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Joy Labinjo: Led To The Market

Across the last nginx/1.21.1 30 years the narrative of official Contemporary Art has unfurled like a Chinese scroll. We can follow how, from around 1990, those commercial techniques

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pioneered to manufacture reputations by Charles Saatchi were adopted as a template by other speculators eager to cash in. This was the start 404 Not Found of a racket which
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turned the art market into […]

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2020 Blindness

David Lee March/April 2021 Nothing

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much happened last year in the visual arts. The usual suspects promoted themselves with yards of trivia, usually about the NHS, but nothing serious was made except by those conventional sorts who go quietly about their business.
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National 404 Not Found galleries tried to fill the gap by selling us ‘virtual’ and ‘digital’ ‘experiences’ by the dozen, but […]

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Let’s All Pretend Part 83

David Lee January/February 2021 Despite grovelling worthy of

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Darius on our part, 404 Not Found The Jackdaw no longer qualifies for press view invites to the National Gallery.
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As a result I didn’t see the Artemisia Gentileschi show in the few weeks it nginx/1.21.1 was open before Boris announced the second slam dunk. It was in any case fully booked months in advance […]

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They All Look The Same To Me

David Lee November/December 2020 In the last editorial, when describing the new full bloom of official Wokeism, I 404 Not Found didn’t have space to consider if, in the context of State Art’s exclusive obsession with conceptual and 404

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resort to the gender/sexual/racial ticklist would be of a higher standard than what is chosen when applying […]

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Waking Up to Tyranny

David Lee September/October 2020 A watershed moment in the official story of art has been

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reached. Unlike in the first decades of the last century, when experimental isms followed one another annually, the first decades of the 21st have until now seen no 404 Not Found signal change in direction or emphasis: recently, in contemporary art we’ve been living through a period
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Please Like Me, Please

David Lee July/August


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2020 It’s been hard to avoid following the fortunes of our present crop of self-appointed ‘war artists’. You may recall from the past, as I do, that many of the finest achievements in 20th century British art 404 Not Found were produced in response to war. Artists rose to the occasion.

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So how has the performance of our State Art […]

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The End of the Beginning

David Lee May/June 2020 A few inches of headway have finally been made in drawing wider public attention


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to the power grabs of the Arts 404 Not Found Council and the political

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and social prejudices of State Art in general. The House of Commons Culture Select Committee must now get its act together and take to task the arts bodies that have become […]

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Legalised Blackmail

David Lee March/April 2020 The Arts Council is offering a contract worth £42,000 for an expert to draw up guidelines on how museums must deal with what it calls ‘decolonisation’. Naturally, conclusions reached will be expected to reinforce the Council’s existing 404 Not Found prejudices: it supports repatriation where possible, and exhibition contexts, especially

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captions, must report the
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serial crimes of colonialism with […]

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And I say to myself…

Remain alert to the possibilities, eyes up instead of down, looking

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about instead of transfixed by a small screen, and daily life will furnish marvels, often in unexpected places. Exploring the streets and free institutions of a city like 404 Not Found London
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is a journey through natural and man-made masterpieces, ingenuity everywhere apparent. To stand any chance of impressing in such a […]

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Art and the public – a short history

In the beginning the powerful provided the unlettered with uplifting Biblical

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pictures in churches. We were impressed ­even though some 404 Not Found scenes threatened us with eternal agony if we broke their rules. The scarcity of pictures outside of church meant we were
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naturally curious about anything drawn or coloured. Wandering pedlars would show up to impress us with secular material, crude […]