Art Stories

The lunch that upset the art world

On the 187th anniversary of his birth, we take a look at Édouard Manet’s other midday scene, Lunch in the studio The lunch that upset the art world

How to be happy on Blue Monday

Today getting you down? Then get a lift from Patti Smith, Kurt Vonnegut and Henry James in Every Day a Word Surprises Me How to be happy on Blue Monday

The art of the black struggle, 90 years on from MLK’s birth

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we look at Arthur Jafa’s masterful take on contemporary race relations The art of the black struggle, 90 years on from MLK’s birth

The life that shaped Harry Bertoia’s art

He's best known for his Diamond Chair but nature and necessity fed into the artist’s incredible mid-century sculptures The life that shaped Harry Bertoia’s art

The Instagram account that made it into Art & Queer Culture

One entry in our newly updated survey takes a look at how social media has addressed the aftermath of AIDS The Instagram account that made it into Art & Queer Culture

Elmgreen & Dragset meet Homer and Marge

The artists’ work Prada Marfa appeared in The Simpsons a few days ago. Guess what Homer did behind it. . . Elmgreen & Dragset meet Homer and Marge

Take a look at our New For '19 books!

Our spring 2019 list of new titles is ready to launch - we think you'll be impressed. . . Take a look at our New For '19 books!

Meet the artist who plans to bin space waste

Daan Roosegaarde knows there’s tons of junk in the heavens and thinks he can find a way to get rid of it Meet the artist who plans to bin space waste

Astonishing Animals - The Rhinoceros

Around 5,000 copies of this iconic image were sold during the artist Dürer’s lifetime, making it one of the earliest mass-produced images - but why was the likeness incorrect and how did the unfortunate animal meet its end? Astonishing Animals - The Rhinoceros

Untangling Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty

Robert Smithson was born today, 2 January, in 1938. Here’s how to get your head around his best-known work Untangling Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty

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