Art and design

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Psychedelic cats, Louise Bourgeois’ dreams and the world’s first coffee house – the week in art
Louis Wain’s extraordinary cats, uncanny surrealism in Liverpool and a look at Islamic coffee culture from Sufi pioneers to the Ottoman empire – all in your weekly dispatch

Jonathan Jones

03, Dec, 2021 @2:08 PM

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From utopian dreams to Soho sleaze: the naked history of British nudism
A new book details how something that began as a utopian expression was co-opted by erotica and suppressed by the state. But our attitudes to nakedness also tell us a lot about ourselves

Claire Armitstead

03, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Letter: Mick Rock obituary
Jeffrey Tobias writes: Rock was the most exotic undergraduate beast in his Cambridge college

Jeffrey Tobias

02, Dec, 2021 @4:08 PM

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The 11-strong Array collective on winning the Turner prize: ‘We’ll have to have a meeting about this!’
The Belfast artists built an illicit drinking den and filled it with banners, ashtrays and scrawled-on mirrors to create a pointed portrait of Northern Ireland. What will they do with the £25,000 prize?

Charlotte Higgins

02, Dec, 2021 @3:51 PM

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Museum rivalry ‘could make Dutch Vermeer show last of its kind’
Rijksmuseum aims to bring together all the works by Girl with a Pearl Earring painter that are fit to travel

Daniel Boffey in Brussels

02, Dec, 2021 @10:05 AM

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‘If only it actually served pints’: our critic on the pub that took the Turner prize
The Array Collective’s recreation of a pub is a cheerful call for diversity in Northern Ireland. But it’s like a theatre set without a play – and has only a thin smear of artistic meaning

Jonathan Jones

01, Dec, 2021 @7:55 PM

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Northern Ireland art group Array Collective wins 2021 Turner prize
Belfast-based artists respond to issues such as abortion, queer liberation, gay rights and mental health

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

01, Dec, 2021 @7:55 PM

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‘I was part of the Beatles’ act’: Mike McCartney’s best photograph
‘I call our kid “Rambo Paul” in this one, because he reminds me of Stallone. I have no idea why George is pointing at his nipple’

Interview by Henry Yates

01, Dec, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Dunkirk’s camps – in pictures
Guardian photographer David Levene visited northern France after twenty-seven people drowned in the Channel last week as they attempted to make the perilous crossing from France to Britain across busy shipping lanes in a dinghy that deflated in the open sea.

David Levene

01, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Hank Willis Thomas: ‘The slave era is not something that is in the past’
The artist discusses his new exhibition which mixes American flags with prison uniforms to examine whether the land of the free is really free for all

Dream McClinton

01, Dec, 2021 @6:49 AM

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Bikers, rappers and rude boys: the photographer who got to the heart of subcultures
Janette Beckman has spent four decades documenting underground movements from London’s punks and the birth of hip-hop to LA gangs and illegal girls’ fight clubs. How does she win her subjects’ trust?

Amy Fleming

01, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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All hail Cat Jesus! The fantastic feline artist behind Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest biopic
Louis Wain’s endearing drawings of lovable cats made him a star of the Victorian era – but his work morphed into intense, delirious visions as his mental health fell apart

Jonathan Jones

30, Nov, 2021 @1:06 PM

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