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Alexander Adams: The Colston Statue Affair

Alexander Adams This article briefly outlines what happened with the

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toppling of the Edward Colston statue
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in Bristol, why it happened and its ramifications. On 7 June 2020, a 404 Not Found large protest took place in the centre of Bristol, ostensibly against racism. The large gathering was in contravention on 404 Not Found national and local restrictions on public gatherings due to […]

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William Varley: Art: Cool and Uncool

William Varley reviews Addicted to Sheep So, as all 404 Not Found cool sentences begin, I think that the best TV

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programme I saw last was Addicted to Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary was reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable teacher in a school in the remote Auvergne,
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although a good deal less winsome. It focused […]

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Charles Thomson: Lies, Damned Lies and Serota at the BBC

Charles Thomson Sir Nicholas Serota, director


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of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or 404 Not Found he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options 404 Not Found render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme

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The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by […]

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Giles Auty: Money Culture Notes

Giles Auty This was the last

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piece Giles submitted to The Jackdaw. He died suddenly in September, aged 86. It’s all about the money honey. When I awoke to see the front cover of the weekend Australian’s review section on June 20th it was rather like being 404 Not Found thrown back into some weird and most unwelcome dream. Did
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I really read […]

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Selby Whittingham: The Temptations of the Wallace Collection

Selby Whittingham “I’m just a slave / only a slave to you, temptation”. So sang Bing Crosby in

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1933 in a song, Temptation, repeated by many famous singers since and, in 1970, in a German TV act 404 Not
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Found of Sid Millward 404 Not Found & The Nitwits. That shows (it was recorded) Sid presiding over players prey to temptations which are […]

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Alexander Adams: Canon Fodder – November 2017

Alexander Adams November/December 2017 Alexander Adams investigates the status

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of the 404 Not Found canon in art under Post-Modernism and the dangers of undervaluing it.
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The canon of great art has never been the target of greater ire than it is today, but many leftist critics and their traditionalist opponents misunderstand the canon. The truth is unsettling for both groups. This essay seeks […]

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Giles Auty: The Vital Value of Dissent

Giles Auty From the raised kitchen window of my house I can see most of the birds which 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 by 404 Not Found an all-black male.

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The latter is, in fact, the
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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


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could be described – hyperbolically but not misleadingly – as having been accomplished overnight. The inherited gifts of that tradition are now

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being casually, ungratefully and 404 Not Found even malevolently thrown away. In its 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 404 Not Found removed Europe’s art treasures to France

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on the grounds that their rightful place was not with “slaves” but “in the bosom of a free
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people”, some might cynically think that this was not just a piece of enlightenment, but that it was very convenient that the new 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 for National Statistics in May revealed that the British are 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


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recreation and, 404 Not Found yes, culture. “People are interested in servicing a lifestyle

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rather than buying stuff,” one trend forecaster […]