Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Francis Bacon: Couplings review – a taboo-busting opus of sizzling flesh

The authority of Francis Bacon’s art is papal. I am not referring to the paintings inspired by Velázquez’s portrait of Pope Innocent X...

The Renaissance Nude review – the naked truth?

Saint Sebastian – golden-haired, flawless – poses in nothing but a wisp of white loincloth. We look up at him, balletic feet in...

Fake fun: when holiday photos aren't what they seem – in pictures

From impossible museum displays to made-up tourist sights, Austrian photographer Thomas Albdorf’s images play with the familiar and the absurd, and address the...

Peter Barber Architects reinterprets Victorian back-to-back housing in London

Peter Barber Architects has arranged a block of 26 shared-ownership homes around a central courtyard in Stratford, London.

Pet project: Amsterdam's animal photographer – in pictures

As the Dutch capital’s first official pet portraitist, Isabella Rozendaal has created an eye-catching portfolio of animal photography. Here we show some highlights. Isabella...

Rembrandt painting featuring artist's 'fingerprints' to go on sale in London

Two fingerprints almost certainly belonging to Rembrandt have been discovered on a small painting portraying Jesus, which is to be auctioned in London...

'Click, click, click, I never wait': the everyday genius of Sabine Weiss

‘I am coming!” Sabine Weiss shouts as she descends from her studio to greet me. At 93, the Swiss-French photographer is immaculately presented...

Retreat to Blue Lagoon: the Indigenous art camp inspiring a community

A sombreness returns to the artists as we exit the airport shelter. Moments earlier, with their eyes flashing and faces glowing, they were...

David Adjaye's Wakefield Market Hall to be demolished

Plans to demolish the Wakefield Market Hall buildings in northern England, built by British architect David Adjaye just 10 years ago, have been...

V&A unveils £13.5m plan to redevelop Museum of Childhood

The V&A has announced its ambition to create the “world’s most joyful museum” for children and young people in a £13.5m revamp of...

Berger & Wyse on art – cartoon

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Apocalyptic visions from a shunned giant of British art – Frank Bowling review

Why hasn’t 85-year-old Frank Bowling been honoured with lots of big museum shows before now? Born in 1934, in what was then British...

Australia to get its first gallery showing only female artists

In the age of viral feminist hashtags and global movements against gender discrimination, it’s perhaps surprising that it has taken until now for...

Architects can "play a more prominent role" in creating queer space says Ben Campkin

London's queer community needs architects and designers to help them create new social spaces, says Ben Campkin, co-author of a report charting the...

Adrian Steirn's best photograph: the last portrait of Nelson Mandela

I shot this in 2011, as part of a series of portraits of extraordinary South Africans, from Desmond Tutu to FW de Klerk....

Ghana Building Code is "major milestone for the country" says David Adjaye

Ghana's first Building Code marks a pivotal moment for architecture and construction in the country, says Ghanian British architect David Adjaye.

Hot-air balloons and fancy dress: Tuesday's best photos

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Timber! Michael Kenna's magical trees – in pictures

From the lakes of Hokkaido to the forests of Abruzzo, the British photographer has scoured the world’s landscapes to capture their silent guardians...

Thinking outside the phone box | Letters

The Twentieth Century Society welcomes BT’s plans to update the iconic Sir Giles Gilbert Scott red telephone boxes to digital use (G2, 28...

The photobook about homelessness – without a single rough sleeper

‘Homelessness is now so visible on a day-to-day level that that it’s becoming hard to ignore,” says photographer Nigel Shafran. “I just felt...

'It's a huge job': a peek inside Parliament House’s private, prized art stash

Deep in the basement of Parliament House, Justine van Mourik flits between racks of paintings, marble busts and giant colonial portraits. Van Mourik’s attention...

John Singer Sargent’s Gassed: a chilling image of war

The line-up … Gassed, from 1919, is painted on a heroic scale – 611cm long – and the composition recalls the heroes...

Kevin Daly Architects builds crinkled complex for UCLA's basketball teams

California-based firm Kevin Daly Architects has designed a sports complex for UCLA's basketball teams with fin-like panels and a wavy roofline with numerous...

Terry Farrell puts his "exuberantly colourful" flat on the market

Postmodern architect Terry Farrell is selling the flat he designed for himself in a former Spitfire factory in Marylebone, London, after living in it...

Banksy video shows plan to shred entire Girl With Balloon artwork

Banksy has posted a video to his website in which he implies the shredding of his million-pound artwork Girl with Balloon at a...

'The Glastonbury of art': Venice Biennale 2019 – in pictures

Roman Stançzak’s Flight in the Polish pavilion Levene says: ‘Here’s an inside-out plane with its guts stuck on the exterior. I never make things...

Free climber scales 310-metre Shard skyscraper in London

A free climber has scaled the Shard, one of the tallest buildings in Europe. The man was spoken to by police after the stunt...

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...

Murder set Thomas Gainsborough on path to success, say experts

Art historians are reappraising the life of Thomas Gainsborough after fresh research disclosed a double murder in his family, committed when he was...

Midcentury modern homes for sale – in pictures

Ham Common, south-west London This first-floor apartment is in a development that has been awarded Grade II* listed status, extremely rare for a post-war property,...