A glowing cosmic spectacle – Anthony McCall Solid Light Works review

By Jonathan Jones

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JMW Turner meets Isaac Newton and JG Ballard in this psychedelic show of smoke machines, light vortices and luminous mists that map roads into the unreal

In a darkened, cavernous space, projectors draw strong white lines on black walls. The animated sketches they beam out form squiggles that grow into ovals and circles then collapse and start again. Meanwhile, smoke machines pump out a fine mist that floats into the cones of light and fills out their geometries to create an effect the artist calls “solid light”.

So far, so interesting, but when you walk inside that solid-seeming light and turn your eyes back towards the projector, strange things start to happen. The circles, ovals and triangles of light beaming around you form corridors and gothic arches, spooky tunnels and apocalyptic vortices of silvery whiteness where clouds of smoke stream by in an ever-changing stormy spectacle. It is like being inside a painting by JMW Turner, enclosed in cascades of luminous mist, revealing endless vistas of skies and seas that melt and merge in a glowing cosmic spectacle. Step out of the beam, and it vanishes in an instant. Run your fingers through the light and you can draw with shadows, like putting your hand in a running stream to see the water dance.

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51st state: Kosovo's bond to the US – photo essay

By César Dezfuli, Production: Matt Fidler

Kosovo continues to have emotional, political and economic bonds with the country that 20 years ago led a western intervention in its war with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, eventually leading to Kosovo's declaration of independence. Some surveys suggest it has the highest approval of US leadership of any country. Photojournalist César Dezfuli investigated this connection

Kosovo at 10: challenges overshadow independence celebrations

In the 1990s Kosovo's first president, Ibrahim Rugova, ended his news conferences every Friday with the words “God bless America and our western friends”. The phrase stuck with the public and the sentiment only grew stronger when Bill Clinton ordered Nato to bomb Serbian targets during the Kosovo war in 1999.

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Tate to stage its first Van Gogh exhibition since 1947 in London

By Mark Brown Arts correspondent

Tate Britain show will explore artist's relationship with capital, where he lived in his early 20s

Tate is to stage its first Vincent van Gogh exhibition since 1947 and the first to explore the artist through his relationship with Britain.

Details were announced on Friday of a show in which 40 works by the artist will come to London in spring 2019, including Starry Night Over the Rhône from Musée d'Orsay in Paris and one of his Sunflowers paintings, which is being lent by the National Gallery.

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John Martin’s Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion

By Skye Sherwin

The English Romantic painter mastered the large scale imposing landscape with tiny figures and vertiginous perspective

It is man against nature in this career-changing 1812 painting by the Victorian master of disaster, John Martin. In what would become his signature formula of pumped-up Romanticism, the figure is tiny, the surrounding world vast, its light blood-tinged and the perspective vertiginous.

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Go for gold! Vintage portraits of California prospectors – in pictures

Young gold-rush prospectors stare down the camera in these striking daguerreotypes and tintypes from the 1850s, from a time before California boomtowns became ghost towns

Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush is at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, until 2 April. Luce Lebart's book is published by RVB Books

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Waterstreet HASN’T sued for defo … Florida shooting fact check … Video of the day …

By Emily Watkins

Contrary to an extensive New Matilda article and an errant line in an ABC report, barrister Charles Waterstreet has told Crikey he has not lodged any defamation proceedings against a woman who accused him of sexual harassment.

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That was then, this is now: the evolution of the ‘bonk ban’

By Charlie Lewis

Malcolm Turnbull has finally introduced his ban on boning-down in Parliament House (affectionately known as the bonk ban), leaving more than a few ministers red in the face.

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