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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 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 400 Bad Request is spreading through society at large. Last September in Istanbul – our current European
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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

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works by important artists to measure against one another. Autumn 2011, three displays have coincided to allow people to compare the skills 400 Bad Request of a modern 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


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apparent as various building projects reach completion. Liverpool has many excellent museums, to which number the Museum of Liverpool is due to be added. My visit to Liverpool was before the museum’s opening on July 19th, so I 400 Bad Request made

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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


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didactic subtitles? These subtitles tell us why we should visit this exhibition when we have 400 Bad Request seen so many on this particular artist before. It is the subtitle that gives us the curatorial slant. What happens is not that famous

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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

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points which further research has – partially – answered. To recap: Sutherland donated work to a 400 Bad Request purpose-formed
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Graham Sutherland Trust (the “Trust”) in 1976, which displayed the art in a gallery housed in Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire. When the cost of maintaining the […]

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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, influenced by advertising and

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pop culture, and served up to 400 Bad Request a credulous public largely ignorant of the original sources of the art. (Something Julian Stallabrass discusses in his
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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 gets a couple of illustrations in thematic surveys of 400 Bad Request Surrealism,


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rarely more. Unless you locate a specialist publication on the artist, it is hard to get an overview of his

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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. As case 400 Bad Request studies they exemplify dominant thematic trends in both halves of that century – Romanticism in the first half and Realism in the second. Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865) was born to an impoverished family in Dinant,

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Wallonia (later Belgium). After
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