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Michael Daley: A Life Drawing

Michael Daley Fans of Tacita


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Dean 404 Not Found 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 the broadest sense.” Well, broad is the word. She’s blown up a

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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. She was only 50. “Death nginx/1.21.1 404 Not Found lies on her like an untimely frost.” Also


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known as “Becky the Scrapyard Queen” on account of the subject matter of

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her paintings – mostly wrecked cars and vans on roads or in scrapyards. She showed occasionally at the Royal Academy and frequently at Mall Galleries, […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Institutional Rationalism – November 2020

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2020


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In the introduction to his 1951 book The Greeks and the Irrational, the classicist E R Dodds recalled a chance meeting in front of the Parthenon marbles with a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff doesn’t 404 Not Found move me one bit”.

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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 road to be readied for him. Although it is true that he was reluctant to 404 Not Found leave after falling for the abundant

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charms
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of barmaid […]

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Dick French: On The Town – July 2020

Dick French July/August 2020 Reading Pepys again about the plague 404 Not Found of 1666. Not one for self-isolating, he was still enthusiastically putting it about:


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“Thence to Betty Martin and there did tout ce que je voudrais avec her and drank and away by water, home

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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


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acts of kindness from strangers; at the start of lockdown another neighbour posted a book of poetry through our door to cheer us

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up. My husband read it, and it did. But 404 Not Found 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


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place 404 Not Found shuts down. What do you do? You’re at a loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck at home with your furloughed partner watching your gerbils spin around

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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


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2020 It’s interesting to read the letters of John Ruskin alongside those of Vincent van Gogh. Most people 404 Not Found are aware that Ruskin became rather unbalanced with age, but from reading his correspondence with Euphemia (Effie) it seems to me

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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 Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition, the

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gift shop tills were barricaded behind an airport queue management system. “You’re preparing for an invasion,” I joshed with a cashier as I emerged 404 Not Found 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 March/April 2020 Who now remembers the fashion for wearing two pairs of trousers? It was all the rage


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in Camden Town twenty years ago but you

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seldom see it now. The outer pair would be cut at the knee to reveal the underlying pair. There’s one chap on Queen’s Crescent who carries on the 404 Not Found tradition. Apart from the […]