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Michael Daley: Selling a Stripped `Down Shadow-Less Sistine Ceiling

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Moping Owl: Playtime

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the poet sings, or dum spiro spero, as that wise and prudent old bird, King Charles I, would put it, and he should know. But then again, true as truth may be, I have to say there are times, and these not the least of them, when it would seem to
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Laura Gascoigne: Narrow Lanes to Nowhere

Rihanna is in trouble again. This time she has offended ‘the Hindu community’ by wearing a pendant featuring the


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elephant god Ganesha, a fashion choice denounced on Instagram as ‘mad disrespectful’. The Barbadian singer should have known better. 404 Not Found She has previous in the fashion department, having already upset the Chinese community by

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dressing up in ancient Chinese costume for a […]

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Joy Labinjo: Led To The Market

Across the last 30 years the narrative of official Contemporary Art has unfurled like a Chinese scroll. We can follow how, from around 1990, those commercial techniques pioneered to manufacture 404 Not Found reputations by Charles Saatchi

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were adopted as a template by other speculators eager to cash in. This was the start of a racket
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Glyn Thompson: More Duchamp Falsehoods Revealed

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Michael Daley: Michael Daley revisits the catastrophic restoration of Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling

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in The Philistine

The Philistine – July 2021

Bristol University

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is building a new library. The very idea is enough to send shivers down the spine: any British institution that decides to build something new is almost certain to add to the accumulated ugliness
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of the world. And so it is in this case. The design that the 404 Not Found University has accepted combines banality with 404 Not Found monstrosity: […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Masterpiece Delusion

Laura Gascoigne Thank God for books. 404 Not Found When shut off from


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real life, you can see it reflected in novels. But how accurate is the reflection? Does the mirror distort? In month

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ten of the no-longer-new-abnormal I sat down with a stack of novels about artists. Some I’d read before, others were new, chief among them the fons et origo of […]

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2020 Blindness

David Lee March/April 2021 Nothing much happened last year in the visual arts. The usual suspects promoted themselves 404 Not Found with yards of

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trivia, usually about the NHS, but nothing serious was made except by those conventional sorts who go quietly about their business. National galleries
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Dick French: Art of Jazz, London’s Art Scene

Dick French A curious 404 Not Found little book has just come out called The Death of Francis Bacon. The author, Max Porter, won the International Dylan Thomas Prize some time ago. Whenever awards are


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deployed I always think of Charlotte Rampling who, in her film The Swimming Pool, remarked: “Awards are like haemorrhoids, sooner or later every arsehole gets one.” It’s not

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