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Street art not to Collishaw's palate

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A spray painting of Amy Winehouse believed to be by anonymous street artist Banksy has appeared in Camden.

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The world's biggest gallery: How street art became big business

Street art was once seen just by passing pedestrians. Now, the internet has revolutionised the form, and it's not only Banksy who is transforming our cities

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Will Lunn, 22, is barely out of art school – yet next month the so-called "Baby Gallerist" makes the move from Peckham to Mayfair, to launch his very own gallery. Walk down South Molton Street and you could easily miss it: a narrow doorway, shrouded in foliage, wedged between two outposts of dusty old Grays antiques. In three weeks time, Sumarria Lunn will be open for business.

Banksy exhibit 'inspires criminals', police insist

They called it "art in the streets" and that is exactly what they got. The Museum of Contemporary Art (Moca) in Los Angeles finds itself at loggerheads with the city's police force, amid allegations that its latest blockbuster exhibition has led to a spike in spray can-fuelled vandalism.

Banksy’s piece of vandalism gets... vandalised

During a short, sharp working visit to Southern California, the world’s most famous street artist found time to use one of his stencil kits a daub a humourous message to the side of a derelict oil tank.

Opposites attract: Artist Miranda Donovan has revamped her west London council house

Miranda Donovan's work, which crashes together watercolour landscapes with scenes of urban decay, has made the 31-year-old something of a rising star in the UK art scene. The Home Unleashed, her new exhibition at London's Lazarides Gallery, brings her street art into the domestic domain: she builds traditional interiors on 3D panels before loudly graffiti-ing over them. Does Donovan's own home show such restlessness with tradition?

Banksy goes to Hollywood

As the graffiti artist's Oscar-nominated film faces the Academy vote, new artworks have made him the talk of LA

Banksy poster design under the hammer

A charity poster designed by graffiti artist Banksy could raise as much as £80,000 when it is sold at auction next week.

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