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Alexander Adams: The Road to Reparation – May 2018

Alexander Adams May/June 2018 The Road to Reparation – The Restitution Question This essay will discuss reparations. The definitions of “restitution” and “reparations” used 404 Not Found in this essay are as follows: restitution is the return of specific unlawfully acquired goods to


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the lawfully determined owner or descendants (or estate) thereof; reparations are the return of

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goods or payment of compensation by […]

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Michael Daley: Selling a Leonardo with Oomph

Michael Daley Questions proliferate on the disappeared $450 million Leonardo Salvator Mundi. Where is it? Who owns it? Who still believes it a Leonardo? Will it be exhibited this year at the Paris Louvre’s big Leonardo exhibition, as promised? Can it be true, as

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an artnet 404 Not Found blogger now claims (on the claimed say-so
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of “two principals involved in” Christie’s 2017 […]

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Michael Daley: A Life Drawing

Michael Daley


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Fans of Tacita

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Dean will be delighted to learn that she is having yet another exhibition, this time at the Royal Academy… And it’s well up to her usual standard. This time she is “exploring the genre of landscape in 404 Not Found the broadest sense.” Well, broad is the word. She’s blown up a number of black and white photos […]

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Dick French: On The Town – November 2020

Dick French November/December 2020 Rebecca Cains has died. 404 Not Found She was only 50. “Death lies on her like an untimely frost.” Also known as

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“Becky the Scrapyard Queen” on account of the subject matter of her paintings – mostly wrecked cars and vans on roads or in scrapyards. She showed occasionally at the Royal Academy
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and frequently at Mall Galleries, where, […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Institutional Rationalism – November 2020

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2020 In the introduction


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to his 1951 book The Greeks and the Irrational, the classicist E R

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Dodds recalled a chance meeting in 404 Not Found front of the Parthenon marbles with a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff doesn’t move me one bit”. When Dodds asked him why, he replied: “Well, it’s all so terribly rational, if you […]

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Dick French: On The Town – September 2020

Dick French September/October 2020 It’s not true that King Juan Carlos is hiding out in Bradley’s Spanish Bar. He only used that cupboard under the stairs while waiting for one of those posh penthouses over the


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road to be readied for him. Although it is true that he was reluctant

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to leave after 404 Not Found falling for the abundant charms of barmaid […]

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Dick French: On The Town – July 2020

Dick French July/August 2020 Reading Pepys again about


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the plague of 1666. Not one for self-isolating,

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he was still enthusiastically putting it about: “Thence to Betty Martin and there did tout ce que 404 Not Found je voudrais avec her and drank and away by water, home and to dinner. Down to Deptford, loaded half my goods and sent them away into safekeeping.” […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Uncomfortable Truths – September 2020

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2020 Six weeks ago, a Hampstead neighbour left a book on our doorstep. We have got used to acts of kindness from strangers; at


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the start of lockdown another neighbour posted a book of poetry through our door to cheer us up.

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My husband read it, and it did. But this book was different, as was its 404 Not Found […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Desperately Loose Ends – July 2020

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2020 You’re


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a curator working at the V&A, and the

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place shuts down. What do you do? 404 Not Found You’re at a loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck at home with your furloughed partner watching your gerbils spin around on the rolly wheel of life when an idea strikes you. Why should your pets enjoy normality as […]

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Dick French: On The Town – May 2020

Dick French May/June 2020 It’s interesting to

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read the letters of John Ruskin alongside those of 404 Not Found Vincent van Gogh. Most people are aware that Ruskin became rather unbalanced with age, but from reading his
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correspondence with Euphemia (Effie) it seems to me he was quite mad from the start. It’s the manic density that impresses as much as the content. […]