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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.

Priceless collection of prints is American publisher's retiring gift to Tate

An America print publisher who worked with some of the greatest names in contemporary art for nearly half a century has given the Tate the largest gift of such works since its print collection began.

'Neglected' black artist recognised at last

Once he was ranked alongside David Hockney, Ron Kitaj, Peter Phillips and Derek Boshier as one of the founders of British pop art. Frank Bowling, the silver medallist from the Royal Academy's celebrated class of 62, however, has been suffering from "benign neglect" in Britain ever since.

Hockney attacks 'bossy' Labour over smoking ban

David Hockney, one of Britain's greatest living artists, has made an outspoken attack on the Government over its plans to introduce a ban on smoking in public places.

Two old classmates and the modern art of exhibitionism

Allen Jones may have done all the work, but it was his former art school contemporary David Hockney who commanded the lion's share of the attention yesterday.

The North is a state of mind

`When I first came South, it was an odd place. For a start, it was full of the middle classes'

Hanging out for real art

Get those framed posters out of your trolley - you can afford to buy the bona fide product, says CHARLOTTE MULLINS

The Broader Picture: A return to Victorian values

IN 1989, the artist Noel Myles went to an exhibition of 19th- century photographs at the Royal Academy and was captivated by their delicate, tactile qualities: the way that the image appeared to rest on the surface of the paper and to occupy physically the fibres of which it was composed. He was so captivated, in fact, that he moved away from his habitual reliance on etching and drawing techniques and - with the aid of a grant from the University of East London - began to research Victorian photographic processes.

Is this the end of the real blonde?

BLONDES MAY have more fun, but not for very much longer. One of the 20th century's most revered icons is expected to be an endangered species by the the end of the next millennium.

British masters on show in miniature

AN EXHIBITION featuring original works by some of Britain's greatest contemporary artists opened in London yesterday, but all the paintings were only one inch wide.

Come in, the water's lovely

Forget turquoise squares: the new generation of pools is organic - and deeply fashionable. DOMINIC LUTYENS takes a dip

33% Off entry to Royal Academy of Arts

The Independent and Independent on Sunday have teamed up with the Royal Academy of Arts to offer you a saving of 33% off entry into the Summer Exhibition 99. This exclusive offer entitles readers of The Independent entry to the exhibition for only pounds 5, a saving of pounds 2.50 on the normal ticket price of pounds 7.50.
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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

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