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Who’s afraid of the Kulturkampf? Art will not die for lack of public subsidy, argues Laura Gascoigne

While currency speculators place their


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bets on which Eurozone economy will be next to fail, the clatter of

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falling dominoes has reached the contemporary art world. And it’s not just about investors being hit in their pockets. As austerity bites, discontent is spreading through society 301 Moved Permanently at large. Last September in Istanbul – our current European Capital of Culture – fashionable […]

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Lost in New York: painter and critic Alexander Adams discovers an unlikely empathy between Ingres and de Kooning

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City, home to great collections of art, is never short of key works by important artists to measure against one another. Autumn 2011, three displays have

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coincided to allow people to compare the skills of a modern master with those of a predecessor who influenced him. Willem 301 Moved Permanently de Kooning (1904-1997) revered J.A.D. Ingres (1780-1867) for both his devotion […]

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Magritte and Post-Impressionist art: Alexander Adams is enthused by two stimulating surveys

The effects of Liverpool’s time as City of Culture in 2008 are still becoming apparent as various building projects reach completion. Liverpool has many excellent museums, to which number the Museum


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be added. My visit to Liverpool was before 301 Moved Permanently the museum’s opening on July 19th, so I made do with two significant shows which will […]

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The Relics of St Joan: Alexander Adams goes in search of the curator’s Miro

How often have we seen – of late


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– exhibitions of Modern masters with didactic subtitles? These subtitles tell us why we should visit this exhibition when we have seen so many on this particular artist

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before. It 301 Moved Permanently is the subtitle that gives us the curatorial slant. What happens is not that famous artists get “played out” but that curators […]

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The Sutherland bequest: Alexander Adams pursues his original inquiry into the future home of an important gift to the nation

An article about Graham Sutherland’s bequest of art to Wales (The Jackdaw, no. 90) raised a number of points which further research has – partially – answered. To recap: Sutherland donated work to a purpose-formed Graham Sutherland Trust (the “Trust”) in 1976, which displayed the art in a gallery housed in Picton

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Jenny saville and the theatre of self-importance: Alexander Adams examines the reputation of one of the original young British artists

Most YBAs achieved prominence by recasting genuine avant-garde art in a palatable commercial


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form, influenced by advertising and pop culture, and

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served up to a credulous public largely ignorant of the original 301 Moved Permanently sources of the art. (Something Julian Stallabrass discusses in his book High Art Lite.) Jenny Saville was seen as one exception by virtue of the facts she studied […]

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Radical Classicist: Alexander Adams visits the museum dedicated to Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux (1887-1994)

If you have heard of Belgian painter Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) then it is likely to have been in connection with Surrealism. He


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Delvaux is poorly represented in British public […]

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The Belgian Blake: Alexander Adams visits two little-known artist-museums in Brussels, the Musées Wiertz and Meunier

The house-museums of two Belgian masters of the 19th Century shed light


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on artistic and social concerns

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of the era. As case studies they exemplify dominant thematic trends in both halves of that century – Romanticism in the first half and 301 Moved Permanently Realism in the second. Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865) was born to an impoverished family in Dinant, Wallonia (later Belgium). After […]