George Lois and Esquire

George Lois in his New York City apartment. George Lois, one of the most influential admen of his generation, is known for his early Xerox commercials showing a chimpanzee deftly operating a photocopier, the “Think small” ads for Volkswagen and the “I want my MTV” campaign. He also dreamed up Lean Cuisine and the ‘I want my Maypo’ slogan.

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Deliverance and The Bob and Roberta Smith Diaries

Despite going out with Tracey Emin for five-and-a-half years, British artist Mat Collishaw is not as well known as his contemporaries from Goldsmiths, with whom he exhibited at the Freeze show curated by Damien Hirst that kick-started Britart two decades ago. Having made his name with a close-up photograph of a bullet wound, he moved away from the shock-and-gore that ...

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Asa Ames at the American Folk Art Museum

Asa Ames, a little known American sculptor, worked mostly from life, carving and painting three-dimensional wood portraits of family and friends. When he died of consumption in 1851, at the age of 27, he left behind 12 or 13 sculptures, most made during the last four or five years of his short life. Eight of these works form a stunning ...

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Linda McCartney: capturing the moment

Before she married a Beatle, Linda McCartney was a professional photographer. During the 1960s, her celebrated shots of rock gods such as Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix (whom she famously photographed mid-yawn) helped to invent the genre of rock photography. She was the first female photographer to have work – a portrait of Eric Clapton – on the cover of ...

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Artist Jeff Koons

With its breathtaking, panoramic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, the Cantor Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art may strike you as an excellent place to mount a seasonal outdoor sculpture show, which it does every year. In truth, it is an inhospitable site for sculpture, as demonstrated by the 2008 display that opens on Tuesday: ...

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Albert Kahn’s early colour photographs

Albert Kahn’s collection of early colour photographs started as a banker’s dream of putting an end to war. Almost 100 years on, they provide a unique portrait of a different world. Even among keen students of photography, few have heard of Albert Kahn. Yet Kahn, a banker and philanthropist, was one of the first people to exploit the potential of ...

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Gregory Crewdson: what dark secrets does this picture hold?

Long before he became a photographer, the American artist Gregory Crewdson was a guitarist in a band. In the mid-Seventies, he and four friends founded a power-pop group called the Speedies that produced several underground hits and played venues across New York, including the celebrated punk club CBGBs. The band dissolved in 1981, but the title of their most popular ...

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