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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Page 3 Profile: Jean-Michel Basquiat, American painter

Wasn't he the Amy Winehouse of the art world?

A generation on, why drop-out junkie Basquiat remains the hottest dead young artist in town

"The only thing the market liked better than a hot young artist was a dead hot young artist, and it got one in Jean-Michel Basquiat,” the art critic Robert Hughes once said.

Nelson Street has been transformed by artists who have gathered from all over the world

Banksy's Bristol pens a love letter to the spray can

Police in Bristol were presumably warned that the gangs of graffiti artists descending on the city had been invited to the home of Banksy for Europe's biggest street art festival.

Dead Space 3 release date and limited edition details announced

'First Contact' and 'Witness the Truth' limited edition bundles unveiled.

These fancy trays by Ary, available in three tasty designs - folk-stripes, spoons and intricately-drawn butterflies - are made from handmade Swedish birchwood. £25.95, twentytwentyone.com
5 August: a red post box being painted gold in Sheffield to honour Jessica Ennis and her gold medal heptathlon victory. It has now been vandalised

London 2012: Vandals daub graffiti on Jessica Ennis's golden post box in Sheffield

A vandal has attacked a postbox painted gold in Jessica Ennis's home city to celebrate her Olympic triumph.

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Pleasance off-site

Going to a site-specific show can be an oddly infantilising experience - standing around in embarrassed silence until someone tells you what to do, meekly following the herd from scene to scene, never quite knowing your role or when you’re going to be picked on.

Mr Brainwash: Banksy's street-art protégé and his latest brainwave

The master of hype arrives in London for a blockbuster new show. Matilda Battersby meets him

Films of the Week: Extramural activity of a street artist

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Graffiti artist banned from all Olympic sites

A professional graffiti artist has been ordered not to go within a mile of any Games site for more than three months after being arrested over years-old allegations just ten days before the Opening Ceremony. Police were forced to deny using the years-old criminal allegations as a ploy to keep the Olympics free from troublemakers.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
'Kissing Coppers', one of Banksy's artworks that inspired Nick Stern's project

Laughing all the way to the Banksy

Banksy, the guerrilla graffiti artist described as Britain's unlikeliest national treasure once said it was impossible to "make art about world poverty and then trouser all the cash". He added: "That's an irony too far, even for me."

'The Parachuting Rat' was painted by the artist about 15 years ago on a wall in Prahran suburb of Melbourne.

Banksy's 'Parachuting Rat' accidentally ruined by Australian builder

A work by guerrilla artist Banksy has been accidentally ruined by a Australian builder after he drilled through it to put in a bathroom pipe.

Marc Jacobs's tweet, showing off the new t-shirt and its ridiculous price tag

What price street art? (Quite high, actually)

One of the obvious problems with street art is that while it might try to highlight social ills, it can end up selling for many thousands of pounds to the elite that it supposedly rails against.

Last Night's Viewing: The Apprentice, BBC1
Metalworks!, BBC4

Spot test and no cheating. Name three of the current Apprentice contenders. Too hard? Then just name one. If you managed either, I'd be impressed. I couldn't and it's my job to know these kind of things. But the truth is that we're eight weeks in now and nobody has emerged as a distinctive character.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker