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  • 30 August: Hotel world: wherever you travel, the rooms are the same - in pictures - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    From Cairo to Cape Town, Paris to Panama, Roger Eberhard criss-crossed the globe photographing Hilton hotel rooms for his series Standard, only to find their decor eerily similar

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  • 28 August: Smoke, mirrors and smashed-bottle mountains: an artist obsessed with light - in pictures - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    German artist Adolf Luther was obsessed with light, and used mirrors, lenses, lasers, cigarette smoke and cheap razorblades to manipulate it into mesmerising installations

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  • 28 August: A matter of still life and death in Guildhall Art Gallery exhibition - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    Contemporary works and still lifes by the old masters come together in a charming but increasingly disconcerting exhibition

    Death is everywhere among the roses in an initially charmingly pretty but increasingly disconcerting exhibition, the first at Guildhall Art Gallery devoted to still life art: the lovely flowers are there, but so are bloody hunks of raw meat, a bullet fashioned from human bone and a cobwebby skull made from dust.

    “It’s death. It’s always been all about death,” the curator Michael Petry said cheerfully. “In the 17th century you looked at a vase of luscious blooms and everyone immediately got the message: this is the peak of perfection and beauty, it’s all downhill from here. That’s the element that is really hooking in contemporary artists.”

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  • 25 August: Loners, preachers, sex workers and sinners: how Alec Soth captured the real America - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    He shot Johnny Cash’s shack, Charles Lindbergh’s bed, Sunshine the sex worker and a prisoner called Preacher Man. As Alec Soth’s monumental series Sleeping By the Mississippi returns, the photographer relives his deep south odyssey

    In 1999, Alec Soth set out on the first of a series of road trips along the Mississippi, travelling from his hometown of Minneapolis, which lies close to its headwaters, to Louisiana in the deep south. Eschewing the detached approach favoured by many of his contemporaries, Soth made evocative portraits of the often isolated individuals he encountered along the way, from loners to convicts, from sex workers to self-styled preachers. He saw the river as both metaphor and dreamscape, describing it as “a worn and faded place” that he photographed “optimistically, even with love”.

    From a distance beneath a glowering sky, he shot the shack in Dyess, Arkansas, where country star Johnny Cash was raised; and in Little Falls, Minnesota, he captured the boyhood bed of the aviator Charles Lindbergh. Both homes are now sites of pilgrimage, arbiters of the still resonant mythology of the American dream of self-willed success. A quotation from Lindbergh – about how he slept and dreamed with his eyes open while making his epic crossing of the Atlantic – provides the epigraph to Sleeping by the Mississippi, the acclaimed book of photographs Soth’s wanderlust gave rise to. A selection of the work will be shown in London, to coincide with a reissue of Soth’s classic book, first published in 2004.

    For a long time, I couldn’t stop. I felt it would all come crashing down. I needed to be out there on this ego treadmill

    America can still constantly surprise you. That Whitmanesque element is still there

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  • 25 August: Barbican accused of showing antisemitic film in science fiction season - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    Creator of futuristic fantasy screening at arts centre says her film is a work of art and not propaganda about Palestine/Israel conflict

    The head of the UK’s main Jewish organisation has accused London’s Barbican arts centre of showing an antisemitic film, which she claims is “blatant propaganda about the Israel-Palestine conflict” masquerading as science fiction.

    Gillian Merron, the chief executive of the Board of Deputies, an umbrella organisation representing British Jews, called on the London arts centre to remove the film In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain from the exhibition Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction.

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  • 25 August: China's fake sheep shame: news from everywhere – in pictures - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    What do you do if smog has made your fields unfit for grazing? Put sculptures of sheep on them instead. Lu Guang’s shot of phoney livestock in China is just one of many intriguing images from the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France

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  • 25 August: May Morris: the designer's daughter determined not to be outdone - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    A new exhibition of unseen artefacts, including a childhood journal, reveals a talent to rival that of William Morris

    The eight-year-old May Morris was not easily impressed. She might be staying in a proper medieval castle with battlements and turrets, one of two owned by the grandest friend of her father, William Morris, but she was not prepared to be overawed by its splendour. “The glen is most beautiful and the air smells so sweet,” she wrote. But she added: “The garden is not as large as I thought it was.”

