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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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The British artist's latest exhibition is charged with a different kind of violence

Gary Hume’s How to paint a door (2013)

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One was a reluctant pop artist, the other a YBA – and each defined an era. But by uniting them, Tate Britain reveals them to be brothers-in-paint

One to watch: Sophie Robinson, Poet, 27

One to watch: Sophie Robinson, Poet, 27

There was a reason Robinson went into poetry. “I'm no good at anything else,” she says. The north-London-born poet writes about sex, love and politics.

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Necklaces made from whale ivory and fish hooks of ivory, pearl and turtle shell were part of a lavish system of gifts between Fiji’s chiefs and their first British governor in the nineteenth century.

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Art review: 55th Venice Biennale, Various venues outside the Giardini, Venice

Artist Alfredo Jaar makes the point that while 28 countries own national pavilions inside the Giardini, the remaining 60 are kept outside. Chile, his own country, has to rent its pavilion.

Marc Quinn’s sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant resurfaces as a giant inflatable

Art review: Venice Biennale - From a gondola, Art UK looks fine and dandy, but is the YBA bubble about to burst?

Venice has always been a city for showing off, so it's been business as usual at the start of this year's art Biennale as some of the richest people in the world – including François Pinault, owner of Christie's, and Victor Pinchuk, the Ukrainian billionaire – open the doors of their palazzos and throw lavish parties for their friends.

Objects such as the odd stuffed walrus, above, play off the others’ oddness

Art review: Curiosity- Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

From a giant walrus to the Pope's telescope, the Turner Contemporary's latest show is the marvel of Margate

A general view during the press preview of 'Gas Giant' by Jacob Hashimoto, an installation composed of 7500 kites as part of the 55th International Art Exhibition on May 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy.

Review: 55th Venice Biennale Giardini, Venice

While the pavilions at this year’s Biennale attempt to outdo one another in terms of architectural grandeur and artistic wackiness, to wander through them is a joy. And if the colossal range of art isn’t enough, the people-watching is fantastic.

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British Pavilion 2013

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The British Pavilion, 55 Venice Biennale, Venice

A view of an installation as part of the 'S.A.C.R.E.D' exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei during the 55th La Biennale of Venice, in the church of Sant'Antonin in Venice May 28, 2013. The exhibition, which runs till September 15, is made up of installations depicting dissident artist Weiwei's 81-day detention in 2011.
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Big Brother is watching you: Propaganda at The British Library

An intriguing new exhibition at  the British Library shows how  state propaganda has inspired  some of the most provocative and visually powerful images of the  past century. By Adrian Hamilton

Poster for 1950 film The White Haired Girl, a traditional story adapted to show how the lives of Chinese peasants were improved by the Communist Party

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The battle for hearts and minds, from Alexander to Chairman Mao, is quite hard on the eyes

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Charles Darwent on the Birth of a Collection: Oh! The beauty, the egos, the infighting

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I recently returned from the Keralan coast, South India, where the storms and power-cuts at night made the sea and sky appear as black as each other, and the lights of the fishing boats floated on the horizon like a distant city. The monsoon months are coming.

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