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Zoe Pilger reviews feminist artist Sarah Lucas's first major solo exhibition

Junya Ishigami makes a splash at Barbican's Curve gallery

Nothing in the world of Junya Ishigami quite conforms to type. Chairs wear hats, socks and little sweaters knitted in fine-ply cream mohair; tables are paper thin and three-meters long and ripple when touched; huge metal boulders float up to the sky. Even the architecture he makes can be so immaterial as scarcely to exist. The piece he has just installed in the Barbican's Curve gallery, for example – constructed from hand-rolled carbon columns that are 0.9mm thick, and secured by crossbracing threads of just 0.2mm – is almost impossible to see. It's about as tantalisingly stealthy as architecture can be.

Top 10 TV remakes

MTV are releasing a brand new TV remake of the popular 1985 comedy film Teen Wolf starring Michael J Fox (Starts 7 July, 8pm, Sky Living).

The 10 best beach towels

Make waves at the pool or stand out at the seaside with a top towel this summer. Here’s our pick of the most fun, funky and fashionable around...

An alternative way to enjoy the London Olympics

With under 400 days to go until the start of the London Olympics 2012, we have seen east London being transformed to accommodate a newly built stadium, the nominations for Torchbearers are coming in and test events are underway.

The 10 best men's washbags

When you've finished working up a sweat at the gym, make an impression in the locker room with one of these smart and eye-catching accessories.

The 10 best headphones

Whether you want to appreciate the subtle basslines of your home stereo or keep booming city life at bay, we’ve got perfect over-ear options for the job.

Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978&ndash;2010, Whitechapel Gallery, London<br/>Vivian Maier: A Life Uncovered, German Gymnasium, London

Where have Thomas Struth's 4m-tall, gargantuan-format series been hiding all these years?

The 10 best hand blenders

They’re a versatile kitchen tool for making anything from fruity summer smoothies to thick soups and tangy sauces when winter comes. Here are the gizmos that will get you into the mix...

The 10 best brandies

Delicious on their own after dinner or poured into a cup of coffee, have a snifter of one of these fine spirits...

The 10 best bedside lamps

Squinting over a novel is never a good look - it's worth investing in a decent light so that bedtime reading is a pleasure. And there are plenty of different styles to choose from.

The 10 best wardrobes

Whether you favour antique-look oak, or prefer an ultra-modern design, store your clothes in style with one of these wonderful wardrobes...

Jack Smith: Painter who rejected his work as part of the 'Kitchen Sink School' in favour of abstraction

On 31 March 1984, a show called The Forgotten Fifties opened in Sheffield. As if to underline the deathliness of its title, the exhibition was held at the Graves Gallery. Among the artists in it was a local boy, Jack Smith, who had left town to make good in London 30-odd years before. The show's name and venue did not suggest a triumphant homecoming.

The 10 best olive oils

Some are neutral, ideal for cooking with, others are fresh and grassy - just right for salads and dipping crusty bread into. Choose the right oil from these delicious bottles...

Enrique Brinkmann: the poetics of silence - picture preview

A retrospective of Spanish artist Enrique Brinkmann will open in London this week as the inaugural show at a new contemporary art gallery.

The 10 best briefcases

Look like you mean business with a seriously smart briefcase. From classic leather to futuristic aluminium, you'll have the office knowing who's boss

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