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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.

Less paintings are more for the Academy

WHILE THERE are still the reliable cliff-top scenes in oil, floral watercolours and tired abstracts of colour in this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, there is also a key new element - space.

Books: Why it's a good idea to keep your trunks on

Waterlog by Roger Dakin Chatto pounds 15.99

Books: Keeper of the flame : Later Auden by Edward Mendelson Faber & Faber, pounds 25, 570pp

What's the last thing a great poet ought to do? Choose the right literary executor. Sean French rejoices that W H Auden made sure his work rests in good hands the right choice we knew about them. T H Barrett finds holes in the Wall holes in the Wall holes in the Wall

The man who couldn't afford art cashes in on Hockney

BRIAN BAGGOTT, an airline worker, collected more than 100 posters by David Hockney over 25 years because he could never afford an original painting or print. He got most of them for nothing. Yesterday, those same posters fetched pounds 94,335 at Christie's auction house in London.

People and Business: A large sum of Monet

MONET IN the 20th Century", which had its press day at the Royal Academy in London today, is the latest blockbuster art exhibition to be sponsored by Ernst & Young, following the accountancy firm's success with "Picasso Sculptor-Painter" (1994), "Cezanne" (1996) and "Bonnard" (1998).

Obituary: Phill Grimshaw

THE TYPE designer occupies a unique role in graphic design, creating printed lettering and alphabets which determinine the look of all visual communications, and thus much of our environment. Phill Grimshaw had just such an influence. His skills as a calligrapher and natural feel for lettering enabled him to produce a diverse range of fonts, from painterly brush scripts to formal copperplate typefaces, evoking disparate moods, effects and historic looks. He created some of the most popular typefaces of the late 20th century, including 44 complete fonts for Letraset and the International Typeface Corporation of New York (ITC).

Jeffrey Archer to sell his Warhol prints for pounds 25m

A COLLECTION of paintings and prints, worth pounds 25m, by Andy Warhol, is to be exhibited and sold in London next month by Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare.

At last, Beryl Cook's ample ladies come to life

THE EXUBERANT, ample ladies spilling out of Beryl Cook's paintings are to be brought to life in an animated sitcom that will centre on the lives of seven working class women from Plymouth Hoe, Cook's home town.

Choice: Visual Art: David Hockney: Grimm's Fairy Tales

Margrove Heritage Centre, Margrove Park, Boosbeck (01287 610368)

Dome planners add substance to style

The Millennium Dome at Greenwich is set to cost taxpayers at least pounds 750m, but what exactly will visitors get for their money? Steve Boggan reports on the first clues that began seeping out of project headquarters yesterday.


For a century, Stratford has had a theatre - but no cinema. The new Picture House was worth waiting for, says Lilian Pizzichini

The Impossibility of the Idea of Damien in the Mind of the Art Critic, Forever

(ink on paper, 2,024 words, 1997).

A brush with kidding Billy

Jan Marsh meets the evergreen satirist with a soft heart but savage art: Hogarth by Jenny Uglow, Faber, pounds 25

Not much trouble at mill

Muthena Paul Alkazraji visits a Victorian village where a worker's life was pleasant

David takes on the Philistines as Hockney displays his true colours

David Hockney, our best-known living artist, last night warned the new Prime Minister that Britain doesn't need a government of "bossy prefects", and airily suggested that Jack Straw should make legalising marijuana a priority.
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