Arts and Entertainment The cover of Lady Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP

No heart behind the art of Gaga's surface spectacle

New king of contemporary art opens gallery to rival Saatchi

He is reckoned to be the best-connected art dealer in the world. He represents many of the greatest artists of the past 50 years - including Jeff Koons, Howard Hodgkin, Richard Serra and the estate of Andy Warhol.

Exhibitions: Vacant and proud of it

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Exhibitions: Life's all kitsch, isn't it?

British Figurative Sculpture

Leading article: The first art hoax without any art

WHEN William Boyd published his biography of a New York modern artist called Nat Tate there was a full turnout by publishers, artists, critics and the rest for the launch party, hosted by David Bowie. But Mr Bowie was one of the few in on the joke - that Tate's was a made up story. And a very appealing hoax too - it may, indeed, be the first art hoax without any art.

Custody ruling

The Hungarian-born porn star Ilona Staller, known as "Cicciolina", has lost custody of her five-year-old son to her ex-husband, the sculptor Jeff Koons, after an Italian court ruled she was an unfit mother.

Theatre / Frogs: the Musical Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton

To get the most out of Aristophanes's Frogs, it isn't vital to have been an Athenian citizen of 405BC, but it would, you feel, certainly help. At least that's the impression you might get watching Fiona Laird's feeble musical adaptation which is this year's mobile production from the National Theatre. The publicity speaks of "a brash fusion of political satire and timeless human comedy - as topical and funny now as when it was first performed." But one of the problems with this version is its failure to relate, at all incisively, the topicalities preoccupying the play's first audience to any of our own pressing concerns.

No laughing matter

EXHIBITIONS The first four artists in the Saatchi's 'Young Americans' may well be youthful, but they are overly preoccupied with death and futility. Meanwhile in Frith Street, a modest Italian takes to the trees

Obituary: Duane Hanson

Duane Hanson, the American sculptor known for his uncanny replicas of people cast from life and dressed in real clothes, was in his early forties when he made his first pieces of this kind in 1967 under the inspiration of Pop Art and particularly of George Segal's direct-cast plaster figures. Only five years or so later, when his project of documenting contemporary society was barely under way, he became severely ill with cancer, a disease with which he continued to battle intermittently and to which he eventually succumbed shortly before his 71st birthday.

All mouth and no trousers

Alice Beckett's 'Fakes' makes bold claims about the modern art business, but offers little hard evidence to back them up. A new show by Gilbert and George, meanwhile, is no more convincing

metro/ICA special offer

Today and every Friday evening until 15 April, from 6pm-9pm, this copy of metro becomes an invitation to an evening at the ICA, an interesting place to meet, drink, eat and enjoy a challenge. Armed with metro, take in free the current exhibition - the Institute of Cultural Anxiety, a show at the cutting edge where art, technology, culture and science meet. It features work by Christine Borland, Angela Bulloch and Henry Bond, as well as Jeff Koons and Julian Opie.

Hand-crafted irony: Grayson Perry's polite pots are smooth, charming and, on closer examination, downright offensive. Robin Dutt admires his cheek

Shock as art tactic is nothing new. In fact, it is increasingly becoming the staple of several artists. But shock and subtlety - now that's something more enjoyable.

Contemporary Art Market: Showman presents dazzling display of crafted vulgarity: As Jeff Koons has his first exhibition in Britain, one of the country's greatest artists returns home

THE MOST spectacular show in any London gallery this week is the Jeff Koons retrospective at Anthony d'Offay's (9, 21, 23 and 24 Dering Street, W1), the first exclusively of his work in Britain. One gasps at Koons's monumental vulgarity, but the total effect is dazzling.

People: Cicciolina in tug-of-love battle with Jeff Koons

THE porn-star-turned-parliamentarian, Ilona Staller, aka Cicciolina, is playing quite a different role these days.

Review: Short on duration but long on pleasure

SHORT programmes are a bit of a blight on the schedules in my view - there's a whiff of obligation about them, a slightly miserly sense that they provide a painless way for controllers or commissioning editors to pay their dues to young film-makers or ethnic minorities or this or that pressure group - television's Bob-a-Job scheme. Their length pretty much guarantees that you watch them in the same spirit - who's going to make an appointment for something that lasts 10 minutes? It doesn't even fall within the margins of error of most people's video programming ability. Building Sights USA (BBC 2), and the series that gave rise to it, is an honourable exception to this rule, a programme that has found a way of making short films long on pleasure.

THEATRE / Deadly fun: Paul Taylor on Suicide and Manipulation at the Finborough, London

Get this for a recherche problem in the etiquette of mourning. Imagine that you are a druggy, once highly successful model, and that your American boyfriend - an 'artist' who kills birds and hangs them from bits of wire - has persuaded you to join him in a world-despising suicide pact. He has the decor ready (the chairs are plastered in his trademark feathers), but instead of honouring the appointment, you're avoidably detained having sex with a third party in a motel, leaving your lover to video his protracted suicide alone. Late for your Liebestod: talk about an Isolde manquee.
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