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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.

Where a pencil or a brush can caress the figure of a loved one, a camera can only snap at it. Indeed the language used by photographers of their art is often one of subjugation.

"People are very naive about photography," said David Hockney last Tuesday, at the press conference to launch an exhibition of his drawings at the Royal Academy. He was responding, in thinly veiled fashion, to the news that a newsreader had been interviewed in connection with nude pictures taken of her seven-year-old daughter. Hockney's indignation was understandable but the implications of what he went on to say were a little puzzling. Pointing out that he encountered few "warm depictions of a human being" these days, he noted that "the person who was trying to make warm depictions of a human being was arrested by the police". He then announced that he had in his pocket a picture of a little girl in "a highly provocative pose". He was referring to a postcard of a Fragonard painting, in which a young girl is shown naked, legs drawn up to her chest and a small lap dog dangling between her knees, its tail brushing against her genitals.

Letter: Art of drawing

From Mr Robert Tilling

Life beyond the drawing board


Hockney attacks 'philistines' over Somerville arrest

Pornography debate: Artist launches broadside against Boots, police and Parliament for attitudes to child photography

Ever the boy wonder

As a major retrospective of the work of David Hockney opens at the Royal Academy

A retreat far from the madding crowd

At the end of mud tracks, on the edge of woods and cliffs, isolated houses are commanding high prices. And as Rosalind Russell discovers, the more basic they are the better

city slicker Bradford

Bradford is booming culturally this week as the annual arts festival reaches its climax. But is there anything other than Hockney to draw you to the city?


David Hockney is famed for his sudden changes of artistic direction. But even his biggest fans may be surprised by his latest series - 45 oil paintings of his two dachshunds. As they go on show in Britain, he explains to Jon Stock why the death of several


Poor old David Hockney must be wondering if it is him. First his adopted home of Los Angeles gets torn apart by riots, now his West Yorkshire birthplace gets roughed up.

Television : Cold comfort for Yentob & co

THE most gripping thing on television this week was a lecture. No wait, come back: blood was spilt. The idea of a distinguished figure from the world of broadcasting addressing an audience of invited bigwigs might not seem pregnant with dramatic p ossibilities, but Monday's Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture (BBC2) was a stormer. Top-ranking dramatist and adaptor Andrew Davies (of Middlemarch and House of Cards fame) looks like David Hockney's less dissolute younger brother. He took to the lectern taste fullycolour co-ordinated in blue shirt, yellow jacket and green spectacles. By the time he left it, the studio was piled high with the bodies of his enemies.

Sotheby's sales top forecasts

CONTEMPORARY art turned in a string of price sensations at Sotheby's last night.

Exhibition of Hockney drawings

David Hockney at an exhibition of his drawings which opens on Wednesday at Salts Mill, Saltaire, near Bradford Hockney's new show, page 3.

OPERA / Lost beyond recall: Bayan Northcott on a revived Rake's Progress at Glyndebourne

Nineteen years on - how distant it now all seems] Stravinsky just five years gone and Auden, too; and in the homely little opera house, the crackling fanfare to The Rake's Progress launched by a still barely middle-aged Bernard Haitink conducting only his third opera. The delicious shock of the new when the curtain rose on sets and costumes cross-hatched in bright, coloured inks, as if copied from Hogarth by some precocious child. And out on the lawn at suppertime, the gathering of the David Hockney entourage, all peroxide and poses - a spectacle to rival anything in the production.

Portrait of the artist as an impressionist

'BE YOURSELF . . .' muttered Alan Bennett, as he was having his portrait painted, ' . . . baffling injunction - what they mean is imitate yourself'. He obliged, in a delightful, meandering programme which flirted ingeniously with self-parody and ideas of likeness. It was Alan Bennett to the life - not the real man, that is, but the created sensibility the name conjures up; wittily morose, deflating, both amused and angry in its nostalgia.

PHOTOGRAPHY / How flattery got Annie everywhere: Annie Leibovitz has easier access to the famous than any other photographer. That's the problem, says Giles Smith

THE PICTURES from Sarajevo come last - 12 of them in a block featuring blood and death and one grim birth, closing this retrospective of work by Annie Leibovitz, queen of the celebrity portrait, toast of Vanity Fair. The message is, there's a world of suffering out there; but coming after yards of celebs in succulent colour - athletes, politicians, rock stars, film stars, Richard Branson - you may find it arrives a little late.
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A land of the outright bizarre
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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

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Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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