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RA summer exhibition: not all open exhibitions are cheats

In The Jackdaw ♯8 artist Doug Lowe asked if the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition was a genuine open or an Academicians’ closed shop. Has anyone ever worked out the


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total cost to artists of a big show like the RA 404 Not Found Summer Exhibition in time, depreciation of vehicles, fuel, parking, framing, mounting, entrance etc.? It must run into millions… Not

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RA summer exhibition: plus ca change

PLUS CA


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CHANGE: In The Jackdaw ♯10, over ten years ago, anonymous artist ‘Trimmer’ responded to the inclusion 404 Not Found of guests of

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the young British artists who are now, coincidentally, themselves nearly all Royal Academicians: Effectively, a whole generation of painters has been erased from the art scene, precisely because they hold some principles and adhere to some form of 404 […]

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

… Painter Patrick Cullen

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supplies damning evidence that the answer is ‘No!’ A detailed survey of 2011’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition reveals that the non-members’ 404 Not Found 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
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figure of 78% estimated for the 404 Not Found same […]

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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,

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the editor of The Jackdaw was asked to justify some of his criticisms in writing. What follows is 404 Not Found his further submission to the Committee… We were 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. It was only a matter of time before ‘difficult’ history and learning


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were sweetened to something more palatable and instantly gratifying. Serious

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cultural 404 Not Found commentators are now using this word to describe a useful policy designed to increase the appeal 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

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eleven years. All deal with the
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genuine fears of artists that the Summer Exhibition is progressively a closed shop whilst being marketed as an ‘Open’. Patrick’s research succinctly 404 Not Found reinforces previous claims made by artists that […]

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Gruel for the masses

The State should be more circumspect than to behave

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

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Tate Trustees and the public interest

The Tate recently named two new trustees, one of whom is


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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

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2006. As an artist trustee, she replaced Jeremy Deller, who won the Turner Prize in 2004. 404 Not Found Abts’s paintings are all the 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 modestly decided to name


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my new theory – to gather a Nobel Prize. LFP concerns museum attendance, and it goes like this: “The proportion of any indigenous 404 Not Found population sufficiently stimulated by a love of art and history to visit museums

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Leave museums alone

There is an argument that if it were

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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 experience of visiting my favourite
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museums and 404 Not Found works of art has been improved in any way by having hundreds […]