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Ming bling and Apocalypse Now the week in art

The V&A launches a blockbuster exhibition of amazing artefacts from the Ming dynasty and Fiona Banner is inspired by Francis Ford Coppola. Plus Mad Men, the birth of the worlds best-loved logos and vomiting dogs all in your favourite art dispatch Continue

Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith, RIBA, review: 'revelatory'

Smith's architectural and landscape studies exhibit a signatory grace and stillness, says Christian House

Government launches 'design your own £1' coin competition

Heads you win; tails, it's your design, quips George Osborne, as he calls on budding artists to revamp new 12-sided coin Continue reading...

Rubens: the alpha-male of Western art

A major new exhibition at the Royal Academy gives us the chance to celebrate the work of Rubens, says Mark Hudson

David Hockney's blues and sunshine moments come out in new biography

Author Christopher Simon Sykes given access to Hockney's inner circle for biography detailing artist's life since 1975 Continue reading...

Frank Auerbach: a painter's painter of horrors and joy

Troubling, profound work owned by friend Freud will surely win new generations of fans as he prepares for Tate retrospective Continue reading...

Ai Weiwei prepares for Blenheim Palace show but must keep his distance

Artist remains under house arrest in Beijing, but is directing installation of his largest UK exhibition to date using a 3D computer model Continue reading...

Folkestone Triennial 2014 review: nothing but gold bars and end-of-the-pier gags

Artist Michael Sailstorfer has buried £10,000 of gold for you to dig up and it just might be the most interesting thing at a festival that goes to new heights, but lacks depth Will you be digging for buried treasure? Our live blog of the gold rush in Fol

Ketchup-stained Lowry painting on display for the first time after being restored

A Lowry painting has gone on display for the first time, after experts removed two old ketchup stains from its surface