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

Scottish artist's rubbish bin wins the Turner Prize

Modern art is often derided as a load of rubbish, but yesterday a Scot turned the cliche on its head, winning the top prize for contemporary art in Britain for a series of installations that include a rubbish bin.

The work of Martin Boyce was praised by the Turner judges for ‘opening a new sense of poetry’

Great Scots! For the third year running, Turner Prize is installed north of the border

Martin Boyce wins prestigious award for his 'art noir'

Minae Kim, A Structure to Maintain the Correct Distance between Two Pillars, 2010

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London

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Outsider: Always Almost, Never Quite, By Brian Sewell

Brian Sewell admires the novels of Simon Raven and this, his own Bildungsroman, shares much with the gamey world of Alms For Oblivion as well as the elegance of the prose – the collision of high and low social worlds, an astonishing variety of sexual behaviour, an amused tolerance of human foible, an admiration of beauty in all its forms, a respect for intelligence and an underlying stoicism.

Activists from Liberate Tate pouran oil-like substance over a naked group member in the middle of the Tate Britain

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Hell is the Devil's own call centre

Compulsive, obsessive, repetitive

Artists have been driven to make painstaking sculptures out of sugar cubes, fish scales and other unusual materials for a new exhibition at Towner contemporary

Islam-inspired Jameel award announces finalists

Ten artists, chosen from over 100 nominations, will be exhibiting their work at London's Victoria and Albert Museum this month.

India’s modern and contemporary art market wobbles

It looks as if the top end of the Indian modern and contemporary art market is wobbling as recent auctions in London and online have shown mixed results

Enrique Brinkmann: the poetics of silence - picture preview

A retrospective of Spanish artist Enrique Brinkmann will open in London this week as the inaugural show at a new contemporary art gallery.

Franco's art debut at Venice Biennale shelved

James Franco's metamorphosis into a modern-day Renaissance man has been unstoppable. An actor with a gamut of Hollywood films to his name, he has written a novel, returned to college, and managed to fit in charity work. Now, it seems, time pressure has finally got the better of him.

Glasgow eyes the Turner prize

When the nominations for the Turner Prize were announced recently, at least one feature of the list was rather predictable.

The heat is on for Finnish art festival

It's not often that an art installation sets your heart race racing and gets you hot and bothered. But that's something that residents of the Finnish city of Turku are going to have to get used to this summer with the arrival of SaunaLab, four genuine working saunas that also happen to be installation pieces. Dotted around the city and open to the public throughout the summer, the artist-designed saunas were commissioned as part of Turku's tenure as European Capital of Culture 2011 and are intended to update and re-imagine traditional Nordic sauna culture while presenting art to the public in an innovative and unusual way.

A Practice for Everyday Life: Young Artists from Russia, Calvert 22, London

Russian art, hung by a loose thread

Practice for Everyday Life - Young Artists from Russia

An exhibition of artwork by Russia’s finest emerging artists opens in London on Wednesday.

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