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Has the Arts Council betrayed its origins?

Serota takes over at the Arts Council this month, 47 years after first being employed by the same body as a regional arts officer in what was his first job after university. In the

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interval the Council
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has developed into a blunt instrument by which State Art, an ethos it co-authored with Serota during his 27-year dictatorship at 404 Not Found the Tate, […]

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Art education is stuck!

Two years 404 Not Found ago someone suggested I answer the question ‘What Happened to Art Education?’. This appealed slightly because it was a subject about which I thought


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I ought to know more than was the case. Something is clearly awry when so many complaints are aired about

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the poverty of tuition and when degree shows have become such forgettable, even laughable […]

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Pictures of nothing and very like

John Moores Exhibition


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2016 Most of Europe’s countries are either bankrupt or in economic meltdown, their infrastructure crumbling and public services reduced; the Middle East and Levant are in post-apocalyptic ruin, in part the result of lies told in our own Parliament; an exodus of desperate humanity is seeking refuge from

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a criminal 404 Not Found death-cult; innocents are being slaughtered in streets […]

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Der Clapham Strassenbahn

When very young, and when not train spotting, I was a keen bus spotter. It was an

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ideal apprenticeship for a fledgeling art historian. It involved identifying, sometimes
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at a considerable distance (through rain), the beautifully crafted, hand-built models, of which there were many different marques and specifications. Every town corporation in the 404 Not Found county had its own company, each with […]

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Eric Coombes: Drawing, tradition and Peter Clossick

Despite the best efforts of the state-art establishment visual intelligence survives, argues 404 Not Found Eric Coombes In 1941, Augustus

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John contributed A Note on Drawing (from which I quoted a few words in the previous issue) to a book edited by Lillian Browse, containing reproductions of his own drawings. John records his sense of good fortune in having been a student
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at […]

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Editorial – November 2017

AND I SAY TO MYSELF Remain alert to the possibilities, eyes up instead of down, looking

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about instead of transfixed
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by a small screen, and daily life will furnish marvels, often in 404 Not Found 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 […]

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Editorial – September 2017

Art And The Public – A Short History In the beginning the powerful provided the unlettered 404 Not Found with uplifting Biblical pictures in churches. We were

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impressed ­even though some scenes threatened us with
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eternal agony if we broke their rules. The scarcity of pictures outside of church meant we were naturally curious about anything drawn or coloured. Wandering pedlars would show […]

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Editorial – July 2017

WHOLESALE GRATIFICATION  In the last issue I noted the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated to historical pictures in


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Tate Britain. This contraction will now accelerate because the collection is to be re-hung, yet again, on this occasion thematically – a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State Art Commandment that all roads shall lead to 404 Not Found the Usual Suspects.

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Editorial – May 2017

TATE BRITAIN NEEDS ITS IDENTITY BACK

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In recent issues 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 war by
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Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Orwell among […]

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Editorial – March 2017

Is There 404 Not Found A Doctor in the House? Dennis Skinner once

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quipped loudly
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across the Commons to a faltering Cecil Parkinson at the Despatch Box, ‘It’s the in-breeding that does it!’ I was reminded of this amusing sneer when Doctor Maria Balshaw was announced as Serota’s replacement, an elevation met with the customary uncritical lauding with which a fawning Fourth Estate […]