‘It’s about looking around us’: New York’s Frieze art fair tackles social justice

At this year’s iteration of the renowned art fair, artists and institutions are highlighting the importance of art that helps toward social change When Sarah Elizabeth Lewis stepped onstage for her Ted Talk in 2017, little did she know how much she would help bridge the gap between art and social policy. “How do images […]

Top New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park goes vegan

Daniel Humm, owner of foodie haven with three Michelin stars, says modern food system ‘simply not sustainable’ One of New York’s top fine dining restaurants is abandoning meat and going for a plant-based menu after its chef and owner posted a message on its website saying the modern food system was “simply not sustainable”. Daniel […]

The Guardian view on the world’s rarest stamp: obsession conquers all | Editorial

The appeal of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta may seem inexplicable, but it tells a very human story It has been described as a “shoddy-looking thing”, and like “a red-wine stain or a receipt that’s been through the wash a few times”. The item in question is a stamp, one of a kind. It is […]

New York mayor calls off ‘creepy, alienating’ police robo-dog

‘Digidog’ to be returned to creator Boston Dynamics Ocasio-Cortez praises activists who fought its deployment New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered a controversial robotic dog undergoing trials with the city’s police off the street, and a $94,200 contract with creator Boston Dynamics cancelled. The robot canine, named “Digidog”, is to be returned to […]

Ghislaine Maxwell kept awake at night so she doesn’t die like Epstein, lawyers say

Appeals judges expressed concern about guards shining light into the British socialite’s cell every 15 minutes Appeals judges hearing bail arguments seemed sympathetic on Monday to claims that the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is unjustly kept awake at night by guards ensuring she doesn’t die in jail in New York – in the way that […]

How we met: ‘He had a great tan – but I did make fun of his hair’

Waverley Grainger, 37, and Dave Kwong, 35, met in their 20s while they were working at a summer camp in upstate New York. They live together in London, and plan to marry when they can In the summer of 2005, Waverley Grainger travelled to upstate New York to work as a counsellor at a children’s […]

‘A fleeting vacation from terrestrial concerns’: readers’ best stargazing photos

Many people have spent more time at home due to the pandemic, creating opportunity for some, to do more stargazing. Readers share their astrophotography This photo of the Whirlpool galaxy was taken from my backyard in Commack, New York, over the course of two nights in mid January, 2021. Stargazing has helped me throughout the […]

Republicans fret over AOC backing for Biden as 100-day mark draws near

McCarthy accuses president of ‘socialist bait and switch’ New York progressive voices approval for administration As Joe Biden welcomed a series of polls showing majority approval for his first 100 days in the White House, and prepared to address Congress for the first time on Wednesday, Republicans attacked his progressive record in office. Related: Joe […]

Rudy Giuliani wins a Razzie for his role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Singer-songwriter Sia picks up three Golden Raspberry Awards for her controversial film on autism The former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, has been awarded a Razzie for one of the year’s worst performances for his unwitting appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen’s sequel to Borat. The Golden Raspberry Awards, colloquially known as Razzies, are an […]

Henry Fox Talbot auction sale – in pictures

A collection of nearly 200 early images by the pioneer of photograph sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $1,956,000 this week, a new record for Fox Talbot. The albums came originally from Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, his half-sister, and had remained with the family for more than 170 years Continue reading…

Football’s ‘dirty dozen’ have paraded their weaknesses for all to see | Nils Pratley

European Super League row has advertised that club owners are anxious over debt and revenues At one level, the owners of “dirty dozen” big football clubs could shrug and say nothing has changed. They didn’t have their horrible European Super League this time last week and they still don’t have it. Shares in Manchester United, […]

The world is changing for same-sex parents – and this week I made history | Arwa Mahdawi

Until recently, same-sex couples in New York could only be recognised as equal parents after birth. But my partner and I are the first to benefit from a new law My unborn child doesn’t have a name yet, but she has already had her very first court hearing. On Monday, my partner, E, and I […]

Allison Ponthier: ‘I’ve started making sculptures of little alien people’

The jazz school dropout on her rise from professional Snapchatter to making claymation movies and country music Allison Ponthier might only have one song in circulation, the high and lonesome Cowboy, but it already sounds like a modern classic. A Phoebe Bridgers-style confessional wrapped up in the country-pop polish of Kacey Musgraves, it tells the […]

Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

Biden expected to make formal announcement on Wednesday About 800,000 troops have served at least once in Afghanistan Joe Biden will withdraw all the remaining US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaida terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, a senior administration official has confirmed. Related: Secretary of state […]

