Art

Inspiration, innovation and key developments from the art world

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Creativity vs Trump

We’ve gathered some favourites from the extraordinary creativity on show at the anti-Trump Women’s Marches around the world

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Inside the archive of Trevor Key, music design’s unsung hero

From Tubular Bells to the Sex Pistols and New Order, photographer Trevor Key played a major role in not just one important pop culture moment, but three. We take an exclusive peek at the treasures of Key’s archive and ask why he doesn’t enjoy the reputation he surely deserves

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Bowie by Duffy at Proud Chelsea

From Aladdin Sane to Scary Monsters, photographer Brian Duffy helped David Bowie create some his most memorable personas. Original artwork born out of their creative collaboration is now on show at Proud Chelsea

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Stanley Donwood and the tempest

In creating the art for Radiohead’s album A Moon Shaped Pool artist Stanley Donwood called on the weather to play its part. We talked to him about making the paintings and how Thom Yorke’s “fucking everything up” helped the duo get to the finished works

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Why Tate Modern’s Robert Rauschenberg show is a must-see

Tate Modern’s retrospective of US artist Robert Rauschenberg reveals a restless, generous and endlessly creative spirit. It also demonstrates an artist hugely ahead of his time, with his art exploring many of the ideas that preoccupy the creative industries today

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Record sleeves of the year #04: Bon Iver, 22, A Million

The mysterious symbols on the cover of Bon Iver’s album 22, A Million were created by Brooklyn-based artist Eric Timothy Carlson. Carlson created a numerical symbol for each track on the album, with his artwork informing some of the final track names. The symbol for 21 Moon Water, for example, is based on the astronomical […]

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Record sleeves of the year #07: Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool

Stanley Donwood has created some brilliant covers for Radiohead and A Moon Shaped Pool is no exception. The deluxe edition of the album comes with 32 pages of artwork and is packaged with a piece of original master tape from a Radiohead recording session. The artwork was created using huge canvases which were exposed to […]

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Record sleeves of the year #09: Kaytranada, 99.9%

The vibrant artwork for the debut album by Haitian-Canadian DJ and producer Kaytranada (AKA Louis Kevin Celestin) was created by Spanish illustrator Ricardo Cavolo. Cavolo was asked to create a portrait of Kaytranada and incorporate a series of symbols, including aeroplanes, a broken heart and a storm. “I think he was leaving a darker time […]

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Inside the Design Library, a vast archive of patterns and textiles

Where do you look for inspiration? If you’re in the fashion or home interiors industries, it might be at the Design Library, a vast archive of patterns and textiles dating from the 1750s to the present that is held across two venues, in New York’s Hudson Valley and central London. A new book by Phaidon takes readers inside its many treasures, while we have a rummage through the shelves