News Nigella Lawson attending the trial of her former personal assistants last year.

Police have confirmed they will take no further action against the TV cook

Double trouble: The visual language of Gary Hume and Cy Twombly is a challenge for the viewer

Chalk and cheese; chalk first. Gary Hume's Door Paintings are based on the kind of double swing doors you find in the corridors of hospitals and colleges. These simple and recognisable arrangements of circles and rectangles provide the motifs for a series of "abstract" paintings – approximately door-sized and painted in household gloss – that Hume has made from the late 1980s until now. About 20 of them are showing in Modern Art Oxford.

Charles Saatchi: a blessing or a curse for young artists?

A trio of new 'Saatchi Sensations' has been chosen. But does this guarantee a dazzling future? By Arifa Akbar

Paul Arden: Saatchi & Saatchi creative director behind many of the firm's best-known advertising campaigns

Paul Arden was a legend in the largely anonymous world of advertising. He followed Jeremy Sinclair as the chief creative in Saatchi & Saatchi through the firm's most glamorous and best-known period in the 1980s.

Tribute: A legend who was never dull, ordinary or safe

Dave Trott remembers Paul Arden, the maverick creative who rose to become one of the British advertising industry's great talents

Advertising: Attempts to nail political zeitgeist just don't ad up

It's 30 years since the Saatchis snatched the political initiative for the Conservatives. But the current Tory media onslaught isn't having the same effect, argues Mark Sellek

Art under the microscope: Mondrian's 'Victory Boogie Woogie'

The abstract artist Mondrian's last work – 600 tiny squares of paint and card – is proving a real test for conservators. Rebecca Armstrong discovers why

Bigger! Better! Richer! The golden age of advertising

The admen (and most of them were men) of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties created some of the most unforgettable images of modern times. Peter York celebrates the Golden Age of advertising

Tate snaps up Chapmans' 'Family Collection'

When Charles Saatchi first saw Jake and Dinos Chapman's sculpture of pseudo-African totems and masks bearing McDonald's logos, he hailed the work as a standard-bearer of "what great art should be" – and bought it for a reported £1m.

After 'Hell', the Chapman brothers turn their attention to 'Revelation'

Jake and Dinos Chapman, the artists whose works range from a swastika-shaped sculpture named Hell to a tableau of castrated mannequins tied to a tree, have never shied from controversy. But their latest creation – an idiosyncratic version of the Bible's most dramatic and contested book – has raised eyebrows among even their most devoted admirers.

Quinn assumes foetal position

Ever since Marc Quinn used nine pints of his own blood to create a cast of his head for Charles Saatchi's gallery more than a decade ago, his artwork has captured changing states of the human body.

Art of making money: How does a dead fish sell for £12m and who's writing all the cheques?

By what alchemy does a dead fish sell for $12m? How can a discarded leather jacket be worth $690,000? And who's writing the cheques? Don Thompson spent a year trawling the murky waters of the contemporary art market to find out

The rise and fall and rise again of the Hammer House of Horror

The homegrown blend of Victorian melodrama and gothic is back

Ottakar's rejects low-ball bid from bookshop rival HMV

Ottakar's has rejected a renewed bid by the music retailer HMV to gain control of it. HMV, which bid £97m for the bookseller in September, received regulatory approval for a takeover last week.

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