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The top 10 backs in art

Kitagawa Utamaro – Lovers in an Upstairs Room (1788)<p>This is a masterpiece of the Japanese erotic art genre known as Shunga. A woman with her lover has her back to us, clad in a kimono. With this subtle and sympathetic pose, Utamaro lets us into a private moment while also intensifying the mystery …

Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design review – modernism maintains its allure

It may be slightly crass to divide exhibitions into ones you’d like to shop at and ones you wouldn’t but with Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design, the domestic mock-ups do get you thinking in a mercenary fashion.<p>That Snelling line rocking chair with its white webbing upholstery would …

Robyn Denny obituary

Confronted by the monumental hard-edge paintings from the mid-1960s of Robyn Denny, who has died aged 83, the viewer may be reminded of the famous figures of the New York School – Barnett Newman or Mark Rothko, perhaps. Often in muted blues, greys and browns, and with sharply abutted planes of …

The Lod mosaics – a carnival of animals

The pace of construction of new buildings, roads, and infrastructure throughout the world has led to a number of spectacular archaeological finds in recent years. Among the most significant is that of a series of Roman mosaic floors at Lod in Israel, almost the centre of interaction between Roman, …

How the supermodel stood in for the rape of Africa, plus Emin's Bed goes up for sale and the latest Marina Abramović controversy ... not to mention Mondrian, My Little Pony and William Morris's sandals – all in your favourite weekly dispatch<p><b>Summer Show</b><br>I hate it, but it never goes away, and it is a …

Francis Bacon triptych of burglar turned muse put up for auction

They met in the most awkward of circumstances – one was burgling the other – but the chance encounter developed into a passionate, difficult love affair that, for the best and worst reasons, led to Francis Bacon making some of his most celebrated artworks.<p>The burglar was George Dyer, an East End …

Exquisite and extreme: Richard Norman Shaw's architectural drawings

"What hideous drawings!" reads a line of cursive script at the bottom of a framed architectural elevation at the Royal Academy. "Did anyone ever see such vulgar looking things – I am quite ashamed of them."<p>The drawings in question seem innocuous enough, depicting two finely draughted facades of a …

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or series of pictures, with a powerful or surprising story to tell. This week, their choice is Frédéric Brenner's Archeology of Fear And Desire Continue reading...

Original Observer photography: May 2014

A monochromatic feel to this month's gallery, which is packed with striking portraits by brilliant photographers. Nick Frost, Jack White, La Roux, Ken Loach and Sam Riley all feature in this showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer

MF Husain: the barefoot 'Picasso' of Indian art

During the month before he died in 2011, the godfather of contemporary Indian art, Maqbool Fida Husain, still had fantasies about returning home. He had at the time been living in exile for five years, having received death threats and multiple lawsuits from Hindu fundamentalists outraged at …

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