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The great British art quiz: set by the National Trust for Scotland

British heritage sites are closed due to coronavirus – but you can explore their art collections by answering some tricky questions instead. The second of our series is by National Trust for Scotland This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK , the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different ...

Myths and magic: the new American west – in pictures

Cowboys, sunsets, rodeos and dust ... that’s what people think the west is. But Peter Kayafas travelled from Idaho to Oklahoma, seeking out the real rituals and way of life of a new generation Continue reading...

Art project captures sound of cities during coronavirus outbreak

Crowdsourced recordings to show how our aural lives are shifting as lockdown affects the world Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage An anti-coronavirus song from Senegal, applause for health workers ringing out in Paris and the return of the dawn chorus in Warsaw are just a few of the sounds that have been captured as part of an art project that aims to record how the s...

This way for brain tingles: ASMR gets a shiver-inducing exhibition

From cucumber-crunchers to cranial exams, YouTube is full of ASMRtists provoking the strangely pleasurable autonomous sensory meridian response. Now they’ve got their own euphoric museum show Some whisper gently into the microphone, while tapping their nails along the spine of a book. Others take a bar of soap and slice it methodically into tiny cubes , letting the pieces clatter into a plastic...

Hunting down the 42 paintings of Pieter Bruegel - books podcast

On this week’s show, we chat to Toby Ferris about his search for the master painter Pieter Bruegel. Ferris was 42 when he decided he would track down the 42 surviving paintings by the 16th-century great, a project he documents in his latest book Short Life in a Strange World. And Claire and Sian chat to independent bookseller Sam Fisher about how he and his staff at Burley Fisher Books have bee...

The great British museum quiz: inside the Ashmolean, Oxford

British museums are currently closed due to coronavirus – but you can explore their collections by answering some tricky questions. The first of a series of quizzes is set by the Ashmolean This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK , the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from over 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Today, our questions are set by the As...

Harsh, blurred and brilliant: the great Daidō Moriyama – in pictures

He is one of Japan’s most renowned photographers, a giant of the Provoke movement whose compelling images take a disturbing view of city life and the chaos of existence All photographs © Daidō Moriyama Continue reading...

Moshpit mayhem: the northern club where punks rampaged to Hellbastard

The Station was a legendary hotspot where cider-fuelled punks would pogo to Rancid, Death Zone and more. Chris Killip reveals how he photographed the pummelling chaos In 1985, Chris Killip was “trying unsuccessfully to photograph nightlife in Newcastle” when a friend told him about the Station, a former police social club in nearby Gateshead that had been turned into a live venue by a collectiv...

Wear your clothes backwards and learn cartooning: artists share lockdown tips

From Martin Parr’s indoor photography challenge to Martin Creed’s guitar-playing tutorial, artists are showing how the coronavirus needn’t mean an end to creativity The doors of the world’s finest museums, galleries and art fairs may now be firmly closed for who knows how long. But art can still reach us in dazzling detail, via the now essential gateway of social media. Large organisations were...

Jacques Henri Lartigue: portrait of the photographer as a young man

He’s best known for images of aviators, racing cars and socialites on the Côte d’Azur, but a new book reveals the driving passions of the French photographer’s early life In a family photograph taken by his father in 1903, nine-year-old Jacques Henri Lartigue stands on a path in the Bois de Boulogne, in front of his mother and grandmother. He is grinning mischievously and clutching a beloved Ju...

A room with a review: critics on the art of home working

For those who write about culture for a living, working from home is a way of life. Pre-lockdown, the Observer’s film, art, dance, architecture and theatre critics discussed their jobs The experts’ experts - our writers on their most-trusted sources “Every now and then, in the middle of Tuesday afternoon, when you’ve seen a run of really bad films – Mighty Pups , say, followed by some terrible ...

Inspiring culture: 50 works that changed our critics' lives

The Observer’s reviewers select the shows, recordings, films, buildings and paintings that have shaped their love of the arts Culture special: Rachel Cooke on criticism in 2020 Continue reading...

Art books to self-isolate with, from Patti Smith to Lucian Freud – the week in art

Picasso’s inner beast, a sizzling take on Bacon and Buñuel’s last breath are among our art biographies to curl up with – all in your weekly dispatch Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellations Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Just Kids by Patti Smith Stuck at home and want to read a vivid book that’s more living art than dead art history? An eyewitness m...

Living bridges and supper from sewage: can ancient fixes save our crisis-torn world?

From underground aqueducts to tree-bridges and fish that love sewage, indigenous customs could save the planet – but are under threat. Landscape architect Julia Watson shares her ‘lo-TEK’ vision On the eastern edge of Kolkata, near the smoking mountain of the city’s garbage dump, the 15 million-strong metropolis dissolves into a watery landscape of channels and lagoons, ribboned by highways. Th...

Architect turns shipping containers into hospitals for treating Covid-19

Pop-up shops, student accommodation … ICUs. Two-bed prototype for a fraction of the cost of other options being built in coronavirus-hit Italy Architects have turned to shipping containers to make everything from pop-up shops to co-working spaces, and even teetering towers of student housing . But now the humble corrugated steel box might have found one of its most useful reincarnations yet, in...
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