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The Wallingers that were just too wacky – even for him

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Gillian Wearing to immortalise a real family in bronze

The only thing that really matters in life, it is often said, is your family. Yet how many statues do we see depicting devoted partners and adored kids alongside the heroic and famous? Not many. But Gillian Wearing is trying to change that.

Suzi Feay: No critic sets out to 'kill' a book

Literary editors can only read about the Telegraph books pages' recent legal drubbing at the hands of disgruntled author Sarah Thornton with a shiver of horror. Thornton's book Seven Days in the Art World received a merciless review from literary grande dame Lynn Barber, and Thornton promptly sued. The judgement compensated Thornton for the perceived damage to her professional standing as an academic to the tune of £65,000.

Jake or Dinos Chapman - picture preview

See if you can work out which Chapman brother produced which piece of artwork for their new White Cube gallery show

Fulfilment of Dream gives Turner prize

Forgotten colt turns into Hayley's comet as she becomes the first woman to land an outright victory in a British Group One

Preview: Home of Metal and Mark Titchner

An exhibition inspired by heavy metal music will be on display in the Midlands next week.

Glasgow eyes the Turner prize

When the nominations for the Turner Prize were announced recently, at least one feature of the list was rather predictable.

Turner prize artist Mark Leckey reveals plans for new exhibition

Mark Leckey, a Turner prize-winning artist, has likened a Henry Moore sculpture to a Samsung refrigerator, calling them both highly marketable brands that trade off the legacy of their names.

The 'Leviathon' in Paris

Indian-born London-based artist Anish Kapoor has unveiled a sculpture of epic proportions in Paris.

Tom Sutcliffe: The accidental art of a lasting image

The week in culture

Cellophane, sand, lipstick: a recipe for winning the Turner Prize?

Shortlisted artist's use of everyday items attracts judges' attention

Michael Glover: The best artist on the shortlist presents judges with a problem

Last year the Turner Prize went to a Scottish sound artist of negligible talent. This year all four shortlisted artists are quite distinctively non-metropolitan: one, George Shaw, is from Coventry, another, Hilary Lloyd, from Yorkshire, and the third and fourth – Martin Boyce and Karla Black – from Scotland. What is unusual about this year's shortlist is that it includes the work of an excellent artist, George Shaw, who stands head and shoulders above the rest. What is more, he is also a figurative painter who "almost" (as one of the judges scrupulously pointed out) paints photo-realistically. Does this mean that figurative painting is making a comeback? Yes and no. Most figurative painters would do better to spend their time breeding rabbits. Shaw, however, has a very special sensibility, and if he does not win this prize, we will have further confirmation of the ignorance and perversity of judges.

The Art Resort: Margate unveils its Turner Prize

A glamorous new gallery opens in Tracey Emin's home town today. It could be just what the place needs, reports Jay Merrick

Susan Hiller, Tate Britain, London

It has taken decades for this American artist to grow out of her wordy cleverness – and the terrifying results have been more than worth the wait
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