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Simon Coates

Heroes and villains: Ivo van Hove's heavenly and hellish work

Ivo van Hove, the Bowie collaborator with a taste for the spectacular, returns with a timely, bloody war epic at the Barbican

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Belarus exiles' theatre of war

Back in their homeland, state opposition meant they had to perform in secret. Now in exile, they are bringing their new play to London

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William Hogarth and the new borders of art

The master satirist’s complicated relationship with his European contemporaries is explored in a stunning exhibition in London’s Tate Britain.

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Is the protest song dead?

Not if the reformed, revived, stripped-down The Specials have anything to say about it.

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What's it like to own a Banksy? How prices and paranoia rise

The secretive artist whose works command millions at auction has returned with new street pieces in Great Yarmouth and other eastern coastal towns. But as prices continue to rise, what is it like to have been one of the early adopters who bought one of his early prints for a song nearly 20 years ago?

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