Gander can incite other people's creativity. That's one reason he is trying to open his own art school in Suffolk, where he now lives. It is also why he commissioned a short advert, purporting to have been made by the government Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, to foster "Imagineering", encouraging adults to re-acquire a sense of childhood wonder, in order, the ad says, to create a better future. The advert is flat-footed and cliched, with kids slurping spaghetti and a bloke amazed by twinkly soap bubbles wafting by in the street. It displays a corporate dearth of any imagination whatsoever. … [Read more...] about Use your imagineering: Ryan Gander’s art world of pranks and puzzles
World famous art galleries and museums
Today, our questions are set by Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. The Ferens Art Gallery has one of the finest regional art collections in the country. Opened in 1927, the Ferens is one of eight sites that comprise Hull Museums, operated by Hull Culture and Leisure Limited since 2014. Collection strengths include European old masters from the 14th century onwards – especially Netherlandish 17th century, maritime painting and 20th century British art. … [Read more...] about How long did it take Ulysses to get home? The great British art quiz
Matthew Collings says yes I think the Turner Prize is an indisputably good and valuable cultural event. It gets people talking about creativity and ideas. Anyone can go and you can say what you like. You can turn on the tap marked furious: 'Grr, Duchamp, Huff puff, videos!' Or you can be a bit more factual and observant. Actually the second is better. But no one has to be craven about it. Be ruthless if you like. Inside the Turner Prize last Sunday, I was amazed how crowded it was. The crowds looked at everything in a serious and concentrated way. I saw the architect Charles Jencks in the Wolfgang Tillmans exhibit - 'hey,' I thought, 'the man who invented the term postmodernism looking at some postmodernist stuff'. In the space where the video portraits of the exhibiting artists are shown, I heard my voiceover on the Tomoko Takahashi film. Word Perhect, with its deliberate wrong spelling, is Takahashi's internet project. But this was the first time I'd seen the film, directed by … [Read more...] about Is the Turner good for art?
Images of sex abound in Renaissance and baroque art, usually in mythic couplings of woman and cloud, boy and eagle. Rembrandt here shows the thing itself, stripped of mythology or metaphor. A couple – probably Rembrandt and his lover Hendrickje Stoffels – are going for it in spite of the cold that keeps them semi-clothed in their bed. … [Read more...] about The 10 best works of erotic art
A runner passes over hoses after a fire broke out before dawn at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. A warehouse was destroyed. Fire officials said no injuries have been reported Saturday morning and firefighters are making multiple searches … [Read more...] about Huge inferno engulfs a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship