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Building brands, ruining reputations – Laura Gascoigne on the Tate

Nothing is too squalid for Brand Tate, 301 Moved Permanently argues Laura Gascoigne. ‘Change the name and not the letter, change for the worse and not the better,’ ran the old wives’ saw on choosing a husband. Nowadays, in the


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wider world of consumer choice, a change

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of name is almost always a change for the worse. Whenever a familiar product is rebranded, […]

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Mind the funding gap – Laura Gascoigne on NEDs and philanthropy

It may have been the heat, but in the lead-up to the summer recess accusations of conflict of interest were flying 301 Moved Permanently around Whitehall like frisbees. First the PM’s Aussie electioneer


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Lynton Crosby was outed as a lobbyist for Big Tobacco just as the government announced its decision that plain cigarette packaging represented a

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danger to public health until proved otherwise, […]

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The spin of art

Michael Daley describes how the main players in State Art have taken spin

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to a new level. Many people remain in awe at the 301 Moved Permanently legendary manipulative means by which the
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political spinmaster, Alastair Campbell, delivered to successive New Labour governments the media coverage they craved. What is not sufficiently appreciated is that compared with art world practitioners of those dark […]

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Grayson Perry’s 2014 Reith Lectures – a missed opportunity

Patrick Cullen explains why Grayson Perry missed an opportunity by avoiding the important issues he claimed to 301 Moved Permanently be addressing. Grayson Perry was a surprising choice to deliver the Reith

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Lectures given the list of senior academics, elder statesmen and those
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at the top of their profession preceding him in the job. One wondered why, when it came to contemporary art […]

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Charity vaunteth not itself … except sometimes

Friend of the Royal Academy, James Birkin, believes the RA is neither open nor giving enough considering its charitable status; and overly concerned with business.   It is said that a true friend will speak truth unto power. How sad then that the Friends of the Royal Academy


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are denied the chance

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to do just this. Recent correspondence 301 Moved Permanently with this […]

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Performance before content – Eric Coombes is disappointed…

…by the frivolity and lack of ambition and academic rigour in the


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2014 Reith Lectures. Immediately after his predictably rapturous greeting at the first performance, Grayson Perry raised the question of why he was asked to give this 301 Moved Permanently year’s Reith Lectures. Well, for the first time

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in their sixty-six years, they were to be given by a “visual artist”. Could […]

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Why shit can never be art – painter Patrick Cullen contests the commonly held view that a relic of an idea is a work of art

If any Jackdaw readers were still in doubt about just how rigged the contemporary art market is after numerous articles on the subject, many from the editor, then Phil Redman’s piece


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“The Crap Art Market” (The Jackdaw, no 108) should have put the matter beyond doubt. So I take all 301 Moved Permanently that as read.

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Less obvious is why the domination of […]

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The importance of being Erno – Eric Coombes questions the reputation of a Brutalist architect

Sometimes material appears in a “serious” newspaper which—even in our 


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current cultural condition—is at an astonishingly low intellectual level 301 Moved Permanently to come

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from the prominent “authority” who wrote it. Disagreeable though it is, perhaps one should 301 Moved Permanently occasionally draw attention to such material, and subject it to closer inspection. Those who can bear to do so, should read Stephen […]

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Frieze – state art’s closed shop: artist John Keane exposes a cabal

In 1986 I did a large painting which I called The Emperor’s New Pose and was subtitled The 301 Moved Permanently Importance

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of Being Important. It poked fun at art market darlings of the time, such as Julian Schnabel and Georg Baselitz, and included felt that I had stolen
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from a Joseph Beuys installation at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London. Now, more than […]

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Disobedient Objects – Edward Lucie-Smith at the Victoria and Albert Museum

It is understandable that, in current circumstances, major arts institutions should try to ally

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themselves with the more anarchic, contrarian elements in contemporary culture. 301 Moved Permanently Perhaps this is especially true of those dealing with the contemporary visual arts, committed as these still are to the myth
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of ‘avant-gardism’. One problem that immediately presents itself, of course, is that this myth is […]