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.

© Laura Dodsworth
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.

Charlie Waite and Sophie McBain's Libyan entourage. Khaled, their guide, is on the left. Photo: Charlie Waite Photography
Shooting the great sand sea: a mysterious mission across Libya
By Sophie McBain - 05 August 10:00

On the eve of revolution, Sophie McBain accompanied the photographer Charlie Waite across the North African nation. Now she tells her story.

Midnight in Paris: Le Moulin de la Galette by Picasso (1900)
Painting the town rouge: Picasso and Matisse in Paris
By Michael Prodger - 04 August 12:43

Michael Prodger reviews Sue Roe’s new book, which examines the decade between 1900 and 1910 that Montmartre rose to its rickety peak – home to every avant-garde artist of significance.

The Oude Kerk church in Amsterdam, c.1600. It is now in the middle of the city's red light district. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
What should happen to churches as religion recedes?
By Oliver Farry - 31 July 10:54

As church-going diminishes, church buildings are repurposed, many retaining vital functions.

Ghost story: Hillary Clinton at a book signing. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters
Mark Lawson on the ghostwriter who popularised the misery memoir
By Mark Lawson - 30 July 10:30

Plus “Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision” at the National Portrait Gallery.

In the Frame: Honest Summer Reading
By Tom Humberstone - 30 July 9:33

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Vivienne Westwood: “Julian Assange likes the combat look”
By Mark Lawson - 25 July 12:54

Vivienne Westwood tells Mark Lawson about designing for Julian, hoarding instincts – and why people who care about news should never read newspapers. 

Animal rescue: but in this case it was dog that saved master, says John Dolan. Photo: Marcus Peel
How one man escaped homelessness through drawing – and his bull terrier muse
By Sophie McBain - 24 July 13:50

John Dolan spent almost two decades in the “revolving door” between homelessness and prison. That changed when he adopted George in 2009. 

Green crossing: Thomas Heatherwick's proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames at Temple
Bridges are the rarest of industrial constructions: works of utility, yet beautiful and uplifting
By Erica Wagner - 17 July 10:00

Erica Wagner visits the “Bridge” exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands.

It's time for women to be able to see themselves on the walls. Photo: Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Westminster’s “white” and “male” art reflects its inhabitants
By Beth Lambert - 14 July 18:06

Time for female MPs to be able to see themselves on the walls: the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament condemns “off-putting” Westminster art.

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