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Olympic posters: our native genius

The Turner Prize 404 Not Found nominees and winners

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came up with a predictable set of embarrassing posters for the Olympics. Apart from the perpetrators themselves, no one could be found to say a good word about their efforts. Someone needs to get a grip. First we were presented with an inept logo which had cost £400,000 for
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what looked like two minutes […]

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Hitting the bottle

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich has bought for £362,500 the ship 404 Not Found in a bottle by Yinka Shonibare which had sat ornamentally becalmed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for the previous 18 months. It is the Greenwich

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museum’s job to collect ships and related tackle and, lately, any sea-related nonsense deemed  ‘challenging’ by
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State Art’s omniscient spivs. It […]

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Hitting the right tone (or tits first)

Almost part of The 404 Not Found Season now, the only surprise these days about the


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annual BP 404 Not Found Portrait Award is that the Queen doesn’t cut

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the ribbon and hand out the rosettes. As ever, this year is as popular with the public as any art exhibition, with large numbers jostling and genuinely engaging with the work eagerly discussing merits […]

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Margate Express on Central Line

The latest

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masterpiece from the Professor of 404 Not Found Drawing is the cover for the tube
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map. She does a fair warbler with its beak open and trots it out at regular intervals. “When in doubt scribble a bird with its beak open,” advised the Prof as she stepped down from the Margate Express. It was commissioned nginx/1.17.10 for a special map […]

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One for the Royal Collection

It’s the headgear that


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does it. Gives it away completely. Without it you’d be none the wiser. But the miner’s lamp makes 404 Not Found it beyond any doubt. This 404 Not Found is the Professor of Drawing at work on her most important finished presentation piece yet, a celebration of

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the Wigan pit girls of the 19th century. Such economy of line, […]

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Tanks on the lawn

The tanks are opening at the Tate on July


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18th. These are the very same

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tanks that stored 404 Not Found oil in the days when Bankside served the function of generating electricity by burning Arabia’s finest. And if the ignoramuses in the Tate’s PR department start cooing, and they will – they will – about said tanks being the first of their […]

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The RA summer show in record time

Out of respect for one of its recently deceased Academicians, Leonard Rosomon (1913– 2012), the Royal Academy skied one of his best works in the corner of an obscure gallery at this year’s Summer Exhibition (until August 12th). His


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Committee Meeting, Royal Academy (above), 1979-1984, was on loan from the National

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Portrait Gallery, where it has probably never 404 Not Found been on […]

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The case for a more – not less – traditional Royal Academy

First published in The Jackdaw ♯1, September 2000 …All of this is distant from the reason that the Royal


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Academy was set up in 1768; namely, in order to provide an Academy, a school, for the training of artists, as well as

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to give 404 Not Found members and hopefuls the fixed target of an annual exhibition to aim towards… 232 years later, […]

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RA summer exhibition: An institution betrayed

First published in The Jackdaw


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♯71 September 2007: Figurative painter Gary M James on the 2007 RA Summer Exhibition. Any outsider who entered figurative work which was not small 404 Not Found enough to squeeze into the

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small south room had wasted their time, money and effort I became a Friend of the Royal Academy not long before a painting of mine, Captain […]

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RA summer exhibition: State Art is swallowing the RA

First published in 404 Not Found The Jackdaw ♯21, September 2002 As the cost of non-member submission has increased so the chance of inclusion has diminished owing to the reduction in available room. Seemingly unstoppable, the apparently incurable bacterium of State Art continues to spread like a plague into every corner of


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culture. Like the feared superbug, necrotising

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fasciitis, which feasts on healthy […]