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Selby Whittingham: The Temptations of the Wallace Collection

Selby Whittingham “I’m just a slave / 404 Not Found only

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a slave to you, temptation”. So sang Bing Crosby in 1933 in 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
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was recorded) Sid presiding over players prey to temptations which are low rather than […]

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Alexander Adams: Canon Fodder – November 2017

Alexander Adams November/December 2017 Alexander Adams investigates the status of

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the 404 Not Found canon in art under Post-Modernism and the dangers of undervaluing it. The canon
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of great art has never been 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


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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 which are often accompanied by an all-black male. The latter is, in 404 Not Found fact,

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the only bird […]

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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 – hyperbolically but not misleadingly –

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as having been
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accomplished overnight. The inherited gifts of that tradition 404 Not Found 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 Europe’s art treasures to


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France on the grounds that their rightful place was not with “slaves” but “in the bosom of a free people”, some might cynically 404 Not Found think that this was not

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just a piece of enlightenment, but that it was very convenient that the 404 Not Found new home for them happened to be […]

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Selby Whittingham: Tate Modern or Tate Theatre

Selby Whittingham A survey

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by the Office for
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National Statistics in May revealed that the British are changing their spending habits. Instead of filling our homes to the rafters with consumer durables and not-so-durables, we’re spending our spare cash 404 Not Found on ‘experiences’, including recreation and, yes, culture. “People are interested in servicing a lifestyle rather than buying stuff,” one trend forecaster […]

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Selby Whittingham: Rhodes Revolution or Reform

Selby Whittingham “Rhodes will likely fall,” gloomily writes Professor Nigel Biggar (UnHerd, July)

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after a decision by Oriel
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College, of which he was once chaplain, in favour of that. Another Rhodes watcher, Lars Larundson, says that 404 Not Found the vote was taken amid thunder, lightning and torrential rain, perhaps an indication of internal dissension as much as of Rhodesian displeasure (The Critic, […]

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Alexander Adams: New Order – September 2017

Alexander Adams September/October 2017 New Order An Allegory Once upon a time


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there was a society which made objects that had meaning and that

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people enjoyed looking at. The society put these objects in museums so that more people could enjoy them. Then an elite of that society decided that the objects did 404 Not Found not matter so much but the skin […]

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Alexander Adams: Why are Artists Poor? – July 2017

Alexander Adams July/August 2017 Why Are Artists Poor? Imagine the most absurd and outrageous provocations about art that you can. For example: there is no such thing as a pure work of art;

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artists are unusually
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ill-informed; there is no market reward 404 Not Found for good art; government subsidies make artists poor. Both defensive supporters of state funding and critical traditionalists will […]

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Alexander Adams: The Road to Reparation – May 2018

Alexander Adams May/June 2018 The Road to Reparation 404 Not Found – The Restitution Question This nginx/1.17.10 essay will discuss reparations. The definitions of “restitution” and “reparations” used in this essay are as follows: restitution is


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the return of specific unlawfully acquired goods to the lawfully determined owner or descendants (or

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estate) thereof; reparations are the return of goods or payment of compensation […]