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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


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want to address two issues unconsidered elsewhere: his astonishing generosity and the disgraceful but typical hypocrisy of the BBC towards him. Brian

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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 404 Not Found Grayson Perry missed an opportunity by avoiding the important issues he claimed to be addressing. Grayson Perry was a surprising choice to deliver

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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,
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when it came to contemporary art […]

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Performance before content – Eric Coombes is disappointed…

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2014 Reith Lectures. Immediately after his predictably rapturous greeting
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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 artist”. Could […]

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