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Tattoos, satin heels and pet snakes: the men redefining masculinity in the Middle East

Tattoos, satin heels and pet snakes: the men redefining masculinity in the Middle East

After the Arab spring, photographer Scarlett Coten set out on a four-year journey around the Middle East, searching for a new generation of liberated men‘We all have a feminine and a masculine side,”
So my younger self was right: colouring in is the key to a happy life | Nell Frizzell

So my younger self was right: colouring in is the key to a happy life | Nell Frizzell

Researchers have found that just 10 minutes a day in the company of crayons can give adults a mental lift. It’s been keeping me on the right lines for yearsAs a small, Meatloaf-looking girl, often to
Trevor Bell obituary

Trevor Bell obituary

Modern artist noted for his large-scale and irregular canvases and lavish use of colourThe vibrant abstract paintings and drawings of Trevor Bell, who has died aged 87, helped define the modern art of
‘We can't be quiet’: Gruffalo co-creator and EU illustrators respond to Brexit

‘We can't be quiet’: Gruffalo co-creator and EU illustrators respond to Brexit

Axel Scheffler and other children’s illustrators channel ‘anger and sadness and disbelief’ over Brexit into gallery of images The Gruffalo’s co-creator, Axel Scheffler, has enlisted leading children’s
Tired, frozen, beaten: image of Captain Scott’s expedition that foretold a tragedy

Tired, frozen, beaten: image of Captain Scott’s expedition that foretold a tragedy

As a photograph from the ill-starred race to the South Pole goes to auction this week, we look at the reasons for the sad failure of Scott’s men to returnThe photograph is still one of the most
Brutal London: the capital's housing crisis – in pictures

Brutal London: the capital's housing crisis – in pictures

In London, there is a shortage of affordable homes while more and more properties are being left empty in the wealthier neighbourhoods. For her work Brutal London, photographer Alessia Gammarota looks
Image of determined 16-year-old migrant wins Taylor Wessing portrait prize

Image of determined 16-year-old migrant wins Taylor Wessing portrait prize

Spanish journalist César Dezfuli wins £15,000 award for his photograph of teenager rescued from the Mediterranean SeaAn arresting photograph of a solemn 16-year-old migrant from Mali taken after he
Mark Bradford: the artist and ex-hairdresser forcing America to face ugly truths about itself

Mark Bradford: the artist and ex-hairdresser forcing America to face ugly truths about itself

He turned the US pavilion at the Venice Biennale into a comment on slavery, Trump and police brutality. The outspoken painter talks about feeding off rejection, muscling into Monet territory – and
Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece goes on sale at Christie's – as contemporary art

Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece goes on sale at Christie's – as contemporary art

Work painted 500 years ago and discovered in 2005 to be star item in a New York sale otherwise made up of postwar and contemporary artIt was hailed as the greatest artistic find of the past 50 years,
Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for $450m at auction, smashing records

Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for $450m at auction, smashing records

Christie’s sells long-lost Salvator Mundi, artwork billed as ‘biggest discovery of the 21st century’, for $400m plus auction house premiumSalvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of

Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi restored – timelapse video

Watch a timelapse from Christie’s showing the restoration of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. The piece was sold for $450,000 (£400,000) on Wednesday evening to an anonymous buyer. Salvator Mundi
Chapman brothers reunite with Goya's art 16 years after defacing it

Chapman brothers reunite with Goya's art 16 years after defacing it

Works by the enfants terribles of Britart form part of Spanish exhibition exploring enduring influence of Francisco de GoyaThe sleep of reason produces monsters and, if you are Jake and Dinos Chapman
My little pony and the world's hairiest car – Friday's best photos

My little pony and the world's hairiest car – Friday's best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a miniature Shetland and a hair-raising Fiat Continue reading...
As Leonardo masterpiece sells for $450m, Trump effort goes for … slightly less than that

As Leonardo masterpiece sells for $450m, Trump effort goes for … slightly less than that

President’s untitled piece, which depicts the Manhattan skyline, barely cleared its minimum price of $5,000 at auction on Thursday – and there were only two bidsOn Wednesday, a long-lost Leonardo da
Taylor Wessing prize: who is the man in the photograph?

Taylor Wessing prize: who is the man in the photograph?

Amadou Sumaila gives permission to share letter in which he explains how and why he left Mali and arrived in SicilyAmadou Sumaila was one of 118 people rescued from an inflatable boat drifting 20
The 20 photographs of the week

The 20 photographs of the week

The coup in Zimbabwe, flooding in Greece, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Italy’s elimination from the World Cup – the week’s biggest news stories captured by the world’s best photojournalists
States of disgrace: strange American laws – in pictures

States of disgrace: strange American laws – in pictures

The New York-based photographer Olivia Locher became interested in peculiar laws when a friend mentioned that it is illegal to have an ice-cream cone in your back pocket in Alabama. “For some reason
Naked attraction: art and tragic tales in Modigliani’s Paris

Naked attraction: art and tragic tales in Modigliani’s Paris

As Tate Modern prepares a new exhibition of his work, including 12 of his famous nudes, Louise Roddon explores the artist’s haunts in Montmartre and Montparnasse Poor Amedeo Modigliani, what a tough
Street art in Medellín, Colombia – in pictures

Street art in Medellín, Colombia – in pictures

Photographer Juancho Torres tours the streets of Comuna 13 in the once notorious city, capturing the graffiti and murals that adorn buildings and walls Continue reading...
Artist launches airline that guarantees you will 'fly with happiness'

Artist launches airline that guarantees you will 'fly with happiness'

Want to jet off to the best biennales of 2018? Try Angelhaha: the world’s first artist airline will fly passengers direct to shows and exhibitions around the world – for a priceCould an artist create