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Of cabbages and queens

This is the third portrait

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of the Queen unveiled in London in the last month … and the third dud. A dull formal portrait, it follows the standard, now threadbare iconography for a picture of standing royalty. Indeed, it seems every monarch since George III has been portrayed with a 404 Not Found hand on that table. Like the
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ghosts of Banquo you […]

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In the course of justice

Damien Hirst has loaned for 20 years to the 404 Not Found north Devon seaside resort of Ilfracombe – in which he has one of his many residences – a 20-metre high sculpture of a pregnant woman wielding a sword and scales,


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called

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Verity. Made of glass fibre with a bronze effect finish (which is a bit tacky-Essex even by Hirst’s usual vulgar […]

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Another portrait of the Queen

A portrait

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of the Queen by Australian artist Ralph Heimans has gone on show at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. It
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shows the monarch 404 Not Found at night in Westminster Abbey standing on the spot where she was crowned 60 years ago. She looks like a giant genie has suddenly appeared from the train 404 Not Found of a dress and […]

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BBC arts programming… and the shock of something good

My word what a revelation Robert Hughes’ The Shock of the New has been second time around. It was pretty good when first aired all those lifetimes ago in 1980. The fourth episode, it had Utopia in the title, reviewing the history of trendy architecture in the 20th century, was the


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best 404 Not Found television about

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art for decades. It was alive […]

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Hockney’s charitable works

Approached by Bridlington council officials to appear as a town tour guide during a summer charity weekend, 404 Not Found David 404 Not Found Hockney generously consented and, to the great amusement

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of the crowd, threw in a hitherto unknown talent for gurning. “He was easily the great attraction of the weekend, like the Pied Piper,” said
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council leader Bill Cumming. “I had […]

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Top people

The new Culture Minister nginx/1.17.10 is


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Maria Miller. Her background is in marketing (Texaco and an ad agency) which means she’ll be in heaven when 404 Not Found blather is required. She was born in Wolverhampton and is MP for Basingstoke, both 404 Not Found places

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whose connections to Culture are so obvious they don’t 404 Not Found need repeating here. She joined […]

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Melting in the sun

After a large sculpture was stolen from the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire in 2005 security was tightened up. They have obviously enjoyed some success, if only because the works now getting stolen are

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a little smaller. The latest to disappear 404 Not Found is a bronze sundial from the Yorkshire sculptor’s garden. Melted down, the 1965 piece
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will net the marvellous, highly […]

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Griselda and Moondance

It won’t have escaped the eagle eyes of either of The Jackdaw’s readers that our favourite bit of raven-tressed gallery fluff, Griselda 404 Not Found van Bonkhorst, resurfaced pretending to hold up Constable’s

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The Lock. She was last found swooning over a Rembrandt and before that upstaging a Stubbs with
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her impeccable embonpoint. What with 404 Not Found her fashionably unironed T-shirt and […]

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Damien Hirst’s wonder year

Glyn Thompson, the pickler’s first teacher, sets


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the artist’s early record straight… Hirst scholars will have noted a change in the authorised chronology in the Tate Modern Hirst retrospective catalogue to a venerable 404 Not Found biographical item, the entry for March 2002 (The Reliance, Leeds). In the corrected Tate chronology the former title, Damien Hirst’s Art Education, now reads

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as Fountain Footnotes […]

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Selling England by the pound

Today John Constable’s The Lock, painted in 404 Not Found 1824, sold at Christie’s for £22.4 million. In the current art market of silly prices some lucky person got the bargain of


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their lives. Let us hope the picture will be placed in a museum, where people

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might enjoy it, instead of disappearing into a Swiss warehouse as the investment bauble of some […]