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But is it art, Ma’am? Robot’s platinum jubilee Queen portrait unveiled

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At first glance, the Queen could be wearing a tin hat with camouflage netting set against a thunderous sky. A commentary on the inevitable conflicts and turbulence that took place during her 70-year reign, perhaps. Or...

Andy Warhol’s famed Marilyn Monroe portrait sells for record $195m at auction

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Andy Warhol’s famed 1964 silk-screen portrait of Marilyn Monroe has sold for $195m at auction, setting a new a record for a work by an American artist. Shot Sage Blue Marilyn is one in a series of portraits Warhol mad...

National Portrait Gallery boosts female representation with five new self-portraits

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The National Portrait Gallery has acquired five self-portraits by female artists as part of a three-year project to enhance the representation of women in its collection. The gallery, which is currently closed for a m...

Margrete: Queen of the North review – piercing portrait of a tormented queen

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Blending the grand visuals of a sweeping epic with the psychological unease of a chamber piece, Charlotte Sieling’s feature probes the legacy of Denmark’s Queen Margrete, a visionary ruler who brokered the historic Ka...

Rebel Dread review – an engaging portrait of Don Letts

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According to Don Letts, being punk rock is about “turning problems into assets”. The sensible straightforwardness of this documentary about the film-maker and DJ who is known for his work with the Clash is something o...

Portrait of an Unknown Lady by Maria Gainza review – Bolaño-esque art mystery

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One of my favourite books of the past few years was a debut novel by an Argentinian art critic that didn’t get nearly enough attention when it was published in translation in 2019. Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza is a dig...

The Animal Kingdom review – thrilling portrait of a family in collapse

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A family of four and a therapist tiptoe around one another in a long, empty room with a two-way mirror at one end. We could be in a hospital or a youth detention centre. Their movement could not feel more agonisingly ...

Kwarteng accused of letting fake news flourish over Queen portrait

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The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has been accused of allowing fake news to flourish after refusing to debunk false claims that civil servants in his department demanded the removal of a portrait of the Queen. D...

Kurt Schwitters’ unknown portrait sitter identified as wartime German spy

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The previously unknown subject of a Kurt Schwitters painting has been identified as Ludwig Warschauer, the subject of one of MI5’s very first anti-spy operations, who was sent to Britain to spy for the Gestapo. Simon ...

Liborio review – brooding portrait of a beguilingly charismatic folk hero

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Here’s a striking and mysterious debut from the Dominican Republic, where film-maker Nino Martínez Sosa recounts a fascinating true-life story of occupation and resistance from the turn of the last century. Olivorio M...

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road review – good vibrations in kindly portrait

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This documentary sets out on a noble but foolhardy mission: to examine the history of Brian Wilson with the man himself. Wilson turns 80 this summer, and he is showing his age. His recent singing on stage can be falte...

Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman review – pointless portrait of a serial killer

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I couldn’t stomach this pointless and dull drama about the FBI hunt for loathsome serial killer Ted Bundy. It comes on the heels of the Zac Efron biopic and Netflix’s documentary series based on prison tape recordings...

Spencer review – portrait of a princess on the edge

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In 2013, respected German film-maker Oliver Hirschbiegel (director of Downfall) turned the Princess of Wales’s stormy life into a farce with Diana, a tatty soap opera featuring a tilt-headed, big-haired Naomi Watts re...

From genetics to allyship: how queer culture changed the family portrait

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In a two-minute video produced by the artist Jamie Diamond in 2008, four women and one man gather to pose for what looks like a family portrait. They stand in front of a marble fireplace, in a room adorned with crysta...

Portrait of the artist: critics cast doubt on Boris Johnson holiday snap

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It’s a busy time for the prime minister, as he faces multiple crises including rocketing energy prices, container ships turned away from British ports and a standoff with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol. But...

Mussolini’s Sister review – interestingly quirky portrait of a grumpy octogenarian

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Juna Suleiman’s documentary about Hiam, her octogenarian grandmother who lives in Nazareth, is no journey through a picture-perfect family album. Hiam is not the cake-baking kind of grandmother. In fact, she is grumpy...

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