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Shunned, seized and now celebrated: the porn paintings of Betty Tompkins

Shunned, seized and now celebrated: the porn paintings of Betty Tompkins

Inspired by her husband’s porn stash, the artist’s explicit work horrified galleries and customs officials. Now the world can’t get enough. We visit her New York studioWarning: adult contentBetty
'I’ve built up a photography library worth up to £300,000'

'I’ve built up a photography library worth up to £300,000'

Ashley la Grange on his teaching career – and how he hopes books will help pay for his retirementName: Ashley la Grange Age: 66 Income: £31,000 Occupation: Teacher My guiding principle is to work
Italian scholars unveil Leonardo da Vinci's 'only surviving sculpture'

Italian scholars unveil Leonardo da Vinci's 'only surviving sculpture'

Experts say crucial details prove that V&A’s Virgin with the Laughing Child is the master’s workThe curators of an exhibition in Florence have this week unveiled what they claim is the only
Inside the bascule chamber: secrets of Tower Bridge – in pictures

Inside the bascule chamber: secrets of Tower Bridge – in pictures

Harry Cory Wright’s photographs of Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world and a defining symbol of London, provide insight into the workings of the largest and most advanced bascule
Martin Woodcock obituary

Martin Woodcock obituary

Artist admired for the illustrations that grace the pages of the monumental The Birds of Africa, first published in the early 1980sAmid the economic uncertainty of the mid 1970s not many people gave
On the fury road: the Mad Max-inspired desert festival – in pictures

On the fury road: the Mad Max-inspired desert festival – in pictures

Joe Pettet-Smith photographs Wasteland Weekend, where 4,000 enthusiasts recreate the world of Mad MaxEvery year since 2011, thousands of fans of George Miller’s cult film Mad Max gather on the edge of
Views with value: how cities preserve their defining vistas

Views with value: how cities preserve their defining vistas

Cities have long sought to preserve historic views of landmarks or mountainous horizons. Architect Tom Brigden maps out protected ‘viewing corridors’ in cities from London to VancouverValue in the
Curator cuts at Leicester museums criticised as 'disastrous'

Curator cuts at Leicester museums criticised as 'disastrous'

Heritage groups condemn plan to replace specialists with cheaper ‘engagement team’Museum leaders and heritage organisations have condemned a cost-cutting proposal to scrap all four of the curators at
Anish Kapoor: 'If I was a young Muslim, would I feel angry enough to join Isis? I would at least think about it'

Anish Kapoor: 'If I was a young Muslim, would I feel angry enough to join Isis? I would at least think about it'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s
Italian police reveal '€3m painting' stolen from church was a copy

Italian police reveal '€3m painting' stolen from church was a copy

Masterpiece by 17th-century artist Brueghel the Younger was swapped to foil heist The heist appeared to have gone entirely according to plan. The thieves broke into the display case in an Italian
'Thai Banksy' tests boundaries with gallery show before election

'Thai Banksy' tests boundaries with gallery show before election

Headache Stencil’s work portrays Thai democracy as a game for the ruling eliteHis works began appearing overnight on the streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai five years ago, incendiary satirical
The bridges that never were – in pictures

The bridges that never were – in pictures

Bridges are often defining urban features – but what if your city had chosen one of these designs instead? Continue reading...
Fire sale Britain: Mike Nelson on why he turned the Tate into a big salvage yard

Fire sale Britain: Mike Nelson on why he turned the Tate into a big salvage yard

The artist scoured asset-stripping websites for the things British companies toss out as they close. He relives his six-month journey into a country in declineMike Nelson is feeling his age. He’s
'It was our catwalk': the children who gave their town a fashion makeover

'It was our catwalk': the children who gave their town a fashion makeover

How one Welsh town became the backdrop for a remarkable fashion shoot. Words by Paula Cocozza. Photographs by Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte JamesAfter their costume workshop at the Gellideg
'Flintstone' house sparks lawsuit from California town: 'It's an eyesore'

'Flintstone' house sparks lawsuit from California town: 'It's an eyesore'

The quirky home features dinosaurs and a sign proclaiming ‘Yabba-dabba-doo’, but neighbors aren’t amusedCalifornia architecture has captured the world’s imagination with its classic midcentury
At home in the remote snow forests of Russia – in pictures

At home in the remote snow forests of Russia – in pictures

Elena Anosova, a Russia-based photographer, travelled to Siberia to document isolated communities for her project Out of the Way. The village of Taiga has a population of 100 adults, the closest town
'We never thought it would happen': Thomas Heatherwick's $200m gamble

'We never thought it would happen': Thomas Heatherwick's $200m gamble

The British architect has landed in New York with the Vessel, an extravagant 150ft-tall structure, the most talked about element of Hudson YardsWalking up the steps in leather shoes, a yellow scarf
National Portrait Gallery turns down £1m grant from Sackler family

National Portrait Gallery turns down £1m grant from Sackler family

Artists had asked gallery not to accept sum from family behind firm making opiod OxyContinThe National Portrait Gallery has turned down a £1m grant from the multibillionaire Sackler family following
The Runner: plan to move Athens statue to Skopje angers Greeks

The Runner: plan to move Athens statue to Skopje angers Greeks

Costas Varotsos says proposal to place his Athens artwork in North Macedonia is ‘surreal’ Like most landmarks in any capital, the Runner has its admirers and its detractors. At more than 12 metres
David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

As he powers into his 80s, the photographer recalls shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Andy Warhol, shares his regrets over voting leave – and reveals how Gordon Brown pulled a fast one on him‘You