Arts and Entertainment Technicians hanging 'Three studies of Isabel Rawsthorne' by Francis Bacon, estimated to fetch 10 million pounds

Masterworks by British contemporary art giants Francis Bacon and David Hockney will go under the hammer today in a £66 million bonanza.

German artist Georg Baselitz has angered women with his claims that they ‘don’t paint very well’

What’s the biggest problem with women artists? None of them can actually paint, says Georg Baselitz

Women cannot paint well, despite making up the majority of art students, according to one of Europe’s pre-eminent post-war artists.

They've gone all en-suite at the 'cluster of towers and pinnacles'

The old St Pancras railway hotel is about to reopen. It's a sensitive restoration with modern comforts

Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer, 1908-74

Portraits by the twentieth-century pioneering photographer Ida Kar are now on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Christiane Baumgartner: Reel Time - a preview

Melding centuries old woodcut techniques with hypermodern digital video ones, German artist Christiane Baumgartner’s work is a compelling mixture of old and new.

Susan Hiller, Tate Britain, London

It has taken decades for this American artist to grow out of her wordy cleverness – and the terrifying results have been more than worth the wait

Bridget Riley: Still on top form

Bridget Riley is the queen of modern British art, says Adrian Hamilton, and yet her work is enriched by her traditionalist and joyful regard for the masters

Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Work

An exhibition of work by the British artist famous for making the mind boggle and see spots opens at the National Gallery tomorrow.

Piano hits the wrong note: London's new Central St Giles complex is striking but bereft of joie de vivre

The Central St Giles complex is the Italian architect Renzo Piano's first London building. It may be the brightest new addition to the capital's landscape, but it's far from the best, argues Jay Merrick

Bridget Riley: From Life, National Portrait Gallery, London

Faces of a young op artist

The Mind's Eye: Collected Writings 1965-2009, By Bridget Riley

This appropriately handsome volume offers a wealth of insights into the inspirations and thinking of Britain's leading abstractionist. In a 1988 conversation, Riley reveals that she "did not intend to make more than one" of the black and white paintings that made her name.

Bridget Riley: New Paintings, Wall Paintings, Gouaches

Bridget Riley has been creating abstract paintings for 50 years – and her latest work is as tantalising as ever, says Tom Lubbock

Beyond These Walls, South London Gallery, London

An exhibition close to a burnt-out south London estate looks long and hard at the gulf between 'us' and 'them'

The Architecture of Parking, By Simon Henley

This revelatory study opens our eyes to structures that we take for granted. It includes a car park that achieved stardom by appearing in Get Carter (Trinity Square, Gateshead) and another by star architect Zaha Hadid.

Read between the lines: Are Bridget Riley’s paintings really fine art?

Bridget Riley's paintings are beautiful creations, but should they be regarded as fine art – or merely framed wallpaper?

'There's never been a great woman artist'

So says the critic Brian Sewell, and the art market seems to agree, with men's work commanding millions more at auction. By Andrew Johnson
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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