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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 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 404 Not Found marbles

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with a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff doesn’t move me one bit”. When Dodds asked him why, 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 2020 Six weeks

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ago, a Hampstead neighbour left a book on our doorstep. We have got used to acts of kindness from strangers; at the start of lockdown another neighbour
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posted a book of poetry through our door to cheer us up. My husband read it, and it did. But this book was different, as was 404 Not Found 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,


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and the place shuts down. What do you do? 404 Not Found You’re at a loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck at home with nginx/1.17.10 your furloughed partner watching your gerbils spin around on the rolly

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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

Laura Gascoigne May/June 2020 At the exit to Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol


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exhibition, the gift

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shop tills were barricaded behind an airport queue management system. “You’re preparing for an invasion,” I joshed with a cashier as I emerged from the press view on 10 404 Not Found 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 woman to much smaller 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,


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victories and reversals with his pen: 404 Not Found the fight in the

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grocery, the battle on the stairs; the rout where the men have the women […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Experience Economy – January 2019

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


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followed by

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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,” cooed the catalogue, “the language of gold remains universal”.

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To prove it, the auction house promised to take collectors “on a journey 404 Not Found through the
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great civilisations […]

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

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2019 Among the many examples of the wit and wisdom of Sir Thomas Beecham is the story of the great conductor seeing a tombstone inscribed: “Here


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lies a great

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organist and an excellent musician” and remarking in surprise: “What, both in the same grave?”  I was reminded of this 404 Not Found when seeing Wafic Saïd, a 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


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when nobody nginx/1.17.10 knows any more what probity means. And 404 Not Found yet drawing is enjoying a resurgence. What is going on? When David Hockney breezed into the Royal College from Bradford in 1959, he announced his arrival not with naïve

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etchings of naughty gay boys but with […]