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The Guardian

Nov 28 2018
Grab your Geiger counter: a trip to Chernobyl's first rave

The nuclear disaster site is being marketed as a tourist destination with novelty gas masks, radioactive ice cream and - now - a multimedia art show with the military

It is a two-hour drive from the centre of Kiev, following the banks of the Dnieper river into the woods. It is minus six degrees outside. Wild dogs scavenge at the side of the road.

Our bus comes to a stop and military men in uniform tell us to disembark and ready our passports. We’re at the main check point of the Chernobyl exclusion zone. From here, signs warn us, everything is contaminated.

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The Guardian

Nov 28 2018
Renoir painting stolen from auction house in central Vienna

Police hunt three suspects after landscape valued at up to €160,000 taken from display

Austrian police are searching for three suspects after a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir valued at up to €160,000 (£140,000) was stolen from a Vienna auction house during opening hours.

Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes, a lesser known landscape by the prolific French impressionist, was taken from its frame on Monday evening while it was on display ahead of a planned sale at the Dorotheum auction house, police said.

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The Guardian

Nov 28 2018
Historic Photographer of the Year awards – in pictures

The Historic Photographer of the Year awards celebrate historic places and cultural sites across the globe, from national treasures to hidden gems. Entries were judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency as well as the story that inspired the submission and its historical impact

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The Guardian

Nov 28 2018
'The art world tolerates abuse' - the fight to change museum wall labels

Activists in the art world have called for a re-examination of the information contained within some museum wall labels to reflect the problematic nature of the artist being featured

Earlier this month, Chicago artist Michelle Hartney walked into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and placed her own wall label directly beside Paul Gauguin’s Two Tahitian Women from 1899 – without asking for permission.

It’s part of Hartney’s own artwork Correct Art History, where the artist leaves wall labels to call out sexist, misogynist and abusive artists when museums will not. Her project includes calling out Pablo Picasso (who called women machines for suffering), Balthus (who sexualized prepubescent girls) and Gauguin (a pedophile who had three child brides in Tahiti).

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The Guardian

Nov 27 2018
Darkness on the edge of town: Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido's suburban nightmares – in pictures

With their desperate housewives and sinister driveways, an exhibition at London’s Huxley-Parlour Gallery pairs two artists whose work investigates and subverts the concept of suburbia

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The Guardian

Nov 27 2018
London's Tulip tower 'could confuse air traffic control systems'

London City airport warns officials of potential problems with Norman Foster skyscraper

It has been compared to a cocktail cornichon and derided as an architectural Freudian slip, but Norman Foster’s proposed viewing platform and visitor attraction in the City of London is facing a potentially more serious objection.

Gondalas designed to move up and down the top of the Tulip tower are at risk of confusing air traffic control systems, according to technical experts at London City airport.

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The New York Times

Nov 27 2018
In a Texas Art Mecca, Humble Adobe Now Carries a High Cost
In a Texas Art Mecca, Humble Adobe Now Carries a High Cost
In Marfa, Tex., officials have raised taxes on adobe homes, pinching upscale homeowners as well as lower-income families who have lived there for decades.
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The New York Times

Nov 27 2018
Show Us Your Wall: Empty Nesters Downsize, but There’s Always Room for Art
Show Us Your Wall: Empty Nesters Downsize, but There’s Always Room for Art
Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia had to look at their collection afresh when they made a move from Brooklyn Heights to the Brooklyn Bridge Park area.
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The Guardian

Nov 27 2018
Dancing naked with robots: dreams of Jarman prize winner Daria Martin

Video art has never been more celebrated – and after taking the £10,000 prize for the best artist using moving images, the intriguing filmmaker is in the vanguard

For Daria Martin, making art is a dream come true – literally. Her films involve restaging the dreams, nightmares or altered states of consciousness of friends and relatives. For one forthcoming project, Tonight the World, she’s recreated several of her grandmother’s nocturnal visions. She fled the Nazis in 1938 and spent the rest of her life dreaming about the family home she was forced to abandon.

