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Beyond criticism

Laura Gascoigne demonstrates how Artbollocks is now

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recognised as a joke among almost everyone excepting the time-serving devotees of State Art. In January the Guardian’s G2 section published an article by Andy Beckett titled ‘Er, anyone know what transversal means’? It reported on the publication
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in an American art journal last year of an 400 Bad Request essay identifying a unique form of […]

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The Motya Charioteer

Explanations to date concerning this marvellous figure are inadequate. What precisely is it? Where 400 Bad Request did it come from? And what date is it? The Motya Charioteer stood for six weeks until the middle of September in the


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large gallery housing the Parthenon

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pediments and frieze in 400 Bad Request the British Museum. It was worth making a special effort to […]

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1988 … Year zero

… when

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branding and art formed a marriage of convenience, argues artist John Kelly. 1988 is the seminal year, the year that our concepts of art, money and values changed irredeemably. It was
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the year I came to London as a 400 Bad Request 23-year-old artist, having taken an opportunity to play league cricket in London. It was a chance for a young […]

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Supercollector: Charles Saatchi the bad man

Charles Thomson reviews the unexpurgated life story

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of Charles Saatchi. “Ad man you’re a bad man”, proclaimed the artist 400 Bad Request collective Bank bluntly about Charles Saatchi in 1997. In 2004, Guardian art critic, Adrian Searle, praised Saatchi’s popularist approach, eye and humour in his New Blood show, but drubbed the curatorial incoherence. Sir Peter Blake has
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refused to sell his work […]

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Chalk and cheese

From the Hayward and the ICA to the Royal 400 Bad Request 400 Bad Request Academy, and from the public to the private sector, Angus Stewart compares and contrasts the qualities of works on show in London. The British Art Show at The Hayward

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Gallery
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should be lively – there are 39 artists. It is, according to the Southbank Centre, recognised as the […]

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Beyond criticism, or, Notes from fantasy island (a response to Criticism and the collapse of culture)

Artist Paul Wilks responds to Eric Coombes’s tour de force of an essay (Criticism and the collapse of culture, The Jackdaw Mar-Apr 400 Bad Request 2011) Matthijs Van Boxsel cites, in


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The Encyclopaedia of Stupidity, a ‘Fame Machine’ devised by Villiers de l’Isle Adam, (1883) in which fame could be manufactured ‘by organic means’.

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Simply put, the ‘machine’ is a theatre but with […]

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Criticism and the collapse of culture

Dr Eric Coombes looks back over the period since 1997 and identifies the collapse in standards of art criticism which has allowed conceptual art to prosper


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uncritically After the recent change of government, this might be a suitable moment to

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look back to the year in which the 400 Bad Request recently ejected gang of liars, buffoons and crooks first came to office. […]