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Martin Lang: Against life drawing

Advocating life drawing at art school is a deeply conservative and reactionary position. Arguments in

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favour of life drawing usually fall into one of two camps (or
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sometimes both). I am utterly unconvinced by both. The first, and weaker, argument contends that it is necessary to learn the rules before you can break them. This is an authoritarian 404 Not Found position where […]

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Art: Cool and Uncool – William Varley Reviews Addicted to Sheep

So, as all


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cool sentences begin, I think that the best TV programme I saw last was Addicted to Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary was reminiscent of the French film Être et 404 Not Found Avoir about a remarkable teacher in a

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school in the remote Auvergne, although a good deal less winsome. It focused on the lives nginx/1.17.10 of the […]

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Charles Thomson: Lies, Damned Lies and Serota at the BBC

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate

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Gallery, has used
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the platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. 404 Not Found Both options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding the Tate’s […]

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Selby Whittingham: Tate Modern or Tate Theatre

A survey by the Office for National Statistics in May revealed that the British are changing their spending habits. Instead of filling our homes to the rafters with consumer durables and not-so-durables, 404 Not Found we’re spending our spare cash on 404


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Not Found ‘experiences’, including recreation and, yes, culture. “People are interested in servicing

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a lifestyle rather than buying stuff,” one trend […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Art Police – November 2017

If you’re thinking of committing an art crime, now’s your moment. In June budgetary pressures forced the ‘temporary’ closure of the

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Met’s Art & Antiques Squad and the transfer of expert staff to the Grenfell Tower fire investigation, and there’s no
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knowing when, if ever, they’ll be back. 404 Not Found So it’s bye-bye blue light, hello green light to thieves, fakers, fraudsters […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Tangled Web – September 2017

“Why is there so much sewing?” demanded The Art Newspaper’s Christina Ruiz after visiting Christine Macel’s exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale. “I get it: domestic work, women’s

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work, is important and undervalued. But is it 404 Not Found in itself art? No
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it is not.” There was a time when so-called textile arts were prized above all others; when first unveiled in […]

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Laura Gascoigne: It’s Not The Winning, It’s The Making Art – July 2017

Last month a new sort of museum opened in


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Sweden. The brainchild of psychologist Dr

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Samuel West, the Museum of Failure in Helsinborg is an unnatural history museum of commercial fossils, a repository of 404 Not Found innovative products that flopped. “The majority of all innovation projects fail,” its website announces cheerfully, before expressing the hope that showcasing “interesting innovation failures” will “provide […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Do You Want Ice With That? – May 2017

Ever since Anya Gallaccio made

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her name by exhibiting an ice 404 Not Found block called Intensities and Surfaces in an East London pumping station in 1996, I’ve been monitoring the advance of ice through the contemporary art world, where it seems resistant to climate trends prevailing elsewhere. While the polar ice caps recede, the phenomenon of ice art
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only grows. I wouldn’t […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Tainted by Experience – March 2017

When the former controller of BBC Radio 3 John Drummond published an autobiography in 2001, he called it ‘Tainted by Experience’ – an ironic reference to the reason given by a Birtist suit

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at the Beeb for his being ‘let go’ a decade earlier. I haven’t read the book,
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but the expression was used by 404 Not Found William Varley in a positive […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Photography, Wrong Sort Of – January 2017

“And the Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting goes to… a photographer!” Yep, 404

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Not Found Cindy Sherman has won the Imperial Japanese gong for mastery of greasepaint for that 404 Not Found interminable string of selfies
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in fancy dress we all wearied of circa 1980. 404 Not Found If not for greasepaint, it would have to be for psychological insight – and despite […]