Barnett Freedman, People, 1947

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Lyons teashops were the Starbucks of their day. In the aftermath of war, the management of the restaurant chain (the last one closed its doors in 1981) was faced with a pressing challenge: how to enliven dingy and often war-scarred interiors up and down the country without spending a fortune.

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Look, don’t touch! Ferran Adria expects adulation, not emulation

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For richer, for poorer: The Football Match (1949) sold for £5.6m in 2011

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L S Lowry turned the working class into a flat-capped mob, always on the move, never getting anywhere

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His younger friend Monet wrote that he owed "everything" to Eugène Boudin, Degas collected his paintings and Corot called him the "king of skies". But Boudin has been overshadowed by his more-famous contemporaries for too long. Now he is being shown the appreciation he deserves with a stunning exhibition in Paris that does justice to a master of the sea, sky and light.

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A free show of throwaway material may sound lightweight, but it's brighter and breezier than the heavy-handed hype

Poppy Whatmore's Champagne Days: 9.42 a.m., 2012

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It’s a surreal experience to walk into a solicitors office near Chancery Lane and find a gallery filled with contemporary art trying to provoke, as contemporary art tends to do.

Pieter by Susanne du Toit , winner of the BP Portrait Award 2013
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The visitor to this sensational new exhibition is greeted with the words: “My fellow Londoners, can’t you see how we are diminished?” 

Primitive palette: The Green Donkey by Chagall, pictured in 1977

Charles Darwent on Chagall, Modern Master - The riddle of Marc's green donkey

He was in the right place at the right time – so why is Chagall regarded as an also-ran of Modernism?

Astro Turf: Images such as Orion Deep Wide Field (2009) show us a map without edges

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For no good reason, Tate Britain has decided to show a retrospective of Patrick Caulfield alongside a general review of the work of Gary Hume. It’s a comparison that does neither  artist much favour.

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