No one did gold like Yves Saint Laurent

The late designer adored gold, and shaped the precious metal into some surprisingly commonplace forms

Ear of corn brooch made of diamanté with gilt metal whiskers (made by Goossens), Spring/Summer 1989 haute couture collection; ear of corn earrings studded with diamanté (made by Goossens), Spring/Summer 1982 haute couture collection. Photograph © Lavanchy Matthieu. As reproduced in Yves Saint Laurent Accessories

Betak takes Dover Street Market

The worlds of fashion, art and music come together in London for the launch of Betak: Fashion Show Revolution

Betak fans at Dover Street Market in London last night. All photos by James Mason

How to host the perfect Palestinian dinner party

From tableware to fragrances, here’s how to entertain Palestinian style, courtesy of author Reem Kassis

Reem Kassis

The Artist Project: Mark Bradford on Clyfford Still

The LA artist is intrigued by the Abstract Expressionist's era, and by what the paintings say about today's America

Mark Bradford. As reproduced in The Artist Project. Photo by Jackie Neale/Kathryn Hurni © The Met

Massimo Bottura and Gastón Acurio create kitchen alchemy

From soy sauce to omelettes, the chef offers diners at Refettorio Ambrosiano a tasty lesson in Peruvian cuisine

Gastón Acurio and Massimo Bottura at Refettorio Ambrosiano, as reproduced in Bread is Gold

Sophie Walker guides us through The Japanese Garden

From Buddhism to the Bauhaus, the garden designer and author discusses Japan's rich traditions

Sophie at Genkō-an, Kyoto

5 shows that transformed fashion: Betak and Vaccarello

Discover how this wizard of the catwalk mastered runway lighting in the shows of the Belgian-Italian designer

Anthony Vaccarello's Fall/Winter 2012 show, Paris, by Alexandre de Betak. All photographs by Daniel Beres, as reproduced in Betak: Fashion Show Revolution

Keith Harrison - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Keith Harrison. Photograph by Hydar Dewachi

Kerry James Marshall - the VR experience

The artist's acclaimed exhibition Mastry is now available in virtual reality, for Mac, PC and Oculus Rift users

An image from VR't Ventures' Kerry James Marshall app. Image courtesy of vrtventures.art

How Jimmie Durham saw the night sky

Understand how this important contemporary artist brings his vision of the heavens right down to earth

A Map of the Sky including Betelguese and a Pecan (1993) by Jimmie Durham, as reproduced in Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Mark Bradford honoured alongside Star Wars' George Lucas

LACMA recognises the artist's sociopolitical work at its Art+Film Gala (and Kim Kardashian came too!)

From left: Marco Bizzarri; Eva Chow; Mark Bradford; George Lucas; Mellody Hobson; LACMA's Michael Govan. All images courtesy of LACMA

Massimo Bottura gets ready for US tour dates

Can superchefs save the planet? Find out as the Skinny Italian Chef teams up with Lavazza to talk about his Bread Is Gold book and Food For Soul initiative with a string of events in New York, Chicago, Toronto and Washington DC

Massimo Bottura

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

How Annie Leibovitz captured Sheryl Sandberg’s focus

In Portraits 2005–2016, Leibovitz photographs the Silicon Valley titan during a rare moment of calm

Sheryl Sandberg in the Facebook offices, Menlo Park, California, 2015 by Annie Leibovitz. © Annie Leibovitz

Our highly cultured Japanese Garden party

Anish Kapoor, Jon Snow, David Chipperfield and Simon Jenkins came to the V&A for Sophie Walker's book launch

Author Sophie Walker (centre right) with Anish Kapoor (centre left), plant hunter Sue Wynn-Jones (left) and Zen Buddhist nun Venerable Myokun (right)

Alex Katz - 'I never had any self-confidence until I was 30'

We asked the painter about his days at Cooper Union, the jazz clubs he went to at night and why painting is like running a 4.40, when we bumped into him at his show of new work and Forties drawings at Timothy Taylor

Alex Katz by Alex Katz

5 shows that transformed fashion: Betak and Viktor&Rolf

In 2002 Alexandre Betak applied blue screen technology to the Dutch dynamic duo’s Parisian runway show


How Annie Leibovitz captured Bruce Springsteen's DNA

In Portraits 2005–2016, Leibovitz photographs a fellow rock ‘n’ roll survivor, flourishing creatively in later life

Bruce Springsteen on tour, Paris, 2016 by Annie Leibovitz. © Annie Leibovitz/Trunk Archive

Phaidon contributors rank high in ArtReview's Power 100

Many of our favourite artists, curators, critics and gallerists all feature on this year's highly politicized list


How Japanese poets saw the night sky

There's no man in the Moon for Japanese star-gazers, instead, they see a hare pounding rice. Want to know why?

