Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp is a freelance journalist specialising in arts and culture. He was on staff at The Independent from July 2007 to December 2011, first as a features writer, and then as the paper’s arts correspondent. He has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. For more information visit his website, www.robsharp.com or email him at rs@robsharp.com.

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British art to be showcased in Russia

Sculptures by Henry Moore and the first William Blake exhibition in Moscow will travel to Russia in a landmark cultural exchange, the British Council has announced.

Portrait of boy who calmed suicidal Freud set to sell for £4m

A painting by the late Lucian Freud that provides a fresh glimpse into his state of mind during one of the most turbulent periods in his life is expected to fetch £4m when it is sold at auction next month.

Fassbender wins best actor award in Venice

Michael Fassbender was celebrating yesterday after winning the Coppa Volpi best actor award at this year's Venice Film Festival for his role in Shame, directed by the Turner Prize-winning artist, Steve McQueen.

Barenboim coup for Proms in Olympic year

Daniel Barenboim, one of the great conductors, will lead an unprecedented series of concerts at next year's BBC Proms to mark the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

First he ranted against Judaism, now he's making a film about it

Jews outraged as Mel Gibson plans new biopic of heroic warrior Judah Maccabee

Subterranean oil tanks to be Tate's 2012 showpiece

Two subterranean oil tanks behind Tate Modern will be transformed into galleries, creating the "most exciting new space for art in the world", according to the gallery's chairman.

Bigger, bolder, brighter: show puts Hockney back on the landscape

It will be a blockbuster exhibition by Britain's greatest living artist, the biggest display ever of landscape work by David Hockney in this country – David Hockney: A Bigger Picture will open at the Royal Academy from 21 January, and celebrate Yorkshire, the county of Hockney's birth.

A decade on, PJ Harvey rises again to win second Mercury

The last time PJ Harvey won the Mercury Prize, the 11 September terrorist attacks stopped her from flying from the US to London to accept the award. Last night, nearly a decade later to the day, she was able to walk on stage to pick it up in person, making history as the only artist ever to have won it twice.

Turkey demands return of its 'Elgin marble'

V&A holds carved head removed from sarcophagus by Britain's consul-general in 1882

Fight in the museum: director accused of selling off exhibits

A dispute has broken out between the trustees of an award-winning Bristol museum and a fired former director they accuse of the unauthorised disposal of up to 150 exhibits.

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