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The acclaimed artist said he told London Mayor Boris Johnson to solve the city's housing crisis

October: Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail...but use a bike

Where to go, what to do in 2011

GSK Contemporary: Aware – Art Fashion Identity, Royal Academy, London

Curators may suggest that artists and designers are of the same stock, but, while there are some lovely things here, art is art – and a frock is a frock

Perfect match: How the crossover between fashion and art inspires creations on canvas and the catwalk

Even the most rarefied of fashion designers is unlikely ever to describe him or herself as an artist. That would be rushing in where angels fear to tread. Art is art – a highbrow and only ever a coincidentally commercial pursuit – fashion is fashion, catering to the pretty, privileged and vain. Or so any purists out there might argue. It's a far from modern view, though. Witness the Louis Vuitton flagship store that opened on London's New Bond Street earlier this year with its Michael Landy kinetic sculpture, Damien Hirst monogrammed medicine chest and hugely successful bags designed in collaboration with Takashi Murakami to see how these two apparently very different disciplines benefit one another. Or how about the Prada Foundation in Milan, home to some of the most innovative artworks of the age. The brains behind it – Miuccia Prada and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli – are presumably more than a little aware that if designer fashion is aspirational, fine art is even more so and any association only serves to heighten the outside world's perception of a brand's status and power.

52 Weeks: Artists highlight Britain's housing crisis

Grayson Perry, Sir Peter Blake and Ben Eine are among 52 leading artists and designers who have joined forces to highlight Britain’s housing crisis.

For Sale: Tracey Emin painting, £45

The Royal College of Art's 'secret sale' has some A-lister artwork at bargain prices

The Prime Minister's has a speeding theme...but what about the rest of the Cabinet's?

Each new Government gets to decorate their offices from the Westminster art collection. Andy McSmith reports

Imagine: Art is Child's Play, BBC1<br/>A Century of Fatherhood, BBC4

Yentob's heads up on the artist's inner child

How We Met: Philippa & Grayson Perry

'We'd sit in the pub and smoke and bitch about everybody. We don't smoke any more'

Pandora: Reality TV? It's Sky News, the novel

Adam, Kay, et al: time to put in a pre-order. The former Sky newscaster Juliette Foster has allowed us a look at the synopsis of her long-awaited novel, Breaking News, and it promises to be every bit as titillating as anticipated.

Tom Sutcliffe: Turn over a new leaf

Unusually, I already know what I'm going to be doing with my spare time this year – all of it, not to mention alarming stretches of time that couldn't reasonably be described as spare at all. I'm going to be reading novels. I will be reading them while I walk along pavements, at the dinner table and – surreptitiously – during the duller stretches of school concerts. Towards the middle of the year, it seems quite possible that I'll also be reading them in the shower and while driving the children to school. Because this year I'm on the Booker jury. While 2009 lasted I could soothingly file this fact in the "pending" tray. But now 2010 is here and in my mind it already has an ominous title. I think of it as "The Year of Reading... Somethingly". Clearly, this is a work in progress. The allusion (to the Peter Weir film) means that I need to find some kind of adverb to stick on the end, the only problem being that I can't yet decide what it should be.

Postcard art: Having a cool time. Wish you were here

A Slice of Britain: At the annual lucky dip for postcards by famous and emerging artists, the sharp-eyed and patient scoop up bargain masterpieces

Walkouts put art sale at risk

Artists and the Royal College of Art are among the victims of the postal strikes. Each year the RCA invites hundreds of world-renowned artists to design postcards, which are then mixed in with others by art students. The whole lot are then put on display and sold anonymously for £40 each. In the past, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry and David Bailey have taken part. This year's Secret exhibition opens on 13 November.

Editor-At-Large: A woman's place is on the platform

Bright women should be in power, not simpering at their men
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