Headlines 

Artist Nan Goldin stages opioids protest in Metropolitan Museum Sackler Wing

New York Big Pharma demonstration sees activists dump specially made bottles in moat around Egyptian Temple of Dendur The artist Nan Goldin and around 100 fellow demonstrators threw pill bottles into the moat surrounding an ancient Egyptian temple at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on Saturday, to protest sponsorship by the family that owns one of the largest makers of opioids. The pill bottles had been labeled by the protesters to say prescribed to you by the Sackler Family. The Sackler family Temple of Dendur stands. Goldin, who recently…

Read More
Headlines 

We were just a normal family: Che Guevaras daughter remembers her father

Aleida Guevara with her father Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, Havana, 1964 On the right is my father, cigar in hand, talking to his lifelong friend 50 years ago, on 9 October, 1967. Our mother formed our values and kept him alive in our memory long after he died. She never used him as a way to tell us off or threaten us. Papi was always the good guy. We never enjoyed any privileges: my father was opposed to that, and my mother maintained the line. When she became a…

Read More
Headlines 

Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexicos birthplace of the gods, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth are being revealed to the world In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods. Items unearthed…

Read More
Headlines 

It was all yellow: did digitalis affect the way Van Gogh saw the world?

Extracted from foxgloves, digitalis was once used as a treatment for epilepsy. Could a side effect have triggered the artists yellow period? It was recently the 127th anniversary of the tragic death of may have been treated with digitalis for the epileptic fits he experienced. Digitalis, extracted from foxglove plants, is a powerful medicine still in use today as a treatment for certain heart conditions, but not epilepsy. In Van Goghs day, and for a long time before then, digitalis was known to be an effective treatment of may have…

Read More
Headlines 

Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’

David Slater has been fighting for years over who has the copyright to photos taken by monkeys using his camera, and says hes struggling as a result A US appeals court has debated whether or not a monkey can own the copyright to a selfie while the photographer whose camera captured the famous image watched a livestream of the proceedings from his home in the UK. David Slater could not afford the airfare to San Francisco to attend the hearing on Wednesday. Nor can he afford to replace his broken…

Read More
Headlines 

Jean-Michel Basquiat skull painting sells for record $110.5m at auction

Sale in New York of painting that depicts a face in the shape of a skull sets a record price for an American artist at auction An artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold for a record $110.5m at auction in New York. Sothebys said the sale of Untitled on Thursday night in Manhattan was an auction record for the artist. It also set a record price for an American artist at auction. The 1982 painting depicts a face in the shape of a skull. The piece was purchased by noted…

Read More
Headlines 

Anger as Tate asks staff to contribute towards boat for Nicholas Serota

Notices about leaving gift appear in staff rooms amid disputes over low pay and outsourcing, and end of canteen discount The Tate has come under fire after it asked members of staff, many of whom are not paid the London living wage, to contribute towards a boat for the departing director, Nicholas Serota, just one week after their canteen discount was taken away. A notice which went up in the staff rooms of both Tate Modern and Tate Britain on Wednesday asked employees including security, cleaners, and those maintain the…

Read More