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A hotel to inspire Wanders lust

When we were young: 'View From The Studio' (1995)– a childhood allergy to oil paint forced Nordström to draw

Charles Darwent on Jockum Nordström's All I Have Learned and Forgotten Again: The bottom line of beauty

Swedish artist's drawings, collages and sculptures are wilfully naive but deceptively sophisticated

Review: Casa Negra, 54-56 Great, Eastern Street, London

'It has a jolly, Mexican-seaside vibe, not something you often find in Shoreditch'

Book review: Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, By Judith Mackrell

Bold and daring, the new women of the 1920s did far more than show a glimpse of stocking

The Banksy mural in 2012 on a wall in Wood Green, north London, left, and the same wall after it went missing, right

No Ball Games: Anger as another Banksy removed from north London wall

The company who sold the Banksy mural "Slave Labour" have prompted further outcry after a second well-loved artwork was removed from a north London wall yesterday to be put up for auction commercially.

Mexican clay artist Alejandro Santiago dies of heart attack aged 49

Alejandro Santiago, a Mexican artist who filled the streets of his home town with clay figures to represent the migrants who left for the United States, has died at the age of 49.

Wide of the mark: Fran Halsall is now working with a sports psychologist after targeting five medals at last year’s Olympics but ending up with none

Olympic legacy: Medals will increase pool of talent

British swimmers failed at London Games and if there are no role models the grass roots will suffer

Hattie Morahan, actress: 'I love the virtuosity and imaginative chutzpah of Da Vinci's Demons'

Cultural life: Hattie Morahan, actress

'I love the virtuosity and imaginative chutzpah of Da Vinci's Demons'

Great works: Mauve Nude, By Marc Chagall

Private collection

This painting of French artist Lucien Pissarro by J B Manson is worth up to £30,000 and can now be sold to pay for dementia care

Council wins right to sell heirlooms to fund a father’s care

A man has lost his battle to prevent family heirlooms, including a painting by Lucien Pissarro worth up to £30,000, from being seized to fund his father’s care.

Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge

Defamation case opened against racist Italian senator Roberto Calderoli as abuse of black minister continues

Local councillor receives suspended sentence for 'should be raped' comments and immigration minister Cecile Kyenge is met with noose protests

£172m worth of ashes? Fears that stolen art works could have been 'burned in stove'

Traces of canvas, paint and nails found in oven of suspect in multi-million pound art heist

Record art prices fuel Christie’s sales boom

A new generation of wealthy Chinese have become big new bidders in the art market and helped to drive worldwide sales at the auction house Christie’s to a record-breaking £2.4bn for the first half of this year.

Just for the record: David Shrigley

I'll always have my childhood passion up my sleeve...

Forget the money: designing record covers is a labour of love, says David Shrigley

A visitor looks at 'Rose and Gold' by Dame Laura Knight

Arts review: Laura Knight Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London

'Modern' is not a word you automatically associate with Dame Laura Knight, but her self-portrait is just that, in some ways at least. Note I say "modern" and not "avant garde": the picture dates from 1913, the year Picasso painted Guitar and Duchamp made his wheel-stool, Roue de Bicyclette.

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