News Brian Sewell, art critic

The revelation by Brian Sewell, the London Evening Standard's eminent art critic, that he had an affair in 1963 with the strenuously heterosexual Tatler editor Mark Boxer sent shockwaves around the art and journalistic worlds.

Observations: RSA's sideswipe at Turner Prize

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) was founded in 1754 by William Shipley, an art master known less as an artist than a cultivateur modeste, whose idea it was to make Britain a centre for intellectual advancements in the arts and sciences. Housed in a grand Georgian house just off the Strand, its Great Room is graced with James Barry's cycle of history paintings, The Progress of Human Culture. Members have included Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, William Hogarth, Charles Dickens, Guglielmo Marconi.

Whatever happened to the Turner Prize?

Critics have panned the shortlist for the award that once epitomised the best of British contemporary art and say it's had its day. Andrew Johnson reports

Death: art's final taboo

While artists have always explored aspects of mortality, there has been a recent surge in exhibitions – from starving dogs to photographs of terminally ill people – that dare to examine the subject as never before. Andrew Johnson reports

Drive: Audi A8 to Dorset

Check controls, prepare for take-off

Transgressions: the offences of art, by Anthony Julius

Shocking art may thrill punters - and critics - but it can't destroy taboos, argues Deborah Levy

The Information On: `Van Dyck 1599-1641'

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Let Dover stew in its disgusting narrow-mindedness and prejudice

THE WORD "influx" is defined in The Concise Oxford Dictionary as meaning a "flowing in of persons or things". And it is the watery word that the BBC is currently using - unapostrophised - to describe the entry to Britain of asylum-seekers. Reporters for the corporation evidently observe a land into which a constant stream of foreigners runs; gentle but irresistible.

Arts: Come to the aid of the arty

The aerial doughnuts are off, but the Articultural Fair will still have cakes, absinthe, sheep and Tracey Emin

Monitor: Wedding of Victoria Adams and David Beckham

Tabloid opinion on the celebrity `marriage of the year' between the Spice Girl singer and the England footballer

Comedy: Get your Nietzsche out for the lads, then

League Against Tedium Lyric Studio, London

Peter York on ads: Not potty enough

NO 272: TANGO

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Will a regional accent hinder your career progress? By Kate Hilpern

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The Guillotine: 1 - Terence Rattigan: Goodbye to all that

A new weekly series wonders which of the artists we value will last into the next century
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America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

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Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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