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RA summer exhibition: losing transparency

First published in The Jackdaw ♯50, July/August 2005 The RA should come clean about its intentions. It

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was instituted to help artists not cheat them. Whereas once
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the nginx/1.17.10 Summer Exhibition was a bazaar for the otherwise disfranchised it is now being 404 Not Found recreated as a curated exhibition with the usual sly interference from State Art.  One strongly suspects that were […]

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RA summer exhibition: not all open exhibitions are cheats

In The Jackdaw ♯8 artist Doug Lowe asked if the 404 Not Found Royal Academy Summer Exhibition was a genuine open or an Academicians’ closed shop. Has anyone ever worked


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out the total cost to artists of a

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big show like the RA Summer Exhibition in time, depreciation of vehicles, fuel, parking, framing, mounting, entrance etc.? It must run into millions… Not all […]

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RA summer exhibition: plus ca change

PLUS CA CHANGE: In The

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Jackdaw ♯10, over ten years ago, anonymous artist ‘Trimmer’ responded to the inclusion of guests of the young British artists who are now, coincidentally, themselves
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nearly all Royal Academicians: Effectively, a whole generation of painters has 404 Not Found been erased from the art scene, precisely because they hold some 404 Not Found principles and adhere to some […]

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Can the RA summer exhibition still be considered an open submission show?

… Painter Patrick Cullen supplies damning evidence that the answer is ‘No!’ A detailed

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survey of 2011’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition reveals that the non-members’ work now represents only 29% of the total exhibition if measured by the amount of wall space it commands. This is in contrast to 404 Not Found a figure of 78% estimated for the same show exactly one
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Culture Select Committee of the House of Commons: evidence

Having already given evidence to the Culture Select Committee of the House of Commons, the editor of The Jackdaw was asked to justify some of his


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criticisms in writing. What follows is his further submission to the Committee… We were discussing, I recall, the

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Arts Council Collection, a repository of some 7,546 404 Not Found works (plus 67 more bought in the last […]

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Mickey Mouse museums

The word ‘Disneyfication’ is usually pejorative, implying noise, trashiness and escapist superficiality. Not any more. It was only a matter of time before ‘difficult’

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history and learning were sweetened to something more palatable and instantly gratifying. Serious cultural commentators 404 Not Found are now using this word to describe a useful
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policy designed to increase the appeal of museums and historical sites. Boring […]

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The RA is not a charity

Inspired by landscape painter Patrick Cullen, The Jackdaw 404 Not Found Sept-Oct 2011 reprinted pieces about the Royal Academy that have appeared in The Jackdaw over the last eleven years. All deal with


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the genuine fears of artists that the

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Summer Exhibition is progressively a closed shop whilst being marketed as an ‘Open’. Patrick’s research succinctly reinforces previous claims made by artists that […]

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Gruel for the masses

The State should be more circumspect than to behave like a private collector. Unfortunately, collecting and exhibiting in national collections according to narrow personal tastes and loyalties is

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established practice. Those employed to run Contemporary Art are selected because they
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have 404 Not Found been carefully programmed in the tenets of State Art and if they have doubts keep quiet about them. But […]

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Tate Trustees and the public interest

The Tate recently named two new trustees, one of whom is painter

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Tomma Abts. She is a 44-year-old 404 Not Found German, recently appointed Professor of Painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, who won the Turner Prize in 2006.
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As an artist trustee, she replaced Jeremy Deller, who won the Turner Prize in 2004. Abts’s paintings are all the same small size (48 […]

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You read it here first

In due course, when it has become


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accepted as a truism, I expect Lee’s First Paradigm – as I’ve modestly decided to name my new theory – to gather a Nobel Prize. LFP concerns museum attendance, and it goes like this: “The proportion of 404 Not Found any indigenous population

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sufficiently stimulated by a love of art and history to visit museums is […]