New York's Chinatown hits back at Omer Fast's 'poverty porn' art exhibition

By Nadja Sayej

The Israeli artist Omer Fast has become embroiled in an argument over whether his exhibition – which resembles a Chinatown storefront – is racist

On Sunday, a group of protesters stormed an art gallery in New York’s Chinatown with signs that read “Chinatown lives are not poverty porn” and “Racist art has no business here”. They stood together to hold up a large, yellow banner that said “Racism Disguised as Art” written in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

The group was led by the Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB), a group of art activists targeting the James Cohan Gallery, where the Israeli artist Omer Fast has changed the outside to look like an old Chinatown storefront.

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The street artist behind the greatest banners in world football

By Copa 90

Pepe Perretta’s huge tifos have been draped over terraces throughout the world. We visited his studio in Buenos Aires to ask how him he paints his masterpieces

By Copa90, for the Guardian Sport Network

A football match in Argentina is not complete without drumming, melodic horns and papelitos floating through the air but, perhaps most importantly, it is not complete without telones, the banners that represent the fans and act as a flag for their community. Pepe Perretta, one of few artists who has the honour of painting these huge tifos, is a man in high demand.

Perretta began his artistic career by spraying his motorbike helmet but his talents were first spotted by football fans when he when he painted a friend’s portrait on her 15th birthday. She was a Boca Juniors supporter and it wasn’t long before their barras approached Perretta and asked him to create a banner to be unfurled at La Bombonera.

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Meet Liz Diller, the rebel architect behind MoMA, the High Line and now a home for Simon Rattle

By Oliver Wainwright

Her practice beat Foster, Gehry and Piano to clinch London’s new £250m Centre for Music. She talks about fuelling gentrification – and why arts buildings have to be more than corporate baubles

‘We’ve never stopped being rebellious,” says Liz Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the New York architects who have just been selected to design London’s new concert hall, the £250m Centre for Music. “But now we are operating in a stealthier way. Rather than trying to kick the establishment walls down, we’re walking in through the front door.”

To reach the hallowed entrance of London’s cultural establishment, they skipped past fellow competitors Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and a host of other ageing purveyors of big‑budget arts buildings – an unadventurous shortlist, on which the Americans clearly stood out as the most interesting thinkers of the bunch. This will be their first project in the UK, and the stakes are high for the self-styled provocateurs.

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Душанбеи харобшаванда: чӣ гуна собиқ шаҳри Сталинобод аз гузаштаҳои шӯравии тоза мегардад

By Исфандиёр Одина дар шаҳри Душанбе

Биноҳои даврони шуравии сохташудаи пойтахти Тоҷикистон мунтазам хароб гашта, ҷойи онҳоро хонаҳои истиқоматӣ ва мағозаҳои нав иваз мекунанд. Ин ба аксари сокинон қобили қабул аст

“Дар вақташ бинои мағозаи мазкур яке аз зеботарин биноҳои шаҳр ба ҳисоб мерафт” мегӯяд Неъматуллоҳ Мирсаидов ва тавре ки ӯ шоҳид аст, ҷойи мағозаи кӯҳнаро манораҳои нав гирифтааст. Баъди даҳ соли аз шимолиХӯҷанд ба шаҳри Душанбе баргаштан, ӯ аз тағйиротҳои ба вуҷуд омада дар ҳайрат монд, аммо тағйиротҳо аз ҷониби ӯ мусбӣ арзёбӣ шуданд. Ӯ қайд намуд, ки “Сохти меъмории шаҳри Душанбе хеле тағийр ёфтааст”. “Шаҳрвандони он бояд аз ин фахр намоянд”.

Вақте ки деҳаи Душанбе соли 1924 пойтахт эълон гардид, он деҳае буд бо танҳо якчанд ҳазор нафар аҳолӣ, ки ҳаҷман хеле бо суръат афзуд ва ҳоло ҳам афзуда истодааст. Дар асосои барномаи нави стратегӣ оиди нақшаи рушди шаҳр, ки аз тарафи Ҳукумати Тоҷикистон қабул гардид, се маротиба зиёд кардани ҳудуди шаҳр дар назар дошта шудааст ва то соли 2030 аҳолии ҳозираи он аз 800 000 ҳазор нафарба 1.2 ҳазор нафар хоҳад расид.

Шаҳр васеъ ва бузург шуда истодааст. Биноҳои даврони Шуравӣ бо биноҳои истиқоматии нав ва биноҳои осмонбӯс иваз мегарданд. Боғҳои истироҳатӣ аз нав барқарор мешаванд, роҳҳо васеъ карда шуда, мағозаҳои ҳозиразамон ҷойи бозорҳои суннатиро иваз мекунанд.

Ба назари наслҳои оянда чунин мерасад ки, таърих аз ҳамин рӯзҳо оғоз шуда, дар гузашта мо ҳеҷ чиз надоштем

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Judy Chicago: 'In the 1960s, I was the only visible woman artist'

By Nadja Sayej

As the Brooklyn Museum explores the process behind the 78-year-old’s defining work, The Dinner Party, she talks about the tough road for women in art

When artist Judy Chicago was a student at the University of California in 1960, she had one question for her European history professor: “When are we going to learn about great women thinkers?” she asked.

Her male professor promised Chicago he would talk about “women’s contributions” in the last class. But he lied – there were no great women thinkers in his curriculum.

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Ken Loach says his beloved Bath is being ruined by tourism

By Steven Morris

Film director warns that unsympathetic developments aimed at visitors could lead to historic city losing its Unesco status

The film director and activist Ken Loach has claimed that his beloved home city of Bath is being ruined by unsympathetic developments designed to attract ever more visitors and argues that it is losing its sense of age and history.

Loach, who has lived in Bath since the 1970s, suggested that if the trend continues it could lose its Unesco world heritage status.

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