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Why should we be surprised that Lowry had a dark side? As an artist, it's a natural part of the terrain

Next year, Tate Britain will hold its first major exhibition of Lowry after an extended metropolitan snobbery. What is to be gained by dismissing him as a sadist?

Death on display in new Wellcome Collection exhibition celebrating the inevitable

Celebrating death is an odd concept for an exhibition, but a new show in London on the topic that many people would rather avoid is at times beautiful, macabre, harrowing, comforting and funny.

'The Rape of Europa' predates the portraits for which Sir Peter Lely is famous

IoS art review: Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision, Courtauld Gallery, London

The mythological and biblical scenes of the artist's early career reveal a painter with a passion for erotic drama

Macy Gray performing live at the Leicester Square Theatre in July

Cultural Life: Macy Gray, Singer

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Total Immersion: Oliver Knussen at 60, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican

It wasn’t the packed gallery, it was the row upon row of composers in the stalls whose presence indicated the importance of the Barbican’s ‘total immersion’ weekend devoted to the works of Oliver Knussen for his sixtieth birthday.

Southern beauty: sunrise over Adelaide

Adelaide: A city of grids and gardens in South Australia

The state capital fully justifies its reputation for enlightened elegance

Dominic West and Miranda Raison

First Night: The River, Royal Court Theatre, London

Lyrical and sublime, Butterworth’s triumph is the hottest ticket in town

Museum of London head inspired 'to leave body to medical science' by dissection exhibition

Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men which opens tomorrow has had a profound effect on Sharon Ament

'Alençon' 1823

Cotman in Normandy, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

A much-loved British watercolourist paved the way with his daring, continental tendencies

A limestone carving by US artist William Edmondson

Frieze, Regent's Park, London

If the work doesn't grab you, there's always the bin ...

Great Works: Bust of a Laughing Boy, by Desiderio da Settignano

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

A collection of Andy Warhol drawings will go on show at the Frieze Art Fair in London, and in a new book

Unseen Warhol sketches go on show in London

Andy Warhol's name may be synonymous with mass production, but the 20th-century pop artist is set to be seen in a new light following the discovery of hundreds of his delicate drawings from the 1950s.

Victor Frankenstein - voiced by Charlie Tahan - with Sparky, his dead dog

First Night: Frankenweenie, The Odeon, Leicester Square, London Film Festival

Burton dazzles as always but fails to breathe life into his latest creation

The Turner Prize 2012, Tate Britain, London

Another year, another gladiatorial contest, racked with anguish and ambition – but at least 2012's entries have some merit

Chris Ofili: To Take and to Give, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Multiple refractions, you might say. Ofili and other poets and artists recently took part in a show of paintings, poems, set designs and costumes at the National Gallery based on a trio of great paintings by Titian.

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