Friday, July 19, 2019

WantedDesign founders awarded for bolstering French-American cultural exchange

French duo Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, the co-founders and directors of New York's WantedDesign fair, have received France's Chevalier of the Order...

Tate art galleries will no longer accept donations from the Sackler family

The Tate group of British art galleries has announced that it will no longer accept any gifts offered by members of the Sackler...

Neo Bankside residents lose battle to stop Tate Modern visitors looking into their flats

Residents of the Neo Bankside housing have had their claim that Tate Modern's Herzog & de Meuron-designed extension invades their privacy dismissed by...

Saype's grassy graffiti: meet the street-art sensation who sprays mountains

On a vast stretch of lawn beneath the Eiffel tower, a paint-splattered figure in a baseball cap is kneeling down, carefully planting small...

Martin Creed: Toast review – plenty to chew on in show of surprises

Lily Cole looks straight at the camera as it homes in. Parting her lips as if to speak, she opens her mouth, in...

The last free place in America: Slab City – in pictures

Squatters, artists, snowbirds and survivalists have created an off-grid city in the desert in southern California. Donovan Wylie has documented it in Slab...

Brave new production line: factory workers of the 50s and 60s

Testing Thermal Insulation, Shell International, Woodstock Farm, Sittingbourne, Kent Bloomfield’s pictures were meticulously composed and dramatically lit, their empathy for their subjects born out...

Queen's Leonardo da Vinci drawings to be shown across UK cities

Arguably the greatest collection of Leonardo da Vinci drawings in the world, owned by the Queen and normally kept away from public view...

Al-Jawad Pike combines robust and affordable materials for extension to Peckham house

Architecture office Al-Jawad Pike used pigmented concrete blockwork for the exterior and interior of this two-storey extension to a Victorian house in south...

Female architects lose in surname game | Letters

Oliver Wainwright (The Invisible Women, G2, 17 October) says of Denise Scott Brown (“relegated to being the wife of a famous architect rather...

Council housing: it's back, it's booming – and this time it's beautiful

A broad arched entranceway leads into a tree-lined courtyard where a playground is overlooked by balconies full of plants. Banded brick walls frame...

Hostile architecture: an uncomfortable urban art – in pictures

Julius-Christian Schreiner’s Silent Agents series, shot in London, Paris, Innsbruck and Hamburg, depicts examples of ‘hostile architecture’: subtle interventions in urban spaces designed...

Deirdre Borlase obituary

My mother, the painter Deirdre Borlase, has died aged 93. She once described to me the day she became an artist. “I was...

Jeff Goldblum goes topless and Mark Wallinger goes into orbit – the week in...

Exhibition of the week Mark WallingerThe isolation of the human form in space is the focus of Wallinger’s metaphysical wit in this focused exhibition.•...

Carolee Schneemann obituary

When the artist Carolee Schneemann, who has died aged 79, first exhibited in Paris in 1964, a shocked Marcel Duchamp declared the performance...

Rembrandt’s An Old Woman Reading: subtle drama and rugged human experience

Golden oldies … In 17th-century Netherlands, the detailed depiction of careworn, lived-in elderly faces became an artist’s calling card. Though this was...

Lily Cole: Balls review – what Heathcliff's mum did next

Two girls appear on a split screen, one black, one white. Each is anxiously rocking a baby. One after the other, they are...

OMA unveils plans for largest football stadium in the Netherlands

OMA is planning to build a 63,000-seat stadium in its home city for football club Feyenoord Rotterdam.

What next for photography in the age of Instagram?

In 2012, I wrote an essay about the shifting nature of photography in an era of unprecedented image overload. Back then, Facebook users...

Robert Ryman: the master of white who took painting apart

One afternoon at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, I walked into a room of paintings by Robert Ryman. Ryman’s white paintings hung on...

Country diary: the old church seems oddly bereft

A thunderbolt from heaven had struck the village church half a century earlier. After it toppled the tower, the parish plugged the gap...

Move over, Nelson! These are the statues modern Britain needs

Iconoclasm never fell out of fashion, but it has almost always been metaphorical: if you wanted to find the last time monuments were...

Gainsborough’s Family Album review – the powerfully affecting work of a lifetime

Margaret and Mary Gainsborough are holding hands in their father’s most famous portrait of his children. Margaret, aged five, darts forward to catch...

10 great European art anniversaries in 2019

Rembrandt 350thThe Netherlands It is 350 years since the death of Rembrandt van Rijn. There is a year-long programme of events in nine Dutch...

A love affair with the contrasts and contradictions of Mexico – in pictures

Enchanted by Mexico’s unique relationship with death, myth, ritual and religion, Harvey Stein’s symbolic photographs are an intimate portrait of the country’s rich...

Euan Myles's best photograph: The secret to happiness? Your own windmill

I’ve never met a man more content than Nigel Moon. He’s dedicated his whole life to the windmill where he lives and works....

Spencer Tunick plans mass nude photo on Melbourne's Chapel Street

Artist Spencer Tunick plans to fill one of Melbourne’s most famous streets with naked people, no matter the weather. The New York-based artist announced...

Gaudí's Sagrada Família wins a building permit – 137 years after work began

Property owners have a new yardstick for measuring their frustration over building permit requests that are lost in the labyrinth of local government...

Why putting £1m through the shredder is Banksy’s greatest work

The moment I love most in the video Banksy has released of his latest art stunt is when a bespectacled man with the...

Gin, syphilis, lunacy: Hogarth’s grotesques united in new show

With subjects ranged from political corruption to loveless marriages, drunkenness to sexually transmitted diseases, Hogarth delighted and disgusted his 18th century contemporaries with...