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Homes painted in bright colours cover a hill in Jalousie, a cinder block shantytown in Petionville, Haiti. Workers this month began painting the concrete facades of buildings in Jalousie slum a rainbow of colours, inspired by the dazzling 'cities-in-the-skies' of well-known Haitian painter Prefete Duffaut, who died last year.

Beauty vs poverty: Haitian slums get psychedelic make-over in honour of artist Prefete Duffaut's 'cities in the sky'

One of Haiti's biggest shantytowns, a vast expanse of grim cinderblock homes on a mountainside in the nation's capital, is getting a psychedelic makeover that aims to be part art and part homage.

Lost in space: Mark Wallinger’s labyrinths for Tube stations at Oxford Circus

Charles Darwent on Mark Wallinger: Underground artist leads travellers astray

Mark Wallinger's new commission, 'Labyrinth', aims to subvert London Underground's iconography and disorient the viewer

Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, White Cube Bermondsey, London

Chuck Close suffered a spinal aneuryism in 1988, and the story of the making of his large-scale, painted portraits, works often composed of lozenges of colour organised inside grid-like patterns which cohere visually the further you recede from them, often goes hand in hand with a general acknowledgement of his tremendous battle against physical adversity. He's the man who is forever fighting to make it new from the maddening confines of a wheelchair.

Bradley Clarkson, Faye Tozer, Mike Cotton and Dylan Turner in The Tailor-Made Man

The Tailor-Made Man, Arts Theatre, London

This new musical bursts onto the stage like a wittily knowing and colourful cross between Mack and Mabel and Hollywood Babylon. It tells the fascinating and ultimately rather heartening true-life story of William “Billy” Haines, one of MGM's biggest stars in the late Twenties, though a heartthrob who did little to hide from his employers a decided offscreen preference for men. 

Lichtenstein's 'Look Mickey' (1961)

Charles Darwent on the Tate's Lichtenstein retrospective: Oh boy, Roy, that's a really dotty picture. There must be a catch ...

When fine art meets the comic book, the result is as subversive as the original cartoon characters

A woman views Roy Lichtenstein's painting Nudes With Beach Ball 1994 as the sculpture Galatea 1990 is seen on the left during the press preview for Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern, London.

Review: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, London

With an artist quite so well known as Roy Lichtenstein (can anyone not be aware of his imagery?), it is always tempting for a gallery to try and freshen him up with a novel interpretation. Mercifully Tate Modern, which has been particularly guilty in the past, has decided this time to play it straight.

Indissoluble connection: Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera

Great Works: The James Family (1751) by Arthur Devis

Tate, London

Sarah Lucas Self Portrait with Knickers 1994

BP British Art Displays: Looking At The View, Tate Britain, London

To walk through this display of mostly British landscape artists from the Tate collection is akin to walking through the British countryside itself: bracing, meditative, green, and, at times, dull. However, many exceptional works are included.

Light fantastic: Leo Villareal’s Cylinder II, left, and David Batchelor’s Magic Show

Art review: Light Show - Sometimes it pays to look into the light

A blindingly good show touches the heart of creation and glimpses the realms of religion

A view of Mount Etna and Taomina from Casa Cuseni

B&B and Beyond: Casa Cuseni, Taormina, Sicily

Garbo, Picasso and Bertrand Russell loved this magical villa. No wonder, it is a delight to the senses, writes Sarah Gilbert

Great Works: Mars, c 1638, by Diego Velázquez

Prado, Madrid

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Great Works: The Vision of St John, 1608-14, By El Greco

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Great Works: The Nativity, 1470-75, by Piero della Francesca

National Gallery, London

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