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Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Vibrant youth culture and a flourishing music scene leap out of the west African photographer’s Peuple de la Nuit, featuring the musicians, dancers and lovers who graced his hometown’s hottest venues
How to move a masterpiece: the secret business of shipping priceless artworks

How to move a masterpiece: the secret business of shipping priceless artworks

What happens when a forklift goes through your Picasso? By Andrew DicksonEarly one morning last summer, I stood inside a museum in Antwerp and watched as a painting was hung on the wall. When I walked
Venezuela's revolution of hunger: a photo essay

Venezuela's revolution of hunger: a photo essay

Economically destroyed, socially unstable and now hungry, Venezuela is undergoing turbulent times. Photographer Ignacio Marín has been covering the crisis since May 2018. He talks about his images and
Okwui Enwezor: the Nigerian who confronted the European art canon

Okwui Enwezor: the Nigerian who confronted the European art canon

The curator, who has died aged 55, was the only person to curate both the Venice Biennale and Documenta, helped redefine what African art could be and provided a platform for the likes of Steve
'This is blood money': Tate shuns Sacklers – and others urged to follow

'This is blood money': Tate shuns Sacklers – and others urged to follow

Pressure builds on other institutions to disavow Sackler family over OxyContin, powerful painkiller linked to opioid deathsEarlier this year at the Guggenheim in New York, activists objecting to
Beyoncé effect fills galleries with a new generation of art devotees

Beyoncé effect fills galleries with a new generation of art devotees

Fame sells: that’s the lesson in a survey revealing the world’s most popular exhibitions during a bumper yearIn Paris, it was Beyoncé and Jay-Z; in Washington, it was Barack and Michelle Obama; while,
Women on the frontline: female war photographers – in pictures

Women on the frontline: female war photographers – in pictures

There is a long history of female photographers working in war zones, with many playing a decisive role in shaping perceptions of armed conflict. An exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany, features about
Sackler Trust halts new philanthropic giving due to opioid lawsuits

Sackler Trust halts new philanthropic giving due to opioid lawsuits

Sackler family’s Purdue Pharma faces hundreds of lawsuits over its drug OxyContinA trust that has donated millions to medical science, healthcare, education and the arts in the UK has announced it is
Squalor, glamour, wealth and cruelty: the Britain Van Gogh saw and loved

Squalor, glamour, wealth and cruelty: the Britain Van Gogh saw and loved

He painted prisoners, devoured Dickens and worshipped the London News … ahead of a major show, our writer reveals how Britain changed Van Gogh – and how he transformed its art Vincent van Gogh was the
French masterpieces renamed after black subjects in new exhibition

French masterpieces renamed after black subjects in new exhibition

Curators at Paris exhibition tracked down names of models used by likes of Manet, Picasso and CézanneFrench art masterpieces have been renamed after their long-overlooked black subjects in a
The Bombay Beach Biennale - in pictures

The Bombay Beach Biennale - in pictures

The fourth annual Bombay Beach Biennale took place last weekend on the shores of the Salton Sea in California. Artists and performers donated their time and talent to this volunteer-led event that
The flying saucers have landed: Qatar's thrilling new supersized museum

The flying saucers have landed: Qatar's thrilling new supersized museum

It took 18 years to build, with nearly a mile of galleries, and is inspired by a desert rose. But is Jean Nouvel’s eye-popping creation for the world’s wealthiest nation too extravagant to
Wave hunters: 2019 surf photo of the year – in pictures

Wave hunters: 2019 surf photo of the year – in pictures

Nikon has searched for the most creative and unique surfing images from Australian photographers and have announced the finalists of the Nikon surf photo of the year awards. The images are taken in
Riding the tube – a photo essay by Stefan Rousseau

Riding the tube – a photo essay by Stefan Rousseau

During his commute into central London, photographer Stefan Rousseau has started taking pictures of his fellow passengers, who are often absorbed in their own sleep-deprived worldsFor over 20 years as
Art detective Arthur Brand: how I found a stolen Picasso

Art detective Arthur Brand: how I found a stolen Picasso

The man dubbed ‘Indiana Jones of the art world’ says the paintings can ‘become a burden’The ring at the door of the modest east Amsterdam apartment came late in the day on Thursday 14 March. On the
Bauhaus: 100 years old but still ubiquitous in our homes today

Bauhaus: 100 years old but still ubiquitous in our homes today

How a revolutionary idea became our go-to way of living. Shop the look: our pick from the high streetSpending a night at the hallowed Bauhaus school in Dessau, in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt,
'Fake it until you make it': the strange case of New York's socialite scammer

'Fake it until you make it': the strange case of New York's socialite scammer

Anna Sorokin, who went by ‘Anna Delvey’, is accused of perpetrating a two-year, $275,000 scam of friends, banks, designers and upscale hotels Judge Diane Kiesel could barely conceal her irritation.
Visitors shred artist's huge Louvre paper artwork in one day

Visitors shred artist's huge Louvre paper artwork in one day

Courtyard collage celebrating art gallery’s 30th anniversary created an optical illusionA whimsical collage in the courtyard of France’s Louvre art gallery had a short shelf life after a swarm of
Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured America’s most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years – and the time she set fire to Patti SmithAnnie Leibovitz is standing by a
'Like the Eye of Sauron': western Europe’s tallest building planned for tiny Danish town

'Like the Eye of Sauron': western Europe’s tallest building planned for tiny Danish town

Fast-fashion giant Bestseller set to build skyscraper headquarters in Brande, a 7,000-person rural townUntil a local company announced plans to send a 320-metre skyscraper soaring over the surrounding