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Michael Daley: Michael Daley revisits the catastrophic restoration of Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling

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Selby Whittingham: The Temptations of the Wallace Collection

Selby Whittingham “I’m just a slave / only a slave to you, temptation”. So


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sang Bing Crosby in 1933 in 404 Not Found a song, Temptation, repeated by many famous singers since and, in 1970, in a German TV act of Sid Millward & The Nitwits. That shows (it was recorded) Sid presiding over players prey to temptations which are low rather

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Alexander Adams: Canon Fodder – November 2017

Alexander Adams November/December 2017

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Alexander Adams investigates
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the status of the canon in art under Post-Modernism and the dangers of undervaluing it. The canon of great art has never been 404 Not Found the target of greater ire than it is today, but many leftist critics and their traditionalist opponents misunderstand the canon. The truth is unsettling for both groups. This essay seeks […]

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Giles Auty: The Vital Value of Dissent

Giles Auty From the raised kitchen window of my house I can see most of the birds which regularly visit the garden. In summer these are mostly magpies, currawongs and cockatoos while in winter quite large flocks of pale green female satin bowerbirds arrive


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Eric Coombes: The Destruction of Art Education and its Implications for School Pupils

Eric Coombes The near-destruction in the western world of a centuries-long tradition of visual education could be described


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but not misleadingly – as having 404 Not Found been accomplished overnight. The inherited gifts of that tradition are now being casually, ungratefully and even malevolently thrown away. In its chronologically long-range survey, What Happened to Art Education? provides the context in which […]

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Selby Whittingham: Curatorial Incontinence

Selby Whittingham When Napoleon removed

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Europe’s art treasures to France on the grounds that their rightful place was not with “slaves” but “in the bosom of a free people”, some might cynically think that this was not 404 Not Found just a piece of enlightenment, but that it was very convenient that the new home for them happened
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to be Paris.  Likewise, when […]

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Selby Whittingham: Tate Modern or Tate Theatre

Selby Whittingham A survey by the Office for National 404 Not Found Statistics in May revealed that the British are changing their spending habits. Instead of filling our homes to the rafters 404 Not Found with consumer durables and not-so-durables, we’re


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spending our spare cash on ‘experiences’, including

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recreation and, yes, culture. “People are interested in servicing a lifestyle rather than buying stuff,” […]

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Selby Whittingham: Rhodes Revolution or Reform

Selby Whittingham “Rhodes will 404 Not Found likely fall,” gloomily writes Professor Nigel Biggar (UnHerd, July) after a decision by Oriel College, of which he 404 Not Found was once chaplain, in favour of that.

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Another Rhodes watcher, Lars Larundson, says that the vote was taken amid thunder, lightning and torrential
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rain, perhaps an indication of internal dissension as much as of Rhodesian […]

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Alexander Adams: New Order – September 2017

Alexander Adams September/October 2017 New Order An Allegory Once upon a time there was a society which made objects that had meaning and that people enjoyed looking at. 404 Not Found The society put these objects in museums so that more people could enjoy them. Then


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an elite of that society decided that the

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objects did not matter so much but the skin […]