Hare with pestle in the full moon (c.1801-50) by Matsumura So Shun

Discover Araucanía with Boragó’s Rodolfo Guzmán

This fairytale land of lakes and volcanoes in Chile is home to some incredible ingredients, as the chef discovered

The Araucanía region, as featured in Boragó. All photographs by Cristóbal Palma

Ruby Neri - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Ruby Neri in her studio. All images courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

How Annie Leibovitz captured Nicole and Baz's chemistry

In Portraits 2005–2016, Leibovitz expresses the creative connection between two Australian megastars

Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann, New York City, 2008 by Annie Leibovitz. © Annie Leibovitz

A Brilliant Black Building for Halloween!

This Victorian house, from our new book Black: Architecture in Monochrome, looks perfect for trick or treating

Peacock Hill, Rob Pruitt and Jonathan Horowitz, Fleischmanns, New York, USA, 2003, as featured in Black: Architecture in Monochrome

The surprising European origins of Pumpkin Pie

On Halloween, America The Cookbook reveals how the French and the Brits helped create the US dish

Pumpkin Pie as featured in America the Cookbook

Who knew Gerhard Richter did erotica?

He copied images from porn mags but it's as if a gauzy veil has drifted across the image, clouding any promiscuity

Two Couples (1966) by Gerhard Richter as reproduced in The Art of the Erotic

Annie Leibovitz talks Trump, Hillary and Harvey

During her Times Talk the photographer opened up on some of the more controversial subjects in her new book

Annie Leibovitz speaking during her Times Talk, New York, October 2017

An insider’s guide to Palestinian cookery

Reem Kassis, author of The Palestinian Table, tell us how family ties and national borders shaped this cuisine

Reem Kassis, author of The Arabesque Table

We just won a Lucie Award for Generation Wealth!

Phaidon bagged Book Publisher of the Year thanks to Lauren Greenfield’s brilliant examination of modern money

Jackie Siegel and friends with Versace handbags at a private opening at the Versace store, Beverly Hills, 2007. From Generation Wealth. All photographs by Lauren Greenfield. © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE

How Annie Leibovitz captured Natalia Vodianova's rise

In Portraits 2005–2016, Annie Leibovitz expresses this supermodel's rags-to-riches journey effortlessly

Natalia Vodianova, Paris, 2014. Picture credit: © Annie Leibovitz

How Buzz Aldrin saw the night sky

This Apollo 11 star chart served as a route map of the heavens for the lunar pilot and American hero

Apollo 11 flown star chart, as reproduced in Universe

Who knew John Singer Sargent did erotica?

The sensual portraitist and war artist combined his two interests in this tender painting of two British soldiers

Tommies Bathing (1918) by John Singer Sargent as reproduced in The Art of the Erotic

Anders Ruhwald - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Anders Ruhwald in his studio

How Annie Leibovitz captured Barack Obama's unease

In Portraits 2005–2016, Annie Leibovitz photographs the President in the White House - hours before Trump's arrival

President Barack Obama, The Oval Office,Washington, D.C., January 19, 2017. Photograph © Annie Leibovitz

Massimo Bottura and the Adriàs create kitchen alchemy

The elBulli brothers, Ferran and Albert, reunited to cook for Milan's poor at Bottura's Refettorio Ambrosiano

Ferran and Albert Adrià at Refettorio Ambrosiano, as reproduced in Bread is Gold

Discover Patagonia with Boragó’s Rodolfo Guzmán

From pink apples to tangerine fungi, this wild tip of Chile yields some surprising ingredients for the pioneering chef

Patagonia, as featured in Boragó

How Annie Leibovitz captured Stephen Hawking's willpower

In Portraits 2005–2016, Leibovitz visualises the professor's sheer determination to push his life's work forward

Professor Stephen Hawking, Cambridge, England, 2017, Photograph by Annie Leibovitz © Annie Leibovitz

Massimo Bottura and Tsumura Mitsuharu's kitchen alchemy

Trash-bound ingredients take on a whole new life in the Skinny Italian chef's Bread is Gold book

 Mitsuharu Tsumura at Refettorio Ambrosiano, as reproduced in Bread is Gold

The Artist Project: Raymond Pettibon on JMW Turner

Why the contemporary artist appreciates the 18th century painter for his ability to go beyond mere representation

Raymond Pettibon beside of work of Turner's at the Metropolitan Museum, New York. As reproduced in The Artist Project

Annie Leibovitz's London takeover!

