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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 404 Not Found see the Artemisia Gentileschi show in the few weeks it was open before Boris announced the second slam dunk. It was in

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any case fully booked
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months in advance by […]

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They All Look The Same To Me

David Lee


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November/December 2020 In the last editorial,

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when describing the new full bloom 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 404 404 Not Found Not Found selected without 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 reached. Unlike in the first 404 Not Found decades of the last century, when experimental isms followed one another annually, the first decades of the 21st have until now seen 404 Not Found no signal change in direction or


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emphasis: recently, in contemporary art we’ve been living

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through […]

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Please Like Me, Please

David Lee July/August 2020 It’s been hard to avoid following the fortunes of our present crop of self-appointed ‘war artists’. You


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may recall from the past, as I do, that many of the finest achievements in 20th century British art were produced

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in response to 404 Not Found nginx/1.17.10 war. Artists rose to the occasion. So how has the performance of our State […]

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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 to the power grabs of the Arts Council and the political


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and social prejudices of

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State Art in general. The House of Commons Culture Select Committee 404 Not Found must now get its act together and take to task the 404 Not Found arts bodies […]

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Legalised Blackmail

David Lee March/April 2020 The Arts Council is offering a contract worth

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£42,000 for an expert 404 Not Found 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
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prejudices: it supports repatriation where possible, and exhibition contexts, especially captions, must report the serial crimes of colonialism with […]

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And I say to myself…

Remain alert to the possibilities, eyes up instead 404 Not Found of down, looking 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 London


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is a journey through natural and man-made masterpieces, ingenuity everywhere apparent. To stand

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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 pictures in churches. We were impressed ­even though some scenes threatened us with eternal agony if we broke

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their rules.
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The scarcity of pictures outside of church nginx/1.17.10 meant we were naturally curious about anything drawn 404 Not Found or coloured. Wandering pedlars would show up to impress us with secular material, […]

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Wholesale gratification

In the last issue I noted


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the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated to historical pictures in Tate Britain. This contraction will now accelerate because the collection is

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to be re-hung, yet again, on this occasion thematically – a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State 404 Not Found Art Commandment that all roads shall lead to the Usual Suspects. Long gone […]

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Tate Britain needs its identity back

In recent issues I’ve described how since 1945 the

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education, bureaucracy and exponentially increasing cash for the visual arts have been usurped and dominated by 404 Not Found an evolving one-track mindset which, in these pages, is called State Art. This sinister subversion of the institutions, predicted before and after the last war by Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Orwell among
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others, is complete […]