They built this city on rock’n’roll: architecture on album sleeves – in pictures | Art and design

They built this city on rock’n’roll: architecture on album sleeves – in pictures | Art and design

The latest exhibition at the Modernist gallery in Manchester started with a dad joke. Designer and producer Andy Votel was DJing when someone requested some house music, to which he retorted: “We’ve got some records with houses on the front.” The Modernist’s Eddy Rhead asked him to curate a selection of album sleeves featuring architecture … Read more

From dusk till dusk: tricks of the twilight – in pictures | Art and design

From dusk till dusk: tricks of the twilight – in pictures | Art and design

Miami Beach, Florida, 1978 ‘Oh those Florida pools! Deco, from the heyday of Miami Beach, with their curvy, playful edges, and where the turrets and towers of the pavilions were meant to signal status and luxury. Here, gilded by the last orange light, they seem like leftovers from long ago. They make me wonder what … Read more

Dress to impress: clothing rituals from across the world – in pictures | Art and design

Dress to impress: clothing rituals from across the world – in pictures | Art and design

Ekifire – The half-dead From 2012 to 2018, Frédéric Noy photographed and gave testimony to persecuted sexual minorities in east Africa. In countries (Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda) without any social protection, revealing one’s homosexuality condemns one to social isolation: finding a job, a house, a meaning to one’s existence is almost impossible. For many, they are … Read more

Medieval Art’s Enduring Hold on Pop Culture | Smart News

Medieval Art’s Enduring Hold on Pop Culture | Smart News

Frontispiece; Title Page (1893), Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris for the Kelmscott Press Courtesy of the Getty From Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, pop culture is saturated with medieval imagery. Now, a new exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, “The Fantasy of the Middle Ages,” explores this connection by juxtaposing medieval art with the … Read more

Imperial artwork: early photographs of life in Japan – in pictures | Art and design

Imperial artwork: early photographs of life in Japan – in pictures | Art and design

Dutch cemetery, Inasa, Nagasaki, c 1865 Odds of dying before one’s return to Dutch shores were high. For people who were in Japan temporarily, cemeteries must therefore have had heightened significance. The oldest surviving grave in this cemetery belongs to Hendrik Duurkoop (1736-1778), director of the Dutch East India Company’s trading post on Dejima. Supposedly, … Read more