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Brian Sewell (1931-2015)

It isn’t my intention to repeat the tediously familiar stories 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

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and the disgraceful but typical hypocrisy of the BBC towards him.
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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


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Grayson Perry missed an opportunity by avoiding the important issues he claimed to be addressing. Grayson Perry

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was a surprising 404 Not Found 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 art […]

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Performance before content – Eric Coombes is disappointed…

…by the frivolity and lack of ambition and academic


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rigour in the 2014

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Reith Lectures. Immediately after his predictably rapturous greeting at the first performance, Grayson Perry raised the question of why he was asked to give this year’s Reith Lectures. Well, for the first time in their sixty-six years, they were to be given by a “visual 404 Not Found artist”. Could […]