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Sculptor Giacometti's Paris studio opening to public

PARIS (Reuters) - More than 50 years after his death, art lovers can see sculptor Alberto Giacometti's Parisian studio exactly as he left it, right down to half-finished sketches and his ashtray.<p>The Giacometti Institute, due to open on June 26, contains dozens of paintings and sculptures, carefully …

Gallery: The ambitious urban surrealism of Alex Chinneck

Chinneck's first major architectural installation came in 2012 with a work called <i>Telling the Truth Through False Teeth.</i> Attempting to subvert the …

This Room Is Thought To Have Been Michelangelo's Secret Hideaway And Drawing Board

It was an art historian's chance discovery of a lifetime. Over 40 years ago, a museum director in Florence, Italy, found a hidden room whose walls were covered in drawings believed to be the work of Michelangelo and his disciples.<p>Although the drawings are not signed by the master, art experts say …

Italy

Miniature Installations Transform Bookshelves into the Back Alleys of Japan | Colossal

<p>If you’ve ever wandered around Tokyo on foot you’ll know that it can sometimes be like a spider web of side streets and back alleys. It’s one of the …

Art

The fascinating hidden history of London's lost rivers

London is usually seen as a one-river city, just big old Father Thames. The city breathes with the rise and fall of its tide, and for centuries the Thames has posed patiently for tourist drawings, etchings and photos. But what of London’s other rivers, the capital’s unseen waterways? Twenty-one …

Watch 9 Iconic Artists at Work: Vintage Videos of Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Renoir, Monet, Escher & More

<b>Claude Monet, 1915:</b><p>We've all seen their works in fixed form, enshrined in museums and printed in books. But there's something special about watching …

Art

A Seamstress’s Autobiographical Text Embroidered Onto Her 19th-Century Straitjacket | Colossal

<p>German seamstress Agnes Richter (1844–1918) was a patient at the Heidelberg Psychiatric Clinic during the 1890s. While held at the asylum she would …

Biographies

Interrobang transforms historic Art Deco factory into luxury apartments in London

In west London, an iconic Art Deco landmark has been converted into 66 apartments courtesy of UK studio Interrobang. This latest renovation of the …

Statue destroyed by ISIS recreated on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth - made of recycled cans

A recreation of a sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State in its crusade to wipe out the non-Islamic history of the Middle East now "haunts" …

Life-Size Embroidered Sculptures That Imitate Everyday Domestic Scenes by Gao Rong | Colossal

<p>Beijing-based artist Gao Rong sews life-size replicas of everyday objects from Chinese urban and domestic infrastructure. The embroidered sculptures …

Giacometti's chaotic studio to be recreated in Paris

PARIS (AFP) -<p>Dozens of unseen works by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti -- the world's most expensive sculptor -- will go on display for the first time in June when a reconstruction of his famously decrepit studio opens in Paris.<p>The recreation of the dark and cramped Montparnasse "lair" where he …

Marvel at Tiny, Perfect Staircases Made by a Secret Society of French Woodworkers

Who are the compagnons?<p>Since the Middle Ages, France’s “compagnons” have lived idiosyncratic existences, steeped in mystery, ritual, and a devotion …

Peek into the Colorful History of the World’s Largest Pigment Collection

Edward Forbes, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grandson—who bore a striking resemblance to the philosopher-poet as he aged—began collecting color pigments in …

Medieval graffiti uncovered in a Hampshire church sheds new light on years after Black Death

Newly-uncovered medieval church graffiti which lay undetected for hundreds of years sheds new light on the mindset of people around the time of the Black Death, experts say.<p>The images include unusual scenes of riders on horseback accompanied by a figure on foot, a highly-stylised bird, and images …

Archaeology

Four Years Of Incredible Homeless Portraits And Interviews That Will Change The Way You See Things

After spending four years walking the streets and taking photos of the homeless who live there, photographer Mikaël Theimer has a little advice for …

Love Among the Ruins: Happy Blitz Weddings in London, 1940

Not much would keep the Londoners down...<br>Ena Squire-Brown, an international dancer famed for her Dove Dance, leaves her recently bombed home for St …

Artist Spends Hours Arranging Natural Objects Into Stunning Mandalas, Leaves Them For You To Find

Nature is beautiful as it is, but James Brunt is constantly finding new ways to make it look even more appealing. James creates artworks using …

Japanese Artist Embroiders Miniature Meals You Can Actually Play With

When it comes to textile art, we thought we’d seen it all, but Japanese artist ipnot’s miniature food embroidery designs show there’s no limit to innovation with a needle and thread. ipnot was drawn to embroidery having grown up in a creative family, and watching her grandmother as a child. While …

Miniature

A Giacometti Masterpiece is Coming to Auction

Get your wallets ready...<p>Among other things, Alberto Giacometti was a man who impressively toed the line between sculpture and decorative arts. From his larger-than-life figures to expressive busts to enviable lighting, what couldn't Giacometti make bronze do? On the heels of a retrospective of the …

Fine Art

Surrealist Artist Paints Unique Portraits on Worn Paintbrushes and Other Found Objects

Los Angeles surrealist artist and sculptor Alexandra Dillon has painted a unique series of portraits on all sorts of worn paintbrushes. She also …

At home with Picasso: Inside the artist's summer house in Normandy

Picasso was nearly 50 when, in June 1930, he bought the Château de Boisgeloup. Hidden away in Normandy, about 45 miles northwest of Paris, it was the latest of the bourgeois purchases the artist had begun making. A vast Hispano-Suiza limousine was another – partly to underscore his success as an …

Beautiful Architecture Photography

Marco Rama is a photographer from the Netherlands, who plays with lines and shapes to create amazing photographs. His work on architecture is …

Photography

13 Of London's Oddest Buildings

<i>Ever done a double-take at an unexpected or mysterious-looking London building? Here are the stories behind some of the most puzzling examples...</i><p>1. …

London

Unique drone shots show how beautiful places look from above

You’re probably wondering what the hell these pictures show.<p>Yes, they’re beautiful but what exactly are they of?<p>Well, according to the photographer …

Rare Van Gogh sketches go on public display for first time in 100 years

Art lovers are in for a rare treat as four forgotten works by Dutch masters Vincent van Gogh and 17th-century painter Govert Flinck have gone on display, after gathering dust for more than 100 years.<p>The works include a never-before-seen Van Gogh drawing, which had been in private hands until …

This Graffiti Artist Makes The Most Incredible Birdhouses For City Birds

Graffiti artist Thomas Dambo loves birds. But in his native Denmark, cities don't typically have enough trees to house them.<p>Thus, one day, when Dambo …

Streetwear

Studio, Models and Staged Photography of Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha began to take photographs in the early 1880s, probably in Vienna, with a borrowed camera. It was not until he had gained some …

A Look Inside Cézanne’s Studio, Through the Eyes of Joel Meyerowitz

In 1839, the word “photography” entered the English language, to describe a newfangled invention. Its literal meaning, derived from Greek roots, is “drawing with light.” Five years later, in 1844, William Henry Fox Talbot, the British pioneer of the negative-positive process, published a book of …

Art

These 9 Bits Of London Aren't Where They Used To Be

<i>London's a city in constant flux. Sometimes, you only have to turn your back for a little while and you'll find that bridge/museum/opera house isn't</i> …

England