Even when Martin is not turning dreams into real life, her films have a dreamlike quality: crudely made robots dance away next to naked people; retro-futurist figures in white leotards strike poses among transparent plastic shapes. These investigations into the unconscious can be mesmerising – and no doubt cast a spell over the judges of the Film London Jarman awards, who crowned her the winner of this year’s £10,000 prize for art using moving images.

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The Guardian

Nov 27 2018
Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen review – as artistic as tartan trousers

National Gallery, London
Pairing this trite painting of a stag with Rachel Maclean’s surrealist video about Scottish stereotypes may have viewers reaching for the whisky

The National Gallery has apparently had enough of masterpieces. You can see how its curators might be sick of seeing paintings by great artists such as Titian and Piero della Francesca wall-to-wall, day in, day out. So they’re treating themselves to the lowbrow fun of exhibiting a bit of nonsense by a painter who has been slighted for a century and on this evidence deserves to be slighted for several more.

Or so I am trying to rationalise the gallery’s mystifying attempt to redefine Edwin Landseer’s ludicrous The Monarch of the Glen as a great painting. It’s hard to understand how anyone can see this as anything but the lousy, lifeless relic that it is. Landseer’s mid-19th century painting of a stag posing majestically against a backdrop of Scottish mountains is trite in feeling and mechanical in execution. Far from a sublime romantic vision, it looks like an advert – and that is what it has often been used as. The accompanying book – does this little grouse-dropping of a show merit one? – reproduces a 1927 whisky ad among other uses of this painted answer to tartan golf trousers.

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The Guardian

Nov 27 2018
Asia Pacific Triennial: an exhibition of immense scope capturing a troubled world

QAGOMA, Brisbane
Resistance, survival and big picture politics from war to climate change infuse the exhibition’s ninth outing

The ninth outing of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art’s Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) was hit by an act of God. The dust storms and high winds that caused the cancellation of dozens of flights on Australia’s east coast late last week had the knock on effect of reducing the interstate turnout for the opening weekend of the institution’s flagship event.

Under a rust-orange sky, many punters observed that this was climate change in action, the inevitable outcome of human behaviour. I imagine I wasn’t the only one who wondered if this wasn’t also symbolic of the whole enterprise: what does the APT tell us about the state of these giant museum exhibitions? Are they a doomed species blind to the signs and portents of coming oblivion? Or are they the last bastion of a rational, humanist approach to art, artists and their audiences?

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The Guardian

Nov 27 2018
Why populists adore cats – and use them in their political propaganda

Italy’s rightwing deputy prime minister is using cat pictures to soften his anti-migrant posts on Facebook. This is no surprise. The whitewashed cats of the internet are pure phoneys

Fans of Matteo Salvini, Italy’s rightwing, populist deputy prime minister, have been sending him images of their cats so he can post the cute, furry faces on his Facebook page and give his relentless attacks on migrants a more cuddly setting. Yet the idea that cat pictures are sweet is an internet-era development. In art, until recently, the cat was an evil creature.

It is positively diabolical in Renaissance images of witchcraft. The German artist Hans Baldung Grien regularly included cats in his drawings of witches cavorting naked. While his witches offer themselves to Satan, their feline familiars, nicely observed, sit enigmatically, as cats will. In fact, 500 years ago, cats were considered so malign they were sometimes sealed alive inside wattle-and-daub walls.

