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The veteran Channel 4 host let readers in on the inner workings of his mind – and it’s not as laundered as one might have thought

Gillian Wearing's '2 into 1' (1997)

A YBA who's still causing a big sensation

The Whitechapel Gallery in east London is holding the first major retrospective of Gillian Wearing. Adrian Hamilton is moved by her deeply affecting films and photographs

Culture to comfort us: When did we become so culturally conservative?

We are taking refuge in the past, whether it's 'Call the Midwife' and 'Downton' on TV, Coward and Rattigan at the theatre, or neo-Romantics in the galleries. Where's the sensation? By Philip Hoare
Jenny Agutter, Jessica Raine and Judy Parfitt in 'Call the Midwife'

The shock of the old: When did we become so culturally conservative?

We are taking refuge in the past, whether it's 'Call the Midwife' and 'Downton' on TV, Coward and Rattigan at the theatre, or neo-Romantics in the galleries. Where's the sensation, asks Philip Hoare?

London Pictures, a new exhibition by artists Gilbert and George, presents a starkly different image of London from the one promoted to visitors for the Olympics

An even bigger splash by Gilbert and George

Over the past six years, artists Gilbert and George have pinched 3,712 lurid headline posters from their local newsagent. The result, London Pictures, is an exhibition that presents a starkly different image of London from the one promoted to visitors for the Olympics.

We Love: Pringle patchwork - Abstract blocks of contrasting colours and fabrics are woven together in this new capsule collection of designs by the Turner Prize-nominated artist Liam Gillick. From £145, pringlescotland.com

The Fashion Audit: Pringle patchwork, corsets, pyjamas and leap years

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Most trenchant critic: Adam Mars-Jones wins accolade for vicious review

It was an elegant yet acidic deflation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author's literary pretensions. Last night Adam Mars-Jones was rewarded with the Hatchet Job of the Year Award for the most scathing book review of 2011.

High praise – and an award – for the critic who panned a Pulitzer winner

It was an elegant yet acidic deconstruction of a Pulitzer Prize winning author's literary pretensions. Last night Adam Mars-Jones was rewarded with the Hatchet Job of the Year Award for the most scathing book review of 2011.

David Shrigley plays with anatomy - just like Damien Hirst

David Shrigley: Brain Activity, Hayward Gallery,
London

The master of whimsy wears his art-school credentials on his sleeve, but his ideas feel derivative and the jokes wear thin

Deller, right, says of Shrigley: 'It can be quite difficult talking to him: he's 6ft 5in and I'm 5ft 5in'

How We Met: David Shrigley & Jeremy Deller

David Shrigley, 43

Police clear protesters from Parliament Square

Police moved in on the protest camp of anti-war campaigners and their tents in Parliament Square to clear the pavement last night.

Graham Sutherland: 'Twisted Tree Form (1944)'

Graham Sutherland: An Unfinished World, Modern Art, Oxford
The Mystery of Appearance: Conversations Between Ten British Post-war Painters, Haunch of Venison, London

Sutherland is one of many mid-20th-century artists storming back into fashion at galleries and in salerooms alike

Scottish artist's rubbish bin wins the Turner Prize

Modern art is often derided as a load of rubbish, but yesterday a Scot turned the cliche on its head, winning the top prize for contemporary art in Britain for a series of installations that include a rubbish bin.

Anemones, Cadiz, Spain
<p>While anemones around the world come in myriad hues, these are astonishingly pretty, with waving pink-and-mauve-tipped turquoise tendrils and a deep teal-coloured tummy</p>

You've come a long way: The source of Ferran Adrià's key ingredients

Ferran Adrià, the globally fêted chef and guiding light behind El Bulli – the three-Michelin-starred restaurant on Spain's Costa Brava widely considered, until it shut its doors earlier this year, the best in the world – has long been celebrated for his innovative but always precise ways. His imaginative dishes may take a surprising, or even wondrous, form – flowers suspended in a "cloud" of spun sugar, flavours captured in a shard of ice – but one thing is constant: they show great respect for the essential flavours of the raw ingredients from which they are created.

Activists from Liberate Tate pouran oil-like substance over a naked group member in the middle of the Tate Britain

Tate trustee reignites BP row ahead of Turner Prize

Patrick Brill brands oil company "a disgrace", as campaign groups call for end of sponsorship deal

Eyes on the Turner Prize

It is famed for its wacky works &ndash; and with one piece titled The Same Old Crap, this year's Turner Prize is no exception

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