… 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 404 Not Found stimulate another. Experiments by

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Oxford University psychologists and researchers in New York have found links between reactions to sound and smell in
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the part of the brain known as the ‘olfactory tubercle’. It may sound 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

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its little cotton socks – has just been celebrating the triumphal return of the 1990s 404 Not Found as a creative force. “Suddenly contemporary art” it crows, “was part of popular culture. The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 was a turning point.” It was so indeed, but not exactly in the terms the article intends.
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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


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Museum, no mention was made of the fact that the 404 Not Found bulk of 404 Not Found major exhibits featured were from the museum’s own collection. Stupidly, I had believed – and perhaps was even misled by advance publicity – that

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the exhibition would feature […]

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

It isn’t my intention to repeat the tediously familiar


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

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working man. He called himself ‘working class’, […]

Modernism and the novelty trap

Modernism and the novelty trap

Giles Auty considers the 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 years ago and commented on 404 Not Found the continuing sense of
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grievance felt by his […]

Des beaux-arts

Des beaux-arts

Anthony Daniels visits a degree show at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts


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in Paris.   I am in blood Stepped

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in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious 404 Not Found 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 education […]

Multinational art

Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the

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

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William Varley: Art: Cool and Uncool

William Varley reviews Addicted to Sheep So, as all cool sentences begin, I think that the best TV programme I saw

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last was Addicted to Sheep. In many 404 Not Found ways this BBC4 documentary was
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reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable teacher in a school in the remote Auvergne, although a good deal less winsome. It focused […]

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Charles Thomson: Lies, Damned Lies and Serota at the BBC

Charles Thomson Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of


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the BBC in a blatant attempt to

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deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding 404 Not Found […]

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Giles Auty: Money Culture Notes

Giles Auty This was the last piece Giles submitted to The Jackdaw. He died 404 Not Found suddenly in September, aged 86. It’s all about the money honey.


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When I awoke to see

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the front cover of the weekend Australian’s review section on June 20th it was rather like being thrown back into some weird and most unwelcome dream. Did I really read […]

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Alexander Adams: The Colston Statue Affair

Alexander Adams This article briefly outlines what happened with the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol, 404 Not Found why


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it happened and

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its ramifications. On 7 June 2020, a large protest took place in the centre of Bristol, ostensibly against racism. The large gathering was in contravention on national and local restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19. No dispersal […]

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Selby Whittingham: The Temptations of the Wallace Collection

Selby Whittingham “I’m just a slave / only a slave 404 Not Found to you, temptation”. So sang Bing Crosby in 1933 in a song, Temptation, repeated by many famous singers since and, in 1970, in a German TV act of Sid Millward & The Nitwits.


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That shows (it was recorded) Sid presiding over players prey to temptations which

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are low rather than […]

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Selby Whittingham: Curatorial Incontinence

Selby Whittingham When Napoleon removed Europe’s art treasures to France on the grounds that their rightful place was not with “slaves” but “in the bosom of a free people”, some might cynically think that this


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was 404 Not Found not just a piece of enlightenment, but that it was very convenient that the new home for them happened to be Paris.  Likewise, when

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Selby Whittingham: Tate Modern or Tate Theatre

Selby Whittingham A survey by the Office for National Statistics in May revealed that the British are changing their spending habits. Instead of filling

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our homes to the rafters with consumer durables
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and not-so-durables, we’re spending our spare cash on ‘experiences’, including recreation and, yes, culture. “People are interested in servicing a lifestyle rather than buying stuff,” one 404 Not Found trend forecaster […]

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Selby Whittingham: Rhodes Revolution or Reform

Selby Whittingham “Rhodes will likely fall,” gloomily writes Professor Nigel Biggar (UnHerd, July) after a decision by Oriel College, of which he was once chaplain, 404 Not Found in favour of that. Another Rhodes watcher, Lars Larundson, says that the vote


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was taken amid thunder, lightning and torrential rain, perhaps an indication of internal

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dissension as much as of Rhodesian displeasure (The Critic, […]

in Moping Owl

Moping Owl: Club Feat

Oh dear.

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I had expected to be out and about again by now, as did we all, even if it did mean wearing the mask and keeping one’s distance, and hardly daring to look at anyone, let alone breathe. But no: here we all still are, stuck
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at home and 404 Not Found doing as we’re told, good boys and girls to a […]

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Moping Owl: Nem Con

Goodness knows we have more than enough to mope about these dark days, even without the current plague, what with the evenings drawing in and the weather on the turn, again. It seems to happen every year, Winter. Was it always like 404 Not Found this, this cold, wet, windy, foggy, snowy thing, with a

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spot of flu thrown in for
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good measure? […]

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