual acquisitive prize for Australian landscape art which, at $100,000, is believed to be the richest in the...

Graham Arnold obituary

Graham Arnold, who has died aged 86, was an outstanding painter and an important member of a group of artists who sought to...