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The week’s best arts and culture reads – exploring the rituals surrounding death and burial, a new biography of Leonard Cohen and Pussy Riot in translation.

The band was created by A&R executives to rival the Fab Four – but they produced some the 1970s oddest music. David Stubbs recounts the strange story of Faust.

Rebellion is the theme in new documentaries about the ‘Persian Picasso’ and the man who inspired the 1975 film. Critic Owen Gleiberman gives his review.

From the Middle Ages to the present, woven fabric has been capable of being painting’s equal. Jason Farago picks the most sublime examples.

The week’s most amazing pictures from the arts and culture – from Japanese body painting to Danish fashion.

The week’s best arts and culture reads – examining the genius of War and Peace, the world’s most extravagant doll’s house and how ‘liberals are killing art’.

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