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Arts and culture: The week in pictures

  • Let us spray

    A man walks past a mural painted on the 5 Pointz building in the Long Island City neighbourhood of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibition space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • True blue

    Members of Blue Man Group perform during a media call at Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Blue Man Group are a theatrical collective whose shows include experimental music, comedy and multimedia. (Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

  • An artist of note

    Artist Robert Greenwood, dressed in an outfit made of Post-it notes, promotes an art exhibition called cARTographies, in Trafalgar Square, London. The exhibition, at the Gallery of St Martin in the Fields, involves audience participation and at its end, eight visitors will be offered the opportunity to purchase one of the full size original artworks for £8 ($12). (Photo: Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

  • Hangers on

    A team carefully positions the 15th Century painting Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist by Bellini over the fireplace in the ante room at Tyntesfield Hall in Wraxall, near Bristol. (Photo: National Trust/SWNS/PA Wire)

  • Scandi-ly clad

    Models present creations by Danish designer Anne Sofie Madsen during Copenhagen Fashion Week. (Photo: Keld Navntoft/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Artistic picnic

    People picnic on a huge blanket on the Ruggisberg near Roggwil in Switzerland. The blanket is an art installation called Bignick by the twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin. (Photo: Peter Klaunzer/EPA)

  • Stage hands

    Dancer Myriam Deraiche is supported by fellow Cirque Eloize troupe members while performing at New York State's Food Festival at the Empire State Plaza on Wednesday, in Albany, NY. The Montreal-based performance company is currently performing its production Cirkopolis at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. (Photo: Mike Groll/ AP Photo)

  • Light fantastic

    The interaction of fire, water, light and darkness can be seen during the dress rehearsal of Aquanario at the festival venue in Berlin. The event, which runs from 16-25 August, features choreographed water fountains, laser and pyrotechnic elements, music and movies. (Photo: Joerg Carstensen/EPA)

  • Straight talking

    An installation called Straight, comprised of 38 tonnes of steel bars, is on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The work is part of artist Ai Weiwei's exhibit According to What?, which opens to the public on 17 August. (Photo: Galit Rodan/AP Photo/The Canadian Press)

  • Walking on a dream

    Dancers with the band Empire of the Sun perform during a concert at the Space Stage at the Frequency 2013 music festival in St Pölten, Austria. (Photo: Herbert P Oczeret)