Category Archives: Art

Artwork hidden under Picasso painting revealed by x-ray

Non-invasive imaging reveals landscape painting beneath Pablo Picasso’s The Crouching Beggar but who created it remains a mystery

Wrapped in a mustard coloured blanket with a white scarf and her head on one side, Pablo Picasso’s La Misereuse Accroupie (The Crouching Beggar) is a study of forlorn resignation. But researchers say that there is more to desolate character than meets the eye.

Beneath the mournful image lies another painting, a landscape, researchers have revealed after using non-invasive imaging techniques to examine the work.

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Cornelia Parker: ‘When a deadline looms, you have to come up with the goods’

The sculptor and installation artist, 61, on anxiety dreams, eating with family and being blood sugary

I need eight hours of sleep, but I never get it, except at weekends. I have anxiety dreams, usually about putting up an exhibition and not having the work. Sometimes work comes to me in a dream. You can be gnawing away at something for months, years even, and suddenly wake up and it gels. I do 10 minutes of Pilates every morning, if I’m in the mood.

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Angel of the North: how casting vote led to landmark sculpture

Former councillor recalls how his choice 20 years ago saw the installation of Anthony Gormley’s artwork at Gateshead

Related: How we made The Angel of the North

The Angel of the North, the artwork that helped put Gateshead on the map globally and which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week, could have been nothing more than an idea on a sketch pad had it not been for the actions of one councillor.

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The New York underground – in pictures

From a solemn Susan Sontag in repose to Candy Darling on her deathbed, photographer Peter Hujar’s work reveals a life embedded in East Village underground art, music and drag scenes – capturing queer life from the Stonewall riots in 1969 to the Aids crisis

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Meet the Sacklers: the family feuding over blame for the opioid crisis

Philanthropic heirs to OxyContin fortune have a ‘moral duty to help make this right’ says the widow of one of Purdue Pharma’s founders

The Sackler Drug Rehab Facility, unlike the prestigious Sackler art galleries of New York and London does not exist. Yet.

If lawyers have their way, however, or public opinion pricks a few consciences, it may soon.

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Marina Abramović: 'I am not interested in small questions'

As a new show looks back on her early work, the trailblazing performance artist talks about her extensive career, controversy and sexual harassment in the art world

Marina Abramović is on a Skype call from Madrid, showing off her custom-made red sweater, which says “Love conquers all.”

“I’ve been wearing it all the time,” she says in her husky, Serbian accent. “It’s like my pyjamas.”

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Lady and the Unicorn: Mona Lisa of the middle ages weaves a new spell

The tapestries on display at the Art Gallery of NSW have appeared in everything from the writings of George Sand to those of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke

For a mythical creature that is supposedly very shy, the unicorn sure is getting around. The white horse with a long horn and Bambi eyes is popping up everywhere from decal on children’s backpacks to T-shirts, key rings, flags, toys and tattoos, often accompanied by a little rainbow. The unicorn aesthetic has dominated music videos for the last few years. It’s been borrowed for queer raves and even as a descriptor for (usually) women who are the third party joining a couple in bed. These creatures – the mythical animals, that is – are nothing if not versatile: they’ve even been used in art as stand-ins for Jesus Christ.

Related: Illustrating the Nauru files: ‘We have to fight with something’

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Graffiti artists awarded $6.7m in lawsuit after renowned work torn down

Twenty-one artists sued the owner of 5Pointz, a New York site that was an international graffiti mecca beginning in the 1990s

A New York judge has awarded $6.7m to graffiti artists who sued after their work was destroyed on buildings torn down to make room for luxury apartments.

The federal judge Frederic Block in Brooklyn noted Monday there was no remorse from the owner of the warehouse buildings.

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Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled

  • Pictures to hang at National Portrait Gallery in Washington
  • Official portraits painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald

Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

The Obamas were there to see the unveiling of the gallery’s first commissions of official portraits by African American artists.

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Tutu's return: missing Nigerian masterpiece found in London flat

Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 portrait of a princess, a national icon in Nigeria, was lost for decades

A missing painting of a princess that attained an almost mythical status after going decades unseen has been discovered in a north London flat.

Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 painting of the Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi, known as Tutu, is a national icon in Nigeria, with poster reproductions hanging on walls in homes all over the country.

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