Queen Viv: Westwood on the catwalk after her autumn/winter 2014/15 womenswear show at Paris Fashion Week in March. Photo: Getty
Punk, seams and SEX: the life and fashion of Vivienne Westwood
By Jane Shilling - 16 October 10:00

Jane Shilling reviews a new autobiography of the veteran British fashion designer and punk icon.

My Otherness by Stephen Collins
By Stephen Collins - 10 October 10:32

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Braving the tyranny of the white wall: Hodgkin in his studio, an airy space in a Victorian dairy in Bloomsbury. Photo: David Levene/The Guardian
Howard Hodgkin: “I’ve always hated painting. It’s always been agony”
By Michael Prodger - 09 October 10:00

The British artist struggled as his friend David Hockney became a star. But at 82 he’s not bitter – and his art is as luminous as ever.

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Bare Reality: My milk went when Hitler marched in
By Bare Reality - 06 October 9:11

An excerpt from Bare Reality, a project to further understanding of how women really feel about their breasts, and how they really look.

Grayson Perry. Photo: Getty
Grayson Perry guest edits the New Statesman
By New Statesman - 03 October 16:22

The issue, which takes an anthropological look at the idea of the “Great White Male” is on sale Thursday 9 October.

A young Natalie Portman in “Leon: The Professional”, a source of inspiration for a sexualised campaign.
Fashion’s Lolita moment: why are campaigns so keen to fetishise young girls?
By Harriet Williamson - 02 October 12:06

Sexualising young girls to sell clothes sends the message that all females, regardless of their age or developmental maturity, are fair sexual game.

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Bare Reality: Breasts are an integral part of my identity as a woman
By Bare Reality - 29 September 9:05

An excerpt from Bare Reality, a project to further understanding of how women really feel about their breasts, and how they really look.

In the Frame: The End Game
By Tom Humberstone - 26 September 12:58

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

U2 performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Getty
With so much “stuff” out there in the world, can we still tell what is art and what isn’t?
By Oliver Farry - 25 September 16:11

From U2’s forcedly ubiquitous new album to “rediscovered” paintings from centuries ago, we are surrounded by things that lose and gain artistic status according to their context.

Protests outside the Barbican's Vaults in London. Photo: Fiona Rutherford
Barbican art show displaying black people as exhibits in “human zoo” cancelled after protests
By Fiona Rutherford - 25 September 11:21

Locking black people in cages for the amusement of wealthy Europeans was a common Victorian amusement – but is recreating it for art’s sake also recreating the racism? 

What does an artist look like? One of Grayson Perry's witty illustrations in Playing to the Gallery
Do I make myself Claire? Grayson Perry dissects the art world
By Thomas Calvocoressi - 25 September 10:00

In this illustrated handbook to contemporary art, Perry compares his once unfashionable pottery to the woman ordering a Babycham in a style bar and everyone suddenly wanting one.

Bare Reality: God gives life and creates, and as a woman you can connect with that
By Bare Reality - 22 September 9:01

An excerpt from Bare Reality, a project to further understanding of how women really feel about their breasts, and how they really look.

In the Frame: Potential Distant Memories for Scotland
By Tom Humberstone - 18 September 11:58

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

A detail from Turner's “War, the Exile and the Rock Limpet”.
Mark Lawson: Turner and Constable rarely spoke to each other, but their pictures do
By Mark Lawson - 18 September 11:50

An accident of gallery scheduling means that London currently has a sort of early-19th-century chat show in which the two painters converse.

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Bare Reality: Breasts make you feel like a proper woman
By Bare Reality - 15 September 9:00

An excerpt from Bare Reality, a project to further understanding of how women really feel about their breasts, and how they really look.

In the Frame: Haven’t I Got Satire for You
By Tom Humberstone - 12 September 10:55

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Grayson Perry, who will guest edit the New Statesman in October. Photo: Getty
Uncovering the Great White Male: Grayson Perry to guest edit the New Statesman
By Helen Lewis - 11 September 15:03

The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry is to guest-edit a special issue of the New Statesman, themed around the "Great White Male".

Manet’s “Masked Ball at the Opera” (c.1873) on display in a gallery. Photo: Getty
Reliance on unpaid volunteers is turning public museums into a middle class commodity
By Sam Reyes - 09 September 16:08

As funding is cut, museums are becoming more and more dependent on volunteers to keep services running, but in doing so, they risk entrenching a lack of diversity.

Bare Reality: I’m one of the lucky ones
By Bare Reality - 08 September 9:10

An excerpt from Bare Reality, a project to further understanding of how women really feel about their breasts, and how they really look.

Bare Reality: 100 women and their breasts
By Laura Dodsworth - 08 September 9:06

A hundred women have bared their breasts and their souls as part of a project to further understanding of how women really feel about their breasts, and how they really look.

In the Frame: The Unearthly Pudding
By Tom Humberstone - 05 September 10:04

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Comic Sans: the typeface that came in from the cold
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 September 10:00

The jaunty, rounded font is now most associated with shabby invitations to children’s parties, badly spelt emails and passive-aggressive PowerPoint presentations. 

Miranda July.
Miranda July’s new app Somebody delivers text messages in person
By Philip Maughan - 29 August 12:42

“Every relationship becomes a three-way,” July says of the new app, which launched yesterday at the Venice Film Festival.

In the Frame: The Last Resort
By Tom Humberstone - 29 August 10:19

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Fight the power: Coral Stoakes's placard used in the London protests of 2011
The things they carried: the ingenious props of modern protest
By Michael Prodger - 22 August 17:49

A new exhibition at the V&A celebrates the hardware of protest movements, ranging from Solidarity to the Guerrilla Girls by way of Greenham Common and the anti-apartheid campaign.

In the Frame: Boris Johnson in “The Man with Two Farces”
By Tom Humberstone - 15 August 12:56

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Ahead of the curve: Niterol Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro by Oscar Niemeyer. Photo: Getty
Erotic architecture: the sexual history of great buildings
By Jonathan Glancey - 14 August 10:00

From Nero’s decadent Golden House in Rome to Charles Fourier’s orgiastic French “courts of love”; public toilet glory holes to Eileen Gray’s sexy Mediterranean hideway. 

In the Frame: The Road To Election Day Board Game
By Tom Humberstone - 08 August 10:31

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Caillebotte, Les Raboteurs de parquet
Toil and tedium: how painting remains coy about its painstaking processes
By Oliver Farry - 07 August 14:57

Everyone knows the effort that goes into creating works of art but it is all sublimated in a seamless, effortless whole. 

An infant inspects a work at the National Exhibition of Children's Art at the Royal Institute Galleries
No, Jake Chapman, opening culture to young people is never a waste of time
By Robert Macquarie - 06 August 12:00

The artist, nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003, has stoked controversy to gain media attention. It is still worth resisting his fundamentally misguided claims.

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