Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

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with his time, knowledge and contacts.

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In early 2000 I
quit editing Art Review, for which Brian had contributed many superb pieces on 20th years he suggested many programmes, all rejected. It speaks volumes that the BBC asked Grayson Perry to give the Reith Lectures, but not Brian. Of all the many independent voices we never hear, his cruel neglect in particular demonstrates that in visual art you
will be marginalised unless you toe the establishment line.

David Lee

The Jackdaw November/December