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Dick French: On The Town – July 2020

Dick French July/August 2020 Reading Pepys again about the plague of 404 Not Found 1666. Not

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one for self-isolating, he was still enthusiastically putting it about: “Thence to Betty Martin and there did tout ce que je voudrais avec her
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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 404 Not Found a book on our doorstep. We have got used to acts of kindness from strangers; at the start of


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lockdown another neighbour posted a book of poetry through our door

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to cheer us up. My husband read it, and it did. But this book was different, as was its […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Desperately Loose Ends – July 2020

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2020 You’re a curator working at the V&A, and the place shuts down. What do you do? You’re at a loose end. April comes


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around and you’re stuck at home with your furloughed partner watching your gerbils spin around on the rolly wheel

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of life when an idea 404 Not Found 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 read the letters of John Ruskin alongside those of Vincent 404 Not Found van Gogh. Most people are aware that Ruskin became rather


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unbalanced with age, but from

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reading his 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. […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Pox On All Our Galleries – May 2020

Laura Gascoigne May/June 2020 At the exit to


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Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition, the gift shop

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tills were barricaded behind an airport 404 Not Found queue management system. “You’re preparing for an invasion,” I joshed with a cashier as I emerged from the press view on 10 March. “We’re prepared for anything,” he replied. What they weren’t prepared for was nothing, which – […]

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Dick French: On The Town – March 2020

Dick French


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March/April 2020 Who now remembers

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the fashion for wearing 404 Not Found two pairs of trousers? It was all the rage in Camden Town twenty years ago but you seldom see it now. The outer pair would be 404 Not Found cut at the knee to reveal the underlying pair. There’s one chap on Queen’s Crescent who carries on the tradition. […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Battle of the Sexes – March 2020

Laura Gascoigne March/April 2020 Large woman to much


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smaller man at a

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party: “I love the idea of there being two sexes, don’t you?” James Thurber was the Thucydides of the gender war, dissecting its battlegrounds, victories and reversals 404 Not Found 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 editorial, when 404 Not Found describing the new full bloom of official Wokeism, I didn’t have space to consider if, in the

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context of State
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Art’s exclusive obsession with conceptual 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 it. Over the […]

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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 first decades of the last century, when experimental

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isms followed one another annually, 404 Not Found the first decades of the 21st have until now
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seen no signal change in direction or 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

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many of the finest achievements in 404 Not Found 20th century British art were produced in response to war.
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Artists rose to 404 Not Found the occasion. So how has the performance of […]