Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

It isn’t my intention to

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repeat the tediously familiar stories peddled by obituarists relating controversies which

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Brian’s inclination to mischief and provocation helped encourage. Instead I want to address two issues unconsidered elsewhere: his astonishing generosity and
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the disgraceful but typical hypocrisy
of the BBC towards him. Brian was a working 404 Not Found 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 404 Not Found the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in 1973 and what such an acquisition signifies. A few months back, a rash of articles
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appeared in the press which commemorated the dismissal of

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the Whitlam government thirty years ago and commented on the

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continuing sense of grievance felt by his […]

Des beaux-arts

Des beaux-arts

Anthony Daniels visits a degree show at the École 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

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o’er. Macbeth, 404 Not Found Act 3 scene iv
No one would have

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understood better than Macbeth

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the logic of the inexorable destruction by the art education […]

Multinational art

Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the national is trampled underfoot, argues Laura Gascoigne.

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In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing books
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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 by Tim Marlow, now of the Royal Academy, and debated by a panel

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composed of
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Elgin marbles: should they go or should they stay

Elgin marbles: should they go or should they stay

David Lee thinks loans 404 Not Found both ways should

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be considered. We have rehearsed the pros and
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antis of retaining,
loaning, handing back or exchanging the Elgin Marbles

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in the pages of the Jackdaw many times. The main arguments on both sides, few as they are, remain the same and recent reiteration of these familiar points would suggest nothing new will ever […]

Dick French goes to town

Dick French goes to town

1 Mrs Cravat emerges from her Islington bunker. She keeps a large stuffed bear in


the hallway

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– Rupert had seen better days. His pelt is wearing a little thin down where she strokes him for luck, but he has sentimental value. She bought

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him 404 Not Found off
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Chris Farlow when he had a Nazi regalia shop on the Essex Road. She’ll […]

Teaching and painting

Teaching and painting

John Lessore and


John Wonnacott wrote the following essays for the catalogue accompanying their joint exhibition, The Life Room and the City, at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery First, John Lessore discusses his attachment to drawing

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and his approaches to teaching it As a student, I wanted to be taught, and 404 Not Found the lack
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of serious teaching, even

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in the […]

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Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain… he lied!

       

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  404 Not Found Read pdf: Duchamp’s

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Fountain

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Freedom of expression

  ALEXANDER ADAMS rehearses recent arguments concerning freedom of expression before arriving at his own conclusion.   “One 404 Not Found person with a belief

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is equal to a force of

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99 who have only interests.” JOHN STUART MILL       On February 14th,
2015 an Islamist gunman attacked a café in Copenhagen where a debate on free speech was being

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held. […]

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Wonders of creativity

Laura Gascoigne investigates why what was once so very special is now common as muck and comprehensively commandeered by the

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fat controllers In The Masque of Augurs,
Ben Jonson introduces the comic figure of Vangoose, a “rare artist” and producer of masques with a reputation for the wildly fantastical. “Now we would bring in some
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[…]

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Turning Wool into money … or fool’s gold

Eric Coombes responds to an editorial about the


art cash cow
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Is a celebrity a person ‘famous Not Found for being famous’, or merely ‘someone in the media that one had never heard of’. Despite being obscure – in this paradoxical and 404 Not Found mysterious mode of obscurity – celebrities, however

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ill-informed and stupid they might be, are

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entitled to have their […]

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The triumph of avant-garde lite

Edward Lucie-Smith charts the decline of contemporary art from Modernism and the avant garde to

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being a mere epiphenomenon of the

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fashion industry Ten days or so ago, before beginning to write this, I was idly browsing a slightly out-of-date copy
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of the Evening Standard 404 Not Found Magazine. Anything to avoid the toil of having to write
something myself. Faute de mieux, […]

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‘The Late’ shows

Edward Lucie-Smith considers the phenomenon of ‘The Late Style’

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in 404 Not Found relation to Rembrandt and Turner The new Rembrandt show at the National Gallery in London (until January 18th) is clearly meant to challenge the enormous success the same

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institution enjoyed with its

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recent exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci. It
is a populist homage to one of the undoubted giants […]

in Essays

Do real artists still paint flowers?

Patrick Cullen explains 404 Not Found the enduring appeal of paintings requiring


only to be looked at I showed
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some paintings of flowers I had done recently to a friend. He said he quite liked them but they appeared

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to create a problem for him. He seemed to feel

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that flowers were no longer a subject for serious artists, more one for Sunday […]

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View from the summit

Laura Gascoigne wades through managerial drivel to


consider the plight 404 Not Found of museums outside

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London. Searching for quirky museums for a series in The Oldie, I turned up the name of the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester. A recce

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of the BBC Your Paintings website revealed that its Victorian collection, left
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to the town in 1932 by mill […]

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Just think

Laura Gascoigne wonders if the artists who purport to be thinkers are any good at thinking. “I think, therefore I


am.” “I think differently, therefore

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I am
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an artist.” To traditionalists it may already seem that the 404 Not Found entire art world has arrived at destination Hell

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in a handcart and there is nowhere further to go, but actually the journey isn’t […]

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Poor man’s guide to art investing – don’t

Wisely, Laura Gascoigne is unconvinced by


art as investment.

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Equestrian statues of

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one sort or another are becoming a regular fixture on the Fourth Plinth. In
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2012 we had Elmgreen & Dragset’s paedophile’s delight of the boy on the gilded rocking horse; next up in 2015 will be Hans 404 Not Found Haacke’s equine skeleton, inspired by Stubbs, with a live ticker of […]

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