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Maev Kennedy

National Portrait Gallery's bid to save John Singer Sargents reputation

Paintings of artist dismissed as a crowd-pleaser after his death will be shown in major exhibition in London and New York.

Turner prize 2014 shuns painters and sculptors for art of film and video

Film pieces by three nominees add up to two hours of screen time at 30th edition show, alongside first printer in shortlist.

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...

Chichester theatre re-opens with Rupert Everett in Amadeus

After a £22m facelift restoring its eccentric magnificence, the West Sussex theatre re-opens with Peter Shaffer's classic play.

Made in Dagenham show director vows to put musicals 'back on the map'

Rupert Goold's fighting words about play starring Gemma Arterton come after failures by rivals in West End of London.

Richard Hamilton's illustrations for Ulysses go on show at British Museum

Sixty drawings and prints from late artist's unfulfilled quest to illustrate James Joyce's epic on display in time for Bloomsday Work from Richard Hamilton's unfulfilled quest to create the definitive illustrations for James Joyce's novel Ulysses have gon

Francis Bacon's portrait of Lucian Freud, owned by Roald Dahl, for sale

Children's author bought Study for Head of Lucian Freud in 1967 for

Ai Weiwei fills Yorkshire chapel with symbols of his persecution

Chairs signifying dissidents banned from travelling, a lantern like the ones he hung from cameras installed at his studio by the state ... the Chinese artist mounts a poignant Yorkshire Sculpture Park show 'by email' after his passport is confiscated I

Così Fan Tutte has all the fun of the fair in ENO's new production

English National Opera sets Mozart's tale of sisters straying from virtue in a 1950s American funfair, created by fairground artist.

Henry Moore remembered in artists' show at former home

Some of Britain's best known contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and Anish Kapoor, have for the first time been invited into Henry Moore's former home in Hertfordshire for a show examining the legacy of one of the most famous Br