After years of pressure, western countries are finally returning the Benin Bronzes to Nigeria. What's next?
Sculptor Margel Hinder with the model for Interlock in 1973. Photograph: Richard Beck.
Margel Hinder was responsible for some of Australia’s most significant public sculptures in the 1960s and 70s. A major exhibition now examines the totality of her career.
Clay figurines of musicians, by Samuele Makoanyane.
Kirby Collection, University of Cape Town
Clay figurines of musicians, made in the 1930s, are being exhibited along with a new film of actual musicians playing the traditional instruments.
Tom Shannon’s Drop.
Of all the places to be right now, picking your way between sculptures in the French countryside, with a glass of wine to finish, sounds ideal.
Sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley photographs his sculpture of Princess Diana.
Reactions to the new figure embody the problems that come with recreating the images of modern icons
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin.
All muscles and sensuous flesh, its hyper and toxic masculinity puts this Rodin scholar off the artist’s most famous artwork.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, made between 1622 and 1625.
This ancient myth, in which a nymph transforms herself into a tree to escape the lustful attention of the god Apollo, has inspired countless retellings in art. Its themes resonate today.
A gallery view of Paul Kaptein’s current show.
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It takes time and money to create large scale sculptures. A new exhibition of works in cast concrete is testament to a remarkable philanthropic project.
The ideal male body didn’t always include chiseled abs.
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Greek statues, the Napoleonic wars and the advent of photography all played a role.
Soldiers used spent shells and casings to make trench art, like this brass bottle opener that was made during World War II.
One scholar spent a decade studying the ways everyday people drew, carved, glued, sewed and baked their own pornography.
Mary Wollstonecraft tribute sculpture by Maggie Hambling.
It might have many critics but the statue tribute to Mary Wollstonecraft succeeds in its abstract commemoration of the feminist. Public sculptures could learn from it
Maggi Hambling’s statue tribute to Mary Wollstonecraft has been met with much criticism.
Is the statue a fitting tribute to the fierce feminist writer?
‘Homeless Jesus’ at Newman College in Melbourne, Australia.
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‘Homeless Jesus’ exemplifies how faith-based organizations can use public art to communicate religious ideas in a respectful and accessible way.
Trees seeded after the end of the last ice age, which survived the ruptures of invasion and industry, have re-emerged as art.
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As the Black Lives Matter movement has , statues of figures linked to slavery have been removed. Such actions are just symbolic, however. What is at stake is the systemic transformation of the present.
Oliger Merko, ‘Season of Love’ detail, oil on canvas, 2014.
Prison Creative Arts Project
In a system that treats people as objects to be counted, chained, searched and assigned a number, art is a way for prisoners to reassert their agency – and reclaim their lives.
Protesters throw statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour.
After years of inaction by authorities, protesters have forced the point – opening a new chapter in this monument’s history.
It’s a wrap: Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude with a design model of the cloth-covered German Reichstag.
Hailing Christo as a ‘genius’ misses the point and diminishes the work of his wife and co-creature Jeanne-Claude.
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Christo’s first major project was Wrapped Coast at Sydney’s Little Bay. His fabric sculptures would become a major symbol in land art.
Artwork © Sindiso Nyoni
His life’s work was asserting the humanity and history of the Bantu people, while proposing that the soul was able to bring knowledge of the past and of the future into the present.