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Selby Whittingham: The Temptations of the Wallace Collection

Selby Whittingham “I’m just a slave / only a slave to you, temptation”.


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So sang Bing Crosby in 1933 404 Not Found in a song, Temptation, repeated by many famous singers since and, in 1970, in

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a German TV act of Sid Millward & The Nitwits. That shows (it was recorded) Sid presiding over players prey to temptations which are low rather than […]

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Alexander Adams: Canon Fodder – November 2017

Alexander Adams November/December 2017 Alexander Adams investigates the status of the canon in art under Post-Modernism and the dangers of undervaluing it. The canon 404 Not Found of great art has never been the target of


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greater ire than it is today, but many leftist critics and their traditionalist opponents misunderstand the

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canon. The truth is unsettling for both groups. This essay seeks […]

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Giles Auty: The Vital Value of Dissent

Giles Auty From the raised kitchen window of my house I

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can see most of the birds 404 Not Found which regularly visit the garden. In summer these are mostly magpies, currawongs and cockatoos while in winter quite large flocks of pale green female satin bowerbirds arrive which are often accompanied by an all-black male. The latter is, in fact,
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the only bird […]

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Eric Coombes: The Destruction of Art Education and its Implications for School Pupils

Eric Coombes The near-destruction in the western world of a centuries-long tradition of visual education could be described – hyperbolically but not 404 Not Found misleadingly – as having been accomplished overnight.


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The inherited gifts of that tradition are now being casually, ungratefully and even malevolently thrown away. In its chronologically long-range survey, What Happened to Art Education?

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provides the context in which […]

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Selby Whittingham: Curatorial Incontinence

Selby Whittingham When Napoleon removed Europe’s art treasures to France on the grounds that their rightful place was not with “slaves” but “in the bosom of a free people”, some might cynically think that this was not just a piece of enlightenment, but

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that it was very convenient that the
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new home for them happened to be Paris.  Likewise, 404 Not Found when […]

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Selby Whittingham: Tate Modern or Tate Theatre

Selby Whittingham A survey by the Office for National Statistics in May revealed that the British are changing their spending habits. Instead of filling our homes to

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the
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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 servicing 404 Not Found a lifestyle rather than buying stuff,” one trend forecaster […]

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Selby Whittingham: Rhodes Revolution or Reform

Selby Whittingham “Rhodes will nginx/1.17.10 likely fall,” gloomily writes Professor Nigel Biggar (UnHerd, July) after a decision by Oriel College, of which

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he was once chaplain, in favour of 404 Not Found that. Another Rhodes watcher, Lars Larundson, says that the vote was taken amid thunder, lightning and torrential rain, perhaps an indication
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of internal dissension as much as of Rhodesian displeasure (The […]

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Moping Owl: Club Feat

Oh dear. I had expected to be out and about again by

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now, as 404 Not Found did we all, even if it did mean wearing the mask and keeping one’s distance, and hardly daring to look at anyone, let alone breathe. But no: here we all still are, stuck at home and doing as we’re told, good boys and girls
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to a […]

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Moping Owl: Nem Con

Goodness knows we have

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more than enough to mope about these dark days, even without the current plague, what with the evenings drawing in and the weather on the turn, again. It seems to happen every year, Winter. Was it always 404 Not Found like this, this cold, wet, windy, foggy, snowy thing, with a spot of flu thrown in for good
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measure? […]

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Moping Owl: Flowers

I don’t know about you, but I find it’s becoming increasingly hard to keep up in this brave new art world of ours, fly as I might. Perhaps it’s just my tired old wings, but I have a horrid feeling it might be rather 404 Not Found more than that,

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even if I do manage
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to catch up with whatever it is for […]