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Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

Travel Agenda: World Ski and Snowboard festival; Palais de Tokyo; San Giorgio hotel

Tomorrow: The World Ski and Snowboard festival is under way in the Canadian resort of Whistler, with freelate-night music events, art and fashion exhibitions, and extreme sports bringing the season to a jubilant close until 22 April (wssf.com).

<i>Bridge (White Curve - Green and Yellow Bus)</i> by Tim Davies (2009-11)

Artists' Postcards: A Compendium, By Jeremy Cooper

Of interest to students of art and deltiologists (collectors of postcards) alike, Jeremy Cooper's extensively illustrated book provides the first critical study of the place of the humble postcard in the history of art.

Maverick Sabre says: 'I still find jazz a big influence on the whole process of discovery in my work.'

Cultural Life: Maverick Sabre, musician

Music: Recently I've been listening to a record with Ella Fitzgerald on one side and Billie Holiday on the other side, and lots of music by Ahmad Jamal. I'm really into old jazz; I find it quite relaxing. It stems from when I was about 14 years old and getting into hip-hop producing. I used to listen to short little tunes that came from samples. So I still find jazz a big influence on the whole process of discovery in my work.

Francis Bacon painting could fetch £25m

A Francis Bacon painting that has been held in a private collection for more than 30 years could fetch as much as £25 million when it goes on sale next month.

Monumenta: Anish Kapoor Grand Palais Paris 11 May-23Jun

When it comes to art, the Brazilians know what they like... lots of it

The South American country leads the way with the most popular art exhibitions in the world

The rock, part of Michael Heizer’s work Levitated Mass, at a quarry in Riverside

An 11-day tour, a huge entourage and traffic at a standstill: another ageing rock star hits LA

340-tonne block of granite completes epic journey to become city's latest landmark

Gage: he belonged to a generation of scholars that saw a wide span of historical knowledge and engagement with foreign-language cultures as essential to art history's standing as a science

John Gage: Art historian who established himself as anunrivalled scholar of Turner

The art history world has suffered a grievous loss in the person of John Gage, who has died at the age of 73. A scholar of immense range and erudition, he will beremembered chiefly for his ground-breaking contributions to the study of JMW Turner and to the history of colour. His 1987 monograph, JMW Turner: A Wonderful Range of Mind, stands out as much the finest account of the artist and of the visual and intellectual interests that shaped his work. Colour and Culture: Practice and Meaning fromAntiquity to Abstraction (1993), the fruit of more than 30 years' research andreflection, established him unquestionably as the pre-eminent historian of artistic uses and theories of colour in western cultures. Translated into five languages, the book is the standard reference source on the subject andhas found a wide readership outside academia. In 1994 it received theprestigious Mitchell Prize for the History of Art.

Contemporary Art Society to stage leap day fundraiser

The Contemporary Art Society, a leading light for the promotion of modern art in Britain, is tomorrow auctioning off 44 works by some of the biggest names in the art world, including Paula Rego, Spencer Tunick and Bob & Roberta Smith.

Inside the artist’s studio: Anne Hardy

British artist Anne Hardy photographs large-scale interior spaces which she carefully constructs over several months. Using complex camera techniques, reflections and painstaking positioning of objects, she conjures still life images that look as if a person has just stepped out of them and paint vivid portraits of that imaginary occupant.

'The Card Players' by Paul Cezanne sold for £160m earlier this month. The work painted in the 1890s was bought by the Gulf emirate of Qatar

Rich art collectors 'know the price of everything – and the value of nothing'

Bonhams' head of contemporary art tells Nick Clark that works are being treated simply as investments

David Shrigley plays with anatomy - just like Damien Hirst

David Shrigley: Brain Activity, Hayward Gallery,
London

The master of whimsy wears his art-school credentials on his sleeve, but his ideas feel derivative and the jokes wear thin

A sketch done by Paul

Is it art – or science? The robotic Rubens that redefines portraiture

Nick Clark sits for Paul, the computer with a head for figures

Picture preview: London Art Fair

The UK's largest art fair for Modern British and contemporary art begins today in London.

Lively made a dame for services to literature

New Year Honours: The Arts

The effect is to replicate the pixellation techniques used in the media to prevent identification of victims of sex crimes

Banksy sculpture targets church sex abuse

A sculpture of a "vandalised" priest by the underground artist Banksy has gone on display today alongside 17th-century Old Masters.

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