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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.

Kissing policemen by Banksy

Turner, Bacon, Freud, Constable? No, Britain is Banksy country

A thousand artists were asked to name the work best expressing national identity. Their choice was surprising

The artist is still shrouded in secrecy

Street writing man

As an exhibition of work by Blek le Rat, the pioneering French street artist dubbed 'Banquesy', opens in London, Matilda Battersby meets the godfather of graffiti

Blek le Rat: Streetwriting man

As an exhibition of work by Blek le Rat, the pioneering French street artist dubbed 'Banquesy', opens in London, Matilda Battersby meets the godfather of graffiti

Bright minds and Broken Fingaz

A graffiti art collective from Israel is exhibiting in the UK for the first time, Emily Jupp talks to them about acid parties and psychedelic drawings.

Imprisonment 'sees drug use begin'

One in eight prisoners developed a drug problem after being locked up in jail, inspectors said today.

Vandalised war memorial replaced

A new war memorial to replace one which was smashed by vandals is being unveiled today.

Adams, The Death of Klinghoffer, English National Opera

The defining moment in John Adams’ opera - and Tom Morris’ staging of it - comes right at the top of a long and not unproblematic evening.

Five-minute memoir: Edward Docx recalls a fleeting, silent romance

I remember that we had left our backpacks at Zoo Station and that we were going to save our Deutschmarks by staying out all night. I remember, too, when at last we came into the crumbling old courtyard, that the music was extraordinarily loud – a wall of sound made out of euphoria and ecstasy, the herald of a new world order.

<b>February 13 - Mick McCarthy (Wolves)</b><br/>
Mick McCarthy became the third Premier League manager to lose his job this season. The former Republic of Ireland boss lasted five-and-a-half years in charge at Molineux but a 5-1 home defeat to local rivals West Brom was the final straw in a run of poor results. Following that defeat, fans put pressure on the board, with some protesting outside the ground after the final whistle. A statement from Wolves said:

Phil Shaw: Difficult decision, said the chairman. Not for Wolves fans

Supporters took to the phone-ins to condemn McCarthy for a lack of balance in his line-up

Laurie Penny: People power isn't just a fad for a magazine cover

Waiting is no longer an option for those of us who can envisage a future beyond the year 2050
The effect is to replicate the pixellation techniques used in the media to prevent identification of victims of sex crimes

Banksy sculpture targets church sex abuse

A sculpture of a "vandalised" priest by the underground artist Banksy has gone on display today alongside 17th-century Old Masters.

Can-do attitude

Graffiti has long been dominated by men but is now shedding its macho tag, thanks to a new wave of urban female artists, says Louisa McGillicuddy

Ryan Gander: Locked Room Scenario, Londonewcastle Depot, London

It was amazing, but you missed it: the legendary gig, the party, the good, sexy part of the Sixties, the Salon des Refusés, fluxus, punk, the first performance of Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes' The Rite of Spring, the first exhibition of Duchamp's fountain. Also, other things you might have missed – the chance to say goodbye, to apologise, to have a love affair, to be there on that night that everybody still laughs about now. It's in this gulf of missed or denied opportunities that Ryan Gander pitches his latest, elusive, project produced by Artangel.

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