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  • Welcome to Ukraine

    When the EuroMaidan protests began in November 2013, street art took on a different meaning in Ukraine. It could be a half-burnt piece of barricade, a bullet painted red or a military helmet: all artifacts that were on display at an exhibition in Kiev this March. Now, a show in Austria takes a step back to look at how artists gave the uprising a voice. Welcome to Ukraine (pictured) is a painting by Ivan Semesyuk who, along with Olexa Mann and a group of anarchist artists, constructed a roofless plywood shack close to the barricades. Called the Artistic Barbican, it became a venue for exhibiting ironic works that became popular among protesters. (Ivan Semesyuk)

  • Shoot from the hip

    Members of the British male dance ensemble BalletBoyz perform during a dress rehearsal at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney. The group was set up in 2000, after Michael Nunn and William Trevitt walked out of their jobs as principals with the Royal Ballet in Britain and reinvented themselves with an irreverent approach. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

  • To a tee

    A new meme kicked off on 12 May when Macauley Culkin posted a picture in which he wore a T-shirt showing Ryan Gosling in a T-shirt showing the former child actor. Gosling had been photographed in a top printed with the Home Alone star’s LIFE cover in March 2013. Culkin’s Tweet this week included the message “Let’s get meta”. Internet speculation about where this potentially infinite, hall of mirrors viral hit could go to next has been rife. (Pizza Underground/@cheesedayz)

  • Beached veil

    A design by Estonian designer Pirat Puppart is modelled on the beach in Heringsdorf, north-eastern Germany. The Baltic Fashion Award takes place on May 17 with 12 upcoming designers from Germany, Sweden, Russia, Denmark and Estonia. (AP Photo/dpa, Stefan Sauer)

  • In a fog

    Artist Fujiko Nakaya has shrouded The Glass House in Connecticut in mist for a new installation. For 10 minutes each hour, the modernist structure designed by Philip Johnson in 1949 seems to vanish until the fog dissipates. (Richard Barnes 2014/courtesy of the Glass House)

  • Flash in the pan

    German artist Carsten Nicolai kicks off Art Basel Hong Kong with an installation commandeering the lights of the city’s tallest building. For Alpha Pulse, Nicolai mixed electronic music on a ferry pier facing the skyscraper, matching them with the pulsing lights of the International Commerce Center in West Kowloon. Six columns on the pier flashed to the rhythm of the lights. (Callaghan Walsh/Getty Images)

  • Pasted portrait

    A woman pastes a portrait of herself on the sidewalk as part of the Inside Out art project by French artist JR in the Xintiandi area of central Shanghai. JR and his team set up a photo studio and printing equipment in a truck to capture portraits of locals and tourists, which are then displayed in public. The portraits will be pasted on walls in the Lakeside Road area of the district. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

  • Head over heels

    A woman passes a sculpture by Marc Quinn called Myth Venus before the start of the afternoon session at Christie's auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York. Modelled on Kate Moss, the artwork fetched $1.3m in a sale that reached $744m, with pieces by Andy Warhol selling for more than $100m. (Timothy A Clery/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Playing second fiddle

    London-based artist Tadas Maksimovas twisted and glued his hair into tightly spun fibres which were then fixed to a wooden violin and played. The experimental piece was created for Street Musician’s Day on 17 May, an annual music event founded by Lithuanian musician Andrius Mamontovas. (Tadas Maksimovas)

  • Put on your red light

    A visitor interacts with a laser light art piece as part of a digital art show in Wuhan, Hubei province. The exhibition is part of a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and France. (Reuters/Stringer)