    Related: 'England hath need of thee': appeal to save Milton's Paradise Lost cottage

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  • 22 August: It's a stitch-up: the embroidered past – in pictures - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    Julie Cockburn trawls junk shops and eBay, scooping up captivating old portraits – then gives them a spellbinding new lease of life

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  • 21 August: Iconic items from Prince's purple reign head to London's O2 - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    From his ruffled shirt to bejwelled cane, items from singer’s collection to leave his archives for first time since his death

    The ruffled shirt and shiny purple coat will hardly need a label on the display case: some of the most instantly recognisable and dashing stage outfits, created for Prince on legendary tours including Purple Rain in 1984 and LoveSexy in 1988, are leaving his vast archives at Paisley Park for the first time since his death, and coming to the O2 in London.

    The exhibition, including several of his customised guitars, jewellery and stage costumes, will be in the same venue where Prince played a sold-out run of 21 concerts as part of the Earth tour in 2007, a still unbroken record.

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  • 20 August: Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always review – young Turks do Morrissey - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
    Filmed in Istanbul in more liberal times, a newly poignant Smiths karaoke session redeems an otherwise banal survey of pop culture in art

    It takes less than 10 minutes to scoot around Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always, a diminutive new show at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne that aims to explore the effect of pop culture on contemporary artists, and at first sight it’s all a bit underwhelming: even The Uses of Literacy (1997), an installation by Jeremy Deller comprising drawings and poems gathered from fans of the Manic Street Preachers, fails much to stir me (until now, I’ve never seen anything by the brilliant Deller that I didn’t like).

    But just as I’m about to give up and leave, I force myself to sit down and watch something I passed on earlier: dünya dinlemiyor (2005), a video by 2006 Turner prize nominee Phil Collins. I’ll give it 10 minutes, I think. Forty minutes later I’m still there, mesmerised.

    ‘The passing of time/ leaves empty lives,’ a woman warbles. These days, President Erdoğan is in every line

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  • 17 August: All fired up: Tate Modern to play host to a working ceramics factory - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    Visitors can volunteer in factory, featuring eight tonnes of clay, a 30-metre production line and more than 2,000 fired objects

    It might not be everyone’s idea of a fun day out but visitors to a new art installation at Tate Modern are being invited to knuckle down and do some work in a ceramics factory. They can mould or cast jugs or, if they prefer, mop the floor.

    The gallery has announced details of of one of its most ambitious commissions, a production line art installation which will take up the entire fifth floor of its extension.

    Related: Tate Modern celebrates work of black artists from civil rights movement

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  • 17 August: Korea's avant garde go nuclear – in pictures - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    The term ‘performance art’ did not exist in South Korea until rebellious artists began experimenting in the 60s and 70s – against a backdrop of violent repression and political turmoil. These archive images reveal how their work was a challenge to the country’s authoritarian rulers

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  • 14 August: Demons and jumpsuits: Elvis Presley exhibition charts comeback era - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    O2 show will include more than 40 outfits he wore on stage during period when he struggled with depression and addiction

    More than 40 of Elvis Presley’s trademark jumpsuits are to go on display for the first time in the UK for an exhibition focusing on his later, touring years.

    The three-month show at London’s O2 will tell the story of Elvis between 1969 and 1977 – his comeback years when he toured the US almost non-stop. They were also years in which he struggled with depression, obesity and an addiction to prescription drugs.

    Related: The house Elvis built turns 60: how much do you know about Graceland? – quiz

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  • 14 August: British Museum exhibition to showcase communist currencies - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    Museum will mark 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution, with posters, medals and banknotes carrying ‘glorious designs’

    They are banknotes that show cheerful farm workers, enthusiastic soldiers and committed intellectuals as well as foundries, factories, fields, dams, lorries, railways and guns – and they are as aesthetically pleasing as any of the world’s currencies, a new exhibition hopes to show.

    The British Museum is to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution by staging its first exhibition on communist currency.

    Related: Why does the Russian revolution matter?

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  • 11 August: Cézanne unmasked: the shattering portraits that blew Picasso and the Paris avant garde away - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    He painted his wife without lips. He painted his friend with a spinal deformity. And he painted himself as a ghost in a top hat. Paul Cézanne’s unflinching portraits, coming to Britain this autumn, didn’t just astonish Picasso and his disciples. They changed art for ever

    In Paris at the dawn of the 20th century, a generation of young artists changed everything. They visited the dusty yet magical galleries of the Ethnography Museum in the rambling Trocadéro and some started their own collections of African masks. This fascination with non-European art helped them break with hundreds of years of tradition. Pablo Picasso completed a portrait of his friend Gertrude Stein by giving her a mask instead of a face. He then painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon with its wildly cavorting masked prostitutes. Modern art was born in those bold years, in a glamorous atmosphere of absinthe, drugs (Picasso and his friends dabbled in opium) and sex in the red light district of Montmartre.

