How Lockdown Allowed London’s Local Neighbourhoods to Shine Elephant Magazine


Artists have long celebrated the quiet joy of the city and its local communities, telling a story of political upheaval, power and transformation. Read here




Pixy Liao's best photograph: eating a papaya off my boyfriend's crotch The Guardian


‘There was this trend of eating sushi from a woman’s naked body. So when I found the perfect papaya, I knew exactly how to shoot it’. Read here

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Andreas Gursky on the photograph that changed everything: 'It was pure intuition' The Guardian


It went against all he had been taught. But this image of Salerno harbour was a turning point for the great photographer, paving the way to his epic landscapes. Read here




Watch the throne: why artist Thierry Oussou faked an archaeological dig The Guardian


When archaeology students unearthed a royal throne in Benin they were astonished. But it was actually a replica, planted to make a statement about the colonial looting of African art. Read more here




Hicham Benohoud on the boy with the cardboard feet The Guardian


‘I was bored teaching art in Marrakech, so I started taking photographs of my students instead’. Read here

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Yto Barrada's best photograph: the prawn factory where women can't talk The Guardian


‘The women peel prawns all day while a big tube pumps in cold air, making a deafening noise. They get few breaks and a manager walks up and down telling them to get back to work’. Read here



Marking Time: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration, MoMA PS1 The Art Newspaper


Exhibition in New York will include works made by those who are part of—or who have ties to—the largest prison population in the world. Read here




Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: the Artist Reinvented, MoMA The Art Newspaper


The works on paper from the Merrill C. Berman Collection include designs for Communist posters and salad oil advertisements. Read here



'Tech CEOs are like cult leaders' – the artists taking on Facebook and big data The Guardian


Langlands and Bell are celebrating their 40th year together – by taking an uncompromising look at Silicon Valley’s utopian promises. Read more here



Marcel Duchamp: the Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden The Art Newspaper


Readymades, miniature reproductions, collaborations with Man Ray, and games of chess to feature in new show. Read here

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An-My Lê on her Silent General (Fragment II) series The Guardian


‘It’s a response to the school shootings’. Read here



The Atlas des régions naturelles: France as you've never seen her before The Guardian

They set out to capture the forgotten France, the everyday architecture of emptied towns and overlooked villages – before their uniqueness is lost for ever. Eric Tabuchi and Nelly Monnier talk us through their vast photographic atlas. Read more here




Our lost world in watercolours – the paintings that documented Earth The Guardian


A new website is digitising millions of watercolours – to make instantly available a wealth of vital historic imagery that could assist everything from climate research to school teachers. Read more here




Kissing cowboys: the queer

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American tradition The Guardian


Photographer Luke Gilford could not believe his eyes when he first stumbled across a gay rodeo. He set about capturing the joyous, tender, authentic world he saw there. Read more here

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We Will Walk, Turner Contemporary The Art Newspaper


America's Deep South heads to the UK’s south coast for remarkable exhibition. Read here



Back in the frame: the extraordinary artists Britain forgot Inside Design


Combing through musty studios and garrets has become a way of life for specialists Liss Llewellyn, whose Hidden Gems exhibition lays bare museum-grade works that have fallen into oblivion – more often than not by women. Read more here

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Dissecting a gallery in the new MoMA The Art Newspaper


Among the most striking examples of the museum's more global and inclusive approach is a gallery with the theme War Within, War Without. Read here




Why Tarek Atoui's new collection of musical instruments is striking an unfamiliar chord The Guardian


It’s an instrument - but how do you play it and what does it sound like? The discovery of a stash of obscure instruments has inspired a performance artwork at Tate Modern – Dale Berning Sawa took part. Read here



When did just looking at art lose its appeal? The Art Newspaper


Sleep in Hopper’s motel room or dive into Monet’s pond—museums are increasingly going beyond traditional exhibition formats to attract visitors.

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