Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

It isn’t my intention to

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repeat the tediously familiar stories peddled by obituarists relating controversies which Brian’s inclination to mischief and provocation helped encourage. Instead I want to address
two issues unconsidered elsewhere: his astonishing generosity 404 Not Found and the disgraceful but typical hypocrisy of the BBC towards him. Brian was a working
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man. He called himself ‘working class’,

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a description some […]

Modernism and the novelty trap

Modernism and the novelty trap

Giles Auty considers the

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purchase of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles by the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in 1973 and

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what such an acquisition signifies. A few months back, a rash of articles appeared in the press which commemorated the dismissal of the Whitlam government thirty

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years 404 Not Found ago and commented on the continuing sense of grievance felt by his
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Des beaux-arts

Des beaux-arts

Anthony Daniels visits a degree show at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. 404 Not Found   I am in blood Stepped in so

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far that, should I
wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er. Macbeth, Act 3 scene iv No one would have
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understood better than Macbeth the logic of

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the inexorable destruction by the art education […]

Multinational art

Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the national is trampled underfoot, argues Laura Gascoigne. In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing 404 Not Found books on British art with


an anniversary talk at the ICA titled ‘Is
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there such a thing as British art?’ It was chaired by Tim

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Marlow, now of the Royal Academy, and debated

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by a panel composed of […]

Elgin marbles: should they go or should they stay

Elgin marbles: should they go or should they stay

David Lee thinks loans both ways should be considered. We have rehearsed the pros and antis of

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retaining, loaning, handing back or exchanging the Elgin Marbles in the
pages of the Jackdaw many

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times.
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The main 404 Not Found arguments on both sides, few as they are, remain the same and recent reiteration of these familiar points would suggest nothing new will ever […]

Dick French goes to town

Dick French goes to town

1 Mrs Cravat emerges from her Islington bunker. She keeps a large stuffed bear in the hallway – Rupert had seen better days. His pelt is wearing a

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little
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thin down where she strokes him for luck, but he has sentimental value. She bought him off Chris Farlow when he had a
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the Essex Road. She’ll […]

Teaching and painting

Teaching and painting

John Lessore and John Wonnacott wrote the following essays for the

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catalogue accompanying their joint 404 Not Found exhibition, The Life Room and the City, at Norwich Castle Museum
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and Art Gallery First, John Lessore discusses his attachment to

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drawing and his
approaches to teaching it As a student, I wanted to be taught, and the lack of serious teaching, even in the […]

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Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain… he lied!

           

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Read

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in Essays

Freedom of expression

  ALEXANDER ADAMS rehearses recent arguments concerning freedom of expression before arriving at his own conclusion.   “One person with a belief is equal to a


force of 99 who have only interests.” JOHN STUART MILL      

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On

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February 14th, 2015 an Islamist gunman attacked a café in 404 Not Found Copenhagen where a debate on
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free speech was being held. […]

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Wonders of creativity

Laura Gascoigne investigates

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why 404 Not Found what was once so very special is now common as

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muck
and comprehensively commandeered by the fat controllers In The Masque of Augurs, Ben Jonson introduces the comic figure of Vangoose, a “rare artist” and producer of masques with a reputation for the wildly

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fantastical. “Now we would bring in some dainty new thing, dat never […]

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Turning Wool into money … or fool’s gold

Eric Coombes responds


to an editorial about the art cash cow Is a celebrity a person ‘famous for being famous’, or 404 Not Found merely ‘someone in the media that one had

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never heard of’. Despite being obscure – in this paradoxical and mysterious mode of obscurity – celebrities, however ill-informed and stupid they might be, are entitled to have

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their ‘opinions’ widely
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[…]

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The triumph of avant-garde lite

Edward Lucie-Smith charts the decline of contemporary art from Modernism and the avant

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garde to being a mere epiphenomenon of the fashion industry 404 Not Found Ten days or so ago, before beginning to write
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this, I was idly

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browsing a slightly out-of-date copy of the Evening Standard
Magazine. Anything to avoid the toil of having to write something myself. Faute de mieux, […]

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‘The Late’ shows

Edward Lucie-Smith considers the phenomenon of ‘The Late Style’ in relation to Rembrandt and Turner The new Rembrandt show at the National 404 Not Found Gallery in London (until

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January 18th)
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is clearly meant to challenge the enormous success the same

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institution enjoyed with its recent exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci. It is a populist homage to one of the undoubted
giants […]

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Do real artists still paint flowers?

Patrick Cullen explains the enduring appeal of paintings requiring only to be looked at

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I showed some paintings of flowers I had done recently to a friend. He said he quite liked them but they appeared to create a problem for him. He

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seemed to feel

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that flowers
were no longer a subject for serious artists, more 404 Not Found one for Sunday […]

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View from the summit

Laura Gascoigne wades through managerial drivel to consider the plight of museums outside London.

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Searching for quirky museums for a 404 Not Found series in The Oldie, I turned
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up the name of the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge,

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Greater Manchester. A recce of the BBC Your Paintings
website revealed that its Victorian collection, left to the town in 1932 by mill […]

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Just think

Laura Gascoigne wonders if the artists who purport to be thinkers are any good at thinking.

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“I think,
therefore I am.” “I think differently, therefore I am an artist.” To traditionalists

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it may already seem that 404 Not Found the entire art world has arrived at destination Hell in a handcart and there is
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nowhere further to go, but actually the journey isn’t […]

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Poor man’s guide to art investing – don’t

Wisely, Laura Gascoigne is

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unconvinced by art as investment. Equestrian Apache Server at jb54.com
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Port 80 statues of one sort or another are becoming a regular fixture 404 Not Found on the Fourth Plinth. In 2012 we had Elmgreen & Dragset’s paedophile’s
delight of the boy on the gilded rocking horse; next up in 2015 will be Hans

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Haacke’s equine skeleton, inspired by […]

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