As Former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery, Charles Saumarez Smith is well-versed in the making of a museum. Here he explores the changing role of art museums in our lives, tracing the impact of iconic spaces like the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou.

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Inspired by Linda Nochlin's 'Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?', we set up a writing competition in collaboration with Student Art Pass, inviting students to submit non-fiction pieces on what it means to be a minority artist or creative in 2021. They offered new and subversive insights. Here we are excited to share the winning piece by Babar Suleman.

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Gender rebel, anti-artist and master of subversion. This extract from 'Marcel Duchamp (World of Art)' offers an extraordinary glimpse inside the defiant mind of Duchamp – and his female alter-ego Rrose Sélavy.

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In this extract from ‘Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic’, Peter Furtado reflects on the lasting lessons of Covid-19, and what Albert Camus can teach us about the future.

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At the age of 92, Yayoi Kusama is the world’s best-selling female artist. But on her path to success she’s had to grapple with trauma, poverty, sexism, and frightening hallucinations.

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A life-changing accident, an axe-wielding assassin, a tempestuous relationship and more. Discover the remarkable story of Frida Kahlo, whose life and work were shaped by physical and emotional suffering.

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From Frida Kahlo to Grace Jones and famous names to lesser-knowns, these books explore the lives and work of extraordinary creative women across centuries of visual culture.

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It’s been 50 years since the passing of Gabrielle Chanel, but her eponymous fashion house goes from strength to strength. From modest beginnings on Rue Cambon to monumental global success, discover the story of this timeless brand – and its iconic founder.

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We recently spoke to legendary graphic artist, photographer and advertising film director Jean-Paul Goude, whose iconic Chanel campaigns are daring visual feasts. His extraordinary unseen drawings are collected in ‘Goude: The Chanel Sketchbooks’, giving unprecedented insight into a great creative mind.

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Legendary Motown singer and Thames & Hudson author Mary Wilson will be remembered as a hit-maker and fashion icon, achieving meteoric success alongside groupmates Florence Ballard and Diana Ross.

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