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The National's latest album saw the Brooklyn outfit facing up to questions of existence. James McNair meets the band on tour

Bought at a garage sale for $45, the photographs worth more than $200m

Rick Norsigian, a Californian antique buff, knew exactly what he was looking for when he went rooting through a Fresno garage in 2000. He was looking for a vintage barber's chair, to add to his eclectic collection of old telephone switchboards, petrol pumps and aeroplane propellers. But when the chair turned out to be a dud, he chanced upon something that changed his life: two boxes of antique glass negatives which, a Beverly Hills art appraiser declared yesterday, were the work of Ansel Adams, the father of American photography.

Artist Louise Bourgeois dies, aged 98

French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois, whose sculptures explored women's deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death, died last night. She was 98.

Blurring the line between painting and sculpture: A collection of works by Antoni Tàpies

A new exhibition of work by Antoni Tàpies is to be displayed at the Waddington Galleries in London.

When @ became art

The symbol of the internet age is to be inducted into New York's MoMa gallery

Round six Great Britons winners are...

Have you got what it takes to be a Great Briton? Morgan Parkerson and artist Robin Footitt have – and they’ve won flights that could transform their careers

Irving Kriesberg

Irving Kriesberg, who died in New York City on 11 November aged 90, was an American painter who combined intense abstract colours with human and animal elements.

Up close and (too) personal: A Sophie Calle retrospective

She's stalked people, invited strangers into her bed and demanded a love letter from Damien Hirst, all in the name of art. As Sophie Calle's retrospective opens, Hannah Duguid meets a female force of nature

Helen Levitt: Photographer renowned for her portraits of street life in New York

Helen Levitt was one of the great documentary photographers of the 20th century. In a career that spanned 60 years, she captured in still photographs and on film the daily lives of ordinary Americans. She has been compared to that other eminent photographic documentarian of the 20th century, Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom she met and whose influence she acknowledged.

Guerrilla girl power: Have America's feminist artists sold out?

Have America's most famous feminist artists finally sold out to the establishment? Guy Adams reports from Los Angeles

The Nazis, the Jewish banker, and the battle for two priceless Picassos

The paintings are not only priceless, but they have been among the star attractions at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the city's equally renowned Guggenheim Museum for more than four decades. Both are early Picassos painted at the beginning of the 20th century – before the two world wars that would engulf Europe and ultimately lead to the current blockbuster of a legal battle.

What crisis? Buenos Aires is a world leader by design

Argentina's economic troubles drove its capital to reinvent itself as a major player in creative circles. Ismay Atkins reports

Estée Lauder billionaire donates $131m to Whitney Museum

The pockets of the Whitney Museum on the Upper East Side of New York, renowned for its works by contemporary and living artists, have been significantly deepened with a gift of $131m (£66m) from the chairman of its board, the cosmetics tycoon Leonard Lauder.

Books extract: Peter Carey's 'His Illegal Self'

Carey's new novel tells of radical politics and of the love between a woman and a young boy
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The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

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Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

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Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

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Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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