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Barcelona's Sagrada Família: Gaudí's 'cathedral for the poor' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 49

57 min 56 sec ago

Giles Fraser arrived in Barcelona not expecting to like Antoni Gaudí’s monumental creation – famously derided by George Orwell as ‘one of the most hideous buildings in the world’. But then he went inside ...

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Raymond Cauchetier: the photographer of the French new wave – in pictures

57 min 56 sec ago

From 1959 to 1969, Cauchetier was the set photographer for the French new wave – capturing the invention of a new kind of cool in films such as À Bout de Souffle and Jules et Jim. Go behind the scenes with Godard, Truffaut, Belmondo and Seberg

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In bed with Belmondo: Raymond Cauchetier and the new wave

57 min 57 sec ago

François Truffaut sharing a cigarette with a choirboy, Jean Seberg nervously biting her nails, and a topless Jean-Paul Belmondo … Raymond Cauchetier was there with his Rolleiflex. The veteran photographer shares his secrets from the birth of 1960s cool

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Rocks in the sky: a geological mystery – in pictures

1 hour 27 min ago

If you’ve never seen a huge boulder hovering above the Earth against a brilliant blue sky, where have you been? As David Quentin’s photographs show, rocks in the sky have be spotted everywhere from Cumbria to Québec. Quentin’s photos aren’t fakes … but the rocks might not be quite what they seem

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Love locks are the shallowest, stupidest, phoniest expression of love ever – time to put a stop to it

06/02/2015

Some of Europe’s most beautiful bridges are being destroyed by rusting clumps of metal, so I’m delighted to hear that Paris is clamping down on this daft trend

Paris is removing all the “love locks” from its historic Pont des Arts. This pedestrian bridge was originally built by Napoleon, though the present structure is a replica created after the original was declared unsafe in the 1980s, and it is part of the grand riverscape that makes Paris one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

In recent years, it has become encrusted with padlocks left by amorous tourists who throw the keys in the Seine. May it never see another padlock. Vive Paris. Someone has to stand up against one of the shallowest, stupidest, phoniest expressions of love ever devised.

Related: Paris 'love locks' removed from Pont des Arts bridge – in pictures

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Dual Serpentine exhibitions celebrate explorers of the human form

06/02/2015

Astonishingly lifelike sculptures of ordinary people by American Duane Hanson and the beautiful black figures painted by UK-based Lynette Yiadom-Boakye given summer shows

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Darkness and light: the radical work of Germaine Krull – in pictures

06/02/2015

From nudes to surreal collage, street scenes to portraits, a new exhibition charts the astonishingly modern work of maverick photographer Germaine Krull. A pioneer of photojournalism, Krull moved across Europe in the 1920s and 30s mixing with left-leaning intellectuals and pushing at boundaries – both in her work and as a woman

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Off the grid: the quiet, controlled paintings of Agnes Martin

06/01/2015

Although the American abstract painter suffered from debilitating psychosis, it is never explicit in her work. Yet her taut pencil lines, delicate colours and regimented grids speak subtly of both control and escape

Championship swimmer, teacher, car nut, lesbian, writer, painter: in her long and sometimes troubled life Agnes Martin (1912-2004) was all these things. She also heard voices in her head and suffered debilitating periods of psychosis. Martin’s schizophrenia, though never entirely a secret, seems at odds with her art, which is marked by its clarity and rigour, and an exactitude that never excludes human qualities, and has within it a sense of immanence.

One could read her art as both control and escape. But first of all, they are paintings. Born out of solitude and quiet, her paintings demand just as much from us. All this, from a lifetime’s work that probably used not much more than a single box of pencils, a few rolls of masking tape and less paint than some artists ladle on to a single canvas in a day. Martin set herself extreme limits.

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Prada and Louis Vuitton are the new patrons of art – shame they're so boring

06/01/2015

Fashion houses are pouring money into shiny new art galleries across Europe. It should be explosive, but sadly they’ve left their imaginations on the runway

Fashion houses are the new art patrons of our time. That would be fine, if only they would show the boldness they bring to bags and rags when they collect art. Instead, they follow the rules of the art world, conform to its set taste and dully imitate last year’s look.

This month, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris unveils a new hang of its contemporary art collection – the third since it opened less than a year ago. Prada has just opened its spectacular “art city” in Milan, while Paris also has the comparatively venerable Cartier Foundation. Meanwhile, the hottest “art exhibition” in London is Alexander McQueen at the V&A.

Related: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris review – everything and the bling from Frank Gehry

Related: Miuccia Prada: I hate the idea of being a collector. I really hate it

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Take us far away … share your artworks about travel

06/01/2015

If your travels have inspired you to be creative, or if the thought of journeys afar spark your imagination, then we would love you to share your artwork with us

“See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream.” Wise words by writer Ray Bradbury, one of the countless artists inspired by travel. From Paul Gauguin’s evocative Polynesia to Tracey Emin’s road trips in the American west, exploring the world has offered rich inspiration for artists.

Perhaps you’re influenced by the romantic idea of the open road, or by learning about different cultures, getting lost or being out of your comfort zone.

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Creations of the night: your art inspired by dreams – in pictures

06/01/2015

Dreams provide an endless source of inspiration – from explosions of colour to fantastical creatures and landscapes. Here is a selection of your best work

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Carsten Höller exhibition lets visitors bed down for the night at the Hayward

06/01/2015

At £300 for two, guests can spend a disorientating night stretched out in robotic beds as they trundle around galleries among giant slides and flying machines

The customary “look but don’t touch” etiquette for art exhibitions is about to be torn up at the Carsten Höller show in London, where members of the public will be invited to spend a comfortable if discombobulating night stretched out in one of the works – a bed which will pass the hours of darkness trundling slowly around the Hayward Gallery.

Related: Carsten Höller: ‘It is impossible to travel down a slide without smiling’

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Honest Ed’s, Toronto's doomed compendium of kitsch – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 47

06/01/2015

Once dubbed ‘the world’s biggest discount shop’, Ed Mirvish’s extraordinary retail creation played a key role in Toronto’s development – but that won’t save it from demolition next year

A bowtie. A Barack Obama commemorative plastic sack. Nine pairs of tube socks at $2.99 per 3-pak (sic). A dustpan. A free turkey. A pair of $20 dress shoes bought for a wedding as the cab waited outside. Shabbat candles. A toy Titanic that transforms into a robot. Many, many gold Elvis busts.

Ask Torontonians to name their favourite purchase from the Honest Ed’s department store, and you rapidly compile a compendium of kitsch to fascinate any anthropologist from the future. The most prized artefact, of course, should be the store itself – a garish, ramshackle funhouse that for decades held the world record for most electric lights on a building – were it not for the fact that Honest Ed’s is slated for demolition on New Years’ Eve, 2016.

The store’s approach to retail can best be described as ‘confuse and disorientate’. In this it was a trailblazer

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Rigby Graham obituary

06/01/2015
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Sculptural oasis: why the giants of art made for Jeddah

06/01/2015

From Joan Miró to Jean Arp and Henry Moore, the Saudi city was a magnet for big names in art in the 1970s, as fascinating new book Sculptures of Jeddah shows

In the 21st century art is moving eastwards – literally – as masterpiece after masterpiece is sold to the oil-rich state Qatar, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi nears completion in the neighbouring United Arab Emirates. Huge and imaginative investments are turning these small wealthy nations on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula into the Manhattans of the middle east, brimming over with Cezannes and Gauguins and perhaps – although the rumours were denied – Picasso’s $179 million Women of Algiers (O).

But while Qatar and the UAE glitter with modernity, their neighbour Saudi Arabia seems mired in regressive ideas from the middle ages. It gets in the news for flogging the liberal blogger Raif Badawi, taking women to court for driving a car and nurturing the extreme Wahhabist religious ideology adopted by Isis.

Related: Sculptures in the sand

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Street talk: graffiti slogans around the world – in pictures

06/01/2015

The street artist and photographer Nicholas Ganz made his name with his best-selling book Graffiti World, the first to chronicle street art from around the globe. This gallery features his new book Street Messages, documenting street-art slogans from Norway to Guatemala City

Ganz will be speaking on 20 June at the book launch, Graffiti Messages, at the Lazarides gallery in London

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Giants of Jeddah: the strange, sad sculptures of Saudi Arabia – in pictures

06/01/2015

Thanks to a visionary mayor, 1970s Saudi Arabia became a hotspot for the best of modern art. Today, these touchstones of American modernism, dotted along empty highways, are a lament for a progressive future that never was

Jonathan Jones on why the giants of art made for Jeddah

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NYU confronts stereotypes with exhibition of racially charged art

05/31/2015

ReSignifications sees established and emerging artists present work inspired by the ‘Blackamoors’ of Florentine villa left to university by Sir Harold Acton

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Facelift for little-known Paris pagoda that houses 10-metre Miró Buddha

05/31/2015

Most of those strolling around the Lac Daumesnil are unaware of the magnificent Grande Pagode, but now it is hoping to attract more visitors

Hidden in a wood on the outskirts of Paris is an African pavilion-turned-pagoda that houses the largest Buddha in Europe, made in the Paris atelier of the Spanish artist Joan Miró.

The Grande Pagode is an eclectic cultural, religious and artistic treasure, but most of those strolling and jogging around the Lac Daumesnil in the Bois de Vincennes, do not even know it is there.

Related: Top 10 museum cafes and restaurants in Paris

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The weekend in pictures

05/31/2015

A selection of images from around the world, including the FA Cup final, a smiley Guinness World record attempt and a sumo baby-crying contest

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