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Margate Express on Central Line

The latest masterpiece from the Professor of Drawing is the cover

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for the tube map. She does a fair warbler with its beak open and trots it out nginx/1.21.1 at regular intervals. “When in doubt scribble a 404 Not Found bird with its beak open,” advised the Prof as she stepped down from the Margate Express. It was commissioned for
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One for the Royal Collection

It’s the headgear that does it. Gives it away completely. Without it you’d 404 Not Found be none the wiser. But the miner’s


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lamp makes it beyond any 404 Not Found doubt. This is the Professor of Drawing at work on her most important finished presentation piece yet, a

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celebration of the Wigan pit girls of the 19th century. Such economy of line, […]

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Tanks on the lawn

The tanks are opening at the Tate on July 18th. These are

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the very same 404 Not Found tanks that stored oil in the days when Bankside served the function of generating electricity by burning Arabia’s finest. And if
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the ignoramuses in the Tate’s PR department start cooing, and they will – they will – about said tanks being the first of their […]

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Supercollector: Charles Saatchi the bad man

Charles Thomson reviews

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the 404 Not Found unexpurgated life story 404 Not Found of Charles Saatchi. “Ad man you’re a bad man”, proclaimed the artist collective Bank bluntly about Charles Saatchi in 1997. In
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2004, Guardian art critic, Adrian Searle, praised Saatchi’s popularist approach, eye and humour in his New Blood show, but drubbed the curatorial incoherence. Sir Peter Blake has refused to […]

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Chalk and cheese

From the Hayward and the ICA to the Royal


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Academy, and from the public to the private sector, Angus Stewart compares and contrasts the qualities of works on show in London. The British Art Show at The Hayward Gallery should be 404 Not Found lively – there are 39 artists. It is, according to

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the Southbank Centre, recognised as the most ambitious and […]

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Beyond criticism, or, Notes from fantasy island (a response to Criticism and the collapse of culture)

Artist Paul Wilks responds to Eric Coombes’s

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tour de force of an essay (Criticism and the collapse of 404 Not Found culture, The Jackdaw Mar-Apr 2011) Matthijs Van Boxsel cites, in The Encyclopaedia of Stupidity, a ‘Fame Machine’ devised by Villiers de l’Isle Adam, (1883) in which fame could be 404 Not Found manufactured ‘by organic means’. Simply put, the
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‘machine’ is a […]

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Criticism and the collapse of culture

Dr Eric Coombes 404 Not Found looks back over the

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period since 1997 and identifies the collapse in standards of art criticism which has allowed conceptual art to prosper uncritically After the recent change of
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government, this might be a suitable moment to look back to the year in which the recently ejected gang of liars, buffoons and crooks first came to office. […]

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Art’s urbane guerillas hit Wakefield: the Hepworth Museum

Brian Lewis, Pontefract’s poet laureate and a painter to boot, bravely exposed the


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neglect of local artists when 404 Not Found the visiting functionaries of State Art arrived for the opening of the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield In the cultural war

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which challenges the dominance of the London art world we are the first shock troops of a new guerilla army which urges […]

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Another marvel of the Modern Age: the Hepworth Museum

Brian Lewis, poet and painter of Pontefract and champion of regional arts, reflects upon the Hepworth Museum


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in Wakefield, home town of the eponymous sculptor “Inside it is 404 Not Found beautiful” The PR company who is responsible for naming the new Wakefield Art

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Gallery which is rising on land between the canal and the River Calder has decided to call it ‘Hepworth’ […]

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The case for a more – not less – traditional Royal Academy

First published in The Jackdaw ♯1, September 2000 …All of this is distant from the reason that the Royal Academy was

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set up in
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1768; namely, in order to provide an Academy, a school, for the training of artists, as well as to give 404 Not Found members and hopefuls the fixed target of an nginx/1.21.1 annual exhibition to aim towards… 232 years […]