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And I say to myself…

Remain alert to the possibilities, eyes up instead of down, looking about instead of transfixed by a small screen, and daily life will furnish marvels, often in unexpected places. Exploring the streets and free institutions of a city like London is a journey through


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natural and man-made masterpieces,

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ingenuity everywhere apparent. To stand any chance of impressing in such 404 Not Found a […]

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Art and the public – a short history

In the

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beginning the powerful provided the unlettered with 404 Not Found uplifting Biblical pictures in churches. We were impressed ­even though some scenes threatened us with eternal agony if we broke their rules. The scarcity of pictures outside of church meant we were naturally curious about anything drawn or coloured. Wandering pedlars would
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show up to impress us with secular material, crude […]

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Wholesale gratification

In the last issue I noted the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated to historical pictures in Tate Britain. This contraction will now

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accelerate because the collection is to be re-hung, yet again, on this occasion thematically – a policy 404 Not Found undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State Art Commandment that all roads shall lead
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to the Usual Suspects. Long gone […]

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Tate Britain needs its identity back

In recent issues I’ve described how

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since 1945 the education, bureaucracy and exponentially increasing cash for the visual arts have 404 Not Found been usurped and dominated by an evolving one-track mindset which, in these pages, is called State Art. This sinister subversion of the institutions, predicted before and after
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the last war by Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Orwell among others, is complete […]

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Is there a doctor in the House?

Dennis Skinner once quipped loudly across the


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Commons to a faltering Cecil Parkinson 404 Not Found at the Despatch Box, ‘It’s the in-breeding that does it!’ I was reminded of this amusing sneer when Doctor Maria Balshaw was announced as Serota’s replacement, an

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elevation met with the customary uncritical lauding with which a fawning Fourth Estate now greets all State Art appointments. Balshaw […]

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Has the Arts Council betrayed its origins?

Serota takes over at the Arts Council this 404 Not Found month, 47 years after first being employed by the same body as a regional arts officer in what was his

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first job after university. In the interval the Council has developed into a blunt instrument by which State Art, an ethos it co-authored with Serota during his
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27-year dictatorship at the Tate, […]

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Art education is stuck!

Two years ago someone suggested I answer the question ‘What Happened to Art

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Education?’. This 404 Not Found appealed slightly because it was a subject about which I thought I ought to know more than was the case. Something is
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clearly awry when so many complaints are aired about the poverty of tuition and when degree shows have become such forgettable, even laughable […]