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Art review: Yayoi Kusama, White Infinity Nets

What is obsession? Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, now 84, has been making the Infinity Net series for more than half a century – delicate white nets painted onto large canvases. They appear to be both a symptom of the mental illness that has dogged her since childhood, and a sign of her continuing power to overcome it through art.

Artwork 'Au Naturel' by British artist Sarah Lucas

Art review: Sarah Lucas, Situation - There are boobs and bum aplenty, but there is also a point

Zoe Pilger reviews feminist artist Sarah Lucas's first major solo exhibition

Art review: Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

What is it? Zaha Hadid’s renovation and extension of an 1805 gunpowder store, turning it into a new Serpentine gallery in London’s Hyde Park. The project cost £14.5 million.

The wizardry of Oz: Charles Meere’s ‘Australian Beach Pattern’ (1940)

Australia’s day in the sun, at the Royal Academy of Arts

It’s been a long time coming, but the Royal Academy’s survey of Australian art hosts some glorious work, and tells the fascinating story of a country struggling with its identity – and reconciling itself with its past

An image by bureaubetak chosen by Kylie Minogue

Review: Instagram: Power of Beauty - Exhibition fails to put the 'art' in Smartphone

The images curated by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Jared Leto are not art except in the ad-hoc sense that anything can be art with an Instagram filter on it

Exhibition review: Victoriana - The Art of Revival, Guildhall Art Gallery, London

What is it? The first major  exhibition to examine Victorian revivalism in its many varied and popular forms; features work by 28 contemporary artists including Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Paula Rego and Polly Morgan.

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 winner: Apocalypse (My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care) (2013) by Slovakian artist Svetlana Fialova

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013: The winning picture by Svetlana Fialova is a canny but misguided choice

Apocalypse (My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care) (2013) by Slovakian artist Svetlana Fialova, 28, has been announced as this year’s winner of the biggest drawing prize in the UK. It is a canny but misguided choice.

Crazy in the head: Yumiko Utsu’s ‘Octopus Portrait’ (2009)

A riveting return to Victorian values

Contemporary artists have drawn much inspiration from the fascinations, obsessions and contradictions of the Victorian age, as Adrian Hamilton finds out at the most enthralling exhibition of the year so far

Hellish clever: Rauschenberg’s Canto XIV, XXI and II in Drawings from ‘The Inferno’

Charles Darwent on Rauschenberg, XXXIV Drawings for Dante's 'Inferno': Bath-house tales that scrub up nicely

Illustrating a literary masterpiece, Robert Rauschenberg converts mass produced images into fragile artworks

Bob Dylan's 'Nina Felix' - part of the exhibition 'Bob Dylan: Face Value' at the National Portrait Gallery

Review: Bob Dylan, Face Value - The musician-turned-artist's portraits have a lyrical side

“The empty handed painter from your streets / Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets,” Bob Dylan sang on his 1965 hit "It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue". While Dylan, now 72, is loved by millions for creating songs with such depth, anger, and poetry, he has also always been a visual artist, albeit a private one.

Omer Fast mixes war footage and re-enactment at the Imperial War Museum

Visual art review: 5,000 Feet is the Best - How truth and fiction became blurred

Why does fuzzy footage signify reality to us? And can we trust our eyes in a world where film is full of such clever tricks?

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Charles Darwent on Art Everywhere: Look out! Someone's trying to sell you art

The money behind this project to publicise the nation’s favourite artworks would have been better spent on helping cash-strapped institutions

All in good taste: ‘Platonischer Mond’ (2002) by Franz West

Please do touch: Franz West brings mischief to Inverleith House, Edinburgh

A major exhibition at the Edinburgh Festival features the collaborative ventures of the late Austrian artist Franz West. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the works and Adrian Hamilton joins in the fun

Charles Darwent on the Edinburgh Art Festival: It's war and peace in the living room

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Edinburgh Festival 2013: Summerhall, Fringe venue 26

Described by some as the most overly hyped show of the Edinburgh Festival, Gregor Schneider heads the bill of visual artists at Fringe venue 26, Summerhall. Süßer Duft  (sweet scent) does not, however, disappoint. Schneider brings his particular mixture of visual/sensory and performative elements together to produce a work that will linger long in the mind, I am sworn to secrecy but this is a work that you will not forget.

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