Inside the psychiatric hospitals and churches of rural China – in pictures | Art and design

A woman with lamb, holding a cross in Shaanxi, 1992 Lu says: ‘My visual treatments are influenced by two great painters, Piero della Francesca and Johannes Vermeer. Francesca’s works have a quiet, solemn atmosphere; they have clear spatial structure and the figuration is unassuming yet powerful. Vermeer’s pictures portray simple settings that are serene yet …

‘I spent seven years fighting to survive’: Chelsea Manning on whistleblowing and WikiLeaks | US news

Perhaps the most revealing part of my conversation with Chelsea Manning is what she doesn’t say. What she can’t or won’t talk about. It’s not that she doesn’t have a whole lot to say – she does, particularly about technology and how it can be used against us. Her job as an intelligence analyst for …

Banksy auction prank leaves art world in shreds | Art and design

Banksy has played what could be one of the most audacious pranks in art history, with one of his best-known works self-destructing after being sold at auction for just over £1m. Girl With Balloon was the final item in an auction at Sotheby’s in London on Friday night and its sale price equalled the artist’s …

Origin of Gustave Courbet’s scandalous painting revealed | Art and design

One of the greatest mysteries in art history appears to have been solved. The identity of the model who posed for the most scandalous painting of the 19th century, Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World), has finally been revealed. Experts say they are “99% sure” the painting depicts the Parisian ballet …

The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design

New York, US Fatou Jobe, 24, a model based in New York, poses for a portrait in Manhattan. New York is one of the fashion capitals of the world and, as fashion week kicks off, stylists, buyers, fashion enthusiasts and celebrities will be keen to see what has been declared ‘in style’ for the coming …

Incredible map designs from around the world – in pictures | Art and design

À qui appartient l’Arctique? Des revendications multiples (Who owns the Arctic? Multiple claims), by Xemartin Laborde, Delphine Papin, and Bruno Tertrais This is from the Atlas of Borders, a cartographic and geopolitical book published in France in 2016. It describes the contemporary issues of international borders: colonial borders, invisible ones, burning ones, and walls Photograph: …

‘It’s about time’: Central Park’s first historical female monument to arrive in 2020 | Art and design

In 1995, the artist Meredith Bergmann was working on a film set in Central Park when she noticed something was off. “I noticed then there were no statues of women,” said Bergmann. “There was a wonderful Alice in Wonderland sculpture, but there were no sculptures of actual women of note and accomplishment.” Now, 23 years …

Suburban masterpieces: modernism in London's edgelands – in pictures

From Brent’s Rizla factory to the art deco clock tower of Wealdstone Motors in Harrow, Joshua Abbott has spent years documenting the architecture of north-west London’s ‘Metroland’ – and beyond – on his Modernism in Metroland website Continue reading… Source Link