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    My big art inspiration - Chuck Close on Johannes Vermeer
As part of our Frieze art fair 2012 coverage, leading artists, from Tacita Dean to Rachel Whiteread, decode the masterpiece that most inspires them. We begin with Chuck Close.

Ever since I was a student, my favourite artist has been Johannes Vermeer. I understand, or can intuit, how every painting ever made, from the Lascaux caves to today’s most cutting-edge work, was painted. Information about a piece’s creation – touch, hand, process, technique – is embedded in the paint, like a Hansel and Gretel trail.

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    My big art inspiration - Chuck Close on Johannes Vermeer

    As part of our Frieze art fair 2012 coverage, leading artists, from Tacita Dean to Rachel Whiteread, decode the masterpiece that most inspires them. We begin with Chuck Close.

    Ever since I was a student, my favourite artist has been Johannes Vermeer. I understand, or can intuit, how every painting ever made, from the Lascaux caves to today’s most cutting-edge work, was painted. Information about a piece’s creation – touch, hand, process, technique – is embedded in the paint, like a Hansel and Gretel trail.

    Click here to read the rest of the article.

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    The story of British art
From the earliest evocative stone structures at Skara Brae and Stonehenge to the disturbing 20th-century portraits by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, the scope and sweep of British art tells a truly spectacular story about our isles. Through painting, sculpture, architecture and much more, immerse yourself in the best of critic Jonathan Jones’s epic survey of the artworks that have made us who we are.

    The story of British art

    From the earliest evocative stone structures at Skara Brae and Stonehenge to the disturbing 20th-century portraits by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, the scope and sweep of British art tells a truly spectacular story about our isles. Through painting, sculpture, architecture and much more, immerse yourself in the best of critic Jonathan Jones’s epic survey of the artworks that have made us who we are.

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Our artist of the week 208: Fiona Tan
Tan’s haunting video portraits and collections of other people’s snapshots span countless continents and lifetimes


Photograph: Courtesy of the artist, Frith St Gallery and the Photographers’ Gallery, London

    Our artist of the week 208: Fiona Tan

    Tan’s haunting video portraits and collections of other people’s snapshots span countless continents and lifetimes

    Photograph: Courtesy of the artist, Frith St Gallery and the Photographers’ Gallery, London

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Ai Weiwei: ‘China’s art world does not exist’
A new London exhibition is putting the spotlight on contemporary art in China. I take issue with the whole notion

    Ai Weiwei: ‘China’s art world does not exist’

    A new London exhibition is putting the spotlight on contemporary art in China. I take issue with the whole notion

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Magazine cover design – in pictures
From art nouveau and Vogue to Coca-Cola and punk, a wonderful new boxed collection reproduces 500 graphic design images that helped shape our visual culture. Here are some of our favourite magazine covers
Photograph: The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

    Magazine cover design – in pictures

    From art nouveau and Vogue to Coca-Cola and punk, a wonderful new boxed collection reproduces 500 graphic design images that helped shape our visual culture. Here are some of our favourite magazine covers

    Photograph: The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

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Ophelia by John Everett Millais, one of the best-known pre-Raphaelite paintings, is moved into place at Tate Britain.
A selection of images from Tate Britain’s historic pre-Raphaelite show, featuring work from Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and others, along with shots of the exhibition coming together
Photograph: Sophia Evans/Observer
    Ophelia by John Everett Millais, one of the best-known pre-Raphaelite paintings, is moved into place at Tate Britain.

    A selection of images from Tate Britain’s historic pre-Raphaelite show, featuring work from Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and others, along with shots of the exhibition coming together

    Photograph: Sophia Evans/Observer

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Spanish church mural ruined by well-intentioned restorer
There can be little doubt that the woman, identified only as an octogenarian local, was just trying to help when she noticed that the face of the scourged Christ on the wall of a small church in the city was looking a bit faded, and decided to freshen it up a bit.
Sadly for her – and Elías García Martínez, the 19th-century artist who painted the mural – her brush skills were not quite up to the job.
The unnamed amateur has transformed what was once a pleasant, if unremarkable, Ecce Homo into something that more closely resembles a bloated hedgehog than the image of Jesus before Pilate.
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    Spanish church mural ruined by well-intentioned restorer

    There can be little doubt that the woman, identified only as an octogenarian local, was just trying to help when she noticed that the face of the scourged Christ on the wall of a small church in the city was looking a bit faded, and decided to freshen it up a bit.

    Sadly for her – and Elías García Martínez, the 19th-century artist who painted the mural – her brush skills were not quite up to the job.

    The unnamed amateur has transformed what was once a pleasant, if unremarkable, Ecce Homo into something that more closely resembles a bloated hedgehog than the image of Jesus before Pilate.

    Full story here

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