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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee