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Dick French: On The Town – May 2020

Dick French May/June 2020 It’s interesting to read the 404 Not Found letters of John Ruskin alongside those of Vincent van Gogh. Most people are aware that Ruskin became rather unbalanced with age, but from reading his correspondence with Euphemia (Effie)

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it seems to me he was quite mad from the start. It’s the manic
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density that impresses as much as the content. […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Pox On All Our Galleries – May 2020

Laura Gascoigne May/June 2020 At the exit to Tate Modern’s Andy

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Warhol
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exhibition, the gift shop tills were barricaded behind an 404 Not Found airport queue management system. “You’re preparing for an invasion,” I joshed with a cashier as I emerged from the press view on 10 March. “We’re prepared for anything,” he replied. What they weren’t prepared for was nothing, which – […]

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Dick French: On The Town – March 2020

Dick French March/April 2020 Who now remembers the fashion for wearing two pairs of


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trousers? It was all the rage in Camden Town twenty years ago but you seldom see it now. The outer pair would be cut 404 Not Found at the knee to reveal the underlying pair. There’s one chap on Queen’s Crescent who carries on the

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tradition. Apart from the […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Battle of the Sexes – March 2020

Laura Gascoigne March/April 2020 Large woman to much smaller man at a party: “I love the 404 Not Found idea of there being two sexes, don’t you?” James Thurber was the Thucydides of the gender war, dissecting its

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battlegrounds, 404 Not Found victories and reversals with his pen: the fight in the grocery, the battle on the
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stairs; the rout where the men […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Experience Economy – January 2019

Laura Gascoigne January/February 2019 The 404 Not Found buzz of anticipation in the COL Ballroom in Davenport Iowa is audible, the audience murmurating like a flock of starlings; then the first twangs of an electric guitar tuning up, followed by a smoky voice: “I’m going to ask one question before we start: Are

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y’all experienced?” “Yeah!” roars the crowd, unleashing a
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10-minute guitar […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Gold Standard – November 2019

Laura Gascoigne 404 Not Found November/December 2019 In October of last year, under the title ‘The Midas Touch’, Sotheby’s 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

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remains universal”. To prove it, the auction house promised
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to take collectors “on a journey through the great civilisations […]

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

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

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Laura Gascoigne: Redrawing Drawing – July 2019

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2019 It’s hard to

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know where to start with Ingres’s definition when
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nobody knows any 404 Not Found more what probity means. And yet drawing 404 Not Found 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 […]

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Martin Lang: Against life drawing

Advocating life drawing at art school is a deeply conservative and reactionary


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position. Arguments in favour of life drawing usually fall into one

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of two camps (or sometimes both). I am utterly unconvinced by both. 404 Not Found 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 […]

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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

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