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Laura Gascoigne: How to Succeed in Art Without Really Lying

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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 move me one bit”. When 404 Not Found Dodds asked him why,

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he replied: “Well, it’s all so terribly rational, if you […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Uncomfortable Truths – September 2020

Laura Gascoigne September/October


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2020 Six weeks ago, a Hampstead neighbour left a book on our doorstep. We have got used

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to acts of kindness from strangers; at the start of lockdown another neighbour posted a book of poetry through our door to cheer us up. My husband read it, and it did. But this book was different, 404 Not Found 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 404 Not Found a loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck at home with your furloughed partner watching your gerbils spin


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around nginx/1.21.1 on the rolly wheel of life when an idea strikes you. Why should your

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pets enjoy normality […]

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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 gift shop tills were barricaded 404 Not Found behind an airport queue management system. “You’re preparing for an invasion,” I joshed with a cashier as

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I emerged from the
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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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Laura Gascoigne: Battle of the Sexes – March 2020

Laura Gascoigne March/April 2020 Large


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woman to much smaller man at a 404 Not Found party: “I love the idea of there being two sexes,

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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, the battle on the stairs; the rout 404 Not Found where the men […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Experience Economy – January 2019

Laura Gascoigne January/February 2019 The buzz of anticipation in the COL 404 Not Found Ballroom in Davenport Iowa is audible, the audience murmurating like a flock of starlings; then the first twangs

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of an
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electric guitar tuning up, followed by a smoky voice: “I’m going to ask one question before we start: Are y’all experienced?” “Yeah!” roars the crowd, unleashing a 10-minute guitar […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Gold Standard – November 2019

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2019 In October of last year, under the title ‘The Midas Touch’, Sotheby’s held a special sale of ‘objets de vertu’ made of gold. “In a world that speaks 6,900 languages,”


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cooed the catalogue, 404 Not Found “the language of gold remains universal”. To prove it, the auction house promised

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to take collectors “on a journey through the great civilisations […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Dirty Money and Plenty of It – September 2019

Laura Gascoigne

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September/October 2019 Among the many
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examples of the wit and wisdom of Sir Thomas Beecham is the story of the great conductor seeing a tombstone inscribed: “Here lies a great organist and an excellent musician” and remarking in surprise: “What, both in the same grave?”  I was reminded of this when seeing Wafic Saïd, a 404 Not Found contributor to Boris […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Redrawing Drawing – July 2019

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2019 It’s hard to know where to start with Ingres’s definition 404 Not Found when nobody knows any more what probity means. And yet drawing is enjoying a resurgence. What is going on? When David Hockney breezed into the

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Royal College from Bradford in 1959, he announced his arrival
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not with naïve etchings of naughty gay boys but with a […]