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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

Virginia Woolf inspires new ballet

A new ballet inspired by the work of Virginia Woolf is being written for the Royal Ballet.

An exhibition of rare images of the writer is also due to open at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

I've been down to the gallery to have a look.

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"Hopper was a bit of a megalomaniac"

Dennis Hopper was best known as a Hollywood actor and director of classics like Easy Rider.

But the star was also a talented photographer, capturing both the counter culture and the famous faces of the 1960s.

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Celebrating 50 years of Joe Orton

Mr Sloane poster

"I hope I've never written anything as bad as some of the early Shakespeare's," Joe Orton said shortly before he was murdered by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

It's a clip from an archive interview with the BBC, which I included in a piece for the Today Programme, marking the 50th anniversary of Orton's first stage play, Entertaining Mr Sloane.

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Mauritshuis is the rock super-group of collections

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis reopens next week in The Hague, after a lengthy expansion project. The unveiling of this renovated 17th century Dutch palace will give visitors a chance to see some of the greatest masterpieces ever produced, reunited under one roof.

The Maurithuis's international strategy during its two-year refurbishment was simple: it would send its remarkable collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings out on a world tour. But only the very, very best would be selected; only the most masterful of its masterpieces.

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Dazzle Ships and the art of confusion

A pilot boat, conserved by the Merseyside Maritime Museum, has received a fresh lick of paint. Its striking new design reveals a fascinating history of the art of confusion in warfare.

The Edmund Gardener is a retired 760-tonne Mersey Pilot ship. This is what it looked like three weeks ago…

Edmund Gardener, three weeks ago

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Theatre is 'a moral laboratory'

Polly Stenham
Polly Stenham: 'Theatre is such a moral laboratory'

Polly Stenham was just 19 years-old when her first play, That Face, premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre.

The 2007 production It became an award-winning international hit that heralded not only the arrival of an exciting new playwright, but also the emergence of a new generation of young female dramatists nurtured by the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme.

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Controversy over Grace Kelly film

It's been panned by critics and criticised by Monaco's royal family, but Nicole Kidman says she wouldn't change her performance in the Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco.

Set in the 1960s, Olivier Dahan's film focuses on Kelly's early years as a princess, when she was tempted to return to Hollywood by an offer from Alfred Hitchcock.

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Van Dyck appeal keeps self-portrait in UK

Sir Anthony Van Dyck's Self-Portrait shows the Flemish artist at work. He stares out from the canvas over his right shoulder, his right arm poised to paint - seemingly appraising you, the viewer, as the subject.

He painted it in 1641, at a time when he was at the heart of the English court, as Charles I's Principal Painter.

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Maria Miller and the arts: The verdict

To many, Maria Miller never seemed completely at one with the culture brief. She was often a nervous performer when speaking about the arts, and always appeared uncomfortable when I interviewed her on the subject. Several people I spoke to expressed surprise that as culture secretary she was unable to find the time to visit Londonderry/Derry during its year as UK City of Culture in 2013.

The MP for Basingstoke had a career as a 'suit' in advertising before entering politics. There she would have been required to attend to the business side of a client account, while the 'creatives' came up with the whizzy ideas. It struck me that it was at the business end of the arts she felt most at home, arguing effectively and with passion that culture can make a lasting and positive impact on the country's economy.

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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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