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Laura Gascoigne: The Masterpiece Delusion

Laura Gascoigne Thank God for books. When shut off from real life, you can see it reflected in novels. But how accurate is the reflection? Does

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the mirror distort?
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In month ten of the no-longer-new-abnormal I sat down with 404 Not Found 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

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year in the visual arts. The usual suspects promoted themselves with yards of trivia, usually about the NHS, but nothing serious was made except by those conventional sorts who go quietly about their business. National galleries tried to fill the gap by selling us ‘virtual’ and ‘digital’ ‘experiences’ by the dozen,
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Dick French: Art of Jazz, London’s Art Scene

Dick French A curious little book

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has
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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 deployed I 404 Not Found 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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The Moping Owl: March 2021

HOME ALONE Well here we still are – or perhaps not by the time you read this: goodness me, let’s hope so

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– but
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I do rather worry 404 Not Found about how you’re all bearing up in these strange and straitened times. Social distancing is one thing, but this Social Hibernation altogether something else: and, with no release in prospect, it does […]

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The Philistine – March 2021

Anthony Daniels 404 Not Found Some years ago, I published an article in which I alleged

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that one of the most beautiful old towns in England had been devastated aesthetically by corrupt decisions of the council to permit modernist redevelopment. This created a certain stir in the town,
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and I was asked to appear on the local radio station with a town councillor.  […]

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Marlborough: Home to Three Book Designers Over Forty Years

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Who Signed Mutt’s Urinal?

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Alexander Adams: Cancelled Culture

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Let’s All Pretend Part 83

David Lee January/February 2021 Despite grovelling worthy of 404 Not Found Darius on our part, The Jackdaw no longer qualifies for press view invites to the

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National Gallery. As a result I didn’t see the Artemisia Gentileschi show in the few
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weeks it was open before Boris announced the second slam dunk. It was in any case fully booked months in advance by […]

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Laura Gascoigne: How to Succeed in Art Without Really Lying

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