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Essay: What Happened to Art Education?

Introduction Since its beginning, and until very recently, Fine Art education has


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been evolutionary. Received wisdom that the modus operandi of teaching 404 Not Found art

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were static until being gradually upset in the decades after 1945 is an exaggeration. The objective to produce basic competence in practical skills in painting and sculpture was indeed a constant ambition, but the methods by which […]

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Alexander Adams: Why are artists poor?

Imagine the most absurd and outrageous provocations about art


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that you can. For example: there is

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no such thing as a pure 404 Not Found work of art; artists are unusually ill-informed; there is no market reward for good art; government subsidies make artists poor. Both defensive supporters of state funding and critical traditionalists will be muttering that art should not be viewed […]

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The way we are now – why ‘avant garde’ is now an obsolete term

The Times – God bless its little cotton socks – has just been celebrating the triumphal return of the 1990s as a creative force. “Suddenly contemporary

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art” it crows, “was part of popular culture. The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 was a turning point.” It was so indeed, but 404 Not Found not exactly in the terms the
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article intends. Here […]

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Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain… he lied!

         

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  404 Not Found Read pdf: Duchamp’s
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Fountain

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Freedom of expression

  ALEXANDER 404 Not Found ADAMS rehearses recent arguments concerning freedom of expression before arriving at his own conclusion.   “One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who

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have only interests.” JOHN STUART MILL       On February 14th, 2015 an Islamist gunman attacked a café in Copenhagen
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where a debate on free speech was being held. […]

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Giles Auty: Modernism and the Novelty Trap

Giles Auty considers the purchase 404 Not Found of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles by the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in 1973 and what such an acquisition signifies. A few months back, a


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rash of articles appeared in the press which

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commemorated the dismissal of the Whitlam government thirty years ago and commented on the continuing sense of grievance felt by his […]

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Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the

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national is trampled underfoot, argues Laura Gascoigne. In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing books on British art with an anniversary talk at the ICA titled ‘Is there such a thing as British art?’ It was chaired by Tim Marlow,
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now of the Royal Academy, and debated by a 404 Not Found panel composed of […]

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Teaching and painting

John Lessore and John Wonnacott wrote the following essays for the catalogue accompanying their joint exhibition, The Life Room

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and the City, at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery First, John Lessore discusses his attachment to drawing and his approaches to teaching it As a student, I wanted to be 404 Not Found taught, and the lack of serious teaching, even in the
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Do real artists still paint flowers?

Patrick Cullen explains the enduring appeal of paintings requiring only to be looked at I showed some paintings of flowers I had done recently to a friend. He said he quite liked them 404 Not Found but they

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appeared to create a problem for him. He seemed to feel that
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flowers were no longer a subject for serious artists, more one for Sunday […]

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David Jones – painter Desmond Sloane on an important British artist and poet

Painter Desmond Sloane rehearses the career of

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an important British 404 Not Found artist and poet who fought in the trenches and whose work
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is too often overlooked. ‘Part of me, the artist within me, has never left the trenches.’ So wrote the artist and poet David Jones about his service as a front line soldier in the First World War. Jones was […]