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Culture Select Committee of the House of Commons: evidence

Having already


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given evidence to the Culture Select Committee of the House of Commons, the editor of The Jackdaw was asked to justify some of his criticisms in writing. What follows is his further submission to the Committee… We were 404 Not Found discussing, I recall, the Arts Council Collection, a repository of some

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7,546 works (plus 67 more bought in the last […]

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Mickey Mouse museums

The word ‘Disneyfication’ is usually pejorative, implying noise, trashiness and escapist superficiality. Not any more.

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It was only a matter of time before ‘difficult’ history and learning were sweetened to something more palatable and instantly gratifying. Serious cultural commentators are now using this word to describe a useful 404 Not Found policy designed to increase the appeal of museums and historical
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sites. Boring […]

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The RA is not a charity

Inspired by landscape painter Patrick Cullen, The Jackdaw Sept-Oct 2011 reprinted pieces about the Royal Academy that have 404 Not Found appeared in The Jackdaw over the last eleven years. All deal with the genuine fears of artists that the Summer Exhibition is

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progressively a closed shop whilst being marketed as an ‘Open’. Patrick’s research succinctly reinforces previous claims
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made by artists that […]

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Gruel for the masses

The State should be more circumspect than to behave like

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a private collector. Unfortunately, collecting and exhibiting in national collections according to narrow personal tastes and loyalties is
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established practice. Those employed to run Contemporary Art are selected because they have been carefully programmed in the tenets of State Art and 404 Not Found if they have doubts keep quiet about them. But […]

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Tate Trustees and the public interest

The Tate recently named two


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new trustees, one of whom is painter Tomma Abts. She is a 44-year-old German, recently appointed Professor of Painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, who won the Turner Prize in 2006. As an artist trustee, she replaced Jeremy Deller, who won the Turner Prize in 2004. Abts’s paintings are all the same small 404 Not Found size (48

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You read it here first

In due course, when it has become accepted as a truism, I expect Lee’s First Paradigm – as I’ve modestly decided to name my new theory – to gather a Nobel


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Prize. LFP concerns museum attendance, and it goes like this: “The

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proportion of any indigenous population sufficiently stimulated by a love of 404 Not Found art and history to visit museums is […]

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Leave museums alone

There is an argument that if it were 404 Not Found not for the largesse of the National Lottery since 1994


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our museums and galleries would still be trudging knee-deep through the Dark Ages. I happen not to subscribe to the view that the experience of visiting my favourite museums and works of art has been improved in any way by

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having hundreds […]