Legendary photographer wowed the crowd at Paul Smith, The Royal Festival Hall and Waterstones this weekend

Sir Paul Smith and Annie Leibovitz put their best foot (and socks) forward

When Yayoi Kusama created her first ever Infinity Room

Going to her show at the Broad? Then uncover the history behind these hugely popular artworks before you do

Yayoi Kusama inside Kusama's Peep Show or Endless Love Show (1966). All images reproduced in our newly updated Yayoi Kusama monograph

How Annie Leibovitz captured Rachel Feinstein's virtuosity

In Portraits 2005–2016, Leibovitz presents the sculptor and installation artist as both mother and muse

Rachel Feinstein and her daughter, Flora Currin, New York City, 2010. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz © Annie Leibovitz

5 shows that transformed fashion: Betak and Hussein Chalayan

In 2000, Alexandre Betak took Chalayan's most challenging garment - the Airplane Dress - and made it soar

Hussein Chalayan's Spring/Summer 2000 show, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. As featured in Betak: Fashion Show Revolution

Meals that made America great – Mexican Slaw

How food from around the world found a welcome home in the US - as featured in America The Cookbook

Mexican Slaw, from America The Cookbook

The Artist Project goes back to the Met

The book that gets contemporary artists to talk about classic works returned to the source for our launch

The Artist Project book at our Met Store event

Ghada Amer - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Ghada Amer - Photo courtesy Cheim & Read, New York and Arts/Industry. Photographer Scott Seifert

No one did Polaroids like Yves Saint Laurent

For the designer, instantaneous prints served both as documentary device - and vital creative tool

Wooden bird earrings, worn with a day outfit, Spring/Summer 1988 haute couture collection. All images taken from Yves Saint Laurent Accessories

Meals that made America great – Portuguese Clams

How food from around the world found a welcome home in the US - as featured in America The Cookbook

Portuguese clams with linguiça and kale, as featured in America The Cookbook

How Annie Leibovitz captured Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In Portraits 2005–2016, she highlights the novelist and campaigner's multidimensionality in a rare photo pairing

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ellicott City, Maryland, 2016, by Annie Leibovitz © Annie Leibovitz

The Artist Project: Kehinde Wiley on John Singer Sargent

Obama’s new portraitist takes his inspiration from some of the most aristocratic works in the Met's collection

Kehinde Wiley in The Artist Project

Discover the Atacama Desert with Boragó’s Rodolfo Guzmán

It’s one of the driest places on earth but Rodolfo still found beautiful ingredients for his restaurant

The Atacama Desert, as featured in Boragó

When Kerry James Marshall learned to love Warhol

He celebrates his 62nd birthday today but it was on his 18th that Kerry began to understand Andy's talents

Dark Angel (1989) by Kerry James Marshall

How Annie Leibovitz captured Lin-Manuel Miranda’s vision

In Portraits 2005–2016, Leibovitz photographs the Hamilton star who updated the 18th century

Lin-Manuel Miranda, New York City, 2015 by Annie Leibovitz, © Annie Leibovitz

How we squeezed Versailles into The Art Museum

This Baroque masterwork will never leave France but we've found room for it in our brilliant museum-in-a-book

Galerie des Glaces, 1678–84, by Jules Hardouin Mansart and Charles Le Brun, as reproduced in The Art Museum

Ai Weiwei returns to New York

Artist scatters 300 works across the city he called home for a decade in Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

Ai Weiwei at the opening of his latest work in Manhattan - photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Jessica Harrison - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Jessica Harrison

How Annie Leibovitz captured Rihanna's sexuality

In Portraits 2005–2016, Annie Leibovitz emphasises the singer's sex appeal without reducing her to a sex symbol

Rihanna, Havana, Cuba, 2015 by Annie Leibovitz, © Annie Leibovitz

Elizabeth Street Cafe comes to New York

The French-Vietnamese cafe made some friends in NYC, including editors, chefs and a President's daughter

The Elizabeth Street Café at Le Turtle

How Trevor Paglen saw the night sky

The MacArthur Fellow is less interested in space's beauty - more in the sinister man-made objects in our heavens

STSS-1 and two unidentified spacecraft over Carson City (2010) by Trevor Paglen, as reproduced in Universe

André Chiang shock: Restaurant ANDRE to close

Chef announces he will close his Michelin-starred Singapore restaurant next Valentine's Day to return to Taiwan

André Chiang as photographed for our book Octaphilosophy

When Ward Bennett met Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ wanted either a saddle or a bar room chair to sit on - the mid century modern designer created a clever hybrid

The 1550 University carved-wood frame armchair was first designed for the LBJ Library at the University of Texas. It is carved from solid blocks of wood, then meticulously joined and finished.

