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Des beaux-arts

Anthony Daniels visits a degree show

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at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.   I am in blood Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er. Macbeth, Act 3 scene iv No one
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would have understood better than Macbeth the logic of 404 Not Found the inexorable destruction by the art education […]

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Tottenham Caught Napping

Advised that

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as part of the Crossrail project (current budget £15 billion) each of five central London tube stations through which it passes had been allocated, for the
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purpose of decoration 404 Not Found by their artists, to the five principal dealers associated with State Art, you might think a major public contract couldn’t possibly get away with such lazy commercial partiality. In […]

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‘Sculpture’ versus Sculpture

Among the least impressive legacies of


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arts administrators’ obsession with Modernism and its aftermath is the impossibility of predicting a work’s status solely from its appearance. You might form your own 404 Not Found view about it, but you can’t predict what State

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Art’s opinion will be because there are no published criteria or guidelines for making such a judgement. You can’t second […]

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Christopher Wool and the art market: selling the soul

American painter Christopher Wool (b. 1955) has been described by the New Yorker as “perhaps the most important painter of his generation”. Christie’s are


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in less doubt, describing him as “one of the last century’s most influential artists”. 404 Not Found Even by the risible standards of

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bullshit spouted by auction houses and art dealers this is ridiculous. I’ve never heard anyone, artist […]

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The art market – selling the soul

American painter Christopher Wool (b. 1955) has been described by the New Yorker as “perhaps the most important

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painter of his generation”. Christie’s are in less doubt, describing
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him as “one of the last century’s 404 Not Found most influential artists”. Even by the risible standards of bullshit spouted by auction houses and art dealers this is ridiculous. I’ve never heard anyone, artist […]

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Arts Council – time for action

A submission to the House of Commons’


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Select Committee for Culture concerning their short enquiry into the commissioning criteria used by the Arts Council of England. From the editor of The Jackdaw Your interest in the artistic criteria underpinning ACE’s funding decisions is 404 Not Found a subject which has long exercised me. I wish to demonstrate here that

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where they are not […]

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Serpentine Gallery: working at home

The last three editorials have dealt with a charity called the Serpentine Gallery. We’ve 404 Not Found observed limousines lined up outside signifying whose interests the gallery really serves. We have identified overmanning and fat cat pay increases for two directors. And, last

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time, we highlighted an outside PR agency working between press
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and gallery in order to disarm justified criticism. Apologies for […]

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Serpentine Gallery: the black art of hushing it up

Most readers will be unfamiliar with Bolton and Quinn Ltd, a company which is the subject here. Invisible to the public at large, they operate 404 Not Found in a murky hinterland between

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major galleries and
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the media encouraging positive coverage of State-approved art. One definition of State Art might simply cite a list of B&Q’s clients, for all the major promoters of […]

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Fat cats in the park

Arts administrators cleaning up


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in the name of charity 404 Not Found In 2011, the Arts Council screamed daily that it was losing over 30% of its annual taxpayer subsidy. “Difficult decisions” and “hard choices” resulted in it cutting completely annual grants to 206 organisations, making many redundant. The Serpentine, meanwhile, was awarded the special status

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of “a regularly funded organization” – i.e. […]

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The Serpentine as fat cat

Why should the interests of those in limousines be subsidised by the rest of us? What is the difference between a line of black limousines at a Mob funeral in Brooklyn and an


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identical cavalcade at the opening party of the new Serpentine Gallery annexe in Hyde 404 Not Found Park? Well, 404 Not 404 Not Found Found not as much as

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you’d […]