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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 bets on which Eurozone

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economy will be next to fail, the clatter of falling dominoes has reached the contemporary art world. And it’s
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not just about investors being hit in their pockets. 404 Not Found As austerity bites, discontent is spreading through society at large. Last September in Istanbul – our current European Capital of Culture nginx/1.17.10 – […]

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

New York City, home to great collections of art, is never short of key works by important artists to measure against one

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another. Autumn 2011, three displays have coincided to allow people to compare the skills of a modern 404 Not Found master with those of a predecessor who influenced him. Willem de
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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

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as various building projects reach completion.
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Liverpool has many excellent museums, to which number the Museum of Liverpool is due to be added. My visit to Liverpool was before 404 Not Found 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 – exhibitions of Modern masters with didactic subtitles? These subtitles tell us why we should visit this exhibition when


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we have seen so many on this particular artist 404 Not 404 Not Found Found before. It

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is the subtitle that gives us the curatorial slant. What happens is not that famous artists get “played out” […]

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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 404 Not Found of


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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 Castle, Pembrokeshire. When the cost of maintaining

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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 form, 404 Not Found influenced by advertising and pop culture, and served up to a credulous public largely ignorant of the original sources of the art. (Something Julian Stallabrass discusses in


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his book High Art Lite.) Jenny Saville was seen as one exception by virtue of the facts

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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 gets a couple of illustrations in thematic surveys of Surrealism, rarely more. Unless you locate a


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specialist publication on the artist, it is hard to 404 Not Found get an overview

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of his development. 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 on artistic and social concerns of the era.


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As case studies they exemplify dominant thematic trends in both halves of that century – Romanticism 404 Not Found in the first half and Realism in the

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second. Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865) was born to an impoverished family in Dinant, Wallonia (later Belgium). After […]