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Alexander Adams: Women in Art Today

Alexander Adams We are told that in many fields women face systematic disadvantage and

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are under-represented. It has become a core belief of many
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and goes almost unchallenged. When politicians came under pressure regarding supposed gender discrimination in the workplace, the British government conducted a survey 404 Not Found of arts organisations. The 2018 report found that women comprise 56% of the British […]

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Alexander Adams: What is Critical Theory and Why Should I Care?

Alexander Adams “Was Lt Columbo’s name really Frank? We’ve all seen the freeze-frame close-ups of Columbo’s ID badge which states that his first


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name is ‘Frank”. But should we consider this canonical?” I’m becoming more and more confused by this

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‘canonical’ business. The above is from Columbophile website. I love his joke about 404 Not Found the Jewish lady who was walking down […]

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Michael Daley: Selling a Leonardo with Oomph

Michael Daley Questions proliferate on the


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disappeared $450 million Leonardo Salvator 404 Not Found Mundi. Where is it? Who owns it? Who still believes it a Leonardo? Will it be exhibited this year at the Paris Louvre’s big Leonardo exhibition, as promised? Can it be true, as an artnet blogger now claims (on the claimed

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say-so of “two principals involved in” Christie’s 2017 […]

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Michael Daley: A Life Drawing

Michael Daley Fans of Tacita Dean will be delighted to learn that she is having yet another exhibition, this time at the Royal Academy… And it’s well up to her usual standard.


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This time she is “exploring the genre of landscape in the broadest sense.” Well, broad is the word. She’s 404 Not Found blown up a

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number of black and white photos […]

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Dick French: On The Town – November 2020

Dick French November/December 2020 Rebecca Cains has died. She was only 50. “Death lies on her like an untimely frost.” Also known as “Becky the Scrapyard Queen” on account of the subject matter of her


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paintings – mostly wrecked cars and vans on roads 404 Not Found or in scrapyards. She showed occasionally at the Royal Academy and

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frequently at Mall Galleries, where, […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Institutional Rationalism – November 2020

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2020 In the introduction to his 1951 book The Greeks and the Irrational, the classicist E R Dodds recalled a chance meeting in front of the Parthenon marbles with 404 Not Found a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff doesn’t move me one bit”. When Dodds asked him why, he replied:


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“Well, it’s

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all so terribly rational, if you […]

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Dick French: On The Town – September 2020

Dick French September/October 404 Not Found 2020 It’s not true that King Juan Carlos is hiding out in Bradley’s Spanish Bar. He only used that cupboard under the stairs while waiting for one of those posh penthouses over the road to be readied for him. Although it is true that he was reluctant to leave after

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falling
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for the abundant charms of barmaid […]

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Dick French: On The Town – July 2020

Dick French July/August 2020 Reading Pepys again about the plague of 1666. Not one for self-isolating, he was still enthusiastically 404 Not Found putting it about: “Thence to Betty Martin and there did tout ce que


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je voudrais avec

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her and drank and away by water, home and to dinner. Down to Deptford, loaded half my goods and sent them away into safekeeping.” […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Uncomfortable Truths – September 2020

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2020 Six weeks ago, a Hampstead neighbour left a book on our doorstep. We have


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got used to acts of kindness from

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strangers; at the start of lockdown another neighbour posted a book of poetry through our door to 404 Not Found cheer us up. My husband read it, and it did. But this book was different, as was its […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Desperately Loose Ends – July 2020

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2020 You’re a curator working at the V&A, and the 404 Not Found place shuts down. What do you do? You’re at a loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck at home with your furloughed partner watching your gerbils


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spin around on the rolly wheel of life when an idea strikes you. Why should your pets enjoy normality

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as […]