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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 of Sir Thomas Beecham is the story of the great


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conductor seeing a tombstone inscribed: “Here lies a great organist

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

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Laura Gascoigne: Redrawing Drawing – July 2019

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2019

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

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Martin Lang: Against life drawing

Advocating life drawing at art

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

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

Laura Gascoigne May/June 2019 In


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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 404 Not Found the face of Christ in a slice of burnt

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toast is perfectly OK. (That year’s Ig Nobel prize for 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 404 Not Found that the best


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TV programme I saw last was Addicted to Sheep.

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In many ways this BBC4 documentary was reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable teacher in a school in the remote Auvergne, although a good deal less winsome. It focused on the lives of the Hutchinson […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Entertainment Value – March 2019

Laura Gascoigne


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March/April 2019 During a bibulous press trip dinner a few years ago, a travel journalist laid into me about art criticism. How could I set myself up as a judge of contemporary art when it was all a matter of taste 404 Not Found and no one

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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 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: Tate Modern on September


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23rd by Sue MacGregor,

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regarding the Tate’s […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Blag Trade – January 2019

Laura Gascoigne January/February 2019 It had to happen: The Apprentice has been let loose on the art market. For episode

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

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

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2018 It’s official: you can no longer walk into a room and

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say: “Hi guys!”
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In July Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey objected on Twitter that she 404 Not Found is not a “guy” and doesn’t wish to be addressed as one, since when that mode of address – friendly, casual, non-committal – has been formally outlawed. An office-worker friend […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Only A Matter of Time – September 2018

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2018 “This is 404 Not Found an urgent


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message. Time is running out!” warned an automated voice on my phone one morning. I slammed the phone down assuming it was a sales pitch, but whatever the voice’s motive it wasn’t wrong. According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists the election of Donald Trump 404 Not Found in

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2016 inched […]