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The Nazis deemed works such as Otto Dix’s ‘The Match Seller’ to be degenerate

V&A to publish Hitler's 'degenerate art' list online

The inventory lists the paintings that were forbidden in Nazi Germany

A scene from Emily and the Detectives at the National Theatre
Francis Bacon's 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' is now the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, fetching a record-breaking price of $142 million.

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After Bacon's triptych sold for a record-breaking $142 million, we look at the world's most expensive artworks to have sold at auction

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Record art prices fuel Christie’s sales boom

A new generation of wealthy Chinese have become big new bidders in the art market and helped to drive worldwide sales at the auction house Christie’s to a record-breaking £2.4bn for the first half of this year.

Album review: Claire Désert, Trio Wanderer, Bruno Mantovani (Mirare)

Young French composer Bruno Mantovani studied with Boulez at Ircam before embarking on his meteoric rise. Recorded with piercing clarity, this selection of pieces performed by various combinations of pianist Claire Désert and the Trio Wanderer reveals certain distinctive tropes, notably a liking for repetitive trills and throbbing rhythmic pulses, contrasted in his inward-looking, almost solipsistic piano sonata “Suonare” with a more contemplative counterpoint.

Album review: David Lang, Death Speaks (Cantaloupe)

Just as his Little Match Girl Passion employed a palimpsest of Bach texts, so David Lang’s five-song suite Death Speaks derives directly from Schubert lieder, reconstituting proclamations in a manner which allows Death to talk directly to us in a variety of guises all sung in a fittingly pale, deathly timbre by Shara Worden over delicately dramatic settings of guitar, piano and violin produced by The National’s Bryce Dessner.

Primitive palette: The Green Donkey by Chagall, pictured in 1977

Charles Darwent on Chagall, Modern Master - The riddle of Marc's green donkey

He was in the right place at the right time – so why is Chagall regarded as an also-ran of Modernism?

Up in the air: Marc Chagall’s Paris Through the Window (1913) will be at Tate Liverpool for four months

Heads Up: Chagall, Modern Master

Things are looking up – the first Chagall UK show in 15 years

John M Armleder, Convallaria Majalis (triptych), 2003, Mixed media on canvas, 240 x 180 cm

Art review: Quicksand John Armleder, The Dairy Art Centre, London

This week a new art centre opens in north London in the premises of a former dairy in Bloomsbury. Two collectors of contemporary art, Frank Cohen, a home-improvements' millionaire from Manchester, and Nicolai Frahm, a Dane based in London, have brought it into being. Free to enter and not-for-profit, it will operate as a kind of kunsthalle for shows of emerging and established artists.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled 1981. Basquiat’s works keep breaking records. Collectors spent €79.9m (£67.4m) on his work at auction, more than double that spent on his nearest rival.

Paint by numbers: buying art adds up for anxious investors

As stock market tanks, money managers find a beautiful alternative for their clients' cash

A woman views Roy Lichtenstein's painting Nudes With Beach Ball 1994 as the sculpture Galatea 1990 is seen on the left during the press preview for Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern, London.

Review: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, London

With an artist quite so well known as Roy Lichtenstein (can anyone not be aware of his imagery?), it is always tempting for a gallery to try and freshen him up with a novel interpretation. Mercifully Tate Modern, which has been particularly guilty in the past, has decided this time to play it straight.

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