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Laura Gascoigne: The Gold Standard – November 2019

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2019 In October of last


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year, under the title ‘The Midas Touch’, Sotheby’s 404 Not Found held a special sale of ‘objets de vertu’ made of gold. “In a world that speaks 6,900 languages,” cooed the catalogue, “the language of gold remains universal”. To prove it, the nginx/1.17.10 auction house promised to take collectors “on a journey through the

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Laura Gascoigne: Dirty Money and Plenty of It – September 2019

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2019 Among the many examples of the wit and wisdom


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of Sir Thomas Beecham is the story of the great conductor seeing a

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tombstone inscribed: “Here lies a great organist and an 404 Not Found excellent musician” and remarking in surprise: “What, both in the same grave?”  I was reminded of this when seeing Wafic Saïd, a contributor 404 Not […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Redrawing Drawing – July 2019

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2019 It’s hard to know where to start with Ingres’s definition when nobody knows any more what probity means. And yet drawing is 404 Not Found enjoying a resurgence. What is going on? When David Hockney breezed into the Royal College from Bradford in 1959, he announced 404 Not Found his arrival not with naïve etchings of naughty


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Martin Lang: Against life drawing

Advocating life drawing at art school is a deeply conservative

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and reactionary position. Arguments in favour of life drawing usually fall into one of
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two camps (or sometimes both). I am utterly unconvinced by both. The first, and weaker, argument contends that it is necessary to learn the rules before you can break them. This is an authoritarian position where 404 Not Found […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Is Art (Finally) Toast? – May 2019

Laura Gascoigne May/June 2019 In 2014 the Harvard-based science magazine Annals of Improbable Research presented its Ig Nobel prize for neuroscience to a team of researchers from China and Canada who demonstrated that seeing the face of

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Christ in a slice
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of burnt toast is perfectly OK. (That year’s Ig Nobel prize for 404 Not Found economics went to the Italian government for […]

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Art: Cool and Uncool – William Varley Reviews Addicted to Sheep

So, as all cool sentences begin, I think that the best TV programme I saw last was Addicted to Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary was reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable 404 Not Found teacher in a

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school in the remote Auvergne, although a good deal less winsome. It focused on the lives
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Laura Gascoigne: Entertainment Value – March 2019

Laura Gascoigne March/April 2019 During a bibulous press

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trip dinner a few years ago, a travel journalist laid into me about art criticism. How could I set myself up as a judge 404 Not Found of contemporary art when it was all
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a matter of taste and no one could predict the verdict of history? I spluttered something about not sitting in judgment […]

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Charles Thomson: Lies, Damned Lies and Serota at the BBC

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC in a blatant

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attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely 404 Not Found deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The Reunion:
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Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding the Tate’s […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Blag Trade – January 2019

Laura Gascoigne January/February 2019 It had to happen:


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The Apprentice has been let loose on the art market. For episode 8 of

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the latest series, contestants were corralled in the Centre Hall of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery to be informed by Alan Sugar from a Big Brother screen: “The global art market is worth a massive £47 billion”, 404 Not Found and told […]

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Laura Gascoigne: We’re on a Gender Bender – November 2018

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2018 It’s official: you


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can no longer walk into a room and say: “Hi guys!” In July Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey objected

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on Twitter that she is not a “guy” and doesn’t wish to be addressed as one, since when that mode 404 Not Found of address – friendly, casual, non-committal – has been formally outlawed. An office-worker friend […]