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Laura Gascoigne: Tangled Web – September 2017

“Why is there so much sewing?” demanded The Art Newspaper’s

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Christina Ruiz after visiting
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Christine Macel’s exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale. “I get it: domestic work, women’s work, is important and undervalued. But is it in itself 404 Not Found art? No it is not.” There was a time when so-called textile arts were prized above all others; when first unveiled in […]

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Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

It isn’t my intention to repeat the tediously

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familiar stories
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peddled by obituarists relating controversies which Brian’s inclination to mischief and provocation helped 404 Not Found encourage. Instead I want to address two issues unconsidered elsewhere: his astonishing generosity and the disgraceful but typical hypocrisy of the BBC towards him. Brian was a working man. He called himself ‘working class’, a description some […]

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Grayson Perry’s 2014 Reith Lectures – a missed opportunity

Patrick Cullen explains why Grayson Perry missed

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an opportunity by avoiding the important issues
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he claimed to be addressing. Grayson Perry was a surprising choice to deliver the Reith Lectures given the list of senior academics, elder statesmen and those at the top of their profession preceding him in the job. One wondered why, when it came to contemporary 404 Not Found art […]

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Performance before content – Eric Coombes is disappointed…

…by the frivolity 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

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raised the question of why he was asked to give 404 Not Found 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 Art Fund subverted: they were only playing leapfrog

The separate bodies

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contributing to State Art are now so interrelated, so cosily acquainted, their personnel so readily interchangeable and of identical mindset, that they 404 Not Found might as well join forces. (…
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Liz Forgan is sacked from the Arts Council but remains a Trustee of the Art Fund; James Lingwood swallows his annual  million from the Arts Council and also sits […]