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Real power in today's art world is held by advisers—shadowy figures who tell the rich what to buy and play auction houses and galleries off against each other
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Powered by the insatiable demand of the global rich, China's contemporary art scene is booming. What a shame that so much of the work is no good
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Douglas Gordon is Scotland's Damien Hirst. The difference is, Hirst is loved by dealers and Gordon by galleries—he is the Zen master of conceptual Scotart
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Full of raunchy plots and stylish visuals, Simon Schama's new series, which tells the stories behind great art, puts most cultural programming to shame
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Prophecies that the art market bubble would burst have proved empty. Yet some of us keep making them. How long can an idea of the "contemporary" last?
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Between the work of Holbein and Ron Mueck, many different styles have been used to define the "real" in art. Now we seem to want a reality that dwarfs us
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Kandinsky may have opened the way to pure abstraction, but he was traditionalist, romantic, sentimental and spiritualist. And not even properly abstract
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Charles Saatchi is trying to make a comeback—doing for American artists what he did for the Brits in his 1997 "Sensation" show. Do the yAas have that yBa magic?
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Hammer & tickle

Communism is the only political system to have created its own international brand of comedy. The standard interpretation is that communist jokes were a form of resistance. But they were also a safety valve for the regimes and jokes were…
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The Serpentine's new curator is about to shift British art away from the market manipulations of the Saatchi model to a new era of art theory—or babble
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The Rembrandt Research Project has produced the most radical debunking of artistic authorship ever. Do we now accept that the studio is greater than the artist?
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Gilbert and George are the godfathers of modern British art. Without them, the trite messages and facile innuendo of Britart would have been unthinkable
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A feature of the art market boom is the abandonment of local and national affiliations among collectors. So why can't Saatchi move further than SW3?
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Paul McCarthy's horror art has influenced a younger generation, through its embrace of perversity, its use of different media, and its obviousness
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Jonathan Monk's ICA show is the best of a type of work that is not meant to last. If the art world still liked isms, this idea would be called ephemeralism
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It's very big and clever, but what exactly is "art photography"? In the case of Jeff Wall, it is an odd inversion—a revival of the ethos of 19th-century genre painting
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It is the centre of art-world fashion. It is usually bad, boring and pretentious. So what is it that video art is trying to do that television can't do better?
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The French have revamped their permanent collection at the Pompidou Centre in imitation of a British, themed style. It alters the way we see the 20th century
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The Serpentine's Rirkrit Tiravanija show is the final proof that Duchamp's idea of the "readymade" is dead. Can't artists stop molesting ordinary objects?
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There is good art and there is bad art, but the Venice biennale is depressing for wider reasons. To a critic, the globalised art market makes no sense at all
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