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Tights! Spatulas! Action! The madcap world of chain reaction videos
Need your hair cut? Cake served? No problem! Lockdown has led millions to discover the work of Joseph Herscher and friends, whose absurdly complicated ‘labour-saving’ machines reveal the potential for magic in the everyday

Catherine Shoard

17, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Patti Smith: 'As a writer, you can be a pacifist or a murderer'
As she prepares to ring in 2021 with a performance on screens at Piccadilly Circus, the punk poet explains why she’s optimistic amid the ‘debris’ of Trump’s years in office

Fiona Sturges

29, Dec, 2020 @8:00 AM

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The best art of 2020: Picasso's doodles, queer South Africa and gory Gentileschi
Pablo showed his devilish side, Zanele Muholi captured queer lives in South Africa and Artemisia Gentileschi offered a savage ride through suffering and rage. Our critics rank their top shows

Adrian Searle and Jonathan Jones

26, Dec, 2020 @12:00 AM

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NGV Triennial: a bold and urgent artistic intervention, studded with beauty and calm
The National Gallery of Victoria’s colossal second Triennial is an exhibition that engages the heart as well as the head

Brigid Delaney

18, Dec, 2020 @7:00 PM

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Aldo Tambellini obituary
Avant-garde film and video artist obsessed with the colour black

Oliver Basciano

29, Nov, 2020 @3:53 PM

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Apocalyptic goo and Detroit in beats: Jarman award 2020 is shared
Jenn Nkiru’s standout film of Detroit’s techno history evokes the rhythm of fractured black lives in a show with no winner but plenty to mull over

Adrian Searle

24, Nov, 2020 @5:30 PM

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Destiny Deacon on humour in art, racism, 'Koori kitsch' and why dolls are better than people
Three decades of the photographer’s work is now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria, but she still gets people saying it’s ‘not art’

Stephanie Convery

23, Nov, 2020 @4:30 PM

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When Tracey was Traci: Emin's unseen early paintings published for the first time
Her daring unmade bed won her notoriety – and star status among the Young British Artists. But a hoard of formative work reveals a very different talent

Jonathan Jones

23, Nov, 2020 @3:53 PM

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On my radar: Jay Bernard's cultural highlights
The poet on logic puzzles, sweetcorn ribs and listening to Idles on repeat

Kadish Morris

15, Nov, 2020 @8:30 AM

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Aldo Tambellini, experimental artist obsessed with black, dies aged 90
‘Titan’ of the 1960s New York scene, who developed his obsession during the war, received mainstream acclaim in his final years

Tim Jonze

13, Nov, 2020 @12:06 PM

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Union jack swastikas and space-age braids: Thirteen Ways of Looking – review
From an AI interaction with a deceased black artist to a Punjabi granny making a sandwich, this show explores identity through the generations

Kadish Morris

28, Oct, 2020 @3:03 PM

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Sarah Sze's cosmic constellation: 'It could be dashed away in a moment'
The American sculptor’s work is so celebrated that France opened its borders to her mid-pandemic. Yet her largest ambition is to show the fragility of Earth itself

Andrew Dickson

26, Oct, 2020 @6:00 AM

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