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Eight amazing pictures of the week

  • Sugar rush

    American artist Will Cotton draws on European 18 Century masters and mid-century US pin-ups for his paintings, which craft confectionary into cloying scenes of paradise. His painting of Katy Perry reclining amid cotton candy clouds was used as cover art on her album Teenage Dream: melted ice cream, pastries and macaroons all feature in his first solo UK show, which opens this week. (Courtesy of the artist, Mary Boone Gallery, New York and Ronchini Gallery, London)

  • Rubble-rousing

    Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn has taken part in the Shanghai and Venice Biennales. Now he makes it a hat trick, exhibiting his new work Abschlag at the Manifesta 10 European Biennial of Contemporary Art in St Petersburg. Hirschhorn is known for his monumental installations including Eternal Flame, which has just been shown at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and is made up of more than 16,000 tyres. (Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

  • White cube

    A life-sized model of former US President George W Bush attempting to solve a Rubik’s cube is on show as part of a new exhibition in Frankfurt. The art work, by the queen of the doubletake Alison Jackson, is on display alongside pieces by Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman and Gerhard Richter as part of the show Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and Artists. (Boris Roessler/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Cracked shell

    Chilean architect Smiljan Radić has unveiled his pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London. Radić follows Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas as the 14th architect to design a temporary structure for the gallery since 2000. Drawing inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant, he has created a fibreglass shell suspended on quarry stones that has been called “a collision between an extraterrestrial egg and a Neolithic burial site”. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

  • Ring of fire

    Photographer Li Xiaolong creates art from sparks by photographing his subjects as they swing burning steel wool in patterns above their head. The image was taken in Rizhao city, a seaport on the Yellow Sea in China’s Shandong province. (Li Xiaolong/Rex)

  • Seeing red

    Models walk the runway during the Dolce & Gabbana show at Milan Menswear Fashion Week. D&G’s collection in bold reds took inspiration from “the Spanish influence in Sicily between 1576 and 1713” according to the designers’ notes, and featured toreador jackets and tailored trousers cropped at the ankle. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

  • Dame of thrones

    Queen Elizabeth II visited the interior set of the TV series Game of Thrones on a tour of Northern Ireland this week. She met cast members including Kit Harington and Lena Heady as well as inspecting an array of weapons from the fantasy drama. The Queen declined to sit on the show’s Iron Throne, which is made out of swords, but her visit nevertheless sparked a meme online. (Rex)

  • No truck with meat

    Festivalgoers look at a sculpture by the street artist Banksy at Worthy Farm in Glastonbury. The work, called The Sirens of the Lambs, is a truck full of soft toys and is intended as a comment on the farming of animals for slaughter. Other artworks at one of the world’s largest music festivals include a giant sculpture of a spider. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)