Mark Mawstons best photograph: Yoko Ono’s electrifying power

She came on stage with a black silk bag over her head and walked straight into the mic stand. It didnt ruin anything though. The crowd were in raptures I took this shot of Yoko Ono 14 years ago, in 2005 at bagism a practice she and Lennon engaged in as a way to deindividualise speakers and emphasise their message by wearing a nondescript bag over their heads. So she came out with this black silk bag obscuring her vision, and walked straight into the mic stand. It didnt ruin anything though. The crowd were in raptures. In a split second when I managed to take my eyes off her, I realised that Sean Lennon, her and Johns son, was …

Ernie Barnes: the overlooked legacy of the athlete turned celebrity artist

The work of the football player who became a painter is finally being celebrated, from his Olympics artwork to his Marvin Gaye album cover Historically noted as the first professional American athlete to become a painter, the artistic legacy of football player Ernie Barnes still remains overlooked. But now, as part of a long overdue survey, his art is on view in Bridget R collection of world flags, in a piece titled The Rhythmic Gymnast from 1984. One of his paintings called neo-mannerist. Barnes with his 1984 Olympics artwork. Photograph: Chan Bush He was ignored by the mainstream art world, said Cooks, the author of a book called his paintings for their albums, including the cover of jazz trumpeter Donald …

‘This piece is San Francisco’: the massive digital mural capturing the city’s humanity

French artist JRs massive digital artwork showcases every stratum of society in the city San Francisco has been getting a bad rap lately. You dont have to live here to know that homelessness brushes up against wealth and shiny technology, construction cranes are a staple in the landscape and articles citing cultural collapse duel on social media with love letters to this city by the bay. All of which is to say that there are lot of opinionated perspectives in this dynamic metropolis. The French artist JR has captured 1,206 of them in The Chronicles of San Francisco, a massive digital mural he began in 2018. The crowd-depicting panorama is a technical marvel that captures the range of humanity seen …

‘I wasn’t too obvious’: how Bob Colacello captured candid celebrities

In a new exhbition, the writer, photographer and long-time friend and biographer of Andy Warhol, shares his look at VIP culture of the late 70s and early 80s It was not in New York but in Germany, that the writer, editor and photographer Bob Colacello bought a spy camera. He was with pop artist Andy Warhol, who was commissioned to take Polaroids of Willy Brandt, the then chancellor of west Germany, in 1976. Colacello bought a Minox 35 EL, a camera cold Pictures From Another Time: Photographs by Bob Colacello, 1976 1982, an exhibition at attended the dinner party). People wouldnt typically think Andy would be friends with Nancy Reagans best friend, said Colacello. Jerry helped Andy get commissioned portraits …

Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured Americas most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years and the time she set fire to Patti Smith AHenri Cartier-Bresson, once stood to take his own ghostly grey picture of the Seine crossing. Leibovitzs homage to the great French photographer did not stop there. Her latest exhibition President Nixons inglorious departure from the White House by helicopter in 1974, to the extraordinary Democratic convention two years before, in which sessions lasted until sunrise. The landmark event, which took place in Miami, was the basis for Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72, the political classic by Rolling Stones resident gonzo journalist Andy Warhol to Ansel Adams to that ambush shot …

‘Blackness will never go away’: how Solange takes pride in her roots

At an immersive, city-wide multimedia presentation of her new album When I Get Home, the singer-songwriter explains how her childhood home of Houston nourished her creative spirit Its one thing to think with your spirit, says Solange Knowles. Its another to actually live it through your body. The Solange of today works with feelings, grooves, and frequencies in mind. If When I Get Home, her latest release, is the sonic manifestation of that blackness. Staccato rhythms and meditative mantras designed to ground and heal her after time on the road ripple on through the bodies of her listeners. Its an album about settling into familiarity: with yourself, the people around you, and the places one calls home. At the SHAPE …