Arts and Entertainment This artwork by Banksy was found covered in brown paint earlier this week

Two artworks by the graffiti artist were tampered with in Utah

The portrait that Van Gogh did not want the world to see

For more than 120 years, the image of the peasant woman lay undiscovered. Her creator, the Dutch master Vincent van Gogh, must have assumed she would be hidden forever.

Priceless! Art's great disasters

As the star exhibit in Tracey Emin's Royal Academy show is accidentally smashed to smithereens, Sophie Morris relives the excruciating incidents and mishaps that left 12 masterpieces in tatters

Graffiti: Street art – or crime?

A group of south London graffiti artists were jailed last week for up to two years for defacing public property. Yet as they begin their sentences, their work is to be championed by a New York gallery.

Has Banksy's real identity been discovered at last?

The 10-year quest to discover the true identity of the underground artist known as Banksy has become almost as captivating as his stylised graffiti which has popped up unannounced on buildings across the world.

Melbourne draws up graffiti protection plan

Street graffiti in central Melbourne, including paintings by the British artist Banksy, could be given national heritage status by the Australian National Trust.

After Tate dispute, graffiti artist makes the capital his canvas

For his London debut, the Parisian photographic graffiti artist JR is thinking big. The photograffeur wanted to paste a giant blow-up of one of his images on to the 325ft tower at the Tate Modern. But when the gallery refused, JR decided to stage a wider exhibition of his work across the capital.

Blek le Rat: This is not a Banksy

It may look like the work of the secretive Briton who's hot property across the globe but this is actually by the French street artist Blek le Rat. And he's been bringing his brand of politicised graffiti to a wall near you for almost 30 years. Here we publish a selection of his iconic images. Words by Charlotte Philby

London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Set your heart on a little bit of affordable art

Pandora: Treasury still servicing Labour's 'love nests'

They became known as the "disgrace and favour" residences. David Blunkett charmed the particulars off a blonde estate agent at his taxpayer-funded safe house in South Eaton Place, Belgravia. Meanwhile, at the 18th-century Admiralty House apartments, John Prescott held extended diary meetings with his secretary.

Editor-At-Large: Women, you can have it all – just not at the same time

Having a baby at 40 is increasingly the only sensible option for a growing band of educated wealthy southerners

Move over, Banksy: Meet the next generation of artists coming up from the street

Thanks to Banksy, there's money - lots of it - in illegal wall painting. But can artists who made their names on the streets keep their credibility when the galleries flash their cash?

One law for Banksy, another for the rest

Council gives the graffiti artist's work special treatment

Brian Haw: the West End show

First came the demonstration, then it was the exhibition, now it's...

Space to Draw, Jerwood Space, London

Drawing room drama where nothing is at it seems

O little (divided) town of Bethlehem

This year's traditional nativity scenes reflect the bitter </p><p>conflict raging in the Holy Land: a separation barrier divides the wise men from the baby Jesus. Donald Macintyre reports
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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

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Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen