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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 404 Not Found seen the freeze-frame


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close-ups of Columbo’s ID badge which states that his first name is ‘Frank”. But should we consider this canonical?” I’m becoming more and more confused

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by this ‘canonical’ business. The above is from Columbophile website. 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 still believes it 404 Not Found a Leonardo? Will

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it be exhibited this year at the Paris Louvre’s big Leonardo exhibition, as promised? Can it be true,
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as an artnet blogger now claims (on the claimed say-so of “two principals involved in” Christie’s 2017 […]

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Michael Daley: A Life Drawing

Michael Daley Fans of


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Tacita Dean will be delighted 404 Not Found 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

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time she is “exploring the genre of landscape in the broadest sense.” Well, broad is the word. She’s blown up a 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


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on her like an untimely frost.” Also known as “Becky the Scrapyard Queen” on account

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


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chance meeting in front of the

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Parthenon marbles with a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff doesn’t move me one bit”. When Dodds asked him why, he replied: “Well, it’s all so terribly rational, if you 404 Not Found […]

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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 Bradley’s Spanish Bar. He only


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used that cupboard under the stairs while waiting for one of those posh penthouses over the road to 404 Not Found be readied for

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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 404
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Not Found drank 404 Not Found and away by water, home and to dinner. Down to Deptford, loaded half my goods and sent them […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Uncomfortable Truths – September 2020

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2020 Six weeks ago, a

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Hampstead neighbour left a book on our doorstep. We have got 404 Not Found 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
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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 place shuts down. What do you do? You’re at a

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loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck at home with your furloughed partner watching your gerbils spin around on the rolly wheel
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of life when an idea strikes you. Why should your pets enjoy 404 Not Found normality as […]

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Dick French: On The Town – May 2020

Dick French May/June 2020 It’s interesting to read the letters of John

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Ruskin alongside
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those of Vincent van Gogh. Most people are aware that Ruskin became rather unbalanced with age, but from reading his correspondence with Euphemia (Effie) it seems to me he was quite mad from the start. It’s the manic density that impresses 404 Not Found as much as the content. […]