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It may have felt like a rather long journey for passengers aboard the presidential aircraft Air Force One yesterday. Whilst on route to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, George W. Bush took the opportunity to showcase his latest works of art (again).

CCTV footage showing the moment two signed Damian Hirst works of art worth £33,000 were stolen from the gallery on Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill

Damien Hirst signed paintings worth £33,000 stolen from London gallery

Two Damien Hirst paintings worth £33,000 have been stolen from an art gallery in London.

Ed Miliband and fam play it safe; Nick and Miriam Clegg's children livened up their parents' dull, homely image

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The festive family selfie is the Christmas card of choice for all three party leaders this year, but they each had their own take. There was one clear winner, says Andy McSmith

After a 10 month search, Nick Lord has been declared the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

Nick Lord claims Portrait Artist of the Year award... and a chance to paint Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel

The 25-year-old was nearly disqualified from the competition after realising the day before the application deadline that his entry was the wrong size

Alexander Fury: Black Tie? It makes me look like a dummy

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'I was extending an ever-present engagement with the creation of shadow'

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No shortage of controversial owners and chairmen; Cardiff's Vincent Tan may yet end up as one of the more villainous. On the pitch, being loyal Welsh internationals won't spare the likes of Craig Bellamy, Ashley Williams and others from dog's abuse.

Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody still waiting for explanation over why he got the sack at Cardiff City

Moody was dismissed by club owner Vincent Tan but he has admitted that he is still waiting for a reason as to why he was replaced by the untried 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov

Picasso's 'Man with Opera Hat' is being auctioned online for €100 in association with Sotheby's

Picasso raffle: Sotheby's offers $1m original for €100 in online auction

Picasso's grandson has launched an online raffle in association with Sotheby's, giving art lovers a chance to win the 1914 gouache for 100 euros

Kyle Lambert's finger painting portrait of Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman portrait: The world's most realistic finger painting?

The portrait was painted with 285,000 finger strokes using an iPad app

Fury's fashion people: The sartorial genius of Jordan (no, not that one)

The name Jordan conjures up one image, for most: the artist now known as Katie Price. An artificial re-engineering of our contemporary ideal of woman. For me, it conjures up another Jordan, whose artifice again helped reshape views of femininity, albeit in a very different way.

Books of the year 2013: Fiction

In the year when Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize sealed the status of the short story, don’t forget that in Britain we belatedly discovered another doyenne of the form. Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision (Pushkin, £8.99) collects stories from the Massachusetts writer into an eye-opening compendium radiant with wisdom, humour, mischief and – not least – a sense of the tragic history behind individual lives.

In the studio: Cecily Brown, Painter

‘As I get more assured of the fact that I can paint, I don’t mind if my influences show’

Postcard from... Brussels

The Flemish Masters are known for their sombre grey skies and damp-looking landscapes under an expanse of ominous cloud. But while the inclement weather of the low countries may have left an  unmistakable stamp on a whole body of work, it has also unfortunately closed down a Brussels exhibition showcasing one of the forefathers of the movement.

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