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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 404 Not Found bloom of official Wokeism, I didn’t have


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space

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to consider if, in the context of State Art’s exclusive obsession with conceptual and minimal art, work selected without resort to the gender/sexual/racial ticklist would be of a higher standard than what is chosen when applying it. Over the […]

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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


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the first decades of

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the last 404 Not Found 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 through a period of […]

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Please Like Me, Please

David Lee

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July/August 2020 It’s been hard to avoid following the fortunes of our present crop of self-appointed
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‘war artists’. You may recall 404 Not Found from the past, as I do, that many of the finest achievements in 20th century British art were produced 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 404 Not Found public attention to the power grabs of the Arts Council and the political and social prejudices of State

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Art in
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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 404 Not Found 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 prejudices: it supports repatriation where possible, and


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exhibition contexts, especially captions,

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must report the serial crimes of colonialism with […]

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And I say to myself…

Remain alert 404 Not Found to the possibilities, eyes up instead


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of down, looking about instead of

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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 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 pictures in churches. We were impressed ­even though some scenes threatened us with


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eternal agony if we broke their 404 Not Found rules. The scarcity of pictures outside of church meant we were naturally curious about anything drawn or coloured. Wandering pedlars would show up to impress us

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with secular material, crude […]

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Wholesale gratification

In the last issue I noted the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated to historical pictures in Tate Britain. This contraction will now accelerate 404 Not Found because the collection is to be re-hung, yet again, on


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this occasion thematically – a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate

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the State Art Commandment that all roads shall lead to the Usual 404 Not Found […]

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Tate Britain needs its identity back

In recent issues

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I’ve described how since 1945 the education, bureaucracy and exponentially increasing cash for the 404 Not Found visual arts have been usurped and dominated by 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
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war by Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Orwell among others, is complete […]

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Is there a doctor in the House?

Dennis Skinner once quipped loudly across the Commons to a faltering Cecil Parkinson

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at the Despatch Box, ‘It’s the in-breeding that does it!’ I was reminded of this amusing sneer
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when Doctor Maria 404 Not Found Balshaw was announced as Serota’s replacement, an elevation met with the customary uncritical lauding with which a fawning Fourth Estate now greets all State Art appointments. Balshaw […]