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‘Sadness will last forever’: Living with the Van Gogh legacy

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As he lay on his death bed, having apparently shot himself, Vincent Van Gogh is said to have uttered the final words, “The sadness will last… Patrick Wood ABC It’s hard to imagine a bleaker prophecy from the famed and deeply troubled Dutch… And yet, more than 125 years later, the Van Gogh family can attest to a fulfilling life that is, in part, devoted to honouring his work and… ‘Sadness will last… Read More »

Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more

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It cannot be the final arkle! Surely the inventor of Dave Sorenson, greatest and most persistently injured of farnarklers, will rebuild himself for the next… Robert Phiddian  The Conversation Please tell me this is only the umlaut, and John Clarke will be back for the second… In our more than usually absurd world, we have never needed him… Farewell John Clarke… Read More »

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

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Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

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In the last decade of his life, from 1740 to 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach abandoned the furious pace of composition he had maintained for over 30 years and concentrated his creative energies largely on the composition of just six works. Daniel Herscovitch The Conversation They were the second volume of The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, The Musical Offering, the B Minor Mass and finally, The Art of Fugue. In these six… Decoding ... Read More »

A city with too much history to handle

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A group of vigilantes has stepped in to restore forgotten historical sites in Naples’ Vergini neighbourhood. Erin Craig BBC News Naples has a history problem: there’s just too much of it. Greek cemeteries, Roman… A city with… Read More »

Dineo Seshee Bopape Wins Future Generation Art Prize

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The announcement comes hot on the heels of her co-winning the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Art… Caroline Elbaor artnetnews Dineo Seshee Bopape is on a roll. Following last week’s announcement that she was one of the four winners of the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize, the South African artist has been named the recipient of the 2017 Future Generation Art… Dineo Seshee Bopape… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

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A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »

The Walled Off Hotel: The struggle for decolonisation

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Banksy’s new installation hotel in Bethlehem is a powerful anticolonial statement about the Zionist colonial project. Jamil Khader Al Jazeera News The British street artist known as Banksy is no stranger to controversy and the recent debate over his new installation in the town of Bethlehem, the Walled Off Hotel, does not come as a surprise. Some critics have… The Walled Off… Read More »

Marina Abramovic and the art of female sacrifice

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The “grandmother of performance art” talks nudity, feeling one’s power and why she refuses to identify as a… ALLI MALONEY The New York Times Before we even sat down together, Marina Abramovic turned and said, “I’m not a feminist, by the… Her notions of feminism are well recorded: Abramovic told the Guardian in 2012 that she rejects the… Marina Abramovic and… Read More »

Panmela Castro: Brazil’s graffiti queen, delivering justice through the nozzle of a paint can

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(CNN) – “I was a victim, but that was a very long time ago.” Thomas Page CNN Panmela Castro casts her mind back to the day she was beaten. Like her mother… Panmela Castro: Brazil’s… Read More »

What would Banksy think of Toronto’s ‘new’ Banksy?

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A restored work by the famed street artist was used as part of a package of ‘community benefits’ to help ease restrictions on new downtown towers. Murray Whyte The Star Banksy, the still-anonymous British street-art prankster turned multi-million-dollar entertainment mogul, can add a new line to his impressive résumé: Toronto condominium facilitator. While technically not… What would Banksy… Read More »

Tearful Nazeem talks ISIS, Sydney Siege and Pauline Hanson

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COMEDIAN Nazeem Hussain shows a different side of himself in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celeb, breaking down in tears as he opens up about life as a… Nick Bond   news.com.au Enlisted by Steve Price to speak to the campmates about himself for the broadcaster’s “Jungle Radio” segment, Hussain reflects on the… “One of the things that… Tearful Nazeem talks… Read More »

Jannis Kounellis obituary

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Pioneer of the arte povera movement who created spectacular sculptures out of mundane objects Christopher Masters The Guardian Jannis Kounellis, who has died aged 80, made a highly distinctive contribution to one of the most provocative artistic movements in postwar Europe. As a pioneer of arte povera in the late 1960s, he… Jannis Kounellis… Read More »

Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden’ in museum for 250 years found

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Known as “the Braunschweig terrier,” the image is believed to date from around 1637; it has been in the museum’s collection since 1770. Judith Vonberg CNN Professor Thomas Doring, the museum’s curator of prints and drawings, was first alerted to the error two years ago while cataloging the museum’s 10,000 drawings for a digital archive. “It’s been on… Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden… Read More »

The artists who fought fascism

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Opening during the Spanish Civil War, the 1937 Paris Exhibition allowed artists to speak out against brutality. Fiona Macdonald BBC News Fiona Macdonald looks at a moment when paintings became propaganda. On 26 April 1937, Nazi… The artists who… Read More »

Divided times: how literature teaches us to understand ‘the other’

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In an era of fear and division, fiction plays a vital role in dramatising difference and encouraging… Amanda Michalopoulou The Guardian Once upon a time there was a Greek, an Englishman, a German and a… They decided they would each write a story that would do its best to explain the… The Greek said, I’m going to… Divided times: how… Read More »