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David Lee: State Art and Its Commissars

David Lee The following essay was included in: What is Wrong with Us? Essays in Cultural PathologyEdited by Eric Coombes and Theodore DalrympleImprint Academic2016, 300pp.,

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pb., £12.95 Arnold Goodman, Chairman of the Arts Council from 1965 to 1972, observed: ‘It is not the job of an unelected body
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in The Philistine

The Philistine – Sept 2021

Visiting Chichester for the first time in my life 400 Bad Request recently, I was much struck by the modern building at Chichester Cross, admittedly not nearly as bad

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as the unbelievably terrible Festival Theatre but nevertheless more than sufficient to spoil the townscape. Any jobbing builder of the 18th century would have done a much better job
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than any British architect of […]

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Moping Owl: Forming a Collection

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needs things to store: so you will be pleased to know that several significant acquisitions have already been – how shall I put it gently? – acquired: item:

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a large portrait by Kalinde Wiley, an American, from […]

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Moping Owl: Double Dutch

I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s just

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me getting on a 400 Bad Request bit: but I do get the
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feeling more and more that nowadays things are coming off the bat a shade too fast for comfort, and going through for four every time. Indeed there are moments when I’m not altogether sure what’s going on at all. I mean […]

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Laura Gascoigne – A Way with the Pixels

Laura Gascoigne In April Lionel Messi put a signed pair of his adidas football boots up for

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auction at Christie’s. Customised 400 Bad Request with the 400 Bad Request names of his wife and sons, they were the ‘game-worn’ boots in which the Barcelona striker scored his 644th goal for his club, beating Pele’s
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previous record of 643 for Santos. Perfumed with the […]

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The Mound in Your Pocket

David Lee Sept/Oct 2021 I took a wrong turn on my 400 Bad Request bike recently near Russell Square and came upon Wallis Gilbert’s

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1931 Daimler car hire garage in Herbrand Street. Set back almost
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hidden, and only yards from where I attended university, I had never suspected its existence. It now pleases me so much I regularly detour past it. Now used […]

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Let’s Pretend

David Lee

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July/August 2021 The National Gallery has prostrated itself before what Orwell called  ‘the official mind’. It must have done because the less said about Rosalind Nashashibi, their current artist-in-residence, the better … but don’t worry 400 Bad Request I’ll bore you anyway. She is exhibiting her recent efforts among the 17th century Spanish
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John Craxton: A Life of Gifts

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Michael Daley: Selling a Stripped `Down Shadow-Less Sistine Ceiling

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Moping Owl: Playtime

Hope springs eternal, so


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the poet sings, or dum spiro spero, as that wise and prudent old bird, King Charles I, would put it,

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and he should know. But then again, true as truth may be, I have to say there are 400 Bad Request times, and these not the least of them, when it would seem to have shrunk to the merest […]