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American Colour 1962-1965 by Tony Ray-Jones - review

This collection of Tony Ray-Jones's early colour work in the United States shows a great photographer in the making As the current retrospective of his work at Media Space in London shows, the late Tony Ray-Jones was a pioneer of black-and-white docu

El Dorado is a state of mind: the stories behind the British Museum's new exhibition

The mountain-top lake of Guatavita in Colombia is not the obvious starting point for one of the world’s most enduring legends — the myth of El Dorado and its promise of kingdoms of glittering gold.

Vikings: life and legend - British Museum

The first major exhibition on Vikings at the British Museum for over 30 years. Features many new archaeological discoveries and objects never seen before in the UK alongside important Viking Age artefacts from the British Museum’s own collection and el

Art Under Attack at Tate: the exhibition that risks desecrating itself

Showing the Chapmans' glib works alongside the unforgettably moving Dead Christ is bad enough, but the Tate can't champion art vandals as artists without risking massive hypocrisy.

Damien Hirst releases children's book

Damien Hirst has turned his best-known works - including the dead shark and the diamond skull - into ABC, a picture book for children. He explains more How would you describe the book? It is an alphabet book for kids. Each letter is represented by an a

Pearls at the V&A takes a fresh look at the most dazzling of gems

Proving that pearls are not just for Sloane Rangers on their 21st birthday, this exhibition takes a fresh look at these luminous gems.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Kensington Gardens, review

As an addition to a historic building of some quality, it is hard to see Zaha Hadid's new structure as anything other than aggressive and banal, says Ellis Woodman.

Fourth Plinth Trafalgar Square: robotic cones may replace Cock

Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth could have its first ever moving statue, as new proposals including a pair of dancing cones, an enormous face mask and a giant thumbs-up are unveiled.

I'm in a Stirling prize winner … get me out of here!

'The definition of an architect," said an exasperated Lord Blake, provost of Queen's College, Oxford, on the completion of the long-delayed, over-budget, leaky-roofed Florey student accommodation building, "is someone you employ only once."

Zaha Hadid: 'I don't make nice little buildings'

Her fans consider her a bloody-minded genius, her detractors a 'starchitect' of convoluted fantasies. As the Serpentine Sackler gallery opens in London, she talks about resisting rectangular design – and why she'd be happy to build in Syria.