    There is just one problem with this exhilarating story of the birth of modern art. It is not true.

    His wife's face becomes a porcelain mask – it is almost perfectly oval

    Instead of concealing his friend's frailty, Cézanne emphasises it

    Why does he keep coming back to his own image? Because he can't find what he's looking for

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  • 11 August: The 10 best things to do this week: Against, Edinburgh book festival and Grizzly Bear - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    Ben Whishaw stars in a post-truth play at the Almeida in London, the Scottish literary event celebrates 70 years and the US rockers unveil a new album

    Against
    Part of the post-truth theatre season at the Almeida in London, Against – written by Pulitzer-nominated playwright Christopher Shinn – stars Ben Whishaw as an aerospace billionaire who believes he is being directed by God.
    At the Almeida, N1, 12 August to 30 September

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  • 10 August: The roads where stars died in car crashes – in pictures - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    James Dean, Grace Kelly, Marc Bolan, Albert Camus … Christophe Rihet photographs the roads where famous people died, shooting at dawn or dusk to bring a sense of calm. Captions by Camille Riquier

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  • 9 August: Invisible ink: the weird world of tattoo removal – in pictures - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    French artist Christophe Beauregard is fascinated by how we reveal ourselves when we conceal ourselves. So he takes photographs of people having tattoos removed and obscuring their faces

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  • 6 August: Matisse in the Studio review – a few of his favourite things - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    Royal Academy, London
    Pots, jugs, chairs, textiles… Matisse’s work is peopled by his beloved possessions, which in turn begin to look like Matisses in this beautifully cluttered journey into the artist’s mind

    At his wedding in 1898, Henri Matisse received a silver chocolate pot as a gift from a fellow painter. You can see this startling object at the Royal Academy. Low-bellied like a duck, it balances on three dainty feet and rises up, full-throated and almost comical, to a speaking beak of a spout.

    Which is exactly how it first appears in his art, described in quite conventional 19th-century style. But Matisse soon starts to paint the pot’s personality. Its handle sticks out like a bicyclist turning left, or lunges straight at the viewer – en garde! The silver beak opens and shuts. It appears in a flurry of wild blue arabesques, trying to stand fast like a sailor in a storm. Or it sits quietly beside the artist’s young daughter as she reads, keeping a kindly watch.

    A large Spanish vase, hands on hips like a tough Andalucian woman, squares up to us, bold and flirtatious

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  • 4 August: The kinkiest art export, a hymn to breastfeeding, and Raphael's youthful genius – the week in art - Exhibitions | The Guardian

    A meditation on popcorn, women weavers celebrated, plus a terrifying portrait of a nation on the brink of disaster – all in your weekly dispatch

    Kate Davis
    Step into this Old Town gallery for a stimulating encounter with some original and powerful feminist video art, which includes a hymn to breastfeeding illuminated by a montage of medieval and Renaissance paintings.
    Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, until 8 October.

