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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 404 Not Found saw last was Addicted to Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary was


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reminiscent of the

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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,


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director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt to 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 404 Not Found 4

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programme The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding […]

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Giles Auty: Money Culture Notes

Giles Auty This was the last piece

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Giles submitted to The Jackdaw. He died suddenly in September, aged 86. It’s all about the money honey. When I awoke to see the front cover 404 Not Found of the weekend Australian’s review section on June 20th it was rather like being thrown back into some weird and most
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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 404 Not Found Edward Colston statue in Bristol, why it happened and


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its ramifications. On 7 June 2020, a large protest took place in the centre of Bristol,

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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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Alexander Adams: Women in Art Today

Alexander Adams We are told that in many fields women face systematic disadvantage and are under-represented. It has become a core belief of many and


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goes almost unchallenged. When politicians came under pressure regarding supposed gender discrimination in the workplace, 404 Not Found the British government conducted a

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survey of arts organisations. The 2018 report found that women comprise 56% of the British […]

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Alexander Adams: What is Critical Theory and Why Should I Care?

Alexander Adams “Was Lt Columbo’s name really Frank? We’ve all seen


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the freeze-frame close-ups of Columbo’s ID badge which states that his first name is ‘Frank”. But should we consider this canonical?” I’m becoming more and more confused by this ‘canonical’ business. The above is

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from Columbophile website. I love his joke about the Jewish lady who was walking down 404 Not Found […]

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Michael Daley: Selling a Leonardo with Oomph

Michael Daley Questions proliferate on the disappeared $450 million Leonardo Salvator Mundi. Where is it? Who owns it? Who still believes it a Leonardo? Will it be exhibited this year at the Paris Louvre’s big 404 Not Found Leonardo exhibition,

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as promised? Can it be true, as an artnet blogger now claims (on
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the claimed say-so of “two principals involved in” Christie’s 2017 […]

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Michael Daley: A Life Drawing

Michael Daley Fans of Tacita Dean will be delighted to learn that she is having yet another exhibition, this time at the Royal Academy… And it’s well up to her usual standard. This time she is “exploring the genre of landscape in the broadest sense.”


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Well, broad

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is 404 Not Found the word. She’s blown up a number of black and white photos […]

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Dick French: On The Town – November 2020

Dick French November/December 2020 Rebecca Cains has died. She was

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only 50. “Death lies on her like an untimely frost.” Also known as “Becky
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the Scrapyard Queen” 404 Not Found on account of the subject matter of her paintings – mostly wrecked cars and vans on roads or in scrapyards. She showed occasionally at the Royal Academy and frequently at Mall Galleries, where, […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Institutional Racism – November 2020

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2020 In the introduction to his 1951 book The Greeks and the Irrational, the classicist E R Dodds recalled a chance meeting

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in front of the Parthenon marbles
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with a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff 404 Not Found doesn’t move me one bit”. When Dodds asked him why, he replied: “Well, it’s all so terribly rational, if you […]