Tuesday, June 2, 2020

'We built a dragon habitat': readers share stories of lockdown life with kids

Nurturing budding film buffs My children have both been really creative. My eldest (13) made a bookshelf, submitted a film to a festival and...

Anxious hands on New York's subway – in pictures

Brooklyn-based photographer Hannah La Follette Ryan has, for the past five years, captured the hands of passengers on the New York subway. In...

Rhapsody in blue: a Milanese apartment

Milan’s Sforza Castle may not be as well known as its Teatro alla Scala or Duomo, but it is one of the Italian...

On my radar: Lisa Taddeo's cultural highlights

Lisa Taddeo is an American author and journalist. Her debut book, Three Women, describing the lives and desires of ordinary women, was a...

What next for the arts? Rufus Norris and Maria Balshaw swap notes

At 2.30pm Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre and Maria Balshaw, director of Tate art museums and galleries, convene on screen –...

Country diary: a dream of grand gardens deserted

It’s 3.45am and this could be a lockdown-induced dream. A dream in which I’m walking, alone, and at night, in the deserted gardens...

Coronavirus will reshape our cities – we just don't know how yet

Few residents of the world’s great metropolises would have thought much about plagues before this year. Outside China and east Asia – made...

A lost childhood home, magic mushrooms and arty face masks – the week in...

Exhibition of the week Arshile Gorky and Jack Whitten We live in serious times and so we need serious art. The Armenian-born American painter Arshile...

'A Kafkaesque nightmare': the survival guide helping condemned estates beat the bulldozers

Nestled in the corner of Brockwell Park, Cressingham Gardens housing estate feels like an extension of the rolling municipal greenery. The low-rise fingers...

Anatomy of an Artwork: Larissa Sansour’s In Vitro, 2019

The cement garden … In a bunker, a young woman in minimalist utility wear visits the facility’s dying founder. Their sharp-edged concrete home...

Perou on two decades photographing Marilyn Manson – in pictures

The London-based photographer Perou has been photographing Marilyn Manson for more than 20 years, and a new book chronicles the highs and lows...

Collection project by the Museum of the Home will document domestic life under lockdown

London's Museum of the Home has launched a UK-wide project that calls for members of the public to submit photos and personal accounts...

What is the Laughing Cavalier not wearing? The great British art quiz

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

Awakening a sense of wonder in ordinary life – in pictures

Super Ordinary Life challenges us to notice more. Yasumi Toyoda began the blog and instagram account in London before moving to Tokyo. The...

Confessions of an art critic: my own inner critic, a back-seat homunculus, stalks me...

That article won’t write itself, I tell myself, clearing away the breakfast things, sticking my plate in the dishwasher, rinsing out the coffee...

Keith Critchlow obituary

My father, Keith Critchlow, who has died aged 87, was an artist, author, professor of art and architecture, and expert in sacred geometry. Keith’s...

Explore the Stirling Prize-winning Goldsmith Street housing in 360-degree interactive tour

British photographer Rod Edwards has combined 360-degree photography with videos, interviews and drawings to create an immersive tour of Mikhail Riches' Stirling Prize-winning...

Modi's plan to rebuild India's parliament draws fierce criticism

It was built by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the grand imperial heart of India, then reclaimed as the seat of power for an...

Modi the fanatic is using the coronavirus crisis to destroy India's heritage | Anish...

“Never let a good crisis go to waste,” Winston Churchill once declared … Crisis offers, of course, an opportunity for draconian governments to...

Clerkenwell Design Week and London Design Fair postponed until 2021

Clerkenwell Design Week, London Design Fair and the London Design Biennial have all cancelled their 2020 events as coronavirus impacts design shows due...

Where did Henry Wellcome keep his cats? 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...

Empty and eerie: the cities that went silent before lockdown – in pictures

When Mat Hennek shot some of the world’s great cities – from Paris to Shanghai – without any people, he had no idea...

Italian woman wins €1m Picasso in Christmas raffle

An Italian accountant whose son bought her a raffle ticket as a Christmas present won a Pablo Picasso oil painting valued at €1m...

Alan Jacobi obituary

Alan Jacobi, who has died of cancer aged 67, transformed the entertainment industry by bringing a spectacular new dimension to performance, whether on...

Artist David Shrigley produces face masks for charity

David Shrigley, one of the UK’s most consistently funny and perceptive visual artists, is one of four who have produced limited edition masks...

Massive Attack's 3D raises £106,000 for Bristol food banks with art print fire sale

Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja (AKA 3D) has called for more government support to be given to those in food poverty after a...

The Painter and the Thief: behind the year's most moving documentary

Barbora Kysilkova, a Czech painter, had just recently moved to Oslo when she received a distressing phone call from a gallerist. Two men...

National Gallery acquires Jean-Étienne Liotard masterpiece

Three 18th-century artworks, including a pastel regarded as the crowning achievement of Jean-Étienne Liotard, have been permanently acquired by the National Gallery in...

What is the secret of the laughing buttocks? 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...

'An eye for vulnerability': The world seen by women – in pictures

Pioneering pear farmers, homesick birds and couples kissing in the shadow of apartheid – images by these female photographers are being sold to...