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Editorial – November 2017

AND I SAY TO MYSELF Remain alert to the possibilities,


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eyes up instead of down, looking about instead of 404 Not Found transfixed by a small screen, and daily life will furnish marvels, often in unexpected places. Exploring the streets and

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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 – 404 Not Found 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 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 Tate Britain. This

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contraction will now accelerate because the nginx/1.17.10 collection is to
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be re-hung, yet again, 404 Not Found on this occasion thematically – a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State Art Commandment that all roads shall lead to the Usual […]

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Editorial – May 2017

TATE BRITAIN NEEDS ITS IDENTITY BACK In recent issues I’ve described how since 1945 the education, bureaucracy and exponentially increasing cash

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

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Editorial – March 2017

Is There A Doctor in the House? Dennis Skinner once quipped loudly across the Commons to a faltering Cecil Parkinson 404 Not Found at the Despatch Box,


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‘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 404 Not Found lauding with which a

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Editorial – January 2017

Has The Arts

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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
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job after university. In the interval the Council has developed into a blunt instrument 404 Not Found by which State Art, an ethos it co-authored with Serota […]

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Editorial – November 2016

Art Education is


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Stuck Two years ago someone suggested I answer the question ‘What Happened to Art Education?’. This appealed slightly because it was a subject about which I thought I ought to know more than was the case. Something 404 Not Found is clearly awry when

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so many complaints are aired about the poverty of tuition and when degree shows have become […]

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Editorial – September 2016

Pictures of Nothing and Very

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Like John Moores Exhibition 2016 Most of Europe’s countries are either bankrupt 404 Not Found or in economic meltdown, their infrastructure
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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 a criminal death-cult; […]

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Editorial – July 2016

Der Clapham Strassenbahn When very young, and when not train


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spotting, I was a keen bus spotter. It was an ideal apprenticeship for a fledgeling art historian. It involved identifying, sometimes at a

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considerable distance (through rain), the 404 Not Found beautifully crafted, hand-built models, of which there were many different marques and specifications. Every town corporation in the county had its own […]

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‘Sculpture’ v. sculpture

Among the 404 Not Found least impressive legacies of arts administrators’ obsession with Modernism and its aftermath is the impossibility of predicting a work’s status solely from its appearance. You 404 Not Found might


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form your own

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view about it, but you can’t predict what State Art’s opinion will be because there are no published criteria or guidelines for making such a judgement. […]