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Laura Gascoigne: The Masterpiece Delusion

Laura Gascoigne Thank


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how accurate is the reflection? Does the mirror distort? In month ten of the no-longer-new-abnormal I 404 Not Found sat down with a stack of novels about artists. Some I’d read before, others were new, chief among them the fons et origo of […]

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

Dick French A 404 Not Found curious little book has just come out


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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 think of Charlotte Rampling who, in her film The Swimming Pool, remarked: “Awards are like haemorrhoids, sooner or later every

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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


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happened with the toppling

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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 against racism. 404 Not Found The large gathering was in contravention on national and local restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19. No dispersal […]

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William Varley: Art: Cool and Uncool

William Varley reviews Addicted to Sheep So, as all cool sentences begin,


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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

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Être et Avoir about 404 Not Found 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, director of the Tate 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. Both options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on

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Radio 4 programme The 404 Not Found Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding […]

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Giles Auty: Money Culture Notes

Giles Auty This


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was the last piece Giles submitted to 404 Not Found 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

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the weekend Australian’s review section on June 20th it was rather like being thrown back into some weird 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 came under pressure regarding supposed gender discrimination in the workplace, the British government conducted 404 Not Found a survey

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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


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really Frank? We’ve all seen 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

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‘canonical’ business. The above is from Columbophile website. 404 Not Found I love his joke about the Jewish lady who was walking down […]