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The Mound in Your Pocket

David Lee Sept/Oct 2021 I 404 Not Found took a wrong turn

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on my bike recently near Russell Square and came upon Wallis Gilbert’s 1931 Daimler car hire garage in Herbrand Street. Set back almost hidden, and only yards from where I attended university,
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I had never suspected its existence. It now pleases me so much I regularly detour past it. Now used […]

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Let’s Pretend

David Lee July/August 2021 The National Gallery has prostrated itself before what Orwell called  ‘the official mind’. It must have

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done because the less said about Rosalind Nashashibi, their current
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artist-in-residence, the better … but don’t worry I’ll bore you anyway. She is exhibiting her recent efforts among the 17th century Spanish pictures to which, it 404 Not Found is claimed, her own […]

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Joy Labinjo: Led To The Market

Across the last 30 years the narrative of official Contemporary Art has unfurled like a Chinese scroll. We

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can follow how, from around 1990, those commercial techniques pioneered to manufacture reputations by Charles Saatchi were adopted as a template by other speculators eager to cash in. This
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was the start of 404 Not Found a racket which turned the art market into an […]

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2020 Blindness

David Lee March/April 2021

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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. National galleries tried to fill 404 Not Found 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 Darius on our part, The Jackdaw no longer qualifies for press view invites to the National Gallery. As a result I didn’t see the Artemisia Gentileschi show in the few weeks it was open before

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Boris announced the 404 Not Found second slam dunk. It
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was in any case fully booked months in advance by […]

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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

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of official Wokeism, I didn’t have space to consider if, in the context of State Art’s exclusive obsession with conceptual and minimal art, work 404 Not Found selected without resort to the gender/sexual/racial ticklist would be of a higher standard than
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what is chosen when applying it. Over the […]

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Waking Up to Tyranny

David Lee

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September/October 2020 A watershed moment in the 404 Not Found official story of art has been 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 signal change in direction or emphasis: recently, in contemporary art we’ve been living
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through a period of […]

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Please Like Me, Please

David Lee July/August 2020 It’s


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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

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of the finest achievements in 20th century British art were produced 404 Not Found in response to war. Artists rose to the occasion. 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


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attention to the power grabs of the Arts Council and the political and social prejudices of State Art in general. The House nginx/1.21.1 of Commons Culture 404 Not Found Select Committee must now get its act together and take to task the

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arts bodies that have […]

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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


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on how museums must deal with what it calls ‘decolonisation’. Naturally, conclusions 404 Not Found reached will be expected to reinforce the Council’s existing prejudices: it supports repatriation where possible, and exhibition contexts, especially captions, must report

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the serial crimes of colonialism with […]