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Government are now in discussions over how to remove the rabbit without damaging the statue of the anti-apartheid icon

A real scene stealer: Glenn Brown's 'second-hand' art is the subject of a Tate retrospective

A lot of people want to lick or even eat Glenn Brown's paintings. It is a permanent source of puzzlement and wry amusement to the artist because some of those pieces that seem to get the digestive juices flowing most freely are those in which he has gone out of his way to create a "toxic foul smelling lump."

The Complete Guide To: Spanish journeys

Whether you crave a spiritual pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela or prefer to follow in Don Quixote's fictional footsteps, you can find your perfect route

Police seize 81 artworks in raid on Dali auction

Spanish police have seized 81 works of art attributed to the surrealist master Salvador Dali that were on the point of being auctioned.

Warhol’s press pass to the stars

As ‘Interview’ approaches its 40th anniversary, Ian Burrell hears how the magazine famous for its celebrity covers was way ahead of its time

A surreal tale of Banderas and three Salvador Dali movies

Antonio Banderas is in talks about playing the lead role in a forthcoming Salvador Dali biopic, sparking a rivalry between the Spanish actor and another Hollywood giant, Al Pacino, who is playing the surrealist painter in another film.

She's got the looks, he's got the millions. It's the perfect match

'Hello' and 'OK', brace yourselves: hedge-fund manager Arpad Busson is engaged to actress Uma Thurman

Chapman brothers direct film comedy about the art world

Jake and Dinos Chapman found fame at the vanguard of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement, producing controversial works that placed them at the centre of London's arts scene for more than a decade. Now, the enfants terribles of British art are turning to film. The brothers are in the early stages of directing a comedy-drama inspired by the artistic circles in which they move.

Apostle of surrealism has last laugh over €1m auction

André Breton, the apostle of surrealism, would probably have been amused rather than annoyed. Art historians and critics are puzzled and angry.

Nasser Azam: Portrait of the artist

One of the star lots at this year’s ‘Independent’ charity auction was the chance to be interviewed by our very own Deborah Ross. But who’d have imagined the winning bid would come from a handsome financier who’s a talented artist, too? It’s almost too much for a girl to bear!

Paperbacks: Icons of Graphic Design, by Steven Heller & Mirko Ilic

Far more interesting than its title seems to suggest, this book is a thesaurus of visual recycling. A number of double-page spreads carry

Pick of the picture books: Jack Vettriano: Studio Life

A remarkably honest portrait of one of Fife's more popular sons (his prints outsell Van Gogh's, Dali's and anything by his contemporary, Gordon Brown). Jack Vettriano: Studio Life (Pavilion, £25) sees the artist at home, at work and addressing his critics. "I think to have been able to create an iconic image from a £17 manual deserves a wee bit more than scorn," he says of the recent scandal over his "copying" figures from an art manual. In his introduction, friend, fan and co-Fifer Ian Rankin admires the narrative value of Vettriano's paintings, and here we see the story of their creation from beginning to end. It starts with hiring and photographing a model (right). "I don't hide from the fact that I only paint a woman if I find her attractive," he admits, obviously.

Food Of The Week: Check in for the world's hot tables

Fine dining is alive and well in swanky hotels across the globe, as this rash of recent openings proves.

History is made as a Parisian restaurant with British owners gets a Michelin star

The French may call the British "les rosbifs" in an unflattering reference to our unimaginative cooking but, for the first time, a British-owned restaurant in the heart of Paris has been awarded the highest accolade in the culinary world – a Michelin star.

Duma Key, By Stephen King

Even before he was hit by a truck in 1999, being bedridden had frequently been one of the primal fears powering Stephen King's fiction. King has got much creative mileage out of incapacitated characters, from Paul Sheldon hobbled and trapped in bed by obsessive fan Annie Wilkes in 1987's Misery, Jessie Burlingame left handcuffed to the head board in a solitary cabin in Maine, after her husband suffers a fatal heart attack during an S&M session in 1992's Gerald's Game, to the horrors witnessed by Louis Creed while working for the University of Maine's campus health service in 1983's Pet Sematary. Since his accident, King has relived his personal horror story in a number of novels and television programmes, including Dreamcatcher (2001), Kingdom Hospital (2004) and The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004).

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