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Five fashion books for your coffee table

From a collection of rare Audrey Hepburn prints to the history of corsets, we list our five favourite fashion coffee table books.<p>1. Audrey Hepburn: …

Museum Bookstore launches a personal shopping service

Struggling to find the right book-shaped present for that special someone, want to indulge in some cultural armchair travel or need help selecting a …

Our five favourite coffee-table books

October has begun with its reds and golds, dewy cobwebs and delicate mists. And as the nights draw in, our thoughts are increasingly turning to …

The art of book design in exhibition catalogues

<b>In this blog, we explore the artistry involved in the design of exhibition catalogues - all</b> <b>those details that make catalogues such beautiful and</b> …

The Marxist, the Industrialist and the Murals

In 1931 the Detroit Institute of Arts invited the Mexican Marxist artist, Diego Rivera (1886-1957) to create a mural cycle in the museum that would …

Murals

The 10 best film scenes in museums

From covert meetings between spies and elaborate art heists to the beginnings of love affairs and tender moments of self-reflection, museums have …

Winifred Knights, Dulwich Picture Gallery: these exquisite, never been shown artworks are a revelation: review

If the British artist Winifred Knights (1899-1947) is remembered at all today, it is for a single picture: The Deluge (1920), in the Tate.<p>This striking scene, with its dynamic sideways rhythm, in which 21 figures clamber away from a waterfall towards a mountain, won a prestigious award, and made …

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, review: 'eclectic, whimsical chaos'

Every year the Summer Exhibition tries to sex up its game by getting a leading contemporary artist to provide a fresh new spin on the hanging of the vast number of works it displays. And every year two inalienable factors remain unfailingly in play: that the architecture section will be worthy, …

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms; Maria Lassnig review – an embarrassment of riches

<b>Tate Liverpool</b><br>The raw melodrama of Francis Bacon meets the humour and humanity of Maria Lassnig in this superb double bill<p>There is a <b>Francis Bacon</b> pope in Tate Liverpool that is barely a squeak from high camp. It shows the pontiff in sumptuous purple robes, raising his dainty little hands in a fit …

Engineering the World review – Ove Arup, the man who built modernity

<b>Victoria & Albert Museum, London</b><br>He was the structural brain behind Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre, and his empire now numbers 12,000 people. Three decades after his death, a new show celebrates the 20th century’s most influential engineer<p>Tanks of algae burp and bubble in the entrance to …

Sensation: one of the most controversial art shows of all time

<b>It was the exhibition that prompted protests, vandalism and a media furore, even provoking New York's Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to try to evict the</b> …

Brooklyn Museum

Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings review – awe-inspiring visions of a Victorian medium

<b>Courtauld Gallery, London</b><br>All-seeing eyes and cosmic visions dazzle in the abstract art of a woman who claimed her hand was guided by the dead, from holy saints to famous male artists<p>The eye of God stares out of a swirling storm of line and colour, like the eye of a whale seen through turbulent …

‘Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist’ and ‘Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes’ Review

Burle Marx should be remembered for more than his landscapes.<p>By<p>Michael FitzGerald<p><i>New York</i><p>‘It is the contrast of colors, textures, and flavors between dishes that adds value to a meal.” So said the great Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), who not only transformed landscape …

Sculpture

This Is America

A Stuart Davis retrospective.<p>The ebullient paintings of Stuart Davis, surveyed in a retrospective aptly titled “In Full Swing,” at the Whitney Museum, rank either at the peak of American modern art or a bit to the side of it, depending on how you construe “American” and “modern.” (And perhaps throw …