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David Bowie: Blackstar review – a spellbinding break with his past

Taking a headlong plunge into electro-acoustic jazz, Bowie’s 25th album is lyrically inscrutable and thrillingly strange<p>As he reaches his 69th birthday, David Bowie finds himself in a rarefied position, even by the standards of the rock aristocracy. He does not give interviews, make himself …

David Bowie

David Bowie: A Life in Pictures

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David Bowie's Life Celebrated at London Street Party in His Childhood Neighborhood: 'Bring Instruments' – and 'Most Importantly, Love,' Say Organizers

The world is honoring David Bowie with celebrations inspired by his legacy.<p>In the wake of the the rocker’s death at the age of 69 on Sunday, fans …

David Bowie

The Bodleian treasures online – in pictures

Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries has digitised its archive of rarely-seen book illustrations. Here we show highlights of the collection, chosen by Jonathan Jones

‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip

The hilarity of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was rooted in a 6-year-old boy’s inability to control himself—or the world<p>In 1985, American newspaper readers met an appalling little boy. He taunted his mother (“Prepare for annihilation, pitiful Earth female”), tormented a classmate by telling her he had …

Calvin and Hobbes

How Arthur Miller struck a discord with the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz

P<i>laying for Time</i>, which tells the story of the women’s orchestra of Auschwitz, is considering its powerful subject matter, one of Arthur Miller’s lesser-known works. Miller wrote it for television (it was broadcast on CBS in the US in 1980, starring Vanessa Redgrave) and subsequently adapted it for …

Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi review – devastating , enraging, and funny

This memoir of a Guantànamo detainee’s appalling experiences is full of warmth, intelligence and sardonic humour. It is also a grim warning against flouting the rule of law<p>On 20 November 2001, Mohamedou Ould Slahi said goodbye to his mother and voluntarily drove himself from his home in Nouakchott, …

Indian comic creates female superhero to tackle rape

Priya’s Shakti will tell story of ‘a new hero for modern India’ who fights with goddess Parvati’s help for education and respect for women<p>A new superhero has arisen in India in the wake of the brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus two years ago: Priya, a mortal woman who is raped herself, but who fights …

On the Red Couch with Roald Dahl’s Grandson Luke Kelly

<i>Whether you’re 50 or 15, there’s a good chance Roald Dahl influenced your childhood in some way. The prolific British author penned 17 hugely popular</i> …

Books

Let's Make 2015 The Year We All Start Painting

Painting is easy, you just have to ask the right advisees. "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary," Picasso proclaimed. "Painting is self-discovery," said Jackson Pollock. "Painting is easy when you don't know how," Edgar Degas said, rather encouragingly. So why isn't there an easel and …

Intricate Hand-Drawn Flowers Bloom from Australian Maps

Australian creative Jessie L. Pittard is both a ceramic artist and printmaker who lately has made a departure from clay and towards intricate, hand-drawn installations that feature flora and maps. She's assembled a collection of indigenous plants from the greater Melbourne area, and the …

Drawing

Grimm Tales for Young and Old, The Bargehouse, London, review: 'dreamlike'

This immersive adaptation of Philip Pullman's retelling of the Grimms fairy tales is atmospheric to the point of inspiring awe, says Gaby Wood<p>In the introduction to his Grimm Tales, published two years ago, Philip Pullman stressed the fact that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – whose versions of Rapunzel, …

From Game of Thrones to Doctor Who, meet culture's most devoted fans

Some people 'like' a show or film. Others take it to a whole other level...<p>In 1995, Elio Garcia, a 17-year-old high-school pupil, began communicating with Linda Antonsson, a 20-year-old student in Sweden, via the then fledgling World Wide Web.<p>The pair began playing an online game, based on JRR …

The Semantics Of Color, Visualized

Do people view color differently based on language? This beautiful visualization by Muyueh Lee tries to get a handle on the semantics of color by using the Chinese and English versions of Wikipedia as a source.<p>To create his visualization, Lee used data from the entry for ‘Color’ on both the Chinese …

PD James – a life in pictures

We celebrate the life of PD James, with portraits which find her at work, on the beach in Southwold and with the television incarnation of her most popular character, Adam Dalgliesh

PD James: ‘Any of the events in Phyllis’s books might have happened’

I’ve known Phyllis for about 40 years. We met at a book festival, probably one of the first I ever attended. It would have been a very commonplace thing for her to go to a festival, but nobody knew me then, and she was so nice to me. That is the thing I always will most remember about her: what a …

“Writing was what I wanted to do—almost as soon as I knew what a book was.” RIP P. D. James http://bit.ly/1uRgeuY

‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’

A new exhibition at New York’s MoMA features meticulous copies of famous artworks. It raises the question: is originality really that important? Jason Farago investigates.<p>On the fourth floor of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, alone on a wall in gallery 18, is one of Jasper Johns’ most famous …

Art

Two Warhols fetch $153 million to lead Christie's record-setting art auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Christie’s held the biggest art auction in history on Wednesday, selling $853 million worth of contemporary and post-war art, led by a pair of Andy Warhol works featuring multiple images of Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando.<p>The impressive haul beat Christie’s high pre-sale …

Comic Artist Russ Heath Shares His View Of Lichtenstein's Appropriation

Many artists feel appropriation is a perfectly reasonable form of artistic expression, and Pop Art superstars like Warhol and Lichtenstein had no …

Classic Comic Covers Recreated in LEGO

Post-disaster angst fuels Japanese pop artist's tablet-focused works

Takashi Murakami uses tablets to explore Sci-Fi<p>In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow<p>Bakuramon<p>Embodiment of "A"<p>Reach Out to Dark …

A mournful Takashi Murakami shows his spiritual side at Gagosian Gallery, New York

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Reasons why Istanbul is your new go-to art hub

If you had to pick a city that artists, curators and gallerists were all heading to this year, it would be Istanbul. It has a DIY edge and an undercurrent of political engagement that feels like Berlin before it got taken over by start-up dudes – yet there's also a good dose of sophistication and …

A Jingle Truck Artist Brings The Mobile Art Of Pakistan To America

Artist Haider Ali talks about the vanishing art of jingle truck painting, and spending months of training drawing straight lines.<p>Purple bug-eyed fish, peach-colored partridges and psychedelic sunsets now shimmer from the once-humdrum surface of a southern California van thanks to the astonishing …

On the trail of Andy Warhol - in America, Britain, Germany and Slovakia

With today marking 30 years since the death of Andy Warhol, we go on the trail of the pop art master.<p>Pittsburg<p>Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His working class family lived at 55 Beelen Street, and later 3252 Dawson Street, a property which was restored a few …

10 Ways to Tone Up Without Killing Yourself at the Gym

<i>Every Monday we tap an industry expert for tips that only insiders know. This week Brooke Siler, Pilates pioneer and author of 'The New York Times' best-seller 'The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening and Toning Your Body- Without Machines', explains that it is</i> …