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Egg junkies, pooing cats, Rolex watches and minimalist mountains—Charles Avery's art seems silly enough to laugh at. Has the art world been duped?
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Hirst’s unburstable bubble

I got it wrong. Very wrong. More wrong, perhaps, than anyone has ever got anything wrong in the history of art, or at least the history of art market reporting
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Art history too often ignores prints. Now the British Museum has made a persuasive case for their importance in 20th-century American culture
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Are artists capable of time travel? The bleak, depressing work of Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi would certainly seem to suggest so
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While the world lurches deeper into financial crisis, the art market goes from strength to strength. Will there be any end to its current boom?
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Contemporary Chinese art is often cleverly calibrated for a western market, and it can fetch millions. But is this calculation part of its mastery?
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A gorgeous show of nature paintings from the "age of discovery" reveals some surprising parallels with the strategies of artists today
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Antony Gormley is the Dan Brown of the art world: simple and accessible, his work is loved by the public as much as it is reviled by serious critics
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The 1970s conceptualist Marcel Broodthaers was the true heir to the spirit of Dada. His wise, witty and arcane work is now on show in Milton Keynes
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The Russian paintings affair was, in reality, a minor wrangle about timing. Were the Russians being opportunistic or just paranoid?
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Walter Sickert's Camden Town nudes, denounced as "slum art," are surely among the greatest political works in the history of British painting
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The Hayward Gallery's show proves that figurative painting never really died. These artists have adopted the tactics of photographers to surpass them
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We started something great

Orlando Figes's magisterial work tells the story of Stalin's Russia through the lives of its victims. It finds that misplaced idealism, as much as blind fear, was what made them obey Stalin
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Why is Henry Moore so unfashionable? Yes, his work was bombastic and unoriginal: but isn't that also true of today's best loved artists?
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Keith Arnatt's photos depict dog turds and rubbish—but they are also about the medium of photography. Why has this great artist been so ignored?
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Doubting Damien

The problem with assessing much modern art is that it's hard to tell the difference between a banal work and one whose theme is banality. So, how might we make a case against Damien Hirst?
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The work and public images of Tracey Emin, Sophie Calle and Isa Genzken conform eerily to national stereotype. Which of these artists will become Miss Venice biennale 2007?
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In their desire to expose the hidden meanings in everyday objects, the surrealists blurred the distinction between fine and applied art. Today's curators are doing much the same
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Russia is trying to engineer its own contemporary art boom. But it is too much in thrall to non-Russian artists and curators—and runs the risk of ignoring its home-grown talent
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Andreas Gursky's photographs are famous mainly because of their massive price tags. But what's really important about them is the revolutionary idea of photography they embody
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