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The New York Times

Nov 27 2018
Return of African Artifacts Sets a Tricky Precedent for Europe’s Museums
Return of African Artifacts Sets a Tricky Precedent for Europe’s Museums
President Emmanuel Macron of France announced that 26 objects looted by French colonial forces would be returned to their country of origin.
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The New York Times

Nov 27 2018
Roz Chast in Full View (Body Scan Included)
Roz Chast in Full View (Body Scan Included)
The New Yorker cartoonist, the subject of a new retrospective, talks about getting started as an artist, why she loves crafting and the thing she hates drawing the most.
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The New York Times

Nov 27 2018
Five Countries Slow to Address Nazi-Looted Art, U.S. Expert Says
Five Countries Slow to Address Nazi-Looted Art, U.S. Expert Says
At a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of an international accord on restitution, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Russia and Italy were faulted.
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The New York Times

Nov 27 2018
Critic’s Pick: ‘Rams’ Review: The Man Who Made Our Machines Beautiful
Critic’s Pick: ‘Rams’ Review: The Man Who Made Our Machines Beautiful
Easy-to-use products with clean lines started with Dieter Rams. Meet the German designer in this elegant new documentary.
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The Guardian

Nov 27 2018
Fake views? What we can learn from the V&A’s Cast Courts

The V&A’s restoration of its masterly collection of replicas of great European works of art - from Trajan’s Column to Michelangelo’s David - is a timely reminder of the Victorians’ cultural Europhilia

The full-scale replica of Trajan’s Column that stands in two halves in the V&A’s Cast Courts has always been a gobsmacking object to come across indoors. Now its interior is about to reveal a steampunk secret. As part of the restoration of the Cast Courts, which reopen this weekend, a door has been opened at the base of this monument. What can be in there? The darkness reveals … a chimney. It turns out that with typically Victorian practicality the creators of the Cast Courts built two solid brick cylinders like industrial chimney stacks to support the two halves of this ancient – and modern – wonder.

Why did they do it? Why did the Victorians not only create this stupendous replica of one of Rome’s most sublime monuments but fill two vast rooms in South Kensington with full-size casts of everything from the ceremonial doors of Santiago de Compostela’s cathedral to Michelangelo’s David? The answer is all around you as you meditate inside Trajan’s Column. The Cast Courts are relics of a cultural Europhilia that’s clearly not shared by modern Britain. These loving educational artworks bear witness to a passion to know, to see, and most of all to understand the cultural heritage of Europe: to bring the continent’s artistic jewels to these rainy shores.

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The Guardian

Nov 27 2018
'These aren't extinct cultures' – indigenous art gets a stage at the Met

In two exhibitions in New York, Native Americans are given a spotlight both with their artwork and the inaccurate ways they’ve been portrayed by others

If you walk into the Met Fifth Avenue, there is one unlikely sign gracing the entranceway of an exhibit, which reads: “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is situated on the Lenape island of Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland.”

It continues: “We pay respect to the Lenape peoples – past, present, and future – and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora.”

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The Guardian

Nov 26 2018
Politics, passion, pride: Who We Are: Photographs by Martin Jenkinson review

Weston Park Museum, Sheffield
From striking miners to Palestinian refugees, this powerful retrospective highlights Jenkinson’s talent for capturing the humanity at the heart of the action

Between 1979 and 1981, employment in the British steel industry halved from 156,600 to 88,200. Inevitably, Sheffield – the so-called steel city – suffered very badly. Almost overnight, silence replaced the beat of the drop hammers, the glow of the steel works faded to grey, and the pervasive smell of grease and machinery disappeared. As the Bessemer converters became unproductive, so did the thousands of people who lost their jobs.

But for Martin Jenkinson, who realised he had an eye for photography only after his redundancy from the steel works in 1979, it was a well-timed revelation. It was the dawn of a new era in a city that had relied on steel for the bulk of its economy. He was perfectly positioned to capture the years of struggle and triumph that followed those first mass redundancies, focusing his lens on everything from abandoned factories to redevelopment projects, the Battle of Orgreave and South Yorkshire’s first black female bus driver.