How Annie Leibovitz captured Ellsworth Kelly's place of work

In Portraits 2005–2016, Annie Leibovitz reveals how Kelly created his calm canvases amidst everyday clutter

Ellsworth Kelly's studio, Spencertown, New York, 2012 by Annie Leibovitz. © Annie Leibovitz

Reem Kassis tells the story behind The Palestinian Table

We launched our latest food book in a beautiful house, once owned by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, last night

Reem Kassis - photo Mat Smith

No one did fake jewels like Yves Saint Laurent

Though he created clothes for the jet set, Yves favoured costume jewellery over genuinely precious stones

Earrings made of crystal diamanté and branches of coral, choker made of crystal beads and branches of coral, worn with a sequined dress, Spring/Summer 1998 haute couture collection; © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris/All Rights Reserved

How the Soviets saw the night sky

It may have lost the race to the moon but in 1963 the USSR looked aloft and saw itself as the clear conqueror

Soviet Space Programme Poster, 1963, as reproduced in Universe

JR’s new movie comes to the London Film Festival

Catch Faces Places, his Agnès Varda film about small-town life, in one of Europe’s biggest cities

Agnès Varda and JR in their film Visages Villages

How Annie Leibovitz captured Caitlyn Jenner’s big reveal

In Portraits 2005–2016, Annie Leibovitz accentuates Jenner's statuesque beauty and inner strength

Caitlyn Jenner, Malibu, California 2015. Picture credit: © Annie Leibovitz

Arlene Shechet - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Arlene Shechet in her studio - photographed by Ruthie Abel

No one did Africa like Yves Saint Laurent

The designer was born in North Africa and worked a surprising amount of African culture into his collections

Evening dresses with accessories inspired by Bambara art, Spring/Summer 1967 haute couture collection

Massimo Bottura and Viviana Varese create kitchen alchemy

The Italian chefs turn trash-bound ingredients into beautiful food in Massimo’s new Bread is Gold book

Viviana Varese, as featured in Bread is Gold

Francis Upritchard - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Francis Upritchard (on the steps, left) photographed at fellow ceramicist Nicholas Brandon’s property in Kaimata, New Zealand. Image courtesy of the artist

How Annie Leibovitz captured Gloria Steinem's courage

In Portraits 2005–2016, Annie Leibovitz offers us insight into Steinem's tireless campaigning for women’s rights

Gloria Steinem, New York City, 2015. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Picture credit: © Annie Leibovitz

5 shows that transformed fashion: Betak and Rodarte 2016

Creating a visual presence on the catwalk proved tricky - until the sisters met fashion genius Alexandre de Betak

Rodarte's autumn/winter 2016 show, as featured in Betak: Fashion Show Revolution

Clay and ceramics put a sheen on this year's Frieze

Once a mere decorative art, clay and ceramics find a place alongside painting and sculpture at this year's fair

George E Ohr's works on display at the Gallery of Everything's booth at Frieze Masters, the Frieze Art Fair, London, October 2017

Mary Beard talks us through her 2017 Frieze show

The classicist tells us how a chance meeting at an airport led her to stage a bronze show at this year's Frieze

Professor Mary Beard at Frieze in London, October 2017

The Sportsman’s winning ingredients: History

How times past and historical techniques enabled Stephen Harris to turn a grotty pub into a team GB champion

A local oyster producer, as featured in The Sportsman. All photographs by Toby Glanville

Massimo Bottura and Mario Batali create kitchen alchemy

Trash-bound ingredients take on a whole new life in the Skinny Italian chef's Bread is Gold book

Mario Batali and Massimo Bottura in Bread is Gold

JJ PEET - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

JJ PEET - photo by Danny Peet

Why Yayoi Kusama wrote to Richard Nixon

'I will lovingly, soothingly, adorn your hard masculine body,' she wrote as she invited him to an orgy

Yayoi Kusama's 1968 letter to Richard Nixon

Will we all be eating Blade Runner-style insects soon?

The new film predicts a future of insect grub protein farms - did they get that from our book On Eating Insects?

