… Where’s the sense in multisensory art?

… Where’s the sense in multisensory art?

It used to be known as ‘synaesthesia’; now ‘crossmodal perception’ is the scientific term for the ability of one sense to stimulate


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another. Experiments by Oxford University psychologists and researchers in New York have found links between reactions to sound and smell

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in the part of the brain known as the ‘olfactory tubercle’. It may sound 404 Not Found like a plug of […]

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

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exactly in the
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terms the article intends. Here […]

Fibres torn from the brain

Fibres torn from the brain

In all the doting 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


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own collection. Stupidly, I had believed – and

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perhaps was even misled by advance publicity – that 404 Not Found the exhibition would feature a range of […]

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

It isn’t my intention to repeat the tediously familiar stories 404 Not Found peddled by obituarists

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relating controversies which Brian’s inclination to mischief and provocation helped encourage. Instead I want
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to address two issues unconsidered elsewhere: his astonishing generosity and the disgraceful 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


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Pollock’s Blue Poles by the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in 1973 and what such an acquisition signifies. A few months back, a rash of articles 404 Not Found appeared in the press which commemorated the dismissal of the Whitlam government

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thirty years ago and commented on the continuing sense of grievance felt by his […]

Des beaux-arts

Des beaux-arts

Anthony Daniels visits a degree show at the École Nationale

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

Multinational art

Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the national is trampled

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


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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 like London is a journey through natural and man-made masterpieces, ingenuity everywhere apparent. To stand any 404 Not Found 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


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in churches. We were impressed ­even though some scenes threatened us with eternal agony if we broke their rules. The scarcity of pictures outside of church meant we

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

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Wholesale gratification

In the last issue I noted the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated to historical pictures in Tate Britain. This contraction will now accelerate because the collection is to be re-hung, yet again, on this

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occasion thematically
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– a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State Art Commandment that all roads shall lead to the Usual Suspects. Long gone 404 Not Found […]

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Tate Britain needs its identity back

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


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been usurped 404 Not Found and dominated by an evolving one-track mindset which, in these pages, is called State Art. This sinister subversion of the institutions, predicted before and after the last war by Eliot, Wyndham

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Lewis and Orwell among others, is complete […]

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Is there a doctor in the House?

Dennis Skinner once


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quipped loudly 404 Not Found across the Commons 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, an elevation met with the customary uncritical lauding

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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, 47 years after first being employed by the same body as a regional arts officer in what was


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his first job after university. In the

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interval the Council has developed into a blunt instrument by 404 Not Found 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 slightly because it


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was a subject about which I thought I ought to know more 404 Not Found than was the case.

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Something is clearly awry when so many complaints are aired about the poverty of tuition and when degree shows have become such forgettable, even laughable […]

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Pictures of nothing and very like

John Moores Exhibition 2016 Most of Europe’s 404 Not Found countries are either bankrupt or in economic meltdown, their


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infrastructure crumbling and public services reduced; the Middle East and Levant are in post-apocalyptic ruin, in part the

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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
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many different marques and specifications. Every 404 Not Found town corporation in the county had its own […]

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Martin Lang: Against life drawing

Advocating life drawing at art school is a


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deeply conservative and reactionary position. Arguments in favour of life drawing usually fall into 404 Not Found one of two

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camps (or sometimes both). I am utterly unconvinced by both. The first, and weaker, argument contends that it is necessary to learn the rules before you can break them. This is an authoritarian position where […]

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