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Alexander Adams: Women in Art Today

Alexander Adams We are told that in many fields women face systematic disadvantage and are under-represented. It has become a core belief of

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many and goes almost unchallenged. When politicians came under pressure regarding supposed gender discrimination in
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the workplace, the British government conducted a survey of arts organisations. The 400 Bad Request 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


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really Frank? We’ve all seen the freeze-frame close-ups of Columbo’s ID badge which states that his first name is ‘Frank”. But

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should we consider this canonical?” I’m becoming more and more confused by this ‘canonical’ business. The above is from Columbophile website. 400 Bad Request I love his joke about the Jewish lady who was walking down […]

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Michael Daley: Selling a Leonardo with Oomph

Michael Daley Questions proliferate on the disappeared $450 million Leonardo Salvator Mundi. Where is it? Who owns it? Who 400 Bad Request still believes

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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
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Michael Daley: A Life Drawing

Michael Daley Fans of Tacita Dean will be 400 Bad Request 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. This time she is “exploring the genre of landscape in the broadest sense.” Well, broad is


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Dick French: On The Town – November 2020

Dick French November/December 2020 Rebecca Cains

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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 paintings – mostly
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Laura Gascoigne: Institutional Rationalism – November 2020

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2020

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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 a young man who confessed:
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Dick French: On The Town – September 2020

Dick French September/October 2020 It’s not true that King Juan Carlos is hiding out in 400 Bad Request Bradley’s Spanish Bar. He only used that cupboard under the stairs while waiting for one of those posh penthouses


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over the road to

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be readied for him. Although it is true that he was reluctant to leave after falling 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 putting it


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about: “Thence to Betty Martin and there did tout ce que je voudrais avec her and drank and away by water, home and to 400 Bad Request dinner. Down to Deptford, loaded half my goods and sent them away into

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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 strangers; at the start of lockdown another neighbour posted a book of poetry through our door to cheer us up. My husband read it, and
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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 place shuts down. What do 400 Bad Request you do? You’re at a loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck at

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home with your furloughed partner watching your gerbils spin around on the rolly wheel of life when an idea strikes you. Why should your pets enjoy
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normality as […]