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  • 18 September: The Final Episode: Brasil Music Exchange - The Guardian's Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    This final episode in the Brasil Music Exchange series is dedicated to the very best new music from Recife and Rio de Janeiro. What put Recife on the map was the ground-breaking Manguebeat cultural movement that kick-started an unprecedented creative explosion and long-time major music capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is most associated with bossa nova and samba. Join us in this farewell to the Paralympics with this explosive last episode
  • 14 September: Episode Nine: Brasil Music Exchange - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    São Paulo is a megacity of over 20 million people and it’s the buzz at the heart of the independent music scene in Brazil. We feature music from the forefront of the SP new wave right now, with Metá Metá and their “apocalyptic afropunk”, the gorgeous pop melodies of Tulipa, indie rock princes Holger and hip hop star Criolo.
  • 11 September: Episode Eight: Brasil Music Exchange - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    This episode is dedicated to Northern Brazil with new sounds from Amazonas state, Pará, Ceará and beyond. Right now a northern influence is taking the whole country by storm. Raw tecnobrega beats, twangy guitarrada riffs and bouncy carimbó rhythms are working their way into the national soundtrack. We go to the source
  • 7 September: Paralympic Special: Brazil Music Exchange - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    This is the Brasil Music Exchange Paralympic special, bringing you the best new music direct from Brazil! This show is powered by Brazil’s bass-heavy beats - from dub and hip hop to sci-fi ragga. We go nationwide and check out the new Bahia Bass scene with tracks by Som Peba and A.MA.SSA. We play Rio rasteirinha by OMULU and outer-space bass by São Paulo’s sants and Cybass. Plus deep dub masters Digitaldubs, tropical bass kings Tropkillaz, hip hop maverick MC Sombra and more!
  • 21 August: The Close: Brasil Music Exchange - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    This is the last episode of the Brasil Music Exchange! Over the past month we’ve brought you the best that Brasil has to offer. In this final episode Jody Gillett celebrates the women of new Brazilian music. Our all-female playlist includes the São Paulo vanguard sounds of Juçara Marçal, Tulipa and Céu, Bahia’s new voice Jurema, veteran carimbó queen Dona Onete and much more.
  • 19 August: Episode Five: Brasil Music Exchange - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    Brasil Music Exchange brings you the best new music direct from Brazil! This episode features cover versions of vintage classics and long-lost gems by the new generation. Our ever diverse playlist goes from samba to ska, choro to forró. Playlist highlights include the traditional Bahian choir As Ganhadeiras de Itapuã, São Paulo young guns Bixiga 70 and the deep treasure that is Goma-Laca.
  • 17 August: Episode Four: Brasil Music Exchange - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    Brasil Music Exchange brings you the best new music direct from Brazil. This show puts the spotlight on outstanding recent releases from across the country. The playlist features national stars Criolo and Emicida, solo debuts by Donatinho and Russo Passapusso and new tracks from Anelis Assumpção and folk disrupter Siba. We go from hip hop to samba-rock, afro-punk to indie pop. Come connect with the independent artists reinventing the sound of Brazil
  • 12 August: Episode Three: Brasil Music Exchange - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    We’re continuing our trip across Brazil with great new sounds from the heart of the country. This show dedicated to the central zone focuses on music from the capital, Brasilia, rock city Goiânia and indie hub Belo Horizonte. Our playlist highlights include rising psychedelic stars Boogarins, alt-rock storytellers A Fase Rosa and blazing Brazilian hip hop by Flávio Renegado and Flora Matos.
  • 10 August: Episode Two: Brasil Music Exchange - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    Artists in Brazil have a secret weapon - the incredible heritage of a country that is a bonafide musical giant. Right now they are also plugged into global currents and making their own innovative, unique and super-accessible music. This show is a whirlwind trip featuring 12 new tracks from artists across the whole country, from the deep south right up to the Amazon.
  • 5 August: Brasil Music Exchange: Olympic Special - The Guardian Music Podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    Fresh from Brazil, this is a great introduction into the very best new sounds from all over. You’ll hear the latest releases from Samba’s woman at the end of the world, Elza Soares, Salvador’s brilliant BaianaSystem and hip hop star Criolo. Plus brand new debuts: sweetness from Fioti, deepness from Ziminino and much more.
  • 16 March: Ben Beaumont-Thomas on the ultimate crate-digging labels - the Guardian Radio Hour podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    The Guardian’s Ben Beaumont-Thomas plays some of the best tracks from the new slew of crate-digging labels
  • 10 March: Stewart Lee on standup comedy and music – the Guardian Radio Hour podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    Stewart Lee joins us for a cruise through the alternative comedy scene in the 80s and the bands that helped soundtrack it
  • 3 March: John McEntire on Chicago's music scene - The Guardian Radio Hour podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    Super producer John McEntire from Tortoise gives us a snapshot of Chicago’s alternative music scene through the ages from Howlin’ Wolf to Jim O’Rourke
  • 24 February: Richard Dawson on the naked voice – the Guardian Radio Hour podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    Leftfield folk singer Richard Dawson takes us on a trip through the outer fringes of unaccompanied singing
  • 17 February: Fat White Family on outsider ballads - the Guardian Radio Hour podcast - The Guardian's Music Podcast
    Soap dodgers Saul and Lias from Fat White Family play us an hour of their favourite weird and woozy outsider ballads

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