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George Mendonsa, The Kissing Sailor in famous photograph, dies at 95

George Mendonsa, The Kissing Sailor in famous photograph, dies at 95

Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed sailor kissing Greta Friedman in Times Square at the end of the second world warGeorge Mendonsa, the sailor who was captured in a famous photograph kissing a woman in
'No place does me like Lagos' – a cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

'No place does me like Lagos' – a cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

The city has endured much through the years, but as cartoonist Tayo Fatunla grew up saying: ‘Eko oni baje’ or ‘Lagos cannot be destroyed’ Continue reading...
'They have no idea what democracy is': Tania Bruguera on Cuba's artist crackdown

'They have no idea what democracy is': Tania Bruguera on Cuba's artist crackdown

Imprisoned and harassed for her radical projects, the Turbine Hall artist is now uniting the Havana Biennial’s artists against Decree 349, the government plan to criminalise independent artIf Tania
The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes

The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes

Crash-test dummies based on the ‘average’ male are just one example of design that forgets about women – and puts lives at riskWhen broadcaster Sandi Toksvig was studying anthropology at university,
Photographer Graciela Iturbide: ‘I notice the pain as well as the beauty’

Photographer Graciela Iturbide: ‘I notice the pain as well as the beauty’

Iturbide’s images of her native Mexico, exploring religion, ritual and unexpected surprises, are showcased in a new book and exhibition Graciela Iturbide was out with her camera in a provincial
Frank Gehry at 90: ‘I love working. I love working things out’

Frank Gehry at 90: ‘I love working. I love working things out’

He didn’t hit his stride till he was 50, and now the architect, as inventive and bold as ever, hangs out with everyone from Harrison Ford to Jay-ZI’ve taken up flying,” says Frank Gehry, aged 89 years
A brief history of concrete: from 10,000BC to 3D printed houses

A brief history of concrete: from 10,000BC to 3D printed houses

The Romans used concrete in everything from bath houses to the Colosseum. Our modern concrete structures will never last as longFind the rest of our Guardian concrete week pieces here“Unlike the
National Geographic Traveller UK: photo competition – 2019 winners

National Geographic Traveller UK: photo competition – 2019 winners

Winning and shortlisted images from the magazine’s annual competition, with categories for Cities, People, Food, Nature and Portfolio Continue reading...
Brutalist buildings under threat – in pictures

Brutalist buildings under threat – in pictures

Brutalist masterpieces (or eyesores, depending on your point of view) face the wrecking ball in cities around the worldFind the rest of our Guardian concrete week pieces here Continue reading...
'Concrete? It's communist': the rise and fall of the utopian socialist material

'Concrete? It's communist': the rise and fall of the utopian socialist material

From soviet five-year plans to the New Deal in the US and China’s Great Leap Forward to post-war building in Europe, concrete has been the material of choice for revolutionary changeFind the rest of
David Hockney rescued after being trapped in Amsterdam lift

David Hockney rescued after being trapped in Amsterdam lift

Artist was in the Netherlands for the opening of a new show at the Van Gogh MuseumDavid Hockney was rescued by Amsterdam firefighters and the editor of the Daily Mail after being trapped in an
'Lost Caravaggio' rejected by the Louvre may be worth £100m

'Lost Caravaggio' rejected by the Louvre may be worth £100m

Painting that sellers insist is by 17th-century master is to be sold after being found in atticSellers of a painting that they insist is a lost Caravaggio and worth in excess of £100m have announced
Midcentury modern homes for sale – in pictures

Midcentury modern homes for sale – in pictures

Settle down in an Eames chair in these stylish homes, from Hampshire to Yorkshire Continue reading...
Production of fedora hats - in pictures

Production of fedora hats - in pictures

Borsalino’s prized felt hats are handmade by 80 workers in its Piedmont factory, using hot water, steam and craftsmanship to transform rabbit fur into highly prized creations. Continue reading...
Forget tango: the murga of Buenos Aires is a riot of sequins and salvation

Forget tango: the murga of Buenos Aires is a riot of sequins and salvation

Freelance photographer Kate Stanworth has been following a Buenos Aires murga group for 10 years, as they perform in an energetic street carnival that is little known beyond ArgentinaArgentina’s

Animated version of Fritz Kahn's 1926 "human machine" illustration

Fritz Kahn was a German physician and writer. In 1926 he created Der Mensch als Industriepalast ("Man as Industrial Palace"), an iconic illustration of the human body as a kind of industrial chemical
Emmanuel Macron plays down diplomatic spat with Italy

Emmanuel Macron plays down diplomatic spat with Italy

French president seeks to overcome ‘misunderstanding’ during appearance on Italian TV Emmanuel Macron has said that the recent diplomatic clashes between Italy and France were “not serious” and needed

Video of a cute bubble car from 1942

My friend Steve passed along this video of the L'Œuf électrique ("electric egg") concept car from 1942, designed by Paul Arzens in France during the Nazi occupation. I'm sure everyone is in agreement
Blue sky thinking for the country’s paintings | Letters

Blue sky thinking for the country’s paintings | Letters

Readers respond to an article outlining two radically different plans for civic art collections; what inspired Hockney and where his work should be displayed; and the ‘lost’ CaravaggioIt is a sad
'Buildings that defy categorisation' – Arata Isozaki wins 2019 Pritzker architecture prize

'Buildings that defy categorisation' – Arata Isozaki wins 2019 Pritzker architecture prize

The 87-year-old, known for his visionary ideas including an inflatable concert hall, wins architecture’s Nobel prize equivalent He’s designed an inflatable concert hall, an underground sports arena