Art and design

Night riding in London during the lockdown – in pictures

November 30, 2020

Like many others, I’ve found the pandemic difficult. Both from a shielding perspective and from the way it has separated me from the favourite aspect of my work, portraiture, with all the possibility for human connection and the closeness that represents.

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Arts world dismayed at fate of London home of Rimbaud and Verlaine

November 22, 2020

It was the London home of the 19th-century Decadent poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, two of France’s greatest literary heroes, whose tempestuous love affair ended with a shooting and prison. A Georgian building in Camden, where they rented lodgings in 1873, was to have become “a poetry house”, an arts and education centre in […]

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Stormzy vest and 3D Covid virus among Designs of the Year nominees

October 20, 2020

A vegan burger, the 3D rendering of the virus causing Covid-19 and the union flag stab-proof vest worn by Stormzy are contenders in the Designs of the Year, which its curator says tells the story of a tumultuous 12 months before the coronavirus pandemic. The Design Museum in London has announced the 74 nominees for […]

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Ai Weiwei on China, free speech – and a message for London

October 4, 2020

Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s leading visual artists, has spoken of his shock and sorrow at the tone of the Chinese public’s reaction to Donald Trump’s illness. “People were just laughing and celebrating on social media,” he said on Saturday. “The attitude was, ‘You lose, Trump!’ It is so sad that a nation has […]

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It would be a tragedy if Gerry Dalton’s fantastic creatures are lost forever | Rowan Moore

August 9, 2020

A masterpiece in peril A marvel stands close to destruction. It is, or was, a dream world, created in a modest ground-floor flat, in which handmade statues and models conjured a fantastical and personal version of history. Brightly coloured, staring-eyed figures – Haydn, “a woman of the 1950s”, Marshal Ney, the Earl of Tyrconnell, “Duchess […]

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Which famous architect is meeting their end? The great British art quiz

August 5, 2020

Leighton House Museum set today’s quiz, which enables you to explore the art collections of British museums closed due to Covid-19 – while answering some fiendish questions along the way Photograph: Leighton House Museum This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing […]

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Major impressionist show to open in London after four-month lockdown delay

August 4, 2020

Sixty works from one of the finest collections of impressionist paintings in northern Europe are finally going on display more than four months after lockdown prevented the exhibition featuring them from opening. Nearly half of the paintings are being seen in the UK for the first time and include knockout works by superstar artists including […]

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Fourth plinth whipped cream, drone and fly sculpture unveiled

July 30, 2020

On one level it is an absurdly large swirl of whipped cream with a cherry, a fly and a drone on top. On another it is the end of everything as we know it. Visitors to Trafalgar Square in central London have until spring 2022 to come to their own conclusions about the vast new […]

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Landmark 20th Century Fox building in London facing new threat

June 1, 2020

The distinctive building in Soho Square will be almost entirely demolished if developers’ proposals succeed in gaining planning consent Part of Soho history … the 20th Century Fox Film building, Soho Square, London, pictured in 2011. Photograph: Plamen Peev/Alamy Stock Photo Twentieth Century Fox’s former HQ faces the threat of imminent demolition after developers submitted […]

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