Harvey Weinstein indicted on sexual assault charges in California

Former film producer, who is currently incarcerated in New York, faces possible extradition for alleged attacks on five women Harvey Weinstein has been indicted in California on sexual assault charges, one of his lawyers said on Monday, as the former film producer appeared in a New York court proceeding over whether to extradite him. The […]

Rachel Whiteread: ‘I have a clarity I never had before’

The artist has taken a radical new direction, turning her back on casts and creating sculptures from scavenged material. She explains how a bipolar diagnosis has changed her work When I last spoke to Rachel Whiteread, I declared loftily that she would always make casts, that she’d never do anything else. Because that’s what she’d […]

Ghislaine Maxwell: prosecutors defend new indictment as July trial looms

Defense complains of ‘gamesmanship’ and may seek trial delay Arraignment on new charges due in New York this month Prosecutors in the case of Ghislaine Maxwell have defended a late expansion of charges against her, saying it became necessary because a woman spoke after the Briton’s arrest about abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein […]

US rapper DMX dies aged 50 following heart attack

Multi-platinum rapper, celebrated for raw storytelling, was first artist to top US charts with first five albums DMX obituary DMX: A life in pictures DMX, the New York rapper whose gruff tone electrified the US music scene in the late 1990s, has died aged 50. The star, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was hospitalised […]

‘They were survivors’: the Jewish cartoonists who fled the Nazis

A new exhibition celebrates the work of three Austrian artists who escaped their country as Nazis took over and created daring work in the years after In 1938, Nazi troops invaded Austria, subsuming the country into the Third Reich in an event known as the “Anschluss”, bringing official antisemitism, along with political violence, to the […]

Ballaké Sissoko: picking up the pieces after US customs broke his kora

Last February, Sissoko’s historic instrument was disassembled on a flight home to Paris. Bolstered by a new kora, his latest album revives their borderless journey In the Malian language Bamanankan, djourou – the title of Ballaké Sissoko’s forthcoming album – means string. “It’s the string that connects me to others,” he says. For this master […]

A prized UK biotech firm looks to Wall Street, much to Rishi Sunak’s dismay

Vaccitech, the Oxford-based firm behind the AstraZeneca vaccine, is a high-profile float that slipped away A glowing, Deliveroo-style tribute from Rishi Sunak will not be required for this flotation. Vaccitech, the Oxford-based firm that owns some of the key biotechnology behind the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, is off to New York for a public listing. One […]

#MainCharacter: pandemic brings TikTok self-parody to the fore

Why are young people imagining themselves as the protagonist in fictionalised versions of their lives? Staring longingly out of a window watching the sunset across the New York skyline, or sitting on a balcony while Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey plays softly in the background. These are just a couple examples of a TikTok […]

GameStop shares fall as company looks to cash in on Reddit surge

Video-game retailer reveals plan to sell 3.5m shares to speed up transition to e‑commerce model Shares in GameStop fell on Monday after the video-game retailer said it may sell up to $1bn (£720m) worth of stock as it tries to make the best of the 900% surge in its shares from a Reddit-driven rally this […]

John Oliver on the US national debt: ‘I actually have some good news for you’

The Last Week Tonight set aside fearmongering about government spending and finds ‘a good-faith debate to be had’ about how to handle national debt John Oliver took on a perennial hot potato in American politics on Sunday evening: the US national debt, also known as “the world’s most boring $28tn,” he joked. The debt has […]

String theorist Michio Kaku: ‘Reaching out to aliens is a terrible idea’

The physicist on Newton finding inspiration amid the great plague, how the multiverse can unite religions, and why a ‘theory of everything’ is within our grasp Michio Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics at City College, New York, a proponent of string theory but also a well-known populariser of science, with multiple TV appearances […]

Sir Tom Jones: ‘The knicker throwing started in the Copacabana in New York in 1968’

The singer, 80, on enthusiastic audiences, singing Sex Bomb at 90, meeting a young Michael Jackson and losing the love of his life I’ve been singing since I was a kid growing up in Pontypridd in South Wales. I would sing in school. I would sing in chapel. Any chance I got to get up […]

Coronavirus live news: France ICU cases climbing rapidly; German lockdown row deepens

Number of patients in intensive care in France near to numbers reached in autumn 2020; state leader pushes back after Merkel criticism of inaction Merkel threat to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act WHO: Covid probably passed to humans from bats via other animal Madeira lets in tourists who can show Covid […]