… Where’s the sense in multisensory art?

… Where’s the sense in multisensory art?

It used


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to be known as ‘synaesthesia’; now ‘crossmodal perception’ is the scientific term for the ability of one sense to stimulate another. Experiments by Oxford University psychologists and researchers in New York have found links between

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reactions to sound and smell in the part of the brain known as the 404 Not Found ‘olfactory tubercle’. It may 404 Not Found sound like […]

The way we are now – why ‘avant garde’ is now an obsolete term

The way we are now – why ‘avant garde’ is now an obsolete term

The Times – God bless its little cotton socks – has just been celebrating the triumphal return of the 1990s as a creative force. “Suddenly contemporary art” it crows,


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“was part of popular culture. The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 was a turning 404 Not Found point.” It was so

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indeed, but not exactly in the terms the article intends. Here […]

Fibres torn from the brain

Fibres torn from the brain

In all the doting

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coverage of ‘Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art’ at the British Museum, no mention was made of the fact that the bulk of major exhibits featured were from the museum’s own collection. Stupidly, I 404 Not Found had believed – and perhaps was even misled by advance publicity
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– that the exhibition would feature a range of […]

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

It isn’t my intention

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

Modernism and the novelty trap

Modernism and the novelty trap

Giles Auty considers the purchase of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles by the


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National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in 1973 and 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 years ago and commented

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on the continuing 404 Not Found sense of grievance felt by his […]

Des beaux-arts

Des beaux-arts

Anthony Daniels visits a degree


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show at the École 404 Not Found Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.   I am in blood Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er. Macbeth, Act 3 scene iv No one would have understood better than Macbeth the logic of the inexorable destruction by the art

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education […]

Multinational art

Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the national is trampled underfoot, argues


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Laura Gascoigne. In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing books on British art with an anniversary talk at the ICA titled ‘Is 404 Not Found there such a thing

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as British art?’ It was chaired by Tim Marlow, now of the Royal Academy, and debated by a panel composed of […]

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And I say to myself…

Remain alert to the possibilities, eyes up instead of down, looking about instead of transfixed by a small screen, and daily life will furnish marvels, often in unexpected places. Exploring the streets and free institutions of a city 404 Not Found like London is a journey

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through natural and man-made masterpieces, ingenuity everywhere apparent.
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To stand any chance of impressing in such a […]

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Art and the public – a short history

In the beginning the powerful provided the unlettered with uplifting Biblical pictures in churches. We were impressed ­even though some scenes threatened us with eternal agony if we broke their rules. The

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scarcity of pictures 404 Not Found outside of church meant we were naturally curious about anything drawn or coloured. Wandering pedlars would show up to impress us with secular
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material, crude […]

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Wholesale gratification

In the last issue I noted the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated


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to historical pictures in Tate Britain. This 404 Not Found contraction

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will now accelerate because the collection is to be re-hung, yet again, on this occasion thematically – a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State Art Commandment that all roads shall lead to the Usual Suspects. Long nginx/1.17.10 […]

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Tate Britain needs its identity back

In recent issues I’ve described how since 1945 the education, bureaucracy and exponentially nginx/1.17.10 increasing cash for the visual arts


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have been usurped and dominated by an evolving one-track 404 Not Found mindset which, in these

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pages, is called State Art. This sinister subversion of the institutions, predicted before and after 404 Not Found the last war by Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Orwell […]

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Is there a doctor in the House?

Dennis Skinner once quipped loudly across the Commons 404 Not Found to a faltering Cecil Parkinson at the Despatch Box, ‘It’s the in-breeding that does it!’ I was reminded of this amusing sneer when Doctor Maria Balshaw was announced as Serota’s replacement,

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an elevation met with the customary uncritical
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lauding with which a fawning Fourth Estate now greets all State Art appointments. Balshaw […]

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Has the Arts Council betrayed its origins?

Serota takes over at the Arts Council this month,

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47 years after 404 Not Found first being employed by the same body as a regional arts officer in what was his first job after university.
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In the interval the Council has developed into a blunt instrument by which State Art, an ethos it co-authored with Serota during his 27-year dictatorship at the Tate, […]

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Art education is stuck!

Two years ago someone suggested I answer the question ‘What Happened to Art Education?’. This appealed


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slightly because it was a subject about which I thought I ought to know more than was the case. Something is clearly awry 404 Not Found when so 404 Not Found many complaints are aired about the poverty of tuition and when

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degree shows have become such […]

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Pictures of nothing and very like

John Moores Exhibition 2016 Most of Europe’s countries are either bankrupt or in economic meltdown, their infrastructure crumbling and public services reduced; the


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Middle East and Levant are

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in post-apocalyptic ruin, in part 404 Not Found the result of lies told in our own Parliament; an exodus of desperate humanity is seeking refuge from a criminal death-cult; innocents are being slaughtered in streets […]

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Der Clapham Strassenbahn

When very young, and when not train spotting, I was a keen bus spotter. It was an

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ideal apprenticeship for a fledgeling art historian. It involved identifying, sometimes at a considerable distance (through 404 Not Found rain), the beautifully crafted, hand-built models, of which there were many different marques and specifications. Every town corporation in the
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county had its own company, each with […]

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Martin Lang: Against life drawing

Advocating life drawing at art school is a deeply conservative and reactionary position. 404 Not Found Arguments in favour of life drawing usually fall into one of two camps (or sometimes both). I am utterly unconvinced by both. The first, and weaker, argument


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contends that it is necessary to learn the

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rules before you can break them. This is an authoritarian position where […]

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