Man in black: Howard Goodall

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Fred Sandback’s Untitled (1988)

Visual art review: Fred Sandback - Minimalism? There's really nothing to it ...

The moment when artists abandoned their brushes, paints and bronzes and found art in new places is revisited at two exciting new galleries

Mayan apocalypse 21/12/12: 'The planets are aligned the sun will activate, let the deluge come'

An end-of-the-world party in Moscow was charging $1,000 for entry. Still, you can’t take it with you

DVD: The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler (12)

The title's a little misleading, as the diminutive fruitcake appears to have had very little charisma, which is extraordinary given that he convinced a nation that they were “a superior race”.

‘Destroy the sphinx and the pyramids’, says Egyptian jihadist

An Egyptian Islamist leader with ties to the Taliban has called for the "destruction of the Sphinx and Giza pyramids", suggesting these "idols" contravene the laws of Islam, reports Al Arabiya.

Mel Bochner, If The Colour Changes, Whitechapel Gallery, London

A photograph of Matisse working in his studio as an elderly man inspired the young American conceptual artist Mel Bochner to create Theory of Painting (1970). It was not the woman that Matisse was painting on the canvas that caught Bochner’s attention, however, but the newspapers spread under his feet.  

Islam gets a bad press, but there are many stories our media doesn't tell

As the history books illustrate, Islam has as much claim to be the religion of forgiveness as Christianity. So why don't we hear these stories?

The sombre day a language dies

Scots dialect Cromarty is no longer a living tongue - and hearing it in old recordings makes clear just how much we've lost with its passing

Postcard from... China

The network of caves in Dunhuang in the far west of China rank among the wonders of the world. The 800 grottoes are home to frescoes a millennium old and more, placed there by devout Buddhist merchants about to embark on the treacherous Silk Road through the Gobi Desert.

Simon English: Kate Swann's off after a job well done – for herself and Smith's

Outlook Is Kate Swann a retail genius? It is possible to think so, and plainly she has assets. Announcing a decision to quit as chief executive of WH Smith yesterday looks typically savvy.

Artes Mundi Prize, National Museum of Art, Cardiff

Phil Collins was working in Jessops and studying for his MFA when he came upon the idea of turning customers' photos into art. These common-place images - of people getting married or getting drunk - possessed an unguarded intimacy, at once posed and trusting.

The Cutting Season By Attica Locke

An engrossing crime novel which, at times, chafes against demands of the genre

Dan Deacon, The Scala, London

Whatever else he is - one-off musical alchemist, jocund beard-wearer - Baltimore's Dan Deacon is a genius of performance art. His shows are quite unlike anything else you've ever been to; not so much because of the music, good as it is, as the fresh attitude he brings.

Chris Mahlangu, right, is led away from court after being sentenced

Life for man who killed Terre'Blanche with axe

A South African court sentenced a black farmhand to life in prison yesterday for the axe murder of Eugene Terre'Blanche, a white supremacist who was prominent during the dying years of apartheid.

Darksiders 2 – Review

If you've ever played The Legend of Zelda, in any of its iterations, you'll know all of Darksiders 2's moves almost before it makes them.
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