Detail from ‘Lionel Messi and a Universe of Flowers’  by Takashi Murakami, which sold for £317,000 in a charity auction at Sotheby’s, London

The worlds of international soccer and fine art rarely collide, but last week in London, at a charity auction in Sotheby’s, one of the world’s most fa(...)

Detail from Dance with the Devil by Conor Harrington

Six years have passed since the elusive king of street art Banksy and his former founding agent/public face Steve Lazarides parted company, but tha(...)

Detail from Le voyage d’Hector Hyppolite en Afrique (2000) by Hervé Télémaque

It seems miraculous that a country so blighted by slavery, dictatorship, epidemics, poverty and natural disasters should produce such original and (...)

Bin man: Michael Landy with his Art Bin installation. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty

In a gallery at PS1, the experimental affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a scribbled note pinned to the wall reads, “Michael Landy did(...)

Damien Hirst in front of one of his works. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

In the museum business – if you can look on it as a business for a moment – it is said that if you want a surefire winner of an exhibition, one tha(...)

The fake Prada shop erected by Elmgreen and Dragset in  the middle of the desert between Marfa and neighbouring Valentine. Photograph: Getty

To get to Marfa, I flew to Dallas then on to El Paso, hired a car and drove four hours out into the New Mexico desert. There were cranberry farms, (...)

Damien Hirst plans to build 750 homes in Devon

He’s made millions from stuffed sharks, formaldehyde animals, spot and splatter paintings and a diamond encrusted skull, but now Damien Hirst has turn(...)

Auctioneer Garrett O’Connor in Dublin holding the prized Damien Hirst painting that sold at an anonymous auction for just €380. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

It had to be star power: how else do you explain the figures fetched at the Christie’s contemporary art auction in New York last May, as $745 milli(...)

Patrick ScallonPHOTOGRAPH: JOHN DOLAN

At three in the morning under cover of darkness in Paris, a 16th Bronzino portrait of a young sculptor was lifted carefully from its position in the L(...)

Dog days: from Ciarán Healy’s DIT series The Familiar Wolf

Who would want to study to be a visual artist these days? To gain an academic qualification you work for an indefinite number of years before emerging(...)