Critic's View: The Brit Awards, O2 Arena, London

It was crying out for Cocker, Ross... even Gervais

Damien Hirst at a preview for his exhibition 'Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011' at the Gagosian Gallery

Hirst rewards lovers of his hot spots

Intrepid fans who made 30,000 mile pilgrimage win prints that could be worth thousands

Damien Hirst's 'Myristyl Acetate' from The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011 at the Gagosian Gallery in New York

Still dotty about Damien Hirst

As Damien Hirst's Spot Paintings go on display at 11 Gagosian galleries worldwide, Adrian Hamilton visits the two London shows and finds real pleasure in their playfulness

Michel Hazanavicius' next film will be a remake of the 1948 film The Search
Pictures from home: Bamako, Mali 1948-1963, is a weighty new coffee-table book from Steidl that collects previously unpublished portraits from the archives of Seydou Keïta - whose stylised studio shots documented life in his hometown in the colony of French Sudan, then a bustling transport route to Dakar - with some of his most celebrated work. £86; steidlville.com

Letters: Hirst is no 'great', nor a craftsman

Michael Petry misses the point when he counters David Hockney's criticism of Damien Hirst by citing other artists who used assistants to help create their works ("Assistants were always used by the greats", 3 January).

Michael Petry: Assistants were always used by the greats

Most artists neither grind their own pigments nor make the canvas they use. The notion of the studio and assistants goes back hundreds of years.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991

Has Damien Hirst jumped the shark?

Tate Modern will host the artist's first British retrospective next year. But critics are divided about whether he deserves it

Big space, big art, big ego

Jay Jopling is an unstoppable force in British art. As he prepares to open Europe's largest commercial gallery, Rob Sharp examines his influence

Big space, big art, big ego

Jay Jopling is an unstoppable force in British art. As he prepares to open Europe's largest commercial gallery, Rob Sharp examines his influence

Hirst returns to his home town to cries of 'spiritual bankruptcy'

Damien Hirst might have won over the most powerful figures in the art world with his provocative, if repetitive, imagery, but his former art college tutors are unimpressed with his morbid, money-obsessed style, claiming it is "spiritually bankrupt" and "unsexy".

Andy Warhol goes to work on an egg

As a new Tate exhibition will show, the godfather of Pop Art underwent a radical change of direction late in life. Andrew McCorkell reports

Skateboards: Hirst on wheels... yours for £1,200

Artist taps into the cool designer skateboard market, but the exorbitant prices he is charging have infuriated aficionados.
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Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
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What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

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Adrian Heath's American dream...

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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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