South African artist Steven Cohen poses at the exhibition “My Joburg – Art Scene Johannesburg” in the Kunsthalle in the Lipsiusbau in Dresden, Germany. The exhibition by the Dresden State Art Collections runs from Saturday until January 5, 2014. Read more
An artisan in India works on an unfinished clay idol of the Hindu Goddess Durga at a workshop in Bangalore. It is in preparation for the forthcoming Dussehra festival. Dussehra, derived from the Sanskrit Dasha-hara, meaning “remover of bad fate”, is among the most important celebrations in the Hindus religious calendar
Mahesh Kumar A./AP
An Indian artist prepares idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh at a workshop in Hyderabad, India, ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The celebration, which begins on September 9, marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, who is widely worshipped by Hindus as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Read more
A painting of toucans features on the facade of the Wohngenossenschaft Soldaritaet co-op apartment buildings in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday as part of a 22,000 sq m mural. A group of artists working for French-based Citecreation painted the walls of the three buildings in imagery inspired by a nearby zoo and in co-operation with the buildings’ residents. Citecreation has applied to the Guiness Book of World Records that the mural, which will be officially inaugurated on August 22, be considered as the largest in the world on an inhabited building Read more
Belgian artist Beatrice Van Landeghem attaches hair to the head of one of her Reborn Baby dolls at her workshop, which she calls La nurserie des Tis Lous De Bea, in La Louvière, southern Belgium. Reborn Babies are life-like baby dolls that have become popular mainly with collectors, but also with grieving parents and nostalgic grandparents. The dolls are created from a kit composed of limbs and head made from vinyl and a trunk made from fabric. They are given several coats of paint to create the skin tone of newborn babies and natural-looking hair and eyelashes. They are also weighted to make them feel as heavy as human babies when carried. The price ranges from hundreds to thousands of euros and the babies take about 25 hours to assemble, depending on the level of precision requested by people who “adopt” the dolls.
Visitors look at a scaled replica of a rubber duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman as employees try to pull it upright on a lake at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning province. The replica – 13 metres tall and 15 metres long – was set up on Sunday for the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, local media reported.
Indian Artist Anish Kapoor stands inside his sculpture ’1st Body’ in his exhibition ‘Kapoor In Berlin’ at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin, Friday. The exhibition will run from May 18, until Nov. 24, 2013.
Point of discussion: staff chat in front of the latest sculpture installation from Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist. His “Baby Formula” forms a map of China with cans of milk powder at an exhibition in Hong Kong. Mr Ai’s work was inspired by the scandal over melamine-tainted milk powder in China in 2008, which was reported to have affected nearly 300,000 children and caused six babies to die from kidney problems
Yang Chuanye, a farmer, paints a charcoal portrait of Xi Jinping, president of China, in Jishan County, Shanxi province. Mr Yang, 62, has been practicing charcoal painting since the age of 20. Mr Yang specialises in painting portraits of former and present Chinese leaders Read more
David Shrigley/Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum/PA Wire
David Shrigley’s photo ‘I’m Dead’ 2010 has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2013. The prize is being presented at a ceremony outside England for the first time this year, in Londonderry in December, and £25,000 goes to the winner. The Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to a British or British-based artist under 50 for outstanding work in the previous year. Read more