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A renowned sculptor and architect, both from Britain, were among the five artists to receive the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award, dubbed the “Japanese Nobel,” which comes with a cheque for £100,000.

Portfolio: John Kasmin has collected postcards of beggars from around the world

"Beggars made good subjects for cards," explains the Bond Street gallerist John Kasmin of the reason these motley sorts adorn myriad postcards he has collected from around the world. "Exaggerated characters or heartstring-pullers, they knew how to pose, how to present the face, the posture of neediness, dereliction, despair – it was their livelihood, this ability."

Visual art book review: Art Now! Vol 4, Edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth

Think of this as a tour of the world's most influential galleries: if it's hot in the art world today, it's in this book.

For the past eight years David Hockney's presence in the Yorkshire seaside town has brought a much needed waft of glamour and international attention to the resort

Could shock death of David Hockney's friend and studio assistant Dominic Elliott
cause Bridlington's most famous resident
to end domestic exile in Yorkshire?

Tragedy has brought unwanted media attention to the remote doorstep of the Pop Art pioneer

In pictures: Ossie Clark reigns again as the King of the King's Road

The King of the King’s Road reigns again this spring as a collection of photographs celebrating Ossie Clark goes on display in London.

The sisters portrayed in a recently identified watercolour

Discontent in 'Brontë country' as Thornton takes on Haworth as the 'true birthplace' of the famous sisters

Ever since the Brontë Parsonage Museum was founded in 1928 the Yorkshire tourism mecca  of Haworth has been a the undisputed capital of "Bronte Country".

The 10 Best documentary DVDs

It’s possible to lose yourself for hours - in some cases, weeks - to these beautifully shot non-fiction films...

Billy Connolly
David Hockney - Royal Academy: A Bigger Picture brought together 150 Hockney works, many from the past eight years. It was met with huge acclaim and pre-booking for the show, which opened in January, sold out to March. Almost 10,000 new 'friends' signed up and opening hours were extended.

The blockbuster Brits and the financial renaissance of our struggling galleries

'Friendship schemes' are proving to be an increasingly lucrative source of income for the top arts venues

The most generous philanthropist was artist David Hockney, who gave away more than twice his residual wealth of £34m by donating works valued at £78.1m,
together with £730,000 in cash through the David Hockney Foundation

Hockney tops list of givers – but charities warn of tougher times

UK's richest give highest proportion of wealth in a decade but philanthropic trend may be at risk

Garrett says: 'Opera is the greatest artistic collaboration known to mankind'

Lesley Garrett: 'I lost my voice in the middle of an opera; I thought my career was over'

I was shunned by the opera world when I began appearing in musicals There is still a powerful snobbery in the opera hierarchy and because I decided to do a musical or two, such as Carousel and The Sound of Music, all the doors suddenly closed to the opera houses, which surprised me. I believe their thinking is that once a singer departed from the prescribed operatic route, they become contaminated.

Frederick G Tutton's 'Dessert' (c1923)

Calling the shots: Still-life photography

An exhibition of still-life photography in Bath reveals how a new artform successfully challenged the supremacy of painting, says Adrian Hamilton

'Ascetics Making Music, Depicting the Musical Mode Kedara Raga', Arki, late 17th century

A passion for India

The Ashmolean's new exhibition of Indian art from Howard Hodgkin's private collection is inspired by his love of the country. By Adrian Hamilton

'Ascetics Making Music, Depicting the Musical Mode Kedara Raga', Arki, late 17th century

A passion for India

The Ashmolean's new exhibition of Indian art from the private collection of Howard Hodgkin is inspired by his love of the country

Fish and chip shop: Sold for: £20,000

Fifty years of Hockney are sold in one night

Bidders scramble for a piece of Britain's 'greatest living artist'

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there