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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.

Record £5m price for Hockney

A David Hockney painting fetched a record price of nearly $8m at auction.

David Hockney: Drawing in a Printing Machine, Annely Juda, London

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David Hockney: Just Nature, Museum Wurth, Swabisch Hall, Germany

Now here's a curious fact. If you want to really understand what David Hockney has been pouring his energies into these past several years, you need to visit a museum in a small, medieval town in Swabia. Why could this not have happened in England? The question hangs in the air, waiting for a collective response from the curators of England's great cultural institutions.

Emin bids to save £50m paintings

Tracey Emin will today deliver an artists' petition to Downing Street in a bid to save two paintings by the Renaissance master Titian for the nation.

Terence Blacker: Why do people have to be such wusses?

Onstage, the former candidate for the governorship of Texas inhaled happily and illegally on a fat cigar and confided his thoughts about the wussification of our culture. Kinky Friedman, the country 'n' western star, novelist and politician, is touring the UK, and was pausing between songs while his guitarist replaced a string.

Painter sees red: Is David Hockney the grumpiest man in Britain?

The smoking ban, 'hair-shirted' talk of climate change and now a government threat to criminalise drawings of naked children: the artist is disgusted by them all. By Andy McSmith

Faux feminisim: Is comtemporary art paying too much attention to work that should be ignored?

"When I am an old woman," begins one of the nation's favourite poems, "I shall wear purple/ with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me." And it goes on in that vein, listing an assortment of charming but harmless eccentricities, quite as if they were the last word in senior troublemaking. But how about this: when I am an old woman, I shall stand stark naked, legs akimbo, with a desperate look and a pistol in each hand, one pointed at the viewer, the other at my own head.

A life in print: Susannah Frankel meet Celia Birtwell

Her designs for Topshop smashed high-street sales records, and the clothes she created with her husband Ossie Clark remain the epitome of Sixties' style. Now Celia Birtwell is back – with a dazzling new collection that shows she's still at the top of her game. Susannah Frankel gets a sneak preview

Jeremy Langmead: 'I've avoided the minimalist approach to interior design'

As a former editor of the interiors magazine 'Wallpaper', people expect Jeremy Langmead to decorate his home in minimalist style. That's why he's done quite the opposite

XXXUrban gardener, Cleve West: Mass wisteria

Fresh from college, with hopes for a successful sporting career now as likely as England ever winning the World Cup again, it was time to enter the real world.

Hockney's angry old men

Planned royalty on sales will smother market in 'red tape', says painter

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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