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Laura Gascoigne: Battle of the Sexes – March 2020

Laura Gascoigne March/April 2020 Large woman to much smaller 400 Bad Request man at a 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 with his pen: the fight in the grocery,


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the battle on the stairs; the rout where

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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 describing the new full bloom of 400 Bad Request official Wokeism, I didn’t have space to consider if, in the context of State Art’s exclusive obsession with conceptual and minimal art, work selected without resort to the gender/sexual/racial ticklist would be


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of a higher standard than

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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

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art has been reached. Unlike in the first decades of the last century,
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when experimental isms followed one another annually, the first decades of the 21st have until now seen no signal change in direction or emphasis: recently, in contemporary art we’ve been living through a period of 400 Bad Request […]

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Please Like Me, Please

David Lee July/August 2020 It’s been hard to avoid


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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 400 Bad Request achievements in 20th century British art were produced in response to war. Artists rose to the occasion. So how has the performance of our State Art

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The End of the Beginning

David Lee

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May/June 2020 A few inches of headway have finally been made in drawing 400 Bad Request wider public
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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 Select Committee must now get its act together and take to task the arts bodies that have become […]

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Legalised Blackmail

David Lee


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March/April 2020 The Arts Council is offering a contract worth £42,000 for an expert to draw up guidelines on how museums must deal with what it calls

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‘decolonisation’. Naturally, conclusions reached will be expected to reinforce the Council’s existing prejudices: it supports repatriation where possible, and exhibition contexts, especially captions, nginx 400 Bad Request must report the serial crimes of colonialism […]

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And I say to myself…

Remain alert to the possibilities, eyes up instead of down, looking about instead

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of
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transfixed by 400 Bad Request a small screen, and daily life will furnish marvels, often in unexpected places. Exploring the streets and free 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 400 Bad Request beginning the powerful provided the unlettered with uplifting Biblical pictures

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in churches. We were impressed ­even though some scenes threatened us with eternal agony if we
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broke their rules. The scarcity of pictures outside of church meant we were naturally curious about anything drawn or coloured. Wandering pedlars would show up to impress us with secular material, crude […]

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Wholesale gratification

In the last issue I noted the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated to historical pictures 400 Bad Request in


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Tate Britain. This contraction will now accelerate because the collection

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is to be re-hung, yet again, on this occasion thematically – a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State Art Commandment 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 since 1945 the

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education, bureaucracy and exponentially increasing cash for 400 Bad Request the visual arts have been usurped and dominated by an evolving one-track mindset which, in
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these pages, is called State Art. This sinister subversion of the institutions, predicted before and after the last war by Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Orwell among others, is complete […]