Art

Inspiration, innovation and key developments from the art world

Can creativity make us feel better?

Hospitals, for the most part, are dreary environments. Strip lighting, wipe-clean surfaces and miles of grubby paint do nothing to make us feel better. But can creativity change all that?

Thierry Noir on street art that brings hope

Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Thierry Noir discusses how the colourful characters he defaced the wall with became a symbol of freedom for those it oppressed, and the lessons we can learn from it today

My Happiest Project: Yinka Ilori

Throughout October, we’re looking at the subject of happiness, and asking creatives to tell us about the projects they’ve most enjoyed working on. Here, artist and designer Yinka Ilori reflects on transforming an underpass in Battersea into Happy Street

How I Got Here: Stanley Donwood

The artist and long-time Radiohead collaborator talks to CR about his creative process, the struggle to find work after art school and his brilliant new book, There Will Be No Quiet

How Cool Shit blew up the internet

Art collective Cool Shit has found a very particular niche with its inflatable versions of famous faces. But how did it turn an ironic Kickstarter campaign to make a blow-up Lionel Ritchie into a thriving business that’s bringing joy to people around the world?

Printed in North Korea: visual art in the DPRK

Nicholas Bonner’s new book explores the beauty of North Korean visual art – and the role of woodblock and linocut prints in spreading propaganda. We talk to Bonner about this heritage and our growing fascination with North Korea’s visual culture

The Return Of Intelligent Horror

Cerebral horror movies like Us, Midsommar, Hereditary and The Witch have thrived both critically and commercially in recent years. Thomas Hobbs speaks to a selection of contemporary horror filmmakers to try to understand why intelligent horror is succeeding in 2019