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The Guardian

Nov 26 2018
From picket lines to Palestine: Who We Are: by Martin Jenkinson - in pictures

His famous protest images put his work on front pages throughout the 80s, but every photograph of Martin Jenkinson’s was a glimpse of our shared humanity and an insight into the communities he lived and worked in

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The New York Times

Nov 26 2018
Park Avenue Armory Plans Premieres and Returns
Park Avenue Armory Plans Premieres and Returns
The venue has announced its 2019 season, which will include a new play by Christopher Shinn, art by Hito Steyerl and concerts by Barbara Hannigan.
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The New York Times

Nov 26 2018
The Week in Arts: Alvin Ailey, the Internet and Florence Price
The Week in Arts: Alvin Ailey, the Internet and Florence Price
The dance company celebrates 60 years with new works and classics, and a neglected Price concerto is performed in New Jersey.
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The Guardian

Nov 26 2018
'A playground for grown up kids': inside the student housing built by its residents

Stuttgart’s Bauhäusle was built by university students in the early 1980s – and residents have been adapting and improving it ever since

When Stuttgart student Heiner Steinacker noticed the veranda of his halls of residence had rotted away, his landlord Studierendenwerk(student services), arranged for a nearby sawmill to deliver fresh timber.

Together with 11 housemates, Steinacker spent three days designing and assembling a new terrace. They then plastered a wall and built four new roofs.

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The Guardian

Nov 26 2018
The trolley boys of Manila – in pictures

Scores of commuters in the Philippine capital, whose metropolitan area is home to about 13 million, are propelled to their destinations daily by so-called ‘trolley boys’, who push metal carts along a few segments of the sprawling capital’s railroads

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The Guardian

Nov 25 2018
Orbital Reflector: the artist firing a satellite into space

Trevor Paglen’s giant artwork was designed purely to be gazed at – from anywhere on the planet

Satellites are usually designed either to look back at Earth or look out into the universe. What if, wondered the American-born, Berlin-based artist Trevor Paglen, there was a satellite whose sole purpose was to be looked at itself?

At 10.32am on Wednesday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast off from Vandenberg air force base, north of Santa Barbara, California, carrying Paglen’s Orbital Reflector, a kinetic sculpture in the form of a satellite that – all being well – will orbit the Earth for a couple of months before burning up as it re-enters the atmosphere.

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The Guardian

Nov 25 2018
Fringe benefits: the hair extension industry in Ukraine – a photo essay

Hair extensions are bought and sold worldwide, but Slavic hair – known as ‘white gold’ – is among the most prized. Photographer Tom Skipp went to Ukraine to find out about the industry and meet the people involved

The hair extension trade is a multi-million dollar industry – and Slavic hair is particularly prized. The blonde hair extensions have become known as white gold. Ukrainian women can supplement their incomes by selling their hair, with Slavic hair extensions costing about $1,000 (£882) and wigs about $3,000.

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The Guardian

Nov 25 2018
Rossetti drawing found in Edinburgh bookshop to go on display

Pre-Raphaelite painter’s preparatory drawing for Pia de’ Tolomei bought for £75 in 1956

A drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti for one of his greatest paintings and discovered in a secondhand bookshop for £75 is to go on display for the first time.

The preparatory drawing for his oil painting Pia de’ Tolomei, produced late on in his career in 1868, depicts one of the artist’s favourite models, Alexa Wilding, a dressmaker he discovered when he saw her walking on the Strand in London and was captivated by her flowing auburn hair.

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The New York Times

Nov 25 2018
Peeling Back the Paint to Discover Bruegel’s Secrets
Peeling Back the Paint to Discover Bruegel’s Secrets
New technology allows researchers to look beneath the layers of the Dutch master’s works, revealing some macabre details.
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The New York Times

Nov 25 2018
A Long Time Ago in Drawings Far Far Away …
See the early looks for Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and other “Star Wars” favorites, from the Oscar-winning John Mollo’s sketchbooks.
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The Guardian

Nov 25 2018
Sixth Haworth steampunk annual weekend – in pictures

Festival features music, dancers, entertainers, burlesque performers, vintage vehicles, fashion show and masquerade ball

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The Guardian

Nov 25 2018
Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures review Tate Liverpool – humanity in a machine age

Tate Liverpool
The war-scarred French artist painted the texture of the 20th century in all its kaleidoscopic confusion. But amid the jumble is also a celebration of ordinary life, work and leisure

The artist arrives, already fully formed as a painter, in Tate Liverpool’s Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures, which brings together paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, film and photography. It takes us from 1914 to the artist’s death in 1955. But rather than a full-blown retrospective, this slightly strange exhibition goes into rather too much detail about some aspects of his work while sprinting through others. Many paintings here have rarely been seen in the UK before, some never. Other key works are missing, and the exhibition sometimes focuses on aspects of his art, and collaborations, that need more unpacking than they get. I would have liked a bit more scholarship and explanation. Wall labels are not enough.

Sometime film-maker, polemicist, teacher (he numbered Louise Bourgeois, Brazilian artist Lygia Clark and the wayward and wonderful Serge Gainsbourg among his students) and most of all painter, Léger really needs a bigger exhibition than this to detail his thinking, his collaborations and his politics.

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The New York Times

Nov 25 2018
Leda and the Swan: A Fresco Comes to Life in Pompeii Excavation
Leda and the Swan: A Fresco Comes to Life in Pompeii Excavation
An expensive excavation campaign to shore up an at-risk area of the city is a constant font of archaeological discoveries.
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The Guardian

Nov 25 2018
Gainsborough’s Family Album review – what Mary and Margaret did next

National Portrait Gallery, London
Designed to advertise his talents as a portraitist, Thomas Gainsborough’s many paintings of his wife, siblings – above all, his beloved daughters – are swift, impressionistic and captivating

Margaret and Mary Gainsborough are holding hands in their father’s most famous portrait of his children. Margaret, aged five, darts forward to catch a cabbage white as Mary, a year older, gently tries to restrain her. Their treasured faces are as radiant as the shaft of sunlight through the glade that turns their dresses silver and gold. But the butterfly is almost disappearing from the scene and time’s shadow is beginning to fall. The day is brief and childhood will soon be over.

The truth of Thomas Gainsborough’s great double portrait grows more apparent with every room of this small but powerfully affecting show. The artist (1727-88) painted his daughters together at least half a dozen times, and with each image they lose a little more innocent joy. Inseparable girls, arms draped around each other, teasing a cat, their thin young bodies twisting exuberantly inside stiff 18th-century dresses, they turn into uncertain young women immobilised by the latest fashions.

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The Guardian

Nov 25 2018
A glimpse into Jamaica’s soul: the lost photographs of William Melvin Kelley

First, his classic novel was rediscovered. Now comes a trove of the American writer’s images of Kingston’s ghettoes

“My father began taking pictures when he was 13 years old,” says Jesi Kelley, “and, when we went to Jamaica in 1968, he went everywhere with his camera documenting the lives of the ordinary people we lived among.”

The father she speaks of is William Melvin Kelley, who is enjoying posthumous literary recognition as a lost genius of American fiction. His debut novel from 1962, A Different Drummer, has just been reissued by Quercus books after a bidding war, and two further novels are also due to be published.

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The Guardian

Nov 24 2018
Would you trust Roger Scruton to design your new home?

The conservative philosopher who shares Prince Charles’s views on architecture is surely the worst person to head the government’s new commission to improve UK housing

You know the bit in horror movies when everyone relaxes. They think that the zombie/vampire/psychopath/alien is at last dead. But it isn’t. With one more hideous gasp the monster rises up and takes a few more victims down before it is finally, definitely, conclusively polished off. Such is the effect of the news that the philosopher Roger Scruton is to chair the government’s new Building Better, Building Beautiful commission. The stated purpose of the commission is to “tackle the challenge of poor quality design and build of homes and places, across the country and help ensure as we build for the future, we do so with popular consent.” Its chair will in theory wield considerable influence over the built form of the country.

