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Laura Gascoigne – A Way with the Pixels

Laura Gascoigne In April Lionel Messi put a signed pair of 404 Not Found his adidas football boots up for auction at Christie’s.


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Customised with the names of his wife and sons, they were the ‘game-worn’ boots in which the Barcelona striker

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scored his 644th goal for his club, beating Pele’s previous record of 643 for Santos. Perfumed with the player’s DNA, they […]

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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 404 Not Found In the introduction to his 1951 book The Greeks and the Irrational, the classicist E R Dodds recalled


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a chance meeting

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in front of the Parthenon marbles with a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff doesn’t move me one bit”. When Dodds asked him why, he replied: 404 Not Found “Well, it’s all so terribly […]

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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


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

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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 a loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck 404 Not Found at home with your furloughed partner watching

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your gerbils spin around on the rolly wheel of life when an idea strikes you. Why should your pets enjoy normality
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Laura Gascoigne: Pox On All Our Galleries – May 2020

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May/June 2020 At the exit to Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition, the gift shop tills were barricaded behind an airport queue management system. “You’re preparing
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for an invasion,” I joshed with a cashier as I emerged from the 404 Not Found 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


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Large woman to much smaller man at a party: “I love the idea of there being two sexes, don’t you?” James Thurber 404 Not Found was the Thucydides of the gender war, dissecting its battlegrounds, victories and reversals with his pen: the fight in

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the grocery, the battle on 404 Not Found the stairs; the rout 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 Ballroom in Davenport Iowa is 404 Not Found audible,


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the audience

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murmurating like a flock of starlings; then the first twangs of an 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

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world that speaks 6,900 languages,” cooed the catalogue, “the language of gold remains universal”. To prove it, the auction house promised to
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take collectors “on a journey through the 404 Not Found great civilisations […]

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

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2019


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Among 404 Not Found the many examples of

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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 contributor to Boris […]