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The Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has created a machine that turns shit into art. He also tattoos pigs on a farm in China and sells the hides. Now he has tattooed me
Ben Lewis  

Private view

Joseph Beuys was the original of the daft, cod-political art world we now know so well. But he did it first, and best, and silliness has not diminished his importance
Ben Lewis  

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After Picasso, Francis Bacon is the second most important painter of the 20th century. Why? His work inspired Gilles Deleuze to an entire philosophy of art
Ben Lewis  

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Dan Flavin's neon tubes may be beatified as one of the great ideas of 20th-century art. But he is one of the most old-fashioned, as well as radical, of modern artists
Ben Lewis  

Indelible paint

By proclaiming the triumph of painting in 2005, Charles Saatchi is following, not leading, a trend. Painting is indeed "back," but this time it is more than a fad. The great argument of the modern movement - between expressionism and…
Ben Lewis  

The price of art

The new boom has made art a more secure investment than property or shares, and collectors also get the chance to make history
Ben Lewis