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Laura Gascoigne – A Way with the Pixels

Laura Gascoigne In April Lionel

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up for auction at Christie’s. Customised with the names of his wife and sons, they were the ‘game-worn’ boots in which the Barcelona striker scored his 644th goal 404 Not Found for his club, beating Pele’s previous record of 643 for Santos. Perfumed with the player’s DNA, they […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Narrow Lanes to Nowhere

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she has offended ‘the Hindu community’ by wearing a pendant featuring the elephant god Ganesha, a fashion choice denounced on Instagram as ‘mad disrespectful’. The Barbadian singer should have known better. 404 Not Found She has previous

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in the fashion department, having 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 404 Not Found in novels. But how accurate is the 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


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I’d read before, others were new,

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chief among them the fons et origo of […]

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

Dick French A curious little book has just come 404 Not Found out called The Death of

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Francis Bacon. The author, Max Porter,
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won the International Dylan Thomas Prize some time ago. Whenever awards are deployed I always think of Charlotte Rampling who, in her film The Swimming Pool, remarked: “Awards are like haemorrhoids, sooner or later every arsehole gets one.” It’s not […]

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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

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ramifications. On 7 June 2020, a large protest took place in the centre of Bristol, ostensibly 404 Not Found against racism. The large 404 Not Found gathering was
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William Varley: Art: Cool and Uncool

William Varley


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

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director of the Tate Gallery, has used 404 Not Found the platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt
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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, regarding […]

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Giles Auty: Money Culture Notes

Giles Auty This was the last piece Giles submitted to The Jackdaw. He died suddenly in September, aged 86.


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It’s all about the 404 Not Found money honey. When I awoke to see the front cover of the weekend Australian’s review section on June 20th it was rather like

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being thrown back into some weird and most unwelcome dream. Did I really read […]