… Where’s the sense in multisensory art?

… Where’s the sense in multisensory art?

It used to 404 Not Found be known as ‘synaesthesia’; now ‘crossmodal perception’ is the scientific term for the ability of one sense to

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stimulate another. Experiments by Oxford University psychologists and researchers in New York have found links between reactions to sound and smell in the part of
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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 its 404 Not Found little


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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. The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 was a turning point.”

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It was so 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 coverage of ‘Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art’ at the British Museum, no mention was made of 404 Not Found the fact that the bulk of major

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exhibits featured were from the
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museum’s own collection. Stupidly, I had believed – and perhaps was even misled by advance publicity – that 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 peddled by obituarists relating controversies which Brian’s inclination to mischief 404 Not Found and provocation helped encourage. Instead I want to address two issues unconsidered elsewhere:


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his 404 Not Found astonishing generosity and

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the nginx disgraceful but typical hypocrisy of the BBC towards him. Brian was a working man. He called himself ‘working […]

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 what such an acquisition signifies. A few months back, a rash 404 Not Found of articles appeared in the press


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which commemorated the dismissal

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of the Whitlam government 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 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 404 Not Found o’er. Macbeth, Act 3 scene iv No one would have understood better than Macbeth the logic of


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the inexorable destruction

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by the art education […]

Multinational art

Multinational art

In the dash to 404 Not Found internationalism the national is trampled underfoot, argues Laura Gascoigne. In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing books on British art with

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an anniversary talk at the ICA titled ‘Is there such a
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thing 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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Whodunnit? Who cares…

Que barbaridad! You lend two 404 Not Found of your best Boschs to a municipal gallery in a two-horse 404 Not


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Found town in Holland that happens to be the artist’s birthplace, and how do they thank you? By reattributing the works to ‘follower of’ and, furthermore, downgrading a third painting

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in your collection that you didn’t even lend them. A public spat […]

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Sense and Sensibility

So it’s goodbye Cornelissens hello Halfords. Laura Gascoigne parks her


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brush and tries to follow the instructions 404 Not Found for flatpack art, but has the picture upside down It’s a dull job being a customs officer, sitting on the border twiddling your thumbs until the next teenage drugs mule comes along. So it must have added

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to the gaiety of nations when […]

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Overkill: art rising from the dead

Things have gone rather quiet on the mortality front since queues stretched around the White Cube block

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in Mason’s Yard for a sight of Damien Hirst’s £50m sculpture For the Love of God. In those days of
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skulls and diamonds, Paul Wilks wrote a letter to The Jackdaw 404 Not Found lamenting the morbidity of contemporary art, wondering why two horrific world wars […]

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Art under kleptocracy

                         

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Another month, another book on the contemporary art
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economy, this time from an 404 Not Found overlooked perspective. The New Economy of Art, a joint publication by DACS and Artquest, looks at the art market from the POV of the average artist. Not surprisingly, it finds plenty to puzzle over. […]

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Champagne feminist

Sixteen years ago, I wrote an article for a short-lived women’s art magazine called Make responding to a complaint on the letters page that only childless women could succeed as artists.


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Off the top of my

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head, I immediately thought of half a dozen artists who disproved this rule and I interviewed them for a piece called A 404 Not Found Woman’s Work. […]

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‘Sculpture’ v. sculpture

Among the least impressive legacies of arts administrators’ obsession with Modernism and


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its aftermath is the impossibility 404 Not Found of predicting a work’s status solely from its appearance. You might form your own view about it, but you can’t predict what State Art’s opinion will be because there

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are no published criteria or guidelines for making such a judgement. You can’t second […]

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Do you feel patronised?

Crossing the centre of Manchester recently heading for the match, an

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old friend asked me to step inside a handsome Victorian mill
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considered the Medici Palace of Cottonopolis.  He’d worked on 404 Not Found the conversion of this pile years before and hadn’t forgotten the impression a particular bronze made on him as 404 Not Found he entered the building each morning. Although […]

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Museums – our national genius

I may frequently


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express 404 Not Found criticisms about their finer workings but British museums and galleries are generally superbly run. Heroic efforts are made to minimise the impact of funding cuts so that even regular visitors will notice little or no impact. From looking at the outward face of our museums you would never guess the country was in anything like

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the […]

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Are you disadvantaged?

The Department of Culture recently published a White Paper, the first from that department since Jennie Lee’s in 1965, and apparently only its second ever. This chic pamphlet, in truth more PR

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exercise 404 Not Found than policy document,
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prominently contains that new-age mantra, “access must be increased for those from disadvantaged backgrounds”. The Arts Council also write this sort of optimistic guff, […]

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Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain… he lied!

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