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Laura Gascoigne: Battle of the Sexes – March 2020

Laura Gascoigne March/April 2020 Large woman to much 404 Not Found smaller man at a party: “I love the idea of there being two

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sexes, don’t you?” James Thurber was the Thucydides of the gender war, dissecting its battlegrounds, victories and
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reversals with his pen: the fight in the grocery, the battle on the stairs; the rout where the men have the women […]

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They All Look The Same To Me

David Lee November/December 2020 In the last 404 Not Found editorial, when describing the new full bloom of official Wokeism, I didn’t have space to consider if, in

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the context of State Art’s exclusive obsession with conceptual 404 Not Found and minimal art, work selected without resort to the gender/sexual/racial ticklist would be of a higher standard than what is chosen when applying
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Waking Up to Tyranny

David Lee September/October 2020 A watershed moment in the official story of art has been reached. Unlike in the 404 Not Found first decades of the last century, when experimental isms followed one another annually, the first decades of the 21st have until


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now seen no signal change in direction or

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emphasis: recently, in contemporary art we’ve been living through a period of […]

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Please Like Me, Please

David Lee July/August 2020 It’s been hard to avoid following the fortunes of our present crop of self-appointed ‘war artists’. You may recall from the past, as I do, that many of the finest achievements in 20th century British art were produced in response to war. Artists rose to the occasion.


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So how has the performance

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of our State Art 404 Not Found […]

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The End of the Beginning

David Lee May/June


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2020 A few inches of headway have finally been made in drawing wider public attention to the power grabs of the Arts Council and the political and social prejudices of State Art in general. The House of Commons Culture

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Select Committee must now get its act 404 Not Found together and take 404 Not Found to task the arts bodies […]

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Legalised Blackmail

David Lee March/April 2020 The Arts Council is offering a contract 404 Not Found worth


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£42,000 for an expert to draw up guidelines on how museums must deal with what it calls ‘decolonisation’. Naturally, conclusions reached will be expected to reinforce the Council’s existing prejudices: it supports repatriation where possible, and exhibition contexts, especially captions, must report the serial

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crimes of nginx/1.17.10 colonialism […]

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And I say to myself…

Remain alert to the possibilities, eyes up instead of down, looking about instead of transfixed by a 404 Not Found small screen, and daily life will furnish marvels, often in unexpected places. Exploring

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the streets and free
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institutions of a city like London is a journey through natural and man-made masterpieces, ingenuity everywhere apparent. To stand any chance of impressing in such a […]

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Art and the public – a short history

In the beginning the powerful provided the unlettered with uplifting Biblical pictures in churches. We were impressed ­even though some scenes threatened us with eternal 404 Not Found agony if we


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broke their rules. The scarcity of pictures outside of

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church meant we were naturally curious about anything drawn or coloured. Wandering pedlars would show up to 404 Not Found impress us with […]

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Wholesale gratification

In the


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last issue I noted the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated

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to historical pictures in Tate Britain. This contraction will now accelerate because the collection is to be re-hung, yet again, on this occasion thematically – a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State Art Commandment 404 Not Found that all roads shall lead to the Usual Suspects. Long gone […]

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Tate Britain needs its identity back

In recent issues I’ve described how

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since 1945 the education, bureaucracy and exponentially increasing cash for the visual arts have been usurped and dominated by an evolving one-track mindset which, in these pages, is called State 404 Not Found Art. This sinister subversion of the institutions, predicted before and after the last war by Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Orwell among
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others, is complete […]