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

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Transgressions: the offences of art, by Anthony Julius

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

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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

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Comedy: Get your Nietzsche out for the lads, then

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Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

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