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Turner Prize: There was always much to be outraged about – but not now

We’ve had Martin Creed’s lightbulb that turned itself on and off, and Chris Ofili’s elephant dung paintings. Submissions to the Turner Prize have always been controversial, but this year we saw no outrage – just generosity from its winner Helen Marten, whose work has been dubbed ‘poetic’. But all is not as it seems, says Michael Glover

Donald Trump and the power and origin of the naked protest

When 100 semi-naked protesters marched on Trump Tower last month, some had decorated their bodies with fake wounds and scars representing the damage his administration might cause - joining a long history of naked demonstration 

Cash awards: Money as a prize creates dissension among artists

The winner of the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture has said she will share the £30,000 prize with all the nominees. Helen Marten is also up for the £25,000 Turner Prize next month. Why is it that some prizes in the arts have money attached and others do not? 

The art of infertility

As artist Stuart Semple raises awareness of female egg donation and the problems of conceiving with artworks on display across the country, Matilda Battersby looks at the history of art and infertility, as opposed to the images of pregnant bellies that are everywhere in art

Sharing bad tattoos with renowned artist Scott Campbell

For one of the most famous tattoo artists in the world (his ink adorns the skin of Robert Downey Jr., Courtney Love, Orlando Bloom, Marc Jacobs and more), Scott Campbell’s studio - just a couple of blocks from L.A.’s Skid Row - is pretty humble. It’s not all polished surfaces and expensive fittings, just simple concrete, scattered artworks and Jenga-like stacks of art books on Dada and Picabia. An artwork based on a crumpled dollar bill hangs on the wall and a dope plant sits by the window overlooking the industrial landscape of L.A.’s Arts District. Tattooing may be exploding on Instagram and attracting more and more celebrities, but for Scott it remains a resolutely blue collar practice.

Samantha Morton interview

The actress has written a short film for new exhibition Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House

We're living in a pimp state

In her controversial new book, Kat Banyard claims that the sex trade – increasingly tolerated and regulated by governments – is inherently sexist