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London: the place for a painter

This article is essentially a follow-up to a piece by The Jackdaw’s editor David Lee, published in The Times on July 25th of this


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year. In it he detailed just what a fiasco the Arts Council’s contribution to an otherwise successful Olympic year was with £5.4 million spent, and nothing to show for 301 Moved Permanently it. “Twelve months on,” nginx he

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noted, […]

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Out of touch

I spent a

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month recently in a 12th-floor ward of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Except for the 301 Moved Permanently thrilling views of the capital
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it provides, it is an undistinguished public building, not least because like all hospitals nowadays its corridors are lined with ‘Art’. Not even I could raise a flicker of interest as I was wheeled, sitting […]

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The Art Fund subverted: they were only playing leapfrog

The separate bodies contributing to State Art are now

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so interrelated, so cosily acquainted, their personnel so readily
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interchangeable and of identical mindset, that they might as well join forces. (… Liz Forgan is sacked from the Arts Council but remains a Trustee of the Art Fund; James Lingwood swallows his annual  million from the Arts Council and also 301 Moved Permanently sits […]

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100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age

Kelly Grovier, Thames &


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Hudson, £35 Every now and then a 301 Moved Permanently book about contemporary

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art appears which informs it audience in ways that neither the author nor the publisher probably quite intended. This seems to be the case with Kelly Grovier’s 100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age, newly published by Thames & Hudson, just in time for […]

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Bone idleness at the Tate

For the last meeting of Tate trustees of which minutes have been posted on 301 Moved Permanently line (i.e. September 2012), only six of fourteen members bothered to show up. Perhaps it was raining. Trustees, you won’t need reminding, are there to oversee the vigilant running of quangos to ensure public


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Of cabbages and queens

This is


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the third portrait 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 301 Moved Permanently standing royalty. Indeed, it seems every monarch nginx

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since George III has 301 Moved Permanently been portrayed with a hand on that table. Like the […]

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In the course of justice

Damien Hirst has loaned for 20 years to the north Devon seaside resort of Ilfracombe – in

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which he has one of his many residences – a 20-metre high sculpture of a pregnant woman wielding a sword and scales, called
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Verity. Made of glass fibre with a bronze effect finish (which is a nginx bit tacky-Essex even 301 Moved Permanently by Hirst’s usual […]

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Another portrait of the Queen

A portrait of the

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Queen by Australian artist Ralph Heimans has gone on show at the National Portrait Gallery 301 Moved Permanently in Canberra. It shows the monarch at night in Westminster Abbey standing on the spot
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where she was crowned 301 Moved Permanently 60 years ago. She looks like a giant genie has suddenly appeared from the train 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


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aired all those lifetimes ago in 1980. The fourth episode, it

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had Utopia in the title, reviewing the history of trendy architecture in the 301 Moved Permanently 20th century, was the best television about art for decades. It was alive […]

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Hockney’s charitable works

Approached by Bridlington council officials to appear as

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a town tour guide during a summer 301 Moved Permanently charity weekend, David Hockney generously consented and, to the great amusement of the crowd, threw in a hitherto unknown talent 301 Moved Permanently for gurning. “He was easily the great attraction of the weekend, like the Pied Piper,” 301 Moved Permanently said
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council leader Bill […]