Scruton’s appointment has been met with alarm on two fronts. The first is his record of past remarks on subjects other than architecture – that there is “no such crime” as date rape, that homosexuality is “not normal”, that Islamophobia is “invented” – which have caused MPs to demand his resignation. Luciana Berger, parliamentary chair of the Jewish Labour Movement also said he should go, on the basis of remarks that she said reinforced antisemitic conspiracy theories about the philanthropist George Soros.

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The Guardian

Nov 24 2018
The art of the travel diary – in pictures

For the past 13 years, Spanish artist José Naranja has been combining sketches, calligraphy and collage to create personal notebooks inspired by his travels. “I collect ideas, dreams and experiences,” he says. Naranja quit his job as an aeronautical engineer to dedicate himself to his art, through which he says he creates “a little space of freedom” for himself. He has completed 15 notebooks, their pages filled with musings, illustrations, and stamps and tickets from his travels. After using Moleskine notebooks for many years, he now binds his own by hand, selling facsimiles under the title The Orange Manuscript. Based in Madrid, Naranja hopes his work can speak to a global audience: “Even if they don’t understand the language, they can feel something.”

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The Guardian

Nov 24 2018
The 20 photographs of the week

The migrant caravan in Mexico, wildfires in California, the Copa Libertadores final and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh – the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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The Guardian

Nov 23 2018
The Guardian big picture: № 1 Damse Vaart canal, 2018

The first in our weekly series of exclusive Guardian print sales. This week is the Damse Vaart canal in Bruges by our photographer Murdo MacLeod

The Damse Vaart is a canal in West Flanders that connects Bruges to the Dutch border town of Sluis, and this tree-lined avenue – perfect for cycling – runs alongside. The photograph was taken this year, the end-of-the-afternoon, late-October sun filtering through the trees, giving the scene a “misty, golden glow”, says Murdo MacLeod. “It was as empty and as beautiful as it looks.” MacLeod was riding back to Bruges, “and then these two ladies cycled past in their yellow tops, so I stopped to take a picture. They were so perfect, they could have been dialled in.” Hannah Booth

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The New York Times

Nov 23 2018
Show Us Your Wall: Filling Their Lives With Art, and Not Just One Piece at a Time
Show Us Your Wall: Filling Their Lives With Art, and Not Just One Piece at a Time
A couple who began collecting the work of black artists as newlyweds in the 1960s are making large gifts to museums to raise the artists’ profiles.
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The New York Times

Nov 23 2018
Overlooked No More: Lilian Rice, Architect Who Lifted a Style in California
In the 1920s, Rice brought her design aesthetic to a small village north of San Diego. Those who live there continue to respect her vision.
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The Guardian

Nov 23 2018
Banksy works worth £12m impounded in Belgium after legal row

Brussels exhibition was closed by bailiffs after a dispute over ownership of the street art

It had been advertised as “Banksy unauthorised”, a retrospective of 58 of the street artist’s most famous works, put on display in an empty supermarket in a swanky part of Brussels.

On Thursday night, a Belgian court proved just how unauthorised the exhibition may have been by ordering bailiffs to seize the art, valued at over £12m.

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The Guardian

Nov 23 2018
Surreal meditations on Scottishness and Dickens saved from hard times – the week in art

Edinburgh has a new contemporary art space, Charles II’s enthusiasm for sex is surveyed and Cornelia Parker crushes brass – all in our weekly dispatch

Rachel Maclean
Surreal meditations on modern Scottish identity from this audacious creator of grotesque video masquerades.
National Gallery, London, from 29 November to 3 February.

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The Guardian

Nov 23 2018
Snapping point: how the world’s leading architects fell under the Instagram spell

Instagram culture is changing architecture around the world, but is quality being compromised in pursuit of a striking selfie?

For a couple of recent summers, gaggles of young Chinese tourists would regularly find themselves lost in an industrial estate on the edge of the A11 dual carriageway in east London, smartphones in hand, in search of the perfect selfie. The faded warehouses of Newham have their own special charm, but the millennials weren’t here to sample the post-industrial wastes of the 2012 Olympic site’s hinterland. They were here to find a wall.

