Terence Blacker: 'Liberals' at their most cowardly

Censorship in 2011 involves shifting the blame on to others

The gilded generation: What is it like to grow up as part of Russia's new power elite?

Russia now has more billionaires than anywhere else on earth

Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978&ndash;2010, Whitechapel Gallery, London<br/>Vivian Maier: A Life Uncovered, German Gymnasium, London

Where have Thomas Struth's 4m-tall, gargantuan-format series been hiding all these years?

Skateboards: Hirst on wheels... yours for £1,200

Artist taps into the cool designer skateboard market, but the exorbitant prices he is charging have infuriated aficionados.

Meadows hopes to flower in London

The 800m runner from Wigan sees the World Championships as a step on the road to an Olympic medal

Trevor Frankland: Painter who valued controlled passion and mathematical clarity but was also drawn to the arcane and esoteric

The artist Trevor Frankland was, first and foremost, an intellectual; there was a concept or scheme behind all his work.

Susan Collier: Award-winning textile designer best known for her work for Liberty and Habitat

Swathed from head to calf-length hem in the gorgeous stuffs she designed herself, Susan Collier was unmissable. You noticed her gaudy turban before taking in her full skirt, noted that you had seen some of these textiles in the window of Liberty, and were captivated by the smoky voice and laughter of their wearer and maker. These materials were familiar because they were classics of textile design, and you – or someone you knew – very likely owned a set of Collier Campbell sheets, or curtains, or a scarf, if not an Yves Saint Laurent, Bill Gibb or Jean Muir frock in cloth made by the partnership of Susan and her sister Sarah Campbell. Their fabrics were everywhere, from the catwalk to Marks & Spencer's best-selling duvet cover. The firm is 50 years old this year, and the pity is that Susan died of cancer just before a Collier Campbell retrospective exhibition opened at the National Theatre (it runs until 10 July), showcasing some of the best known prints of the second half of the 20th century.

Thatcher handbag sold for £25,000 at charity auction

A handbag belonging to Margaret Thatcher fetched £25,000 when it went under the hammer, auctioned by Lord Archer.

The girl in the painting

The legal furore surrounding this watercolour has fascinated BBC viewers, but the story of the family it portrays is even more gripping, says Patrick Cockburn, grandson of the sitter

Julia Peyton-Jones: 'I feel impoverished. We are adrift from nature'

Julia Peyton-Jones commissioned the Serpentine Gallery's first summer pavilion in 2000. After a decade of extraordinary success, she tells Rob Sharp what the project means now

Street Fight in Naples: A City's Unseen History, By Peter Robb

Neapolitan, and not easily forgotten

Ren&#233; Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

Surrealists loved a joke, but this A-to-Z format takes all the fun out of the Belgian artist and just makes him look arch

War at Picasso museum as artist's relative calls for curator's head

The art world of Spain is getting hot under the collar about the politics of Picasso. The Malaga-born artist's wealthy daughter-in-law, Christine Ruiz-Picasso, has refused to open the latest show at the Malaga Picasso Museum, and has demanded the resignation of its highly acclaimed director José Lebrero, who has curated a series of much-praised temporary exhibitions alongside the permanent show of Picasso paintings.

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