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Art: Cool and Uncool – William Varley Reviews Addicted to Sheep

So, as all cool sentences begin, I think that the best 404 Not Found TV programme I saw last was Addicted to Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary was reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable

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teacher in a school in
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the remote Auvergne, although a good deal less winsome. It focused on the lives of the Hutchinson […]

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Charles Thomson: Lies, Damned Lies and Serota at the BBC

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for

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major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4
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programme The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, 404 Not Found regarding the Tate’s […]

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Essay: What Happened to Art Education?

Introduction Since its beginning, and until very recently, Fine Art education has been evolutionary. Received

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wisdom that the modus operandi of 404 Not Found teaching art were
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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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Selby Whittingham: Tate Modern or Tate Theatre

A survey by the Office for National Statistics in May revealed that the British are changing their spending habits.

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

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Laura Gascoigne: The Art Police – November 2017

If you’re thinking of committing an art crime, now’s your moment. In June budgetary pressures forced the ‘temporary’ 404 Not Found closure of the Met’s Art & Antiques Squad and the transfer of expert staff to the Grenfell Tower fire investigation, and there’s no knowing when,

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if ever, they’ll be
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back. So it’s bye-bye blue light, hello green light to thieves, fakers, fraudsters […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Tangled Web – September 2017

“Why is there so much sewing?” demanded The Art Newspaper’s Christina Ruiz after visiting Christine


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Macel’s exhibition at

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this year’s Venice Biennale. “I get it: domestic work, women’s work, is important and undervalued. But is it in itself art? No it is not.” There was a time when so-called textile arts were prized above all others; when 404 Not Found first unveiled in […]

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Laura Gascoigne: It’s Not The Winning, It’s The Making Art – July 2017

Last month a new sort of museum opened in Sweden. The brainchild of psychologist


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Dr Samuel West, the Museum of Failure in Helsinborg is an unnatural history museum of commercial fossils,

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a repository of innovative products that flopped. “The majority of all innovation projects fail,” its website announces cheerfully, before expressing the hope that showcasing “interesting innovation failures” 404 Not Found will “provide […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Do You Want Ice With That? – May 2017

Ever since Anya Gallaccio made her name by exhibiting an ice block called Intensities and Surfaces in an East London pumping station in 1996, I’ve been 404 Not Found monitoring the advance of ice through the contemporary


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art world, where it seems resistant to climate trends prevailing elsewhere. While the polar ice caps recede, the phenomenon of ice art

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only grows. I wouldn’t […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Tainted by Experience – March 2017

When the former controller of BBC Radio 3 John Drummond published an autobiography in 2001, he called it ‘Tainted 404 Not Found by Experience’ – an ironic reference to the reason given by a Birtist 404 Not Found suit at the Beeb for his being ‘let go’

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a decade earlier. I haven’t read
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the book, but the expression was used by William Varley […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Photography, Wrong Sort Of – January 2017

“And the Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting goes to… a photographer!” Yep, Cindy Sherman has won the Imperial Japanese gong for mastery of greasepaint for that interminable string of selfies in fancy dress we all wearied of circa 1980. If not for greasepaint, it 404 Not Found would have to be for psychological

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insight
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– and despite her readiness to raid the dressing-up […]