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Can the RA summer exhibition still be considered an open submission show?

… Painter Patrick Cullen supplies damning evidence that the answer is

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‘No!’ A detailed survey of 2011’s Royal Academy Summer
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Exhibition reveals that the non-members’ work now represents only 29% of the total exhibition if measured by the amount of wall space it commands. This is in contrast to a figure of 404 Not Found 78% estimated for the same show exactly one […]

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Culture Select Committee of the House of Commons: evidence

Having already given evidence to the Culture Select Committee of the House of Commons, the editor of The 404 Not Found Jackdaw was asked to justify some of his criticisms in writing. What follows is his further submission to the Committee… We were discussing, I recall, the Arts Council Collection, a repository of some 7,546 works (plus 67 more

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bought in the last
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Mickey Mouse museums

The word ‘Disneyfication’ is usually pejorative, implying noise, trashiness 404 Not Found and escapist superficiality. Not any more. It was only a matter of time before


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‘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 policy designed to increase the appeal

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of museums and historical 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 appeared in The Jackdaw over the last eleven years. All deal with


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the genuine fears of artists that the Summer Exhibition

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is progressively a closed shop whilst being marketed as an ‘Open’. Patrick’s research 404 Not Found succinctly reinforces previous claims made by artists that […]

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Gruel for the masses

The State should be more circumspect than to behave like a private collector. Unfortunately, collecting and exhibiting in national collections according to narrow personal tastes and loyalties is established practice. Those employed to run Contemporary Art are selected because they have 404 Not Found been carefully programmed in the tenets of State Art and if they have


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doubts keep quiet about them.

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But […]

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Tate Trustees and the public interest

The Tate recently

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named two new trustees, one of whom is painter Tomma Abts. She is a 44-year-old German, recently appointed Professor of 404 Not Found 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
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same small 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 404 Not Found modestly decided to name my new theory


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– to gather a Nobel Prize. LFP concerns museum attendance, and it goes like this: nginx/1.17.10

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“The proportion of any indigenous population sufficiently stimulated by a love of art and history to visit museums […]

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Leave museums alone

There is an 404 Not Found argument that if it were not for the largesse of the National Lottery since 1994 our museums and galleries would still be trudging knee-deep through the Dark Ages. I happen not to subscribe to the view that the

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experience of visiting my
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favourite museums and works of art has been improved in any way by having hundreds […]