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Tilda Swinton, arthouse film doyenne, blockbuster actress and sometime conceptual artist, has reprised her art exhibit  The Maybe for the first time  in almost two decades.

Fred Sandback’s Untitled (1988)

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The Vivisector: Group show curated by Todd Levin, Sprüth Magers, London

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People power: It's the taking part that counts

The jailed Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is part of a new cultural movement that's using people power to challenge society's vested interests

The Secret History Of: The Tolix chair

Xavier Pauchard was born in 1880 in Le Morvan, known as the green heart of France. Unsurprisingly wood was the most important construction material but despite that, he and his father and grandfather before him were zinc roofers.

Hot data: The art of the infographic

It’s official. Graphs are sexy. From the blogger who charts his every waking moment to thebusiness magazines that are dispensing with text entirely, this is the golden age of ‘infographics’.Clare Dwyer Hogg meets the pioneers who are making information beautiful

Google Street View offers art gallery tours

Google's Street View technology is being taken indoors for the first time - into some of the world's most famous art galleries.

Jack Levine: Artist whose work ruthlessly satirised 20th-century America

Jack Levine was an artist whose paintings and drawings caricatured and satirised the inequalities of America in the 20th century and mocked those who held power.

Caught in the Net: Everything in immoderation

It's five years since Sufjan Stevens released his epic masterwork Illinois.

Tony Curtis: Actor who started out as a teen heartthrob and became a much-loved and versatile character actor

An actor with dark, curly hair and handsome looks, Tony Curtis began his film career playing small roles as gangsters or juvenile delinquents before his popularity with teenagers won him stardom at Universal in swashbuckling fantasies such as The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951) and The Black Shield of Falworth (1954). Elvis Presley is said to have modelled his hairstyle on Curtis, whose marriage to the equally attractive Janet Leigh made the pair a popular subject of fan magazines throughout the Fifties.

Cultural Life: Marina Diamandis, singer

Books: I only read books which are factual. At the moment, I'm reading 'Stumbling on Happiness' by Daniel Gilbert. I'm half-way through it. It's about how to measure happiness. Really, it's a sociology book. My Dad's half Greek and I've been reading a lot about Greek mythology. Greek mythology is so rich in ideas, especially about morality – which can inspire my work.

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