But is it art? Lucie-Smith with mass-produced objects in the style of Hirst

Get your own Hirst for just £1.86!

An exhibition uses readymade objects to question the excesses of the contemporary art market

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The print was created this year as part a 150-edition collection. Each print has been signed by the artist in the lower right-hand corner. They sell for £550 each but can be rented from Rise Art for £45 per month.

Can't afford a modern master? Rent it instead

An art website lets you try before you buy

Cheer up! It’s Not the End of the World .., Edinburgh Printmakers

According to the Mayan calendar, we have until 21 December and that’s it. With that in mind, Norman and Sarah Manning Shaw have collected apocalyptic images from Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and younger artists such as American Ricky Allman whom they discovered on the internet.

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The guests arrived intoxicated by success and danced through the night

Seasick Steve

Everybody's talking about...Strummer of Love Festival

Blackdown Hills, Somerset

Witnesses describe shock at seeing Tate Modern death fall

Witnesses have described their horror at seeing a man plunge to his death at the Tate Modern.

Damien Hirst with Kids Company's founder Camilla Batmanghelidjh and children spin-painting in Covent Garden

Make your own Damien Hirst... along with the artist himself

They have been described by his most irascible critics as "junk food", created by anonymous helpers and easy to reproduce. Yesterday, a bunch of primary school children had their own go at making Damien Hirst artworks.

A spinning wheel and a splodge of paint – how hard can a 'Hirst' be?

Liam O'Brien joins the artist at a workshop for the Kids Company charity in London

Hirst collaborates with children on new spin painting

Britain’s richest living artist helped a bunch of children muck around with paint in London’s Covent Garden today.

Fiona Rae's 'We Go in Search of Our Dream'

Fiona Rae, Maybe You Can Live on the Moon in the Next Century, Leeds Art Gallery

Fiona Rae describes her love of painting thus: "You get to invent a world and you get to be in charge of what happens in that world. And you don't really get to do that in life, do you?" She smiles at the camera and continues to work on the lilac space around a pink Hallmark-esque heart, superimposed on the canvas. A lime-green thread appears, faintly, under her brush.

Peake form: the artist in his studio

In The Studio: Eddie Peake, artist

'My strategy was simple. I never said no to anything'

Emin's work at Margate

Damien Hirst: Two Weeks One Summer, White Cube Bermondsey, London; Tracey Emin: She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, Turner Contemporary, Margate

The sharks are circling Damien while Tracey displays a quiet maturity in her latest work

My Secret Life: Polly Morgan, 32, artist

My parents were... My mum was a grafter and my dad very imaginative. I hope I've inherited both those qualities.

Fiona Rae in her studio in London

In The Studio: Fiona Rae, artist

'My husband encouraged me to be more myself – to be what I'm really like...'

Kissing policemen by Banksy

Turner, Bacon, Freud, Constable? No, Britain is Banksy country

A thousand artists were asked to name the work best expressing national identity. Their choice was surprising

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