Not just any old wall, but one that had been photographed and shared online thousands of times, that had found its way into the background of music videos and adverts, a patterned backdrop that had become so popular on social media that it had spawned a wave of unofficial merchandise.

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The Guardian

Nov 23 2018
Gold chandeliers and satin galore: the London home causing a social media stir

The late photographer and designer Henry Wilson’s house – a riot of vivid colour and India-inspired decor – is up for sale

The 10 best velvet pieces for your home

It is a world away from the modernist lines and sparse concrete floors and walls of many interior design magazines. Perhaps that’s why a uniquely decorated terraced house in Chelsea, southwest London, has caused a stir on social media since going on the market for £1.85m last month.

Most people don’t greet yet another £2m property in London with enthusiasm. But the four-bedroom end-of-terrace house, which the estate agent is advertising as “extraordinary”, is quite different. It has a mix of vivid colour, baroque stylings, paisley, Indian decor, Persian rugs, gold tiling and book-lined walls. There are striped floors and a bright, burnt orange kitchen; Moroccan lamps hanging from the ceilings; art deco clocks; what looks to be an original Edwardian bed, a fuchsia boudoir; gold chandeliers; glossy black ceilings; satin ottomans; wall-mounted china.

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The Guardian

Nov 23 2018
Ashurnasirpal II shoots a wounded lion – a dangerous predator or human enemy?

The symbolic display of power is captured in this well-preserved carving, circa 865BC

Bare-chested Putin toting a rifle in the great outdoors has got nothing on the kings of ancient Assyria. Back then, if a despot wanted to promote his physical might, the lion hunt – or, more accurately, lion killing – was the truly regal way to go.

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Nov 22 2018
From llamas to lefties: the intrepid Inge Morath – in pictures

Born in Austria, she escaped the Nazis and became part of Magnum’s community of photographers – relishing the way her camera could admit her into worlds then closed to women

• Sarah Crompton on the quiet brilliance of Inge Morath

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Nov 22 2018
The quiet brilliance of Magnum photographer Inge Morath

From escaping Nazi Germany to marrying playwright Arthur Miller, as Linda Gordon’s new biography shows, Morath’s life was almost as extraordinary as her images

• Click here to see a gallery of Inge Morath photographs

Inge Morath arrived at the newly formed Magnum photographic co-operative in Paris on July 14, 1949, with her friend and fellow photographer Ernst Haas (known as Haasi), looking for Robert Capa. The door was opened by a man with a hangover, with an ice bag on his head. The renowned war photographer was nowhere to be seen. Morath, who had expected to be greeted by “big shots” was disappointed. “I had bought a hat and felt a touch betrayed,” she wrote later.

It was not the last time she would feel that way as she forged a path through the aggressively masculine boys’ club that the agency was at the time. When she arrived from Vienna, aged 26, she was an experienced editor and reporter, who had worked with Haasi as a photo-story team for Life and other magazines. She trained with Simon Guttmann, a picture editor with Picture Post, and later with her on-off lover Henri Cartier Bresson before becoming a full photographic member of Magnum in 1955. But she knew she would have to prove herself.

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The New York Times

Nov 22 2018
28 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon.
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The New York Times

Nov 22 2018
Critics’ Picks: 10 Under-the-Radar Art Shows to See Now
Critics’ Picks: 10 Under-the-Radar Art Shows to See Now
Our critics select museum and gallery exhibitions that provide a respite from carols and crowds.
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The New York Times

Nov 22 2018
Leaning Tower of Pisa Now Tilts a Little Less. 1.5 Inches Less.
Leaning Tower of Pisa Now Tilts a Little Less. 1.5 Inches Less.
Nearly two decades after engineers completed consolidation work to keep the tower from toppling over, officials said its famed tilt had been reduced by 1.5 inches.
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