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Nearly 1,000 people queued to buy an original work for just £45. Tom Alvarez joined them

The biggest art heists of the 20th Century

With news of a huge art heist in Rotterdam, The Independent online looks back at the major art thefts of the 20th Century.

Inside the artist’s studio: Anne Hardy

British artist Anne Hardy photographs large-scale interior spaces which she carefully constructs over several months. Using complex camera techniques, reflections and painstaking positioning of objects, she conjures still life images that look as if a person has just stepped out of them and paint vivid portraits of that imaginary occupant.

The 10 best bookends

It’s easy to tame everything from scruffy paperbacks to large art tomes with these quirky, sturdy and downright stylish shelf accessories...

Great people drive great business

A great company is driven by great people. It really is that simple. Often, when we think of the type of employees we want, we look for those who will get the job done - but really it is not about that at all. As the marketing guru Seth Godin claims, we do not want ‘cogs’, we want ‘linchpins’.

Street art not to Collishaw's palate

Mat Collishaw, a former "young British artist" whose work includes pictures of skulls punctured by bullets, has condemned the world of street art for being full of the "privileged" few who are "affecting a political consciousness".

New plans in wake of the Arts Council Cuts?

In March, the Arts Council announced huge cuts to arts funding in this country, with over 200 organisations losing 100% of their funding.

Album: Morton Feldman, Neither (Hat [now] Art)

Though nominally an opera, this collaboration between Feldman and Samuel Beckett features neither setting nor characters, and a mere 16 lines of text, which makes it more of a cantata.

Caught & Social: A Tangy taste of art

The art world gathered at the Old Dairy in London as LA artist Retna’s Hallelujah World Tour show arrived in town.

Leading article: Amateur hour

The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the art world turned briefly upside down. Since 1768 the work of distinguished Royal Academicians has been displayed alongside the output of members of the public, who submit their own dabblings. In the Palladian splendour of Burlington House the professional rubs shoulders with the amateur. And the visiting public have the challenge of distinguishing between the two.

Caught & Social: i readers reveal the art of partying

Forget the Ivor Novellos, forget bashes in London last night with George Clooney, forget, even, Cannes with its yacht, pool and nightclub parties...

Pick up your National Arts Pass...

A National Art Pass has been launched by art charity The Art Fund in a bid to finance new acquisitions for galleries and museums nationwide.

Keep arts teaching, says funding chief

Opposition to plans to abolish funding for arts and humanities teaching in universities won the support of the man in charge of university funding.

Nadal v Federer: Perhaps art can determine who’s the best...

<b>Simon Rice: </b>The pair have produced a self portrait as part of the build up to the ATP World Tour Finals which will be taking place at the 02 later this year.

The Golden Lizard, Pleasance Courtyard

As you’d expect from a show that combines the comic talents of Mike Wozniak and Henry Paker, there are flashes of bonkers brilliance in this hour. Part adventure, part bogus science lecture, it’s loosely the tale of the pursuit of a missing and mysteriously powerful library book, The Golden Lizard. A tale of “men with congenitally sinister eyes”, romance among the Rolodexes and Shiny Clive, the bald squirrel.

Jonathan Gibbs: The fine art of the introduction

Sometimes all it takes is the throwing together of two names to catch your attention – names that you’d never think of next to each other but which, once you see them, set off a vibrant, intriguing discord in your mind.

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