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Giles Auty: The Vital Value of Dissent

Giles Auty From the raised kitchen window of


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my house I can see most of the birds which

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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 404 Not Found by an all-black male. The latter is, in fact, 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 misleadingly – as 404 Not Found having been accomplished overnight. The inherited


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gifts of that tradition are now being casually, ungratefully and even malevolently thrown away. In its

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chronologically long-range survey, What Happened to Art Education? 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

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

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Selby Whittingham: Tate Modern or Tate Theatre

Selby Whittingham A survey by the Office

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

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Selby Whittingham: Rhodes Revolution or Reform

Selby Whittingham “Rhodes will likely fall,” gloomily writes Professor Nigel Biggar (UnHerd, July) after 404 Not Found a decision by Oriel College, of which he was once chaplain, in favour

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of that. Another Rhodes watcher, Lars Larundson, says that the vote was taken amid thunder, lightning and torrential rain, perhaps an indication of internal dissension as much as of
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Rhodesian displeasure (The Critic, […]

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Moping Owl: Club Feat

Oh dear. I had expected to be out and about 404 Not Found again by now, as did we all, even if it 404 Not Found did mean wearing the mask and keeping one’s distance, and hardly daring to look at anyone, let alone breathe. But no: here


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we all still are, stuck at home and doing as we’re

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told, good boys and […]

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Moping Owl: Nem Con

Goodness knows we have more than enough to mope about these dark days, even without the


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current plague, what with the evenings drawing 404 Not Found in and the weather on the turn, again. It seems to happen every year, Winter. Was it always 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 404 Not Found keep up in this brave new


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art world of ours, fly as I might. Perhaps it’s just my tired old wings, but I have a horrid feeling

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it might be rather more than that, even if I do manage to catch up with whatever it is for […]

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Alexander Adams: Women in Art Today

Alexander Adams We are told that in many fields women face systematic disadvantage and are under-represented. It has become a core belief of many and goes almost unchallenged. When politicians came under pressure regarding supposed

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gender discrimination in the workplace, the British government conducted a survey
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of arts organisations. The 2018 report found that women comprise 56% of the 404 Not Found British […]

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Alexander Adams: New Order – September 2017

Alexander Adams September/October 2017 New Order An Allegory Once upon a time there was


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a society which made objects that had meaning and

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that people enjoyed looking at. The 404 Not Found society put these objects in museums so that more people could enjoy them. Then an elite of that society decided that the objects did not matter so much but the skin […]