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‘Ground-breaking’ New Zealand artist Billy Apple dies aged 85

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Pioneering New Zealand artist Billy Apple has died overnight, aged 85. The irreverent Auckland-raised artist, born Barrie Bates, was a major contributor to the pop art and conceptual art movements. Apple was based i...

A new start after 60: ‘I became a trapeze artist at 65’

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When Nikki Kenward was 30, she thought it was time to stop dancing. As a single parent, performance schedules were unforgiving. And, besides, that was the age at which dancers tended to retire. Now, at 67, she has tak...

‘Law and order collapsed’: Hong Kong artist Kacey Wong on finding freedom in Taiwan

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For much of the last year Kacey Wong was waking up in Hong Kong and checking social media to see if friends had been arrested overnight. On a good morning Wong might see a photo of an oval plane window looking out ove...

‘A linchpin’: Tributes paid after New Zealand hip hop artist Louie Knuxx dies in Melbourne

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Tributes are pouring in for New Zealand hip-hop artist Louie Knuxx, whose real name is Todd Williams, after he died of a heart attack, in Melbourne on Friday morning. He was 42. He was running on a treadmill in his ho...

Rhik Samadder tries … mindful painting: ‘It dawns on me that I’m a very talented artist’

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Have you ever forgotten to buy a loved one a birthday present? Here’s a tip. Get a card, then draw a picture inside of you giving them the gift you intend to buy them later. It’s a charming IOU, impossible to resent. ...

Artist Oscar Murillo goes back to school with canvas project

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For a long time it was endless One Direction scrawls. Then it was Harry Styles, and then it was neither, but all along there have been a lot of football references, a lot of Superman “S” signs and a lot of cryptic mes...

The Restless review – unflinching study of an anguished artist

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This sad and painful movie takes us round and round, circling the drain of despair but never quite going down. In narrative terms it never really develops any of its characters or relationships, yet its two utterly he...

Why Benedict Cumberbatch fell for ‘oddball’ artist and his world of cats

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He was known as “the man who drew cats” thanks to his humorous, hugely popular paintings of anthropomorphised felines, but Louis Wain struggled with schizophrenia and ended his life in an asylum. Now, on the eve of th...

Poet Slash Artist review – if this show is art’s future, it looks good to me

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Poets and artists have been influencing each other ever since the Renaissance versifier Angelo Poliziano said to Sandro Botticelli: “Why not do a painting about spring?” At least that is a Eurocentric way of looking a...

Manchester international festival 2021: the best poetry, from Arcadia to Poet Slash Artist

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A question is posed in the group show Poet Slash Artist: what is poetry and what is art, and what happens when they come together? Its answers run the length and breadth of the city, in the form of outdoor artwork by ...

Grime artist Saskilla criticises music industry for a lack of change

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A leading grime artist and presenter has condemned the lack of meaningful change in the music industry since last summer’s anti-racist protests, and criticised record labels for benefiting from black stars but still f...

‘They thought we were terrorists’: meet Joe Rush, the world’s most outrageous outsider artist

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“They thought we were terrorists,” says Joe Rush, remembering the day not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall when he and a fellow anarchist took over a patch of no man’s land at the heart of the German capital. Th...

Artist considers suing Royal Academy in ‘transphobia’ row

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An artist whose work will no longer be available in the Royal Academy’s gift shop after views she expressed in a blogpost were deemed transphobic has said she is considering legal action against the institution. The R...

Frida Kahlo and me: how the artist shaped my life as an amputee

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Desnudo de Frida Kahlo by Diego Rivera hangs in a small museum in Guanajuato, Mexico. In this portrait, Frida’s torso is taut and slim; the sides of her waist curve inward, creating perfect hollows for each of your ha...

Lancashire artist to pay 150 people to howl in memory of last wolf in England

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The Lancashire artist Jamie Holman is paying 150 people £10 each to howl in unison as part of his upcoming exhibition, a memorial to the last wolf killed in England. Holman put out the call for participants on his Twi...

‘Some people feel threatened’: face to face with Ai-Da the robot artist

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She, if it can be called a she, began her career with abstract art but has now moved to self, if they can be called self, portraits and they are alarmingly good. “She is getting better all of the time,” said Aidan Mel...

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