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Will Gompertz, Arts editor

Will Gompertz Arts editor

A view from the wings - from the Strokes and the soaps to Bauhaus and Bach

Why is the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum selling her work?

What struck me about the Georgia O'Keeffe sale was not the high price paid for the work.

Nor was it the discrepancy between what the market will pay for art made by men and what it will pay for art made by women, the reasons for which have never been entirely clear.

Is it ingrained sexism, or, as Germaine Greer told me in her opinion, historically work by female artists has generally not been as good as that produced by their male counterparts?

No, what caught my eye was the institution selling the painting, which was The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Doesn't that strike you as odd? A museum selling an artwork by the artist it was founded to represent?

I can't imagine it happening in this country, where our museum collections are like Venus flytraps: once an artwork goes into the collection, it ain't ever coming out (unless there are truly exceptional circumstances).

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Mike Nichols 'didn't direct actors, he inspired them'

Mike Nichols, one of Hollywood's best-known directors, has died at the age of 83.

He was among an elite few who managed to win all of America's big four entertainment awards - an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony.

Read full article Mike Nichols 'didn't direct actors, he inspired them'

Inside the burned Mackintosh building

It was one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the world, but in May 2014 fire ripped through the Glasgow School of Art.

Forensic archaeologists have begun sifting through the rubble to see what can be saved from Charles Rennie Mackintosh's architectural masterpiece.

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Do Allen Jones's sculptures objectify women?

An exhibition featuring the work of the controversial artist Allen Jones RA is opening in the Royal Academy of Arts on Thursday.

One of the reasons why Mr Jones's art work is famous is because some have label it as morally repugnant in its objectification of women.

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Institutions wield their power on art list

Sir Nicholas Serota
Sir Nicholas Serota has been Tate's director since 1988

I had been looking forward to the ArtReview Power 100 list.

I know these things are silly and trite, but then we all like a list (Buzzfeed is well on the way to becoming a $1bn company on the back of - among other things - lists about cats and people whose life has been changed by telly). They're an amusing diversion: a source for a quick gossip.

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Money for nothing? Paying for Performance Art

Winkel
For £40,000 you can buy Franz Erhard Walther's stretchy fabric and perform your own Winkel

It was at the beginning of this millennium that an ambitious, dark-haired young dancer called Adam Linder enrolled at the Royal Ballet School. Here - in suburban Richmond, South West London - this thoughtful, curious student cavorted and sweated a great deal.

His hard work paid off. Two years later- in 2002 - he graduated from the Downton Abbey-like White Lodge to become a member of the Royal Ballet, where once again he cavorted and sweated a great deal.

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Time for the art world to thank Lottery ticket buyers?

Visitors to the Wedgwood Museum, in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent

After a generous donation from the Heritage Lottery Fund helps save the Wedgwood Collection for the nation, isn't it time for the punters who buy tickets week in, week out to get some thanks?

It has been all smiles at the Wedgwood Museum this week after its staff found out at the end of last week that they still have a collection to display. Incredibly, that was very nearly not the case.

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Turner at Tate

JMW Turner, Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus exhibited 1839
JMW Turner's Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus, exhibited in 1839

Rivals in life, two of Britain's greatest painters Turner and Constable, are the subjects of major exhibitions in London.

The general consensus was that Turner had lost his marbles. Old age had addled his brain, leaving him incapacitated as a painter: a past master who was now only capable of splashing paint on a canvas in the most indiscriminate fashion.

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Carmen Dell'Orefice: model, muse and memorable handshake

Carmen Dell'Orefice next to portrait of her taken by Horst P Horst in 1947

As first impressions go, it was an odd one. I've experienced numerous handshakes over the years, from the 'damp rag' to the 'bone crusher', but I've never had the 'forearm grip' before. It was disconcerting.

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Roald Dahl: Charlie and the missing chapters

In the 50 years since Roald Dahl wrote the children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the book's characters have become household names but it turns out they were only part of the original story.

The discovery of new unpublished chapters reveals Dahl had intended to include more children lucky enough to win the golden ticket and meet Willy Wonka.

Read full article Roald Dahl: Charlie and the missing chapters

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About Will

Will has been BBC arts editor since 2009.

Before that, he was a director at the Tate Gallery for seven years, where he was responsible for the award-winning Tate Online, the UK's most popular art website, and Tate Etc, the UK's highest circulation art magazine.

He was voted one of the world's top 50 creative thinkers by the New York-based Creativity Magazine.

In 2009 Will wrote and performed Double Art History, a sell-out one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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