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Laura Gascoigne: Narrow Lanes to Nowhere

Rihanna is in trouble again. This time she has offended ‘the Hindu community’ by wearing a pendant featuring the elephant god Ganesha, a fashion choice denounced on Instagram as ‘mad


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have known better. She has previous in the fashion department, having 404 Not Found already upset the Chinese community by dressing up in ancient Chinese costume for a […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Masterpiece Delusion

Laura Gascoigne Thank God for books. When shut off from real life, you can see it reflected in novels. But how accurate is the 404 Not Found reflection? Does the mirror distort? In month ten of the no-longer-new-abnormal I sat down with a stack of novels about artists. Some I’d read before, others


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were new, chief among them the fons et

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origo of […]

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Dick French: Art of Jazz, London’s Art Scene

Dick French A curious little book has just come out called The Death of Francis Bacon. The author, Max Porter, won the International Dylan Thomas Prize some time ago. Whenever awards are deployed I always

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think of Charlotte Rampling who, in her film The Swimming
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Alexander Adams: Cancelled Culture

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Laura Gascoigne: How to Succeed in Art Without Really Lying

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Alexander Adams: The Colston Statue Affair

Alexander Adams This article briefly outlines what happened with the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol, why it happened and its ramifications. On 7 June 2020, a large protest took place in the centre of Bristol, ostensibly 404 Not Found against racism. The large gathering was in contravention

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on national and local restrictions on public
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gatherings due to COVID-19. No dispersal […]

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William Varley: Art: Cool and Uncool

William Varley reviews 404 Not Found Addicted to Sheep So, as all cool sentences begin, I think that the best TV programme I saw last was Addicted


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to Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary was reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable teacher in a school in the remote Auvergne, although a good deal less winsome.

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It focused […]

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

Charles Thomson Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC 404 Not Found in a blatant

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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 4 programme The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor,
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Giles Auty: Money Culture Notes

Giles Auty This was the last 404 Not Found piece Giles


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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 of the weekend Australian’s review section on June 20th it was rather like being thrown back into some weird

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and most unwelcome dream. Did I really read […]

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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 goes almost unchallenged. When politicians

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came under pressure regarding supposed gender 404 Not Found discrimination in the workplace, the British government conducted a survey of arts organisations. The 2018 report
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