In the studio: Artist Idris Khan on romanticism and holding on to his Muslim upbringing

When I arrive at Idris Khan's studio in a small mews in Stoke Newington, he is standing on the street with his wife, fellow artist Annie Morris, who is pregnant with their second child (he has since had a son).

George Weissbort: Painter whose work was informed by his ultra-traditional approach

He would think nothing of sitting for hours in front of a single picture in the National Gallery

Dan Baldwin, Sacrilegium

Artist Dan Baldwin on the enduring kitsch quality of Catholic iconography

The secular painter and ceramicist explains why he is still drawn to Catholicism, and why his work is different to Grayson Perry

The Village's Maxine Peake

Actress Maxine Peake turns to goth rock music

She is best known for starring in Silk and The Village but Maxine Peake has another, darker, string to her bow. Away from the cameras, she has been recording songs about the Pendle witch trials with The Eccentronic Research Council. The Sheffield collective, led by musicians Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer, asked the actress to narrate their concept album 1612 Underture last year. “I never expected I would perform it”, Peake tells me.

Book review: Gwilym Prichard, Claudia Williams, both By Harry Heuser and Robert Meyrick

A perfect picture of when love and art collide

Photography book review: Youssef Nabil, with text by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Marina Abramovic

Youssef Nabil’s work oscillates between a personal photographic journal and portraits featuring internationally renowned film stars, directors, popular musicians, artists, architects, and choreographers.

The Northampton clown spotted with some balloons

'Just harmless fun': The creepy clown of Northampton speaks out...Beep, beep!

The now world-famous 'Northampton Clown' told a local newspaper that his appearances around the town were 'a bit of harmless fun'

iStyle: Statement sweatshirts

The slobby Sunday staple has had a high fashion makeover - wear your art on your sleeve this season, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Art comment: For an eyeful of remarkable art, stick a pin in a map of Britain

Be sure to explore outside the capital too

Brit art: In the Golden Days by John Strudwick

Move over Impressionism…the British are (finally) coming

France doesn’t have much time for British 19th century art, so the exhibition now on in Paris is a big risk

The News Matrix: Friday 14th September 2013

Al-Qa’ida marks 9/11 with call for attacks

Peter Doige’s desert scene

What’s in a name? Owner left £8m out of pocket as painting thought to be by internationally acclaimed artist Peter Doig is actually a genuine Peter Doige, say lawyers

A painting at the centre of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been identified as a genuine Peter Doige, according to lawyers. Sadly for its owner, Robert Fletcher, that means the work is worth about £7,999,900 less than a genuine Peter Doig, the internationally acclaimed artist the retired parole officer claims was its true creator.

The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

Theatre review: The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, Royal Court, London

For her first full scale production as artistic director of the Royal Court, Vicky Featherstone has chosen to direct The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas – a twisted, darkly witty morality fable about the evils of rampant, greed-is-good capitalism.

Morley with the image of Christine Keeler he came to resent, so famous did it become; he later photographed himself in the same pose but with a millstone round his neck

Lewis Morley: Photographer whose work captured the essence of the Swinging Sixties

Lewis Morley was a photographer closer than most to London's swinging Sixties, capturing the flamboyant spirit of the times as he chronicled the new idols of British society, and he will always be internationally remembered for his defining image of Christine Keeler sitting naked astride a copy of an Arne Jacobsen chair. It became one of the most recognised and emulated images in photographic history.

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