Which Swindon celebrity is selling flowers? The great British art quiz

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for Britain’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns the arts are at ‘point of no return’

“With Christmas on the horizon, and the majority of pantomimes also now cancelled, theatres will be falling desperately short of the revenue required to see them through 2021, and will soon be left facing even more redundancies and closures.”

How Marcel Breuer made design waves with steel tubes and plywood

Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) was a Hungarian-born architect who built the Whitney Museum in New York and, with Bernard Zehrfuss (1911-1996) and Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979), the Unesco headquarters in Paris. But he was more than that – he was a designer whose industrial furniture made of steel tubes, aluminium or moulded plywood have become modern […]

Not Without My Ghosts review – yikes! It’s time to unleash your inner Scooby Doo

What’s infectious is the sheer conviction of the 19th and early 20th century art. I really believe that Madge Gill saw the wondrous purple blooms she depicts, and that Victor Hugo, in lonely exile on Guernsey, glimpsed the “spectres” he portrays in a fleeting sketch. At the same time it is clear, with hindsight, that […]

Keith Arnatt is proof that the art world doesn’t consider photography ‘real’ art

That remains the case. More than 40 years on, this show comprises work made between 1967 and 1971. It is all about ideas. The first work you see is a self-questioning text piece called Is It Possible for Me to Do Nothing As My Contribution to This Exhibition? Opposite is a numerical digital display called […]

Conceptual art: why a bag of rubbish is not just a load of garbage

If the language was sometimes humourless or rotely Marxist, the effort to make art matter in the world could produce incandescent results. It was in the 70s that women began to engage more powerfully with conceptual art, wrestling it from the hands of art school boys and using it as a force to convey urgent […]

Visual art: what not to miss in 2009

Venice Biennale Following the success of his film Hunger, Steve McQueen will show new work in the British pavilion, John Cale is the surprise participant for Wales, British artist Liam Gillick inexplicably shows for Germany and Bruce Nauman finally gets the US pavilion in the 53rd biennale. Venice remains the biggest and best of such […]

Our Time Machine: a moving documentary on art, family and dementia

With Chiang serving as translator, Maleonn describes how Papa’s Time Machine symbolically closes a rift between father and son. “Maybe he doesn’t even remember that he once wanted me to be a stage artist, but it’s something that stuck with me. When I found out about my father’s condition, it became urgent for me to […]

‘Architecture and design should be for everyone’: Yinka Ilori’s colourful world

In June 2019 there was a playground installation for Pinterest shown at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity, which encouraged adults to cut loose and play, followed by an immersive exhibition design at Somerset House in London for Get Up, Stand Up Now – a show celebrating 50 years of black creativity in the […]

‘Please touch’: Making art accessible to the blind

“Luckily, around the same time, the National Museum in Delhi was trying to add tactile experiences as well,” he says. He collaborated with them and created the Anubhav Gallery inside the National Museum. He’s created a similar gallery for the State Bank Museum in Karachi, Pakistan. In 2015, Shah founded his Access for All enterprise, […]