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Paul McCarthy, WS SC exhibition: The Naked Truth

His new set of paintings are shocking and frequently nauseating – but crucially they also have something to say about the dark heart of our society

Anselm Kiefer, Royal Academy, preview: Is he our greatest living artist?

Kiefer’s range seems limitless: the courtyard entrance to the Royal Academy will be dominated by his first ever vitrines for outdoor display, one containing ships, as it were, beached, the other with vessels afloat

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Bernhard Lang's aerial photographs reveal the impact humans have on the environment

It was flying over Russia on his way to Tokyo 10 years ago that first awoke Bernhard Lang's obsession with aerial photography; passing over Siberia's snowy landscapes in particular made an impression on him.

Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery

American artist Nathan Sawaya is making art from a million pieces - and he's on his way to Britain

Michael Sailstorfer, artist: "When you install a piece in the woods, people don't know if it's a house or an accident"

Souvenir sculptures drilling through walls; trees hanging upside down; cabins consuming themselves: there is a sense of entropy in much of Sailstorfer's work. But there is also a sense of mystery as to how these objects got there

Feat of clay: Nicole Farhi at work

Fashion designer Nicole Farhi has turned her back on couture to devote her life to sculpture

She tells Charlotte Cripps about making busts of her famous dinner-party friends
Rush of modernity: 'Rain, Steam, and Speed - The Great Western Railway' (1844); Ruskin derided its celebration of industrial progress

Turner at the Tate: Earth, wind, fire and steam

Tate Britain's exhibition of Turner's extraordinary later work, scorned and misunderstood by critics at the time, celebrates the prolific painter at his elemental best, says Karen Wright
Teresa Dimech's photograph of the Brown family children at Spring Farm, 1960-1961

German artist Kathrin Böhm has gathered photographs of Londoners hop-picking in Kent

The artist came across the custom of spending summer holidays on farms by chance and decided to find out more by placing an ad in a local Dagenham newspaper. She was subsequently inundated with dozens of anecdotes, memories and photographs

Pile it on: Andy Goldsworthy with a muck heap cairn in Dumfriesshire

Andy Goldsworthy, artist: 'I wanted to make art. I would've done that as a gardener or signing on'

Andy Goldsworthy lives in Penpont, a small village in the glorious rolling countryside 40 minutes from Dumfries in Scotland. He moved there in 1986 because it was cheap, living first in a small flat until he and his family – he has four children – moved into this house that was designed with much of his work literally embedded in the walls.

James Dean on the set of 'Rebel without a Cause', 1955

Bob Willoughby: Hollywood's first behind the scenes photographer

He was the photographer who brought documentary photojournalism to Hollywood. In doing so, Bob Willoughby changed the way film stars would be portrayed for ever.
Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress and veil were decorated with drawings done by her six children (File photo)

How to make your children's artwork last forever

Angelina Jolie's wedding dress was decorated with her children's artwork, but there are even more 'creative' ways of advertising your offspring's scribbles, says Gillian Orr

American Impressionism: An exhibition shows how Monet and Degas influenced a generation of artists

An exhibition in Edinburgh shows how the big impressionists influenced a generation of American artists. There are treasures among the imitations

Exile Josef Koudelka travelled across Europe to photograph its Romani people

A year after Russian tanks ploughed into Prague in August 1968, Josef Koudelka found himself exiled in London. His photographs of the Soviet-led invasion had been published around the world, and a return to his homeland was considered a risk, reprisals for his work being a very real threat.

Gothic revival: artist Dave McKean’s poster for Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

Gillian Orr traces the movement from Stoker to Kate Bush and asks why we're so drawn to the dark side

Matthew Dalziel & Louise Scullion, artists: 'We wanted to say something about the economical way birds live'

The duo's work is showing in two galleries concurrently as part of Generation Scotland and includes a piece based on their close observation of birds at Fowlsheugh, the second-biggest colony of sea birds in Scotland

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