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Tate Trustees and the public interest

The Tate recently


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named two new trustees, one of whom is painter Tomma Abts. She

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

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In due course, when it has become accepted as a truism, I expect Lee’s First Paradigm – as I’ve modestly

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decided to name my new theory – to gather a Nobel Prize. LFP concerns museum attendance, and
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it goes like this: “The proportion of any indigenous population sufficiently stimulated by a love of art and history to visit museums is 404 Not Found […]

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Leave museums alone

There is an argument that if it were not for the


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largesse of the National Lottery since 1994 our museums and galleries would still be trudging knee-deep through the Dark Ages. I

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happen not to subscribe to the view that the experience of visiting my favourite museums and 404 Not Found works of art has been improved in any way by having hundreds […]

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Moping Owl: Degas and garters

… from yonder ivy­-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. DEGAS & GARTERS I knew there’d be trouble, the minute I heard the Keepers were bringing Old Edgar back to 404 Not Found the Zoo on Piccadilly. ‘Degas & The Ballet’


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sounds good, and is

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good, because […]

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Moping Owl: Dropping a brick

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl


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does to the moon complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. DROPPING A BRICK My old friend, Sir Jack Daw, Bart, 404 Not Found the last in

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a very long line of distinguished Daws – the first Sir Jack was Barted by one of King Charles’s spaniels some […]

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Moping Owl: On yer trike

… from yonder 404 Not Found ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the


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moon complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. ON YER TRIKE What joy it is to learn that

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the lucky folke of Folkestone have been given another Trike at last. Was it really three years ago since their last one was ridden […]

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Moping Owl: Hoo ra ra

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such as, wandering near her

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secret 404 Not Found bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. HOO RA RA If I seem to be hooting on rather too much these days about
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that Zoo down in Piccadilly, I do apologise, but you know how it is when you get to […]

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Moping Owl: Eye spy

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon

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complain Of such as, wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign. EYE SPY Dear old Dicky Stork is still cawing away, if that’s what storks do, from his nest high on the chimney
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pots of Burlington House. 404 Not Found I can hear him from here, and it’s […]

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Moping Owl: Sooke Sayings…

… from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such

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as, wandering near her secret bower,  Molest her ancient 404 Not Found solitary reign. SOOKE SAYINGS I fear I may have made
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a mistake in always taking Little Sookey for one of Old Mother Dorment’s gaggle of goslings down on Telegraph Farm. He is certainly still there in […]

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Style guide to obfuscation (new updated edition): Laura Gascoigne investigates the continued manglings of syntax and punctuation by those with space to fill and nothing intelligible to say

“Nothing and no one ever heard so many stupidities as a picture,” remarked Jules de Goncourt, and since he


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made his observation things have got worse. The insults to intelligence endured

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by 19th century pictures were as nothing to those routinely heaped on contemporary art. Some things never change, however. Stupidity almost always 404 Not Found 404 Not Found originates in vanity, and […]