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Howard Hodgkin: Time and Place, Modern Art, Oxford

Does a decade of new work from the abstract painter Howard Hodgkin, who is currently climbing up the hill towards his ninth decade, reveal a different kind of an artist? Yes and no. Much hangs – as it has always done – upon the titles of these 25 new works. Hodgkin's titles have always been something of a tease. They have seemed to be leading us somewhere quite precise. They have often suggested intimate domestic moments with friends or lovers. People and places have been named as if we were being introduced to something baldly – or perhaps even boldly – descriptive.

The United Nations of Sound, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

"'Bitter Sweet Symphony' is one of the greatest pieces of modern art created by anyone," declared the ever-modest Richard Ashcroft during this month's tour of Australia with his new band, United Nations of Sound (UNS). Granted, with five hit albums under his belt, two with The Verve, the singer-songwriter has a lot to crow about. Which would explain the bravado with which he showcases most of his forthcoming album, Redemption, at this long-awaited London gig with no fear of a mutinous walk out.

Larry Ryan: Laurie Anderson’s Homeland insecurity

Five years ago I saw Laurie Anderson speak at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. During the talk she joked that once in the 70s, she received a letter from the IRS informing her that if she continued to file such small tax returns she would have to declare her profession a hobby.

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Great Works: Landscape (The Hare) (1927), Joan Miró

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York

Bog-Standard Britain, By Quentin Letts

Bog-Standard Britain is a bog-standard rant about exactly those subjects one would expect a Daily Mail columnist to rant about: political correctness, the decline of good manners, regional accents on the BBC, rap music, modern art, Brussels, Germaine Greer, men with shaved heads and egalitarianism in all its forms.

The Secret History Of: Philippe Starck's lemon squeezer

Philippe Starck was having lunch on the Amalfi coast. As he ordered a plate of calamari he was pondering his latest commission from the Italian design house Alessi. The company, responsible for so many acclaimed designs over the years, had requested a tray. Starck needed to work out how to bring his unique talents to such a humdrum object. Glancing down at his plate, he realised that he had no lemon.

Cultural Life: Omar Sharif, actor

Films: I have not seen any films lately. In fact, I never go to see movies, and I don't watch them on television either. I have no patience any more to watch something for two hours. But, if I do want to see a movie, I choose it carefully, because I must be sure that I will like it! In the last 30 years or so, I have seen three wonderful pictures, which were 'ET', 'Billy Elliot' and 'Amadeus'.

The Second History Of: Tord Boontje Garland light

Curling round a lonely lightbulb in domestic sitting room in late February or early March, it would be easy to mistake the Tord Boontje Garland light for a leftover Christmas decoration.

Photographs by women: Capturing a point of view

A major exhibition of work by female photographers examining women’s contribution to the medium opens at New York’s Museum of Modern Art today. The 200 photographs by around 120 women will be displayed in the museum’s capacious Edward Steichen Photography Galleries.

Rediscovering Rupert Lee: WWI artist in retrospective

The artist, printmaker and sculptor Rupert Lee was a contemporary of Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer and Nevinson, an associate of the Bloomsbury group and a key figure in the Surrealist movement. For the first time in ninety-years, his work is due to be exhibited at a London gallery.

Genius or vandalism? The guerrilla artists subverting our streets

Painting on live snail shells, scrawling portraits on Metro tickets and eating meatballs out of potholes. Matilda Battersby discovers the guerrilla artists working today

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Various sites and venues, Glasgow

Glasgow pops on its dancing shoes, gets on its bike, and pedals like fury beyond the boundaries

Béziers’ exuberant character reflects the cultural and political upheaval of its vivid past

The classic view of Béziers is from the west bank of the river Orb. As you gaze across the water, your eyes are drawn up to a magnificent 13th-century cathedral set on a bluff, its towers punctuating the skyline while houses with terracotta roofs huddle below. It is a scene that looks so timeless and picturesque you might be forgiven for expecting this old market town to simply be a place of quiet charm and nostalgic appeal, personified by the cathedral, its unfinished cloisters and adjoining mansion (now the Palais de Justice), which have an other-worldly air to them. But there is much else besides. For Béziers, together with its immediate surroundings, is one of the most intriguing places in southern France – and offers plenty of surprises.

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