… Where’s the sense in multisensory art?

… Where’s the sense in multisensory art?

It used to be known as ‘synaesthesia’; now ‘crossmodal

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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 reactions

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

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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.” It
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was so indeed, but not 404 Not Found exactly in the terms the article

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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 404 Not Found exhibits featured were from the museum’s own collection. Stupidly,
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I

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had believed – and perhaps was even misled by advance publicity – that the exhibition would feature a range of

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[…]

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

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

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obituarists relating controversies which Brian’s inclination to mischief and provocation helped encourage. Instead I want to address

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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’, a description some […]

Modernism and the novelty trap

Modernism and the novelty trap

Giles Auty considers the purchase

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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

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commemorated the dismissal of the Whitlam government thirty years ago and commented on the continuing sense 404 Not Found 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

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blood Stepped in so far that, should I wade

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no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er. Macbeth, Act 3

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scene iv No one would have understood
better than Macbeth the logic of the inexorable destruction by the art education 404 Not Found […]

Multinational art

Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the national is trampled underfoot, argues Laura Gascoigne. In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing books on British


art 404 Not Found with an anniversary talk at the ICA titled ‘Is there such

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a thing as British art?’ It was chaired by Tim Marlow, now of the Royal
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Academy, and debated by

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a panel composed of […]

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Whodunnit? Who cares…

Que barbaridad! You lend two of your best Boschs to a municipal gallery in a two-horse town

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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 404 Not Found painting in your collection that

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you didn’t even lend them. A

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public spat broke out in […]

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Sense and Sensibility

So it’s

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goodbye Cornelissens hello 404 Not Found Halfords. Laura Gascoigne parks her brush and tries to follow the instructions for flatpack art, but has the picture upside

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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
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added to the gaiety of nations when […]

in Comment

Overkill: art rising from the dead

Things have gone rather


quiet

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on the mortality front since queues stretched around the White Cube block in Mason’s Yard for a sight of Damien Hirst’s £50m sculpture

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For the Love of God. In those days of skulls and diamonds, Paul Wilks wrote 404 Not Found a letter to
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The Jackdaw 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 economy, this time from 404 Not Found an overlooked perspective. The New Economy of Art, a joint publication by DACS

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and Artquest, looks at the art market from the POV of the

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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

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as artists. Off

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

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‘Sculpture’ v. sculpture

Among the least impressive legacies of arts administrators’ obsession

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with Modernism and its aftermath is the impossibility of predicting a work’s status solely from its
appearance. You might form your own view about it, but you Apache Server at jb54.com Port 80 can’t predict what State

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Art’s 404 Not Found opinion will be because there are

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no published criteria or guidelines for making […]

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Do you feel patronised?

Crossing the centre of


Manchester recently heading for the match, an old friend asked me to step inside

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

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admits to […]

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Museums – our national genius

I may frequently express 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

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at the outward
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face of our museums you would
never guess the country was in anything

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like the 404 Not Found […]

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Are you disadvantaged?

The Department of Culture recently published a White Paper, the

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first from that department since Jennie Lee’s in 1965, and apparently only its second ever. This chic pamphlet, 404 Not Found in

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truth more PR exercise than policy

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document,
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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  404 Not Found Read pdf: Duchamp’s Fountain

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