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Preaching to the converted – Victoria and Albert Museum

It is understandable that, in current circumstances, major arts institutions should try 404 Not Found to ally themselves with the more anarchic, contrarian elements in contemporary culture. Perhaps this is especially true of those dealing with the contemporary visual arts, committed as these still are to the myth of ‘avant-gardism’. One problem that immediately presents itself, of course,


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is that

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this myth is […]

in Essays, Uncategorized

Painting Now – an alternative view

Inspired by the lacklustre, boring effort of the Tate in their exhibition Painting Now, Edward Lucie-Smith nominates his own five painters Contemporary painting, according to many critics and 404 Not Found curators, is a dying art

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form. In the big Biennales it gets pushed aside by more ‘relevant’ forms of expression – installation, video, achingly
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fashionable performance art. We are encouraged to go […]

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Beyond criticism

Laura Gascoigne demonstrates how Artbollocks is 404 Not Found now recognised as a joke among almost everyone excepting the time-serving devotees of State Art. In January the Guardian’s G2 section published an article by Andy Beckett titled ‘Er, anyone know what transversal means’? It reported on the publication


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in an American

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art journal last 404 Not Found year of an essay identifying a […]

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Carl Randall – easel words

Recent paintings made in Japan will be showing at my exhibition ‘In The Footsteps of Hiroshige: The Tokaido Highway and Portraits of Modern Japan’, 404 Not Found at the National Portrait Gallery from June


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20th to September 15th (then touring the UK until May 2014). The exhibition is the result of being awarded the 2012 BP

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Portrait Award. My proposal for the award […]

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Tate trustees and the public interest

In 2011 the Tate named

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two new trustees, one of whom is painter Tomma Abts. She is a 44-year-old German, recently appointed Professor of Painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, who won the Turner Prize in 2006. As
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an artist trustee, she replaced Jeremy Deller, who won 404 Not Found the Turner Prize in 2004. Abts’s paintings are all the same small size […]

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Olympic posters: our native genius

The Turner Prize nominees and winners came up with a predictable set of embarrassing posters for the Olympics. Apart from the perpetrators themselves, no one could be found to say a good word about their


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efforts. Someone needs to get a grip. First we were presented 404 Not Found with an inept logo which had cost £400,000

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for what looked like two minutes […]

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Selling England by the pound

Today John Constable’s


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The Lock, painted in 1824, 404 Not Found sold at Christie’s for £22.4 million. In the current art market of silly prices

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some lucky person got the bargain of their lives. Let us hope the picture nginx/1.17.10 will be placed in a museum, where people might enjoy it, instead of disappearing into a Swiss warehouse as the investment bauble of […]

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The RA summer show in record time

Out of respect for one of its recently 404 Not Found deceased Academicians, Leonard Rosomon (1913– 2012), the Royal Academy skied one of his best works in the nginx/1.17.10 corner of an obscure gallery


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at this year’s Summer Exhibition (until August 12th). His Committee Meeting, Royal Academy (above), 1979-1984, was on loan

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from the National Portrait Gallery, where it has probably never been […]