Hirst dispenses with the formaldehyde

Artist reverts to the paint brush for new exhibition at the Wallace Collection

'Are Hirst's paintings any good? No, they're not worth looking at'

If it were not for his prodigious fame, would Damien Hirst's canvases be exhibited at London's hallowed Wallace Collection? Of course not, says Tom Lubbock. The man simply can't paint

Tom Sutcliffe: Art with the Midas touch

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Pop life: Art in a Material World, Tate Modern, London

In a Warholian world where more is more, Jeff Koons has plenty to brag about ... or has he?

Damien Hirst in vicious feud with teenage artist over a box of pencils

Millionaire gets young rival banned from galleries after taking exception to prank played on him

Old Masters make Hirst look so last year

What's old is new again in the art market. Not long after being put in the shade by record-breaking prices being achieved by works from contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst, Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon, Old Masters are back.

Exquisite Bodies, Wellcome Collection, London

Exquisite Bodies may be the name of a surrealist game of figure drawing, but stark, staring realism confronts us in this show of anatomical models. The subject is now a theme of art (Damien Hirst) and family fun (Gunther von Hagens), but the Wellcome Collection is still treading warily – for the first time, it bars admission to those under 18, though Von Hagens' next spectacle is open to all (the under-fives get in free).

Gordon Burn: Writer whose work ranged from highly original novels to accounts of the lives of serial killers

A bit more than a year ago, Gordon Burn was still winding down, having recently completed an extraordinary intellectual feat. He had written, in just six weeks, a unique and subtly brilliant meta-narrative called Born Yesterday: The News As A Novel. Obviously, it had to be written quickly, because the point was for the reader to see these people – Blair, Brown, The McCanns, Reg Keys, Kate Middleton, the stars of the news of the summer of 2007 – freshly transformed into a single tale, having been churned around in the mind of a writer and dog-walker called Gordon.

My Secret Life: Maia Norman

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Philip Hensher: The ugly cost of a sexy new look

Abercrombie & Fitch, the knickers-and-T-shirt emporium, is not really in the business of tact or good taste. Its CEO, Mike Jeffries, is a gentleman capped and tweaked within an inch of his life, and, in his mid-60s, apparently says "dude" a lot. In an interview from three years ago, he explained the A&F target market. "In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids," he says.

Edinburgh Film Festival: Inside the Art house

Two films about the art world will be among the highlights of the Edinburgh Film Festival. The directors tell James Mottram why the time is right for their insider portraits of creative hotbeds

Powerful pigments: An exhibition dedicated to colour

Tate Liverpool's latest exhibition dedicated to colour is dazzling. But they could have thrown even more into the mix, says Tom Lubbock

Pandora: Ramsay begs Mills PR to end the nightmares

Ever since November, when a red-top newspaper accused Gordon Ramsay of liaising with so-called "professional mistress" Sarah Symonds – a one-time favourite of Jeffrey Archer – the chef has been faced with a veritable parade of negative headlines.

The Diary: Damien Hirst; Fi Glover; Cindy Sherman; Queer Up North; Espresso Book Machine

Damien Hirst's been hard at work these days, apparently, not pickling things or "delegating" work to his assistants but staging a dramatic return to good old-fashioned painting.
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