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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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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried