Post Tagged with: "Eric Coombes"

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Turning Wool into money … or fool’s gold

Eric Coombes responds to an editorial about the art


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cash cow Is a celebrity a person ‘famous for being famous’, or merely ‘someone in the media that one had never heard of’. Despite 404 Not Found being obscure – in this paradoxical and mysterious mode of obscurity – celebrities,

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however ill-informed and stupid they might be, are entitled to have their ‘opinions’ widely […]

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Performance before content – Eric Coombes is disappointed…

…by the frivolity 404 Not Found and lack of ambition and academic rigour in


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the 2014 Reith Lectures. Immediately after his predictably rapturous greeting at the first performance, Grayson Perry raised the question of why he was asked to give

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this year’s Reith Lectures. Well, for the first time in their sixty-six years, they were to be given by a “visual artist”. Could […]

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The importance of being Erno – Eric Coombes questions the reputation of a Brutalist architect

Sometimes material appears in a “serious” newspaper which—even in our  current cultural condition—is at an astonishingly low intellectual level to come from the prominent “authority” who wrote it. Disagreeable though it

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is, perhaps one should occasionally draw attention to such material, and subject it to closer inspection. Those who can
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bear 404 Not Found to do so, should read Stephen Bayley’s article in […]

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Beyond criticism, or, Notes from fantasy island (a response to Criticism and the collapse of culture)

Artist Paul Wilks responds to Eric

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Coombes’s tour de force of an essay (Criticism and the collapse of culture, The Jackdaw Mar-Apr 2011) Matthijs Van Boxsel cites, in The Encyclopaedia of Stupidity, a ‘Fame Machine’ devised by Villiers de l’Isle Adam,
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(1883) in which fame could be manufactured ‘by organic means’. Simply put, the ‘machine’ is a theatre but 404 Not Found with […]

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Criticism and the collapse of culture

Dr Eric Coombes looks back over the period since 1997 and identifies the collapse

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in standards 404 Not Found of art criticism which has allowed conceptual art to prosper uncritically After the recent change
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of government, this might be a suitable moment to look back to the year in which the recently ejected gang of liars, buffoons and crooks first came to office. […]