Ryan Gosling chows down on some tasty protein in Blade Runner 2049

How Annie Leibovitz captured Kim and Kanye's selfie side

In Portraits 2005–2016, Annie Leibovitz offers us a clear look into the lives of two huge social media stars

Kim Kardashian, North West, and Kanye West, Los Angeles, 2014. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Picture credit: © Annie Leibovitz

How we got Impressionism's first show into The Art Museum

It closed over 140 years ago but our new museum-in-a-book restages this seminal Parisian painting show

Impression, Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet, as reproduced in The Art Museum

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho on their Frieze Project

Why a strange settlement in the no man’s land between North and South Korea has found a new home at Frieze

Freedom Village Arena, single-channel video (2017) by Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho

The Artist Project: Jeff Koons on Roman sculpture

Here’s why America’s leading contemporary artist spends so much time among the Met Museum’s sculptures

Jeff Koons photographed at The Met for our new book The Artist Project

How Barber Osgerby made their Sony exhibition

Was this British design duo’s sonic take on interior design a little too progressive for the Japanese giant?

Near-field speaker with stool and prototype television in an anechoic chamber, Sony exhibition, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy, 2010. All images from our new book Barber Osgerby, Projects

SPIT! talk us through their Frieze Project

The US collective look back at queer manifestos for a new series of works addressing today's struggles

Carlos Maria Romero and Despina Zacharopoulou during a SPIT! Manifesto rehearsal in London, May 2017. Courtesy of the artists and Frieze Projects

How Georges Méliès saw the night sky

Here’s how the pioneering French filmmaker's 1902 sci-fi classic influenced the way we view the moon

Film still from A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans le lune) (1902) by Georges Méliès, as reproduced in Universe

Alexandre de Betak wows Paris

Our author and runway legend took fashion fans to heaven (and Anna Wintour and Mario Testino to dinner) last night

Alexandre de Betak signing copies of Betak: Fashion Show Revolution at Colette in Paris - photo by Hélène Gallois Montbrun

Takuro Kuwata - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Takuro Kuwata - photo by Koho Kotake

Georgina Starr talks us through her Frieze Project

Why has the artist brought in two experimental vocalists and "a magic table" for a reading from her new novel?

The History of Sculpture (Tricolour), c-print (2012) by Georgina Starr. All images courtesy of the artist

Colette goes crazy for Betak!

Fashion boutique draws inspiration from catwalk's backstage area for new Alexandre de Betak collection

Colette's new Betak collection. Image courtesy of Colette

Enrique Olvera gets Global Gastronomy Award

The Mexican chef was honoured at a gala reception at the Swedish Consul General’s house in New York this week

Enrique Olvera at the New York awards ceremony

Meals that made America great – Hot German Potato Salad

How food from around the world found a welcome home in the US - as featured in America The Cookbook

Hot German Potato Salad, as featured in America The Coobook

Marc Bauer talks us through his 2017 Frieze Project

The artist explains why he has brought a little bit of Peckham, South London, to the entrance of this year’s fair

A work from Marc Bauer's 2017 Frieze Project. All images courtesy of the artist

Massimo Bottura and René Redzepi create kitchen alchemy

Trash-bound ingredients take on a whole new life in The Skinny Italian chef's Bread is Gold book

René Redzepi and Massimo Bottura at Refettorio Ambrosiano, as reproduced in Bread is Gold. Photo by Emanuele Colombo

Who knew Paul Klee did erotica?

The Swiss artist only used a few abstract forms to effectively suggest the act of lovemaking in this drawing

Lovers (1920) by Paul Klee, as reproduced in The Art of the Erotic

Jesse Wine - Why I Create

Exploring the inspirations and attitudes of artists working with clay and ceramic, featured in Vitamin C

Jesse Wine - image courtesy the artist; Mary Mary, Glasgow

No one did buttons like Yves Saint Laurent

Here’s why the designer saw a simple fastening as an opportunity to create 'a woman’s daytime jewellery'

Man’s fedora, faceted wooden earrings, leather belt with a buckle of ebony, worn with a day outfit with Macassar wood buttons, Autumn/Winter 1989 haute couture collection.

How NASA saw the night sky

The Saturn probe sent back some truly awesome images packed with real scientific insight

Radio Occultation: Unravelling Saturn’s rings 2005, image courtesy of Nasa, JPL

Lucy Orta talks us through her 2017 Frieze Project

Artist and Phaidon author on her plans to distribute Antarctica World Passports at the London art fair

Antarctica Flag, (2007) by Lucy + Jorge Orta. All images courtesy of the artists