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Tate director Maria Balshaw apologises for comments about sexual harassment

Tate director Maria Balshaw has apologised on Instagram for comments she made in an interview with the Times newspaper on the issue of sexual …

The insect that painted Europe red

Truly vibrant red was elusive for many years: until a mysterious dye was discovered in Mexico. Devon Van Houten Maldonado reveals how a crushed bug became a sign of wealth and status.<p>Although scarlet is the colour of sin in the Old Testament, the ancient world’s elite was thirsty for red, a symbol …

Mexico City

Grace Hartigan: Her Life and Work

American artist Grace Hartigan (1922-2008) was a second-generation Abstract Expressionist. A member of the New York avant-garde and a close friend of …

'As a black woman I'm always fetishised': racism in the bedroom

In a Bedfordshire nightclub, white couples queue to have sex with black men. Meanwhile, black women are routinely snubbed on dating sites. Why do racial stereotypes persist when it comes to sex?<p>It’s past midnight, November 2016, in Dunstable, a small town in Bedfordshire. My friend Miranda has …

Black Culture
Self-awareness

The Untold Story of How Massive Success Made GoPro's CEO Lose His Way. Can He Recover?

Nick Woodman is crying.<p>Red-tailed hawks wheel around the sky outside the wall of windows of the GoPro founder's hilltop office in San Mateo, California. A few miles east and far below, the San Francisco Bay twinkles in the late-September light. Mementos of a life spent surfing around the world, …

Drones

Tracing the Education of Michelangelo

New York<p>It’s rare that a major museum gives drawings top billing. They are not seen as alluring enough to engage the public. But one thing they can do is lift the veil on the artistic process, even for such a secretive artist as Michelangelo (1475-1564). And the Met’s new exhibition does this …

Art

Quick Guide to the Rule of Thirds for Artists and Photographers

Most creatives, from painters to photographers, will have come across the Rule of Thirds at some point. Anyone who deals in producing visually appealing work will have had this golden guideline pushed on them in order to achieve a balanced composition. But what is the Rule of Thirds? And where does …

Art

Linda Nochlin obituary

Feminist art historian who touched a nerve with her 1971 article Why Have There Been No Great Woman Artists?<p>Linda Nochlin, who has died aged 86, was one of art history’s great troublemakers. Her article Why Have There Been No Great Woman Artists?, published in Art News in 